In the wake of the world protests against #Racism [#Black #Lives#Matter], I have been drawn back to various historical moments and periods in this world history, specifically to look at the moments of struggle that “#Black lives have gone through. Amidst huge literature [both #documentary and #musical] that I came across, my heart has been so touched by among others, Miriam Makeba Centre Of Performing Arts – University Of Fort Hare, E.L #MiriamMakeba #revolutionary song released in 1977.The song is about the #Soweto uprising that occurred in 1976, following the decision by the #apartheid #government of #South#Africa to make #Afrikaans a medium of instruction at school. The uprising was forcefully put down by the police, leading to the #death of between 176 and 700 people x). Nonetheless, Apartheid was overcame in South Africa at least by 1990, leaving other factors constant. In the same spirit, Africa has overcame the oppressive #Atlantic #Slave #Trade, not to mention the years of #colonial and #imperialism #projects!
However, following the historical structure of the #global #system [that I won’t discuss here], African countries [and blacks across the world] have found themselves conscripted into confines of a structure that has since time in memorial descried them as ‘#lesser #race, #inhuman, #animals, #traditional, #superstitious, and unfit for life to mention but a few. Regardless of the so-called independence attainment, ‘neocolonialism’ is a reality today. Additionally, globalisation has left our so-called sovereign states instead ‘stateless and powerless’ [Real power is in the hands of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and other international agencies like the G’z and U-something-N-!!! :). No wonder the status quo of discrimination against ones skin colour has persisted in a century that is believed to be at the helm of human civilisation.
Meanwhile, those that for so-long have taught and preached hatred, discrimination, and isolation, it is high time for them to know that, African Lives Matter! Africa has had its own history [and moreover a progressive one (if you have heard about the Magreb Kingdoms of the Berbers, Nubians, Egyptian civilisation, The Aksum Kingdoms, The Napatan and the Meroe, I think you can agree with me on this fact), unfortunately the so-called “civilised West and Europe does not want to hear about this” as they continue to play their racism cards which was an unheard of scenario in premodern African history. Therefore, what is unveiling in Europe and the West today, is just an evidence that, if they do not realise and wake up to the reality that “the weaker is getting strong”, that “the blacks are equally human as they take themselves to be”, then the world will rise against them, and the struggle will be inclusive, with no regard to colour, but fought on humanity terms! for the truth is, we are all humans who deserved somewhat equal respect, treatment, and favour.
These are the silent revolutionary voices that arise from the old lyrics of Miriam Makeba song of “Soweto Blues” that I have attached for you herein. Music is power, as Hainrich Heine lamented, “Where words leave off, music begins”, enjoy the vibe as you think about that “World that all of us would wish to live in”.