Say it slowly..KISWAHILI
The real experience of our captivity with rules and laws dispensed by unskilled leaders in the West was never told in simple terms or the information distributed widely enough from East to West among Afrikans. Collected data that is essential to understanding our journey and current predicament.
These writings identify and address the developed deficiencies and causation. It is a tribute to our ancestors, a guide to understanding, and a key to accelerate the awakening.
Publisher: African Online Publishing
Released: November 6, 2021
ISBN: (Digital) 978-97696606-0–
Drusilla Dunjee Houston (1876-1941)
Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire (1926)
An Amazon, hundreds of years ahead of her time
Houston became the quintessential race woman during the time she lived. Influenced by DuBois’ The Negro (1915), which discredited white racist scholarship that Africans had no history, Houston without the help of research assistants, philanthropic funding, or access to many research repositories set out to write a three volume study on the influence of ancient Cushites in the Nile Valley, India, Europe, and America. In fact, after the publishing of her now classic Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire (1926), she wrote DuBois a letter in 1926 thanking him for inspiring her and informed him that she was not trying “reach the white race.” Her book was dedicated to people of African descent and she wanted to debunk the racist notions of the “Klan and all race haters.
Although dated today, Houston landmark scholarship in 1926 helped establish the undeniable fact that black Africans influenced civilizations in the ancient world.”
Magazines are free. Our Story, Real Afrikan History.
January-March 2022 issue
Les magazines sont gratuits. Notre histoire. Veritable histoire africaine.
Source: Abbitumi.com – mwalimubaruti
“Surely, talking about the greatness of our great Afrikan civilization certainly should make us feel good; and we should feel good about ourself as Afrikans. But as I have said on many occasions, you going to die feeling good. Drug addicts die feeling good. It’s not enough just to feel good about yourself to survive. Feeling good about your Afrikan self is not going to save your life. Knowing that you did great things in ancient Egypt (Kmt), ancient Nubia, ancient Ghana, Mali, Songhai and other parts of Afrika it’s Wonderful and Necessary; but it will not solve our (current) problems. It is now time to look at our heroes/sheroes (our great ancestors) in terms of their culture; in terms of the great achievements they made; in terms of the mistakes they made; in terms of other kinds of issues that involved their lives so that you can get the kind of information you need to survive as a people. And believe me Black people our survival as a people is in very serious trouble today, in very serious trouble.
We must understand that history has a thousand faces; that it is designed to answer a thousand questions and that looking to our heroes/sheroes (our great ancestors) is only one function of history, only one. Therefore, the history of our people can be used to provide many of our answers; economic answers, political answers, cultural answers, spiritual/religious answers, educational answers, etc. All kinds of questions can be answered by history, but the problem is you have to ask the appropriate questions.
-Seba Nana-Okokuroko Amos N. Wilson
Source: Abibitumi.com – Kwabena
Intelligence consists of the ability to solve problems; not to score high on the IQ test. Scoring high on an IQ test is not intelligence; and not to score high on a standardized test (SAT). Scoring high on a standardized test is not intelligence. Again, keep this in mind, intelligence is the ability to solve problems. Intelligence is the ability to solve the problems that confront you as a people and to solve the problems that confront you as an individual. I don’t care how high you score on an IQ test or standardized test, if you can’t solve the problems that confronts you as a people and as an individual, you are Dumb, Stupid and you will be Destroyed.Intelligence has to do with solving problems, again solving problems. You are not intelligent until you solve the problems that confront you. You have let another people define intelligence as the ability to solve their problems and not your own. They then call you intelligent when you behave and think in a way that adds to their power and maintain their “superior” position in the world; then you are intelligent , then you have good character. And their measure of intelligence is intrinsically related to the abilities and thinking that allows them to solve problems that confront them as a people. Therefore, you must define intelligence in the terms of your own goals, in terms of your own survival, not in terms of the survival and goals of another people. Black people can not take the standard definition of intelligence of another people; screw white folks (EuroAsians) definition of intelligence. You must look at intelligence in terms of what do we need as Black/Afrikan people to survive, what we need as Black/Afrikan people to be liberated.-Seba Nana Okokuroko Amos N. Wilson Long Live Nana Amos N. Wilson, your name will live on forever.
