Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Nkrumah's, "Challenge of the Congo" an instructive read for the Black Diaspora

"Since CHALLENGE OF THE CONGO was first published in 1967, conflict between progressive and reactionary forces in Africa has sharpened. A point has now been reached where armed struggle is the only way through which African revolutionaries can achieve their objectives. Recent events in Africa have exposed the fallacy of trying to banish imperialism, neocolonialism and settler regimes from our continent by peaceful means. The aggression of the enemies of the African masses continues, and has become more ruthless and insidious. The evidence is all around us."

Kwame Nkrumah -- "Challenge of the Congo" (Conakry, 1 June 1969)

Due in large part to Sis. Affiong's insistence here, I'm finally reading Kwame Nkrumah's, "Challenge of the Congo." It took a little while to locate, but I got it right after I got back from home (which is why I haven't finished that post yet, Amenta!).

But it's a slow read for me because, while the overwhelming depravity and machinations of these self-described, supposedly "civilized" white folk is not surprising, it does tend to conjure up an inordinate amount of anger and yes -- pain, so I have to keep putting it down.  I came across the documentary, "The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba" last night and decided to watch it during one of those reading breaks. Difficult to watch (for a myriad of reasons), but I'm glad I did.  I'm sure it'll help me better focus on what I'm still reading.

Embedding is disabled by request so I can't post it here, but please, if you have 45 minutes, do go to YouTube and watch it. The hubris, barbarity and detachment, with which these murderers discuss Lumumba's death, coupled with their perceived, God-given right to control the world -- is sickening. However, it's also extremely illustrative of the days in which we currently live, where the "usual suspects" are continuing to do what they've always done.

More Nkrumah:
"We must combine strategy and tactics, and establish political and military machinery for the prosecution of the African revolutionary war.  It is only in this way that the aspirations of the African masses can be achieved, and an All-African Union Government be established in a totally free and united Africa."
Family, if we are to culturally survive as a people (some of us are already too far gone), we have GOT to wake the hell up and stop our complicity in this madness and concentrate -- on us! As Nkrumah said, "The evidence is all around us."

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