Shedding Light on Helen Zille's Tweets

2017-03-16 17:57

I would like Helen Zille to be invited by one of the powerful African American forums in the United States.  Or I can take her there, that she come forward and present a paper on her thesis about colonialism and apartheid at one of the annually organised African American renaissance workshops where topical and cultural issues concerning Africans and African Americans are discussed and analysed by African American figures. There, she will meet people who will take her on, on her sweeping falsehoods about Africa. I can assure you, that after she has presented her paper, African American intellectuals will stand up one after the order to demolish her theory bit by bit.

White men used African labor to do capital accumulation, money that was used to start the industrial revolution in the eighteenth century. For five hundred years (1400-1900) Europeans used free African labor to build up their world. That is what the world know. But what is hidden from you and you will never hear is that it was black people on the shop floor and plantations who came with powerful ideas that ignited Europe and caused industrial revolution. So what you have in the form of civilization is that Africans contributed both labor and more importantly ideas. Africans on the ground gave Whites ideas, and they took those ideas and bask in them.

Remember African Americans are the direct immediate descendants of slaves; they have true personal stories been told to them by their grandparents of what actually happened on the ground. And those personal cases contradicts what you generally read and hear in the mainstream knowledge fraternities like books, journals and popular media.

There are many intimate and moving stories. But I choose only one to present an illustration.

Let us look at George Washington Carver. He was born before slavery ended, a black man in America. He was born to be slave from parents who are slaves. Within that context and under those harsh conditions of being a slave he made powerful innovations and contributions to scientific farming in the United States. He provided agricultural extension studies to farmers thereby enabling them to apply scientific farming methods to their farming practices that made them improve their crop yields. It was Carver who came with ideas on how peanuts could be transformed into many products such as peanut butter.  Most of the ideas of Carver he learned them from his great grandparents who came from Africa. So those ideas of innovation and life improvement came from Africa.

Carver made improvements to many crops and later in life was perceived as an expert on farming. He was even called upon by Congress (US Parliament) to testify in the 1920s (on whether Congress should raise tariff on imported peanuts from China). Imagine this is 1920s, an unheard thing that a Black man can achieve such.

Oh, I can go on and on,  but I would stop right here. Helen Zille's pedestrian attempts to contribute a voice to such a worthy discourse would have been wonderful if is not steeped in ingrained stereotypes. But on the contrary, Helen Zille, only achieved a wooden advertisement of a mishmash of cheap innuendoes.

Before I conclude let me offer perspectives on modern trends, and in that perspectives contextualize Helen Zille's tweets.

No one else can compete with America that has more than 50 million Africans, nobody. The District of Columbia had the highest percentage of Blacks (50.6 percent). Though shunted to the margins of America, look at what African Americans have contributed to America, and finally giving America and the world one of the finest, the sharpest, respected, adored president ever: Barack Obama. Compare Barack Obama with the white man Donald Trump and tell me. And remember everything beautiful about Barack Obama he attributes it to having lived in Africa, Kenya for a period close to a year while he was a young man in his twenties. It was Barack Obama's book the Audacity of Hope that made him known among the larger American society. And the scene and the plot of the Audacity of Hope is Kenya. And Kenya is in Africa.

The most notable poet in the world in these modern times is Maya Angelou. She is African. And so are global celebrities of high note. They are Black.

This days you hear so often people talking about China taking over America and dominating the world. That is just talk. To dominate the world in the way America does you need agents of cultural force and magnetic power. You need global magnetic iconic forces such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Michael Jackson. These personalities are the most worshiped people on earth and make America enslave the world in a way China cannot and will never do.

I am stating these truths not to convince anybody. I am too aware that the truth will never convince a mind impervious to reason.

And so for the preservation of humanity and for the good legacy of global moral forces like Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and Dr Martin Luther King, I conclude as follows:

The Black people affected the White people and the White people affected the Black people. In essence all this thing is about the history of humanity. Once upon a time yet another religious Black person came with the slogan that all different races belong to one human race. Live with that reality of the whole world being one mind, the Hindu teachers tell us that often. Seeking a false sense of superiority is living in fantasy land. Come down to earth and deal with the reality of one human race. It is time we get out of our collective heritage of stupidity. Let us hold hands, unite and move on as one giant big family.

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