Africa owes Reparations to Descendants of Africans Enslaved in the US

Africa owes Reparations to Descendants of Africans Enslaved in the US

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What Pan Africans miss in their desire to unify those of African descent is that Africans sold slaves. African slave traders would gather up young and healthy boys and girls and send them to the coast to wait for the next ship. Because the ships were too big to come to port, Africans would take smaller boats out to load the precious cargo. It is even told that they would do spiritual rituals to the slaves to remove their connection to the land. All along the coast of West Africa, Europeans built commercial forts of trading raw materials but once the slave trade picked up they were turned into slave holding dungeons. It is well documented that Africans played a major role in slave capture and trade.

No wonder today, we have a major disconnect between African Americans and Africans and the tension that exists between the two has never been rectified. We never had our truth and reconciliation with the African community. We deserve an apology for their role in chattel slavery. Ghana was happily the first country to offer that apology in 2013. We need more countries to apologize. Moreover we need more than an apology. First and foremost we demand respect. The disrespect of Africans toward African Americans is disgusting and intolerable. Tweets like these circulate online but they are also in the hearts and minds of too many Africans.

 Secondly we need more than lip service, we need tangible items. The moment an enslaved African left those shores we gave up our inheritance and birth rite. We left with nothing. No money, no clothes, no shoes, nothing. We were stripped of our culture though we retained as much as we could. Thrown to the wolves we struggled for survival. No one sent help. No one came to save us. Somehow, we survived some of the most brutal trials and tribulations imagined. And Africans still continue to poke fun at us and disrespect us en masse. The tweets are not a one off. It’s the norm. They have names for us. Africans say we have no culture. We are lazy. We are stupid. We are losers. So apologies aren’t going to get it. Respect is what is due and the way people understand respect is through money. Africa owes African Americans monetary, market, and land reparations too. Pan Africans tell you to unify without asking for your due. Africa owes African Americans.

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