Source: Abibitumi.com-Makiya Shani Tamiya
“Within the bound of his just earnings, I hold that the slave is fully justified in helping himself to the gold and silver, and the best apparel of his master, or that of any other slaveholder; and that such taking is not stealing in any sense of the word. The morality of free society can have no application in slave society. Slave holders have made it impossible for the slave to commit any crime, known either to the laws of god or the laws of man. If he steals, he takes his own; if he kills his master, he imitates only the heroes of the revolutionâ€¦.make a man a slave and you rob him of moral responsibility.â€
– Frederick Douglass from his autobiography â€œMy Bondage and my Freedomâ€ “
[Makiya Shani Tamiya__](https://www.abibitumi.com/members/makiyasmack/) posted an update in the group [Abibitumi Liberating Truth Book Club](https://www.abibitumi.com/groups/abibitumi-book-club/):
“I finished this insightful book a couple weeks ago, and I must say, it was worth it. George G.M. James goes into great detail on how the greeks stole the knowledge from Ancient Kmt , then labeled said knowledge as “their discoveries”. Additionally, he also exposed “the great thinkers” as a group of fraudsters and copycats (Aristotle, Hippocrates, Socrates, etc). I recommend this book for sure. Below are a few of my favorite excerpts from the book .
“The Period of Greek Philosophy (640-322 B.C.) was a period of internal and external wars, and was therefore unsuitable for producing Philosophers. History supports the fact that from the time of Thales, to the time of Aristotle, the Greeks were victims of internal disunion, on the one hand, while on the other, they lived in constant fear of invasion from the Persians who were a common enemy to the city states.” (page 17)
“Apart from what was written on the Atom, the name of Democritus is associated with a large list of books, dealing with over sixty different subjects, and covering all the branches of science known to the ancient world. In addition to this vast field of knowledge, the list also contains books on Military Science, Law and Magic. Clearly, the accumulation of such a vast range of knowledge, by a single individual, written in a single lifetime is impossible both physically and mentally. The method among the ancients of imparting knowledge was by gradual stages, followed by evidence of proficiency, which in turn was also followed by initiations, which marked every step in the progress of the Neophyte. The progress of training was slow and no Neophyte could accomplish such knowledge in his life time as took the Egyptians over five thousand years to accumulate. These human limitations are as true today as they were among the ancients; for our great scientists of the Modern World are specialists only in single subjects.” (page 54)
“In this list Aristotle has told the world that he wrote texts on (a) Mathematics, Physics and Theology, (b) Ethics, Economics, and Politics and (c) Poetry, Art and Rhetoric. Now, in order to write these texts one must have received his education and training in the subjects on which they are written. We are told in the history of Greek philosophy, that Socrates taught Plato and that Plato taught Aristotle. But there is no evidence that Socrates ever taught mathematics or economics or politics. Consequently, it was impossible for him to teach Plato these subjects, and also impossible for Plato to teach Aristotle these subjects, under the Egyptian Mystery System which was graded, and which required proof of efficiency before promotion. We are therefore unable to accept the claim of Aristotle to have been the author of those books.” (pages 89-90)
The farce of never-ending Emancipation and refusal to transition to full freedom.
“Source: Washington Post“
Aug. 1 is Emancipation Day. But the end of British slavery didn’t mean freedom.
