Marcus Garvey and the Modern Blackman

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“Every African-American in the United States needs to move their money, family, knowledge (sic) back to Africa w(h)ere you will be treated like the royalty you are. You don’t deserve this treatment. This is not your country.” Akon, Senegalese-American singer on perceived racism over the acquittal of George Zimmerman for killing a black teenager, Trayvon Martin.

If we stare longer into the global map of racism, we may realise that Africa is responsible for the humiliation of its dark-skinned people and descendants worldwide. If we stare longer into the sociology of Black people, we may realise that racism is perhaps a deserved punishment for our inability to build a single country years after the ideologies of Marcus Garvey, the intellections of W. E. B. Du Bois, the disobedience of Rosa Parks, the protests of Martin Luther King and the agitations of all the provoked black ancestors in post-abolition Americas. We…

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