James Baldwin once said "To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time. ” No words ring truer at this particular point in our history. We live under the constant threat of attack and possible death, if not by our own people then by those who wear and badge and drive cars emblazoned with the phrase "To protect and to serve". These tools of "white supremacy", coupled with the continual reporting of worldwide injustices against our people, the lies of the media, the systems of control, and the silence of those who should be working towards change, are at times overwhelming and too much to bear.
Each day we rise to yet another story , another murder, another loss. It is so disheartening. We are at war and have been in this war for so many years, the majority of us think that our lives are "normal" . I myself dream of liberation for all Afrikans. I dream of a time where we can educate our children, have our own systems of commerce, education, and healthcare, our own self-sustained communities, and are no longer subjected to the whims of oppression and those who support it. But, I realize that idealism has no place in the life of a revolutionary. I am a dreamer but I had to wake up from the dream because my people are living in a nightmare. From the shores of Amerikka , to the islands of West Papua, to the terrain of Australia, to the cities of Europe, my people are all suffering.
It is the duty of each of us of the Afrikan diaspora to do what we can where we are . If each of us in our respective communities would do the needed work in those communities, we would see systemic change. But, we need to start. I am inspired by some of the actions and initiatives of some of my comrades throughout the US. Many are purchasing land (or aspiring to), some have youth groups, some have homeschooling programs,teaching on economics, outreach programs, some are fighting their local governments regarding human rights violations , and so on and so on. These are the every day heroes that the world doesn't recognize. I see you!
I could go on and on but I won't . Instead, I will get back to work. No one is coming to save us and we have to deal with the fact that those who should care do not and the ones who should have our best interests at heart do not. We are the solution. Every day , more and more and facing the harsh reality of life as an Afrikan. We come from greatness. We will return!
Andre'a The Tru Lioness