Friday, December 16, 2011

Make It Plain: Pan-African Culture-What It Should Look Like and Accomplish

By Abdul Jabbar Caliph, Chief Editor
“The time has come to draw practical conclusion from the years of studying African problems, to sum them up in formulas that are as clear as possible and easy to apply.”  Cheikh Anta Diop
Uhuru Comrades, Brothers and Sisters!
I greet you with this Kiswahili word meaning freedom, for freedom should be the most fundamental issue on the minds of African people of all over the Diaspora! As a Pan-African Internationalist I understand the importance in the need for the development of a Pan-African culture that is reflected of the values and morals of African people. In order for this to be accomplished it is important for us to understand that we must replace the values and morals of the old colonialist regime that we suffered under with the values and morals of the new society that we wish to develop. 

These values and morals must be developed along an African centered approach to life. This means that we must not only understand our history we must also understand some of the traditional concepts of African culture and begin to chart its’ development and progression as it relates to African people all over the world. Some of this traditional customs must be disregarded for they no longer have any value or importance to the new society which we are seeking to develop.  They are out dated and ancient. 

The new society in which we seek to develop requires that we educated and train our youth in the Pan-African Internationalist concept of social living instead of the individual based concept taught to us by the colonialist approach to life that we have been trained within. Under colonialism we existed as slaves and under the new society that we are seeking to develop we will live as free men and women who control their own destiny. We will live according to means of production that our society needs, no waste no mess. Each person must live according to his political means and the political needs of family.

In order for this to happen we must have a complete radical break with the bourgeoisie culture that has been the dominated culture in our life. This can only occur with the complete transfer of power to the African working class, the most proletariatarian class that exists in the world! This break must be a total and complete break with parasitic capitalism.

Comrades we must understand that our struggle here is a twofold struggle, a struggle against racism that also has a class component. We who call ourselves Pan-Africans would do well to not forget this. For it is through the combination of the two that we will be able to insure that our people never again experience the African holocaust (MAAFA).  It is through this process that we will be able to control our destiny, control over the political economy and the means of production of Africa’s natural resources.

A new form of education must emerge out of this process, an education that will be free of our former 
colonialist masters’ control. It is through this educational process that our people will learn the true history of our people and the purpose of their historical mission, the liberation and freedom of Africa and her people throughout the Diasporas. It is the completion of this mission that will allow us to control and establish a global economy that will launch Africa into the next phase of development as the rightful masters of our own lives and put an end to the capitalist-imperialist parasitic relationship that has dominated non-white people for centuries.

We must remember that as we seek the destruction of this parasitic way of life we must also be about the work of serious transformation of our society, a society that is in serious need of healing. We must educate our people about how to control the means of production that currently exist in our Pan-African society and the development of a new approach to this very end. To fail to do so will mean the failure of the revolution, it is a betrayal of the revolution and history may not absolve us!

Let us as Pan-Africans remember the wise saying of Amilcar Cabral, the leader of the PAIGC who was brutality assassinated by imperialist forces nine months before Guinea-Bissau was to achieve it liberation, “Always remember that people are not fighting for ideas, nor for what is in men’s mind. The people fight and accept the sacrifices demanded by the struggle in order to gain material advantages, to live better and in peace, to benefit from progress, and for the better future of their children. National liberation, the struggle against colonialism, the construction of peace, progress and independence are nothing but hollow words devoid of any significance unless they can be translated into a real improvement of living conditions.”   

To achieve the afore mentioned objective we must begin to established Liberated Zones, the transformation of our neighborhoods and domestically colonized communities into communities of political consciousness and awakened freedom fighters who willing do the work of fighting for the rights of the African working class. This will give us the democratic space that is needed to broadly organize the people into future cadre forces that will focus on the seizure and consolidation of power into our own hands. The establishments of survival program such as food co-operatives, after-school and weekend programs for African Children are examples of dual and contending institutions that will help achieve this mission. 

Comrades this is what a true Pan-African culture should look like and be able to accomplish.  For it not to accomplish this mission is to mean that we failed as Pan-Africans in winning the revolution, a revolution that our ancestors died to see fulfilled, they laid down their lives to see their children and future generations of African people grow up to live a life free of slavery and misery! 

We must accomplish this noble sacred mission. We must complete the revolution and free our people in order to assume our rightful place in society. This mission can only be accomplished by the African working class, the most noble and humble race and class of people on the planet!

In conclusion, I would like us to remember what Barry Munslow said “The greatest danger was that the state might well be able to transform the revolution before the revolution could transform the state.” This means that we as members of the African working class must be the organization of the people, educated the people and mobilize the people to participate in their own liberation. 

 “African development is possible only on the basis of a radical break with the international capitalist system, which has been the principal agency of underdevelopment of Africa over the last five centuries.” Walter Rodney

Long live the Revolution!
Long live the struggle for African Independence!
Bread, Peace and Black Power!

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