By: Suma W. Jadama/ www.africanakua.com, The Gambia
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela
This article is a very short one and I wish we all interpret its conciseness as a matter which needs an urgent action. It should mean there is no more time to waste over the old methods, we Africans and people of African descent, have always used to fight for justice and freedom.
Barack Obama once said “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Africans all over the world, must now fight their cause by not only organizing demonstrations but rather embarking on what I call a massive “EDUCATION ASSAULT”.
Let African people enroll their children in school and help them through. Let them have from the family level upwards a very aggressive desire to be educated.
Africans must invest more in education and place less emphasis on music and sports. We know the USA educational system is not entirely friendly to people of African descent, but it would be dishonest to say the opportunities are not there for the determined.
People of African descent will never be “free” if they continue to have fewer doctors, lawyers, teachers, senators, judges, soldiers, police officers etc. And they will never be in these positions in satisfactory numbers if they are not well educated.
Education, I believe is the next frontier in black civil rights in the US. Should they wait until the situation becomes favorable? Well, the situation will never be favourable until they are favourable.
I have never doubted the indefatigable will of African Americans. The monsters of slavery, segregation and lynching have all failed to keep them down. There is probably no group of people who have gone through the lethal persecution that African Americans went through and emerged unscathed.
However, and more importantly, if Africa itself, the cradle, does NOT reform, then there is NO hope for Afro-Americans or Africans in the diaspora.
White America gets its mojo from Europe, Asian Americans are inspired by China/Korea/Japan. Therefore as Peter Tosh once said, if you are black, no matter your location, you are an African.
SUMA W.JADAMA IS A NEWS EDITOR AT THE GAMBIA RADIO AND TELEVISION SERVICES-THE STATE BROADCASTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA.
HE ALSO WRITES FOR A NUMBER OF WEBSITES AND BLOGS INCLUDING www.africanakua.com