A couple of years ago, a good friend of mine made his pilgrimage back home to Africa.
Now, I've always known this friend to have a strong melanated mind, and being that he was a Black man who had a chance to go back to the motherland, and I haven't been that fortunate yet, I was envious.
I remember this friend telling me years before I'd decided to become a Black Nationalist, that the reason there were so many churches with different denominations in Black neighborhoods (pentecostal, methodist, baptist, seventh day adventist, etc.), was so Black people, and especially church-goers, could be separated and thus, less powerful. And I hadn't seen that previously.
So when my friend got back from Africa, I'd asked him how the trip was. I was expecting him to tell me how his sojourn was life-changing, and how he was going to dedicate more of his time to the cause of Black Nationalism based on what he'd seen. And when I did speak to him about this trip, what he told me was, "I couldn't get outta' that place (Africa) fast enough."
I was shocked.
My friend told me how the group tour he was on, visited a slave dungeon in Ghana. And he described how the Black natives were begging around the facility and how vendors, who were our people, were doing everything they could to get a quick buck out of Black tourists. To which he replied to one of them, "Black people are the same wherever you go, aren't they?"
My heart sank.
But after meditating on this, I realized what kinda' game had been run on my friend.
After looking on line for 'group tours' of Africa, what I found was the overwhelming majority of them were slated to make stops at some sort of slave dungeon. Now, what Black americans, or any other kind of Black/indigenous person coming from a developed country, is made to think is, stopping to visit a slave dungeon, is a necessary part of paying homage to the ancestors and making your pilgrimage to Africa more 'authentic'. But this is another trick played on us by white supremacist fascists.
In 1919, the honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, founded an organization based on three naval ships he called the 'Black Star Line'. Now, these ships were not only meant to be a means to get our people back home to Africa, but they were meant to facilitate the maritime exchange of goods and services. They were wholly owned by Garvey and his organization, which was completely comprised of Black/indigenous people.
Now, you'd think white fascists would want Black people to go home and leave america, and other countries, where the populous was mainly comprised of bigoted white inbreds. But what happened to Garvey's Black Star Line, was undercover agents working for the cross-dressing J. Edgar Hoover, and his FBI, sabotaged Garvey's ships and infiltrated his organization, so they both could be neutralized. Why? 'Cause like I've been detailing in previous posts on this Blog, what would ultimately make Black/indigenous people stronger is not our physical proximity to whites; our strength is in building a nation or nation-state, where ethnic homogeneity, i.e. segregation on our terms, would be the ruling principle.
And this is something white fascists can't allow to happen. If you think I'm wrong, just check out what became of areas like america's 'Black Wall Street' in 1921.
So what white supremacists have done, especially to these 'African tours', is make sure the people running them, make stops at places like Goree Island, off the coast of Senegal. They want Black/indigenous people visiting these dungeons, to see how we're still struggling and impoverished, and to further reinforce what's been taught to us about Africa. Basically that it's hot, far, and people there are dying of highly contagious diseases and they're still starving to death. We're not going to be taken to the continent's sprawling metropolis' or areas that are thriving financially.
Now, my friend who went on the aforementioned tour, is completely put off at the idea of ever returning to Africa. And this was the desired result of white supremacists.
And like so many Black americans, my friend consciously understands how magnificent our ancestors were, but subconsciously, hates himself for being Black. I remember before I became a Black Nationalist, I asked him how did white people wind up on top being that they're the world's minority; he immediately said, "Well, Black people sold each other into slavery..." And I had to remind him whites sold each other into slavery too. In fact, the word 'slave' comes from the white 'Slavic' or 'Slav' people. And so many whites enslaved their own kind, that they named the country 'YugoSLAVIA' for its enslaved denizens.
Understand, if white fascists allow us to have a positive experience when we do arrive in Africa, we might wanna' leave and never come back here. That might start a trend among us to leave from behind enemy lines in america, and start uniting with our brothas and sistas in Africa. And, heaven forbid, we might start sharing resources.
So, I've said all that to say two things, one, if you're planning on going on one of these tours back to Africa, make sure you book one that DOESN'T include a trip to one of these slave dungeons; and two, as always, our real strength is not in our money, but in our UNITY!
So don't get duped into disliking the motherland going on one of these insidious tours. 'Cause what'll happen is the same thing these inbreds have planned for us all along; and that is to, one: cast aspersion on and hate each other, and two: ultimately, hate ourselves for being Black. It's all about them keeping us in the paradigm of self-hatred y'all, that's how whitey wins and we lose.
Now, will Black/indigenous people get up outta' this self-hatred to save ourselves before it's too late?
Once again, that's the $64,000 question.
It's time we stop visiting slave dungeons y'all, for the benefit of our being able to survive what whitey's got in store for us.