The West's Fight Against The Rise of Black Revolutionaries

 The rise of a unified black movement, flowing in one message and one common goal is something that the white supremacists have consistently undermined. When a black movement with strong ideology rises up, the leader of such a movement is targeted, discredited, deported, imprisoned or assassinated. Our history is filled with leaders who, when they posed serious threats to the capitalist interests of the global superpowers, were assassinated.

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Thomas Sankara

The list of leaders who were assassinated for advancing the cause of black people is endless. Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Thomas Sankara, Patrice Lumumba, Muammar Gaddafi, Steve Biko and others who died gallantly defending their beliefs will always be honoured for eternity. The seeds they planted have enough potency to change the conditions of the world, but those very same seeds are being destroyed ceaselessly. The fact that all these leaders were assassinated for standing by their beliefs steadfastly in the face of a vicious white supremacist agenda shows that the Western world is unsettled whenever the masses are enlightened.

Keeping the status quo – that the rich get richer while the poor get poorer – is an agenda that the white world strives to protect. And this is couched in a neoliberal capitalist framework. A world order in which the tables are turned, or at least a more equitable state of affairs is simply not in their realm of how things should be run. As such, leaders who present an obstacle to this uneven state of affair should be eliminated, as the aforementioned examples prove beyond any reasonable doubt.

When the Democratic Republic of Congo got its independence in 1960, the euphoria was short-lived as its first democratically elected leader Patrice Lumumba was assassinated at the hands of the American CIA and Belgium. A man who was more than eager to lead his country to great heights, Lumumba envisioned a country in which the resources belonged to the nation, to the people. But how to implement such visions when the  global colonial superpowers had entrenched economic interests in the DRC? The DRC is a country that is abundantly blessed with natural resources that can enrich the country in a moment, if not the continent at large. The US acquired a major stake in the control of DRC resources and the uranium that was used to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki was extracted from the DRC. Lumumba had to deal with potential secessionist movements from the rich regions of Katanga and Kasai, ostensibly sponsored by the American CIA. With Lumumba turning to the Soviet Union for help, the US, with the help of Belgium, assassinated Patrice Lumumba in order to kill the pro-Africa vision; the pan-African vision.

In America, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were assassinated for the reason that they believed in their defiant principles. They were assassinated for the reason that they were not amenable to being co-opted into the white political agendas aimed at stifling the voices of the black people. The two were prominent leaders of the black civil rights movement, at a time when the racial segregation in America was the same as venom from a serpent. The racism has taken more nuances, being more veiled now but still affecting the ordinary lives of black people. For example, there are more black people in American prisons than white people, even though the numbers are gradually going down. Malcolm X for instance, was a firm believer in creating separate states for black and whites because the racial segregation policies were just barbaric. The Nation of Islam, the black separatist movement he had joined while in prison, determined that Malcolm’s policies had deviated from those of religion but Malcolm insisted that it was right to continue fighting for black rights through a radical, revolutionary black political agenda. Ultimately, jealousy won, and Malcolm was assassinated. He spent his last days fearing he would depart the planet anytime.

Even when one looks at Sankara’s case, it is one that clearly put in danger the interests white capitalism and its hold over its former colonies. Sankara was of the view that African countries should stop paying debts to the West. He once said, "We have to decolonise mentalities. The debt cannot be reimbursed because if we don't pay, our creditors won't die. But if we pay, it's us who will die. Be sure of it.” He also said, “Our country produces enough to feed us all. Alas, for lack of organization, we are forced to beg for food aid. It’s this aid that instills in our spirits the attitude of beggars.” Foreign companies continue to rip Africa apart, taking away all the profits while at the same time leaving the continent in a bad shape. This is what Sankara was against, but for that he had to pay with his life.

History continues to be replete with examples of black leaders being assassinated. Worse still, the efforts to discredit the work of black people are still continuing. The Western media is still biased against Africa and continuously seeks to perpetuate stereotypes against the continent, for instance, that Africa is completely incapable of producing good leaders. The fight against these Western agendas should never cease.

These foreign superpowers are taking advantage of an Africa that is no longer strong ideologically as it used to be. They are spreading their gospel of free-market economics under a neoliberal mindset and regrettably, African governments have colluded with this global capital to put the continent up for sale to the highest international bidder. But we should still turn to the ideologies spread by the above-mentioned revolutionaries so that we can counter what does not work for the continent, and instead come up with our own organic and homegrown solutions. 


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