We do not debate race here at any meaningful level, but use it to settle old scores and maintain the status quo in often violent, usually vitriolic ways. So anything that is mildly critical of white society is seen as anti-democratic , prejudiced and radical. It thus does not serve to unify the nation in any way, but to polarize a dangerously polarized country even further. White society in my part of the world has cleverly made itself the victim, and it has done this with the full backing of the international establishment.
Tsitsi Dangarembga (via b-sama)
This is the truth. I’ll add that now even Black Africans have joined in defending/supporting this false white victim hood.
It’s easy to take a photo, but what really made a difference was that I always knew how to find the right position, and I never was wrong. Their head slightly turned, a serious face, the position of the hands… I was capable of making someone look really good. The photos were always very good. That’s why I always say that it’s a real art.
Seydou Keïta, Bamako, 1995/1996
© André Magnin (via manufactoriel
By all means, learn beyond the classroom. In the end, thats all that will matter.
The word ‘happiness’ does indeed have meaning, doesn’t it? I shall go out in search of it.
Mariama Bâ, So Long a Letter
The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.
Europe stretches out her hands on every side to squeeze the darker races to her advantage, because she knows the people of Africa and the people of Asia to be divided. Her aim has been to promote division. It therefore behoves you, men of Asia, men of Africa, to join yourselves in one common bond of lasting friendship.
From an editorial by Dusé Mohamed Ali in a November 1912 edition of his paper, the African Times and Orient Review, as quoted in Hakim Adi and Marika Sherwood, Pan-African History, Routledge, 2003.
Mohamed Ali was born in Alexandria, Egypt, on 21 November 1866 to an Egyptian father, Abdul Salem Ali (who was an army officer), and a Sudanese mother.
Unity and victory are synonymous.
Our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of the African continent.