ADOS, reparations agenda

At every phase of our collective struggle for liberation and human dignity, Africans at home and abroad who have courageously and selflessly fought on the front line, all arrive at the conclusion that unity is undeniably the most invaluable weapon at our disposal.

One of Mother Africa’s brightest sons Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah told us all, “The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart”, in the heat of battle it becomes extremely necessary to remember the most fundamental lessons that benefit our genuine resistance collectively.

On the African continent specifically, one of our best test cases concerning unity in perpetual motion serves us well, is both Zimbabwe’s Second and Third Chimurenga primarily because on the Patriotic Front between ZANU and ZAPU, at the height of the protracted armed struggle and the Unity Accord seven years after independence in 1980.

As history moved forward the last three administrations of the US (Bush and Obama and Trump currently) let it be known to all who listen that while Zimbabwe is a small country it presents rather a peculiar problem concerning US interests in the region.

Whether the regime change agents in MDC, ZCTU or the 400 civil society groups whose blind loyalty is to US-EU Imperialism, ever acknowledge this publicly, it is Zimbabwe’s political culture that has always been driven by unity, that forced them to become part of the inclusive government with ZANU-PF between 2009 and 2013.

While the example of Zimbabwe takes place on our mother continent, it is as an example and inspiration, that frontline fighters and supporters of these efforts in the Diaspora cannot only learn from, but aggressively incorporate on the strategical and tactical level.

If there is any indifference or backlash, it will come from quarters who are not comfortable looking to the African continent for insight and direction, because in the final analysis an amputated narrative of the African experience serves as their political and intellectual blueprint.

This amputated narrative which draws a striking resemblance to diced onions or dandruff on our scalps, happens to be the engine behind a social media driven network, that goes by the name American Descendants of Slaves (ADOS).

The most visible and vocal proponents of the ADOS are a so called African American female and male tandem Ms Yvette Carnell and Mr Antonio Moore, Mr Moore is a graduate of both UCLA and Loyola Law School and Ms Carnell is a graduate of Howard University.

When articulating the ideological position of the ADOS, Mr Moore takes on the character of a lawyer in the courtroom, where on the other hand Ms Carnell who has a blog entitled Breaking Brown, has a more provocative and confrontational style of communication that appears to work for her.

At the forefront of the ADOS network’s political agenda is the age old question of reparations, similar to the manner that naked police terrorism defined Black Lives Matter and Imperialist corporate greed drove Occupy Wall Street movement.

Another characteristic that makes ADOS similar to both Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street, is what appears to be a deliberate choice to have political space, detached from the organised formations who developed and championed the very issue that steers their political efforts and programme.

We challenge any and everyone to go back and review the articles of Mr Moore and blogs of Ms Carnell and find them humbly recognising the tireless and selfless work of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika, the New Afrikan People’s Organisation, NCOBRA (National Conference of Blacks For Reparations In America), Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement, December 12th Movement, and The National Black United Front. Even before these organised formations, the Nation of Islam and Africans who were in the Communist Party many moons ago, also pushed the question of reparations.

Because our political culture takes on a matrilineal character, the heart and soul of the reparations movement inside US borders was the larger than life Garveyite Queen Mother Moore, who took the red black and green flag of the UNIA-ACL and insisted it be the symbol of the reparations movement, that same flag is the symbol of what the internationally acclaimed hip hop group Dead Prez call RBG which stands for Revolutionary but Gangsta.

For whatever reason Mr Moore and Ms Carnell decided to yankee doodleise the Reparations question by not only dismissing the New Afrikan approach to reparations, but theoretically and figuratively draping themselves in the US flag.

When it comes to reactionary sentiments, we do have choices, you can either come out of the gate with plantation love like ADOS or wait until your twilight years like the NFL legend Jim Brown and scold Colin Kapernick for desecrating the red, white and blue or Kareem Abdul Jabber who boycotted the US Olympics in 1968 over the Vietnam War, but as a senior citizen became the cultural ambassador for the US State Department.

Another disturbing posture by Ms Carnell and the ADOS network was to give the pan-Africanist movement a eulogy, which metaphorically speaking would be the equivalent of burying a human being alive.

When their appetite for clarity and research increases, the ADOS will discover that the organisers who have pushed reparations in the streets beyond the comforts and confines of social media, gained crucial momentum when the reparations movement took on a Pan Africanist character.

Thanks to their contributions, reparations is a banner that has a home in the Caribbean thanks to the lawsuit by CARICOM and without question the efforts of our comrades in Namibia taking Germany to task for atrocities committed during the colonial era.