The British conception of emancipation cemented imperialism and vast exploitation instead of ending it
A man in Barbados on Emancipation Day in 2006 raises his fist while looking at the Emancipation Statue which symbolizes the breaking of the chains of bondage. (Stacey Benedict/AP)
By Padraic X. Scanlan
Padraic X. Scanlan is assistant professor at the University of Toronto, and the author of “Slave Empire: How Slavery Made Modern Britain” (Robinson, 2021)
Yesterday at 6:00 a.m. EDT
While the United States recently made Juneteenth its newest federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery, another date was previously celebrated by U.S. abolitionist societies: Aug. 1.
That date, in 1834, marked the end of slavery in the British Empire, when the 1833 Abolition of Slavery Act came into force. In many of Britain’s former colonies in the Caribbean, as well as Canada, Aug. 1 is still celebrated as Emancipation Day.
Yet Emancipation Day commemorates a struggle to overcome slavery that did not end with its abolition. Rebellions against slavery, in Barbados in 1816, Demerara (later a part of British Guiana) in 1823 and Jamaica in 1831-32 forced Parliament toward granting emancipation. But the freedom enslaved people received on Aug. 1 was not the autonomy and dignity for which they had fought. In fact, in key ways antislavery sentiment and policies helped disguise — and prolong — the exploitation of formerly enslaved people. After slavery, freed people were denied access to land and expected to work for low wages. Emancipation policies also proved to be a useful justification for imperialism.
The Caribbean was the center of British imperial political economy in the 18th century. Between 1619 and the abolition of the British slave trade in 1807, at least 365,563 enslaved people disembarked in British North America and what would become the United States of America. By comparison, more than 2,221,000 enslaved people disembarked in Britain’s sugar-producing colonies in the Caribbean, including more than 1 million people in Jamaica alone.
Sugar production and slavery went hand in hand. Sugar cane juice spoils quickly. Cutting and processing canes required large, heavily disciplined workforces of enslaved people toiling in horrific conditions, sometimes in near darkness, among large fires and heavy machinery.
Demand for sugar was inexhaustible. While enslaved people produced it, some Caribbean enslavers became incredibly rich and retired to Britain to manage their plantations from the comfort of a chic townhouse or country estate.
Enslaved people opposed slavery from its beginning, dramatically in armed rebellions on slave ships and plantations, and subtly by emptying stores, slowing work or satirizing the authority that enslavers claimed over them.
Opposition to slavery was a fact of life among enslaved people, but growing imperial power prompted Britons to examine their consciences. Some worried that the horrors of mass enslavement didn’t suit a “mature” empire. Others worried that slavery impeded Britain’s ability to spread the Gospel. Still others argued that slavery was economically inefficient, and that Britain’s empire would be better served by cheap wage labor on sugar plantations and aggressive investment in raw materials produced in West Africa.
Rather than supporting enslaved rebels in the colonies, the leaders of Britain’s antislavery movement argued that rebellion proved that enslaved people required “civilization” to prepare them for freedom. One abolitionist wrote that enslaved people “know and feel nothing of society, but the hardships and punishments that it cruelly and capriciously inflicts.” Emancipation, by these lights, needed to be gradual to end slavery without disturbing the social hierarchy.
In 1807, Britain abolished its slave trade, the culmination of a long campaign in Parliament and in Britain’s growing civil society. However, the Slave Trade Act was passed during the decades-long war with Napoleonic France, and Britain hoped it would serve as an economic weapon to harm the rival empire. From 1791 to 1804, France had fought against enslaved and free Black rebels in Saint-Domingue, its most valuable sugar-producing Caribbean colony, in a war that ended with the independence of Haiti.
After the Haitian Revolution, France was no longer a serious rival to Britain in the Caribbean, and defenders of the slave trade could no longer claim that abolishing the trade would give France an advantage.
Antislavery leaders in Britain argued that without the slave trade, colonial legislatures in the Caribbean would work to improve living and working conditions for enslaved people, opening a long and gradual path to emancipation. As an antislavery leader put it in the House of Commons, emancipation would come “in a course of years, first fitting and qualifying the Slave for the enjoyment of freedom … nothing rash, nothing rapid, nothing abrupt.”
