The black people around the world is in trouble. The trouble did not start today and will not stop today. I have recently been exposed to a lot of the problems blacks deal with through accounts from community leaders and educators like Dr. Umar Johson, Dr. Amos Wilson and Dr. Claud Anderson among others, especially in America. One of the things I have appreciated from all the educators I have listened to is that they always provide possible solutions after stating the problems. From my reflection from contemplating the recent events that recently took place in Ferguson, Missouri, I came up with a few possible solutions of my own.
Maybe that’s part of the problem: having too many solutions, and not doing enough towards their implementations. That is possible. However, it is also possible that some groups are implementing solutions at micro-levels and their success stories will emerge when the processes have matured. Whatever the case is, I am positive and hopeful that the future of black people worldwide is much better than the picture the media paints.
- STEP 1: Create a Black Leaderless Group Lead By Black Consciousness
This step is inspired by the hacktivism group “Anonymous,” not by the “Black Consciousness Movement.” This group will be leaderless and all its members will strive to maintain anonymity. The primary objective of the group will be to help channel black people’s energy in one single direction, in unity, peace and love for self and towards one another.
The group will also work towards the liberation of the black people from its economic chains controlled by the Western World. The group will not be affiliated to any religious group or practice any political system, but it will rely upon ancestral African customs and traditions that served our black ancestors well.
- STEP 2: Adopt One Native African Language for All Black People Worldwide
It is my estimate that within a period of five to ten years, every single black person on the planet can learn and speak one language that will be selected by the group created in Step 1. It is possible. A people that cannot communicate in a language that they can call their own will never be truly united.
There are lots of different local African dialect that are already well spoken by a good number of people across the African continent and beyond. Good examples include Ewe, part of the the Gbe family of native African languages (West Africa – Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Benin). With technology today, it will be easy as 1 2 3 to teach the language to every black person who must learn.
- STEP 3: Adopt One Single African Currency
The United States of America is (now arguably) called “The Greatest Country” in the world because the world economy runs on the United States Dollar. The more people refer to the dollar for their day to day business operations, the stronger the USA is. If you don’t understand how to United States currency works, watch this 13 minutes video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1OJlJ9COg0.
It is indeed possible to a United Africa to create and run its affairs with its own currency. Having one currency will reinforce our interdependence on one another as blacks, and reduce our dependence on Western and submission to Western nations. Imagine how divided and expensive it would be for America’s 52 states to each have their own currencies. That would be a chaotic situation, which Africa now deals with.
- STEP 4: Allow Free Movements of People and Goods Between African Countries
Even though we are in the 21st century, travelling from one African country to another is still very challenging, and stressful. Under a united black people, there would be no need for borders and divergent interest. The current division of Africa and the black people as a whole, only benefits Western countries. Our demise on that front started with the Berlin Conference of 1884 to divide Africa. Read more about it here: http://geography.about.com/cs/politicalgeog/a/berlinconferenc.htm
- STEP 5: Invite Black Brothers and Sisters To Return Home
Once the four steps above have been taken, black men and women around the world will be so proud of their achievements that they would not probably need an invitation to come back home, to Africa. Ghana has already taken the lead in this initiative. Read about it here: http://thegrio.com/2013/11/02/why-ghana-is-fast-becoming-a-hub-for-african-americans/. There is no place like home. The further away a people lives from its origins, the more vulnerable it is.
There is no people on the face of the planet that is as hard working and resilient as black people. If we systematically follow the steps outlined above, it is possible that we turn our seemingly bleek fate around. The process will take time, there will be a lot of resistance but it will work. However, the cost of not doing anything is too high, way higher than the cost of going into action.
1. Africa is at the core of all the steps above because Black People originated from the African continent. It is home to us. If we don’t like what our home is or has become, let’s get brooms and mops to start cleaning up. Just like Marcus Garvey said: “I have no desire to take all black people back to Africa; there are blacks who are no good here and will likewise be no good there.”
2. You are welcome to suggest more solutions or steps that could be added or removed from the process above.