Cuba’s revolutionary demand for reparations stemming from the blockade is also part of the mix. Concerning relations between Africans at home and abroad a micro-nationalist approach is not consistent with Ms Carnell’s political origin. As a student at Howard University Ms Carnell was the chief financial officer of former HUSA president Neville Welch who was born in Guyana, whose chief of staff Elsie Aguele was born in Nigeria.

What Ms Carnell and Mr Moore must also recognise is that even though the New Afrikan movement never deviated from the programme of seeking five states in the south seeking five states in the South, at no pointing their history did they consider themselves politically exempt from fighting US-EU Imperialism’s Africa policy.

Since Mr Moore is a lawyer interested in reparations, he should know that the late freedom fighter Chokwe Lumumba through NAPO was at the forefront of breaking former US President Ronald Reagan’s travel ban on Libya in 1987. In 2009Comrade Lumumba persuaded both NAPO and the National Conference of Black Lawyers to sign an appeal to the Obama administration demanding US-EU sanctions on Zimbabwe be lifted immediately lifted.

One of the most consistent organisations that was fought for reparations based in New York the December 12th Movement, has remained at the forefront of defending the territorial integrity of Zimbabwe.

Every New Afrikan Organisation gave platforms to ANC, PAC and AZAPO at their annual conventions.

A rather interesting dynamic is that Mr Moore’s articles are archived by a website called Inequality, which is a front for the Institute of Policy Studies, financed by the face liberal imperialist philanthropy George Soros, which unfortunately means if ADOS like so many others who are eating at Mr Soros table their expression of reparations doesn’t consider self determination a principle to die for.

Other ADOS mouthpieces have gone as far as stating Pan Africanism has achieved nothing concrete, if nothing else, as an act of humility and good will, let the Pan Africanist sector of our movement send the most consistent mouthpieces of ADOS a box of library cards.

ADOS front runners and extended mouthpieces should know the 5th Pan Africanist Congress resulted in 35 countries in Africa liberating themselves from Settler Colonial Rule from 1957-1960, which remains the most rapid swing towards power ever witnessed in modern history.

ADOS are attempting to make birth their position suggests that Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey should have stayed in Jamaica and not built certificates the barometer for lineage and identity, this will blow up in their faces. One wonders if the ADOS would supported the deportation of Comrade Garvey, because he was a distraction to US born Africans.

If it was up to them Mr Moore and Ms Carnell would have instructed the Honourable Marcus Garvey to sent Claude McKay to stay in Jamaica, as opposed to coming to Harlem to build the UNIA-ACL and the Harlem Renaissance. The follow up would have been to tell Arthuro Schomburg to stay in Puerto Rico and come to Harlem and start the American Negro Academy or build the Schomburg Library of Black Culture, or even better Kwame Ture should have not been allowed to chair SNCc because he was born in Trinidad.

This also suggests Paul Robeson should have stayed away from Claudia Jones and threw a bash in Harlem when she was deported for joining the Communist Party which violated the McCurran Act.

ADOS had better recognise the CTS which is an acronym to contributors to struggle, which focus on commitment not birth. What if Katherine Dunham and Pearle Primus did not use dance to teach us about the Haitian Revolution or the anti-colonial movement in Africa?

What if Langston Hughes told the Cuban born African poet Nicholas Guiilen the poet laureate of the revolution I only want to work with poets of my colour born in the US?

What if Fela Kuti never read the autobiography of Malcolm X, given to him by ex-Panther Ericka Huggins, which made him embrace his mother’s legacy of struggle and the black power movement he avoided in Britain. Should Cuba deport Assata Shakur and Nehanda Obiodun and tell them to join ADOS? How much substance would Manning Marable’s book How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America conned if he never studied How Europe Underdeveloped Africa who was inspired after reading George Padmore’s How Britain Ruled Africa?

Lastly if Nnandi Azikwe and the Osagyefo never came to Lincoln University or Eduardo Mondlane and John Chilembwe didn’t attend Oberlin College or Virginia Theological Seminary, how would Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi and Mozambique look today? Would it matter if Amadou Diallo was shot down by the Conte regime in Guinea or the New York Police Department. To our younger and older Pan Africanists while addressing this confusion in an obligation, it isn’t a substitute for a concrete program in harmony with our objectives at the core.

We thank that son of Africa based in Venezuela Jesus Chuch Garcia for leading the Afro Descendant movement in the America’s, which is an alternative to a social media network that implies the spaceship was like an express train from Africa to the US with no stops in between.

While defending Pan Africanism falls on our shoulders going back and forth with ADOS is not a substitute for a concrete programme.

source:the herald

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