In 2016, the United Nations acknowledged that the United States owes reparations to the descendants of former slaves. So far, there has been no acknowledgement of this in Washington. Source: U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel – The Washington Post
The image of the black panther is a symbol of Black Power, which bespeaks bravery, excellence and the willingness to use one’s skill to out-manoeuvre a cunning enemy with every intention of winning the fight. The symbol of the black panther enjoys a heritage rooted in authentic Black civilizations which flourished before the colonization of Black populations by the Caucasian paradigm.
The Black Panther movie has been described as the best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), grossing, according to one estimate, $704 million worldwide within the first month of its release, making it the highest grossing film of 2018. It crushed box offices in the USA because of its immense patronage by Black audiences, precisely because of what the black panther has always represented for Black people – a symbol of Black power – a symbol, it is true, caught within the Caucasian paradigm, but one possessing a pedigree which both predates and transcends the paradigm.
As such, its dazzling success communicates a message about the consciousness of Black people at this time, the kind of knowledge we seek now, and what we expect of our artists, especially those who have been given much. Read More…
I found this insight about Africans deeply interesting. I, myself, have not yet visited Africa, but I have a good friend who goes there all the time, and he makes the same observations – Africans are generous, good and trusting people. When Africans leave our Motherland and migrate to the Caucasian countries, they succumb to the Caucasian paradigm and the lethal conditions set up specially for them. I think Black people should definitely stop thinking within the Caucasian paradigm and get to know ourselves. We should stop regurgitating the Caucasian narrative about us, and begin to listen to our own people, our own teachers, our own elders.
This may sound racist but it is not, i honestly love people… all people, White, Black, Indian, Colored etc and have close friends from all walks of life and all racial and religious sub sets of humanity, but this morning i realized something that in my life, *personal reflection, not a fact or judgement… i have experienced abuse and insults, anger and aggression far more from White, Indian, and Colored people (in that order) and far less from Black people… and blacks are in the majority in this country, South Africa. I think that says alot about African Consciousness!
In fact i struggle to find an incident where a black person was really rude and hurtful towards me. Yes there is crime here and yes you are more likely to be mugged or robbed by a black person, but that has alot more to do with poverty and we all…
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