Trust is an integral component of Pan-Africanism as it requires people to believe in a set of shared cultural values. As a young African-American woman, I have seen and experience firsthand the amount of disunity within the black community primarily because of how segmented we are as a people as different groups within our community prioritize their own individual wars against gender and LGBTQ inequality, colorism, police brutality, and incarceration.
Despite Black Lives Matter’s call for solidarity that transcends borders, there is no mention of solidarity with the millions of Black Cubans who are battling with racial discrimination that the Cuban government refuses to directly address. How has this undying loyalty to the “anti-racist” legacy of Fidel Castro abroad led to the erasure of the repression of Black Cubans at home?
This offends, it offends a lot. It offends because it stereotypes, falsifies and makes fun of our image. We are real people, we are not fantasy characters that can’t be found in the streets of Alcoy and the rest of Spain. We can’t allude the past to avoid changes. We are here and it hurts to see ourselves being represented as fools without personality, without depth, without humanity.
Many Black power movements advocate for economic freedom and support of black-owned business. Indeed, a people’s independence can only be sustained if they controls their economy. I hope that this new series will be an aspiration to African Americans and will empower us to see the possibilities of a sovereign Black community.
Our response is to provide an opportunity for black people to grow and develop spiritually that they will not get anywhere else. It is obvious that white churches and white Christian organizations do not feel responsible for providing or conforming to the needs of their black population. But as a response, more black Christian students need to boldly come together and create a unique environment that embraces their culture.
I can post a status on Facebook while in the U.S. that will be seen by a friend in Ghana, who could then tweet the post to their followers in Kenya, who can consequently screenshot it and post it to be reposted by South African followers on Instagram- all in the course of a few minutes. This type of connectivity when readjusted through the lenses of Pan- Africanism reveals a powerful notion for Africans globally-we can finally connect.
This presidency will affect African Americans a great deal and we can expect this country to regress and unravel all the progress made, setting us back several decades. People fear that lynching will happen soon after the inauguration. Donald Trump has systematically appropriated racism and represents white supremacy.