But conditions for enslaved workers did not improve. And enslaved people — aware of colonial and imperial politics — imagined that London was ready to grant emancipation against the wishes of furious colonial legislators. They sometimes timed rebellions to take advantage of what seemed like head winds of metropolitan support for their cause.
However, to the elite of the antislavery movement in Britain, gradual emancipation was supposed to suppress, not encourage, revolution. In an 1824 speech to the House of Commons, a leading politician compared Black freedom to Frankenstein’s monster, a creature “possessing the form and strength of a man, but the intellect only of a child.” Imperial antislavery foreclosed on an emancipation shaped from below.
In 1831-32, over Christmas and the new year, Samuel Sharpe, an enslaved Baptist deacon, led a rebellion in Jamaica. The “Baptist War,” which began as a work stoppage and a demand for wages, was among the largest slave revolts in history. When the militia was summoned, enslaved workers took up arms. The reprisal was swift and brutal, and Sharpe was hanged.
Sharpe’s courage is celebrated on Emancipation Day; he is a national hero in Jamaica. But the way British missionaries portrayed Sharpe shows the gulf between the revolutionary spirit of Emancipation Day and the limits of imperial emancipation policy. Long after the rebellion, the missionary Henry Bleby gave a speech in Massachusetts. Like Jesus, he recalled, Sharpe sacrificed himself, “in order that the rest may be free.” British antislavery activists focused on Sharpe’s death, rather than his demands for freedom and fair wages.
But the Baptist War did force the issue of emancipation, and in 1833 Parliament passed the Abolition of Slavery Act. The act was designed to preserve the imperial sugar industry and affirm the inviolability of property, even as it proclaimed that human beings could not be property. No longer “enslaved,” the hundreds of thousands of people working the plantations of the sugar empire were now considered “apprenticed.” As apprentices, freed people were expected to continue to work without wages for up to six years. Former enslavers, meanwhile, received 20 million pounds in government compensation for the loss of their “property.”
Sugar receipts fell, particularly after the end of apprenticeship in 1838. Freed people were blamed for “failing” the empire. Legislation kept wages low, and land prices high. When people of African descent earned enough to stand for office, colonial legislatures raised the bar for the franchise to exclude them. Even as freed people challenged colonial power, the fact that Britain had abolished slavery at all became a cudgel. Grievances were dismissed as “ingratitude” to an empire that had, after all, ended slavery.
Meanwhile, Britain continued to profit from slavery. Britain purchased nearly all of America’s cotton, grown by enslaved people, and opened British markets to sugar manufactured in Cuba and Brazil, where slavery remained crucial to the plantation economy.
For British and American abolitionists, the dependence of British industry on cotton became a conundrum that was ultimately resolved by force, during the cotton blockade of the American Civil War. “The manufacture of cotton,” one activist worried, “is so intimately bound up with the interests of this country,” that divestment from American cotton would tank the economy.
After the American Civil War, in the last decades of the 19th century, Britain expanded its territorial empire in Africa, using its antislavery bona fides to impose its will on African states and justify the plunder of natural resources from the continent. Moreover, plantations survived the abolition of slavery. Free labor plantations growing cash crops, including cotton, worked by exploited and dispossessed people, mushroomed throughout the empire, and remain a feature of political economy in the global South.
On Aug. 1, 1857, in Canandaigua, N.Y., Frederick Douglass — who had toured Britain several times, to enthusiastic crowds — weighed Britain’s achievements in the fight against slavery. The British Empire had “made the name of England known and loved in every Slave Cabin,” he said, and “spread alarm, hatred, and dread in all the accursed slave markets of our boasted republic.” But freedom for Black people remained elusive. The formal policy shift, rooted in imperialism, capitalism and coercion that occurred on Aug. 1, 1834, was something very different from the struggle for freedom celebrated on Emancipation Day.”