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Images I Had of Africa and Africans
Posted By: Ivan Butcher II on May 01, 2020

Images I Had of Africa and Africans

When I read and see headlines and news reports of what is happening in Africa, Today, and especially with the Chinese, its very disheartening.

Growing up in Harlem, NYC, during the 50's-60's as a youth, the image and images I had of Africa and Africans was one of family, creativity, strength and unity, which were the same images I had of life growing up in Harlem.

The leaders, I saw as influential and powerful, with many wives and children, I saw their strength in their unity with the other men in the Village, all working in unisons for the good and protection of the Village.

I saw the women / the mothers as beautiful, loving, caregiving educators. I saw and felt our talents rooted in African Culture: art, music, dance, fashion, religions, etc. The numbers of public figures, family members and individuals in the community, whom had an influence to who I am, would be too many and too important to leave anyone's name out.

And, I understand, and take no offense to Chairman Kim Jong-un's observation and comment, that Africans should be looking to protect and emulate their culture, rather than imitating others.

So, the only conclusion I have to what is happening today, in Africa, is that the Leaders are imitating the Capitalist and selling out their people for their own selfish gains, like the Capitalist here in America, Europe and parts of Asia / China.

Next, African leaders are taking potentially, worthless Chinese paper currency for their precious natural resources. This reminds me of an old city saying, If you can buy that, I got a Bridge For Sale.

The dis-unification of the African Nations reminds me of our condition here in Black America.
Why Don't More Black Achievers Advocate for our Black Family?

Why haven't more of them been speaking out in the public media, using the power of their money and position, like those during the Civil Rights Movement Era? Today, our so called Black Elitist need to stop trying to Fitting-In. In fact their money comes only at the blessings of the CORPORATIONS.

If you consider how our Family is portrayed in the Corporate media around the World, it is no wonder that we as a people, especially those of us speaking different languages, do not identify with each other, The Curse of Babel.

"What the Want A Be s don't realize, They are serious when They say, that no matter what your status, or which ethnic group you identify with, we all look alike to THEM!"

When you look at our conditions here, World-wide, I feel like I am, we as a Family are living in a "Dog Day Afternoon," episode of the Twilight Zone.

Instead of working together, most of them in the positions to make a difference seem to be looking out for themselves, the old "Crabs in a Barrel Syndrome."

In light of the documented, disenfranchising economic conditions undermining Black Americans, We African / Americans are a Family and it is time that we begin working toward our own Family's interests. The idea that, "Charity begins at home" is not separatism nor selfishness. The neglecting of ourselves and relying on others to provide for us nurtures that negative perception other families have of our community.

When Will We Wake-Up?

Ivan Butcher II
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My concerns: Divide and Conquer!

" I came to America with nothing, I toke advantage of all the opportunities afforded me, and I worked for everything that I have." This is the standard mantra you hear from the industrious migrant.

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