Stephanie Midler, National Chair of USM and member of APSC
Abandon the role of colonizer; join the African Revolution!
by Stephanie Midler
When I was young, I remember looking around at all the different kinds of cars and thinking to myself, “When I grow up, I’m going to have a nice car.” I could not understand why anyone would choose to have an old, beat up car. I naively thought that everyone could simply choose what kind of car they wanted, and they would get it.
Of course, when I grew up I learned that you had to get a good job that paid you a lot of money if you wanted to have a nice car. I learned that people who worked hard, got good grades and stayed out of trouble were the ones that got the good jobs.
But this worldview was also grossly incorrect.
It was meeting the Uhuru Movement and hearing the African People’s Socialist Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela analyze the world and the relationship of the colonized to their resources that exposed my previous worldview for what it was, eurocentric. As Chairman Omali Yeshitela says, if it were true that hard work resulted in wealth and resources in the United States of America, then African people would be the richest people in the world!
In fact, the continent of Africa is the richest in the world in terms of natural resources. Yet, African people exist in the worst conditions no matter where they have been dispersed throughout the world.
The question of resources is at the heart of our work in the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) because it is at the heart of the primary contradiction in the world – the relationship between the colonizer and the colonized.
Through imperialism and then capitalism, the vast resources of Africa, including African people themselves, were stolen and used to benefit white people.
The African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) created the APSC in 1976 as a way to define the relationship that white people could have to the African Revolution. APSC works under the direct leadership of the APSP; we organize in the white community and we raise reparations. These three points distinguish APSC from white leftist groups in the world. These three points are based on the relationship that white people have had as the colonizer and on how we can take responsibility for the past and present.
It was African people themselves and their labor that provided the start up money for capitalism, or what Marx called “primitive accumulation”. And that relationship of colonizer and colonized has existed under one name or another ever since. Back then it was slavery and convict leasing, today it is the prison industry. And in Africa, it is the murder of leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Patrice Lumumba of Congo who fought for Africa’s resources to benefit African people, and the replacement of these leaders with puppets who function in the interests of the worldwide capitalist economy that continues to prosper white people.
If you glance around yourself right now, at the materials that are necessary to create your immediate surroundings, you might find a computer, a cell phone, plastics, coffee, maybe even a diamond on your finger. With 50% of the world’s population living on less than $2.50 per day, 80% living at less than $10.00 per day, the ability to have resources at our fingertips like a computer, cell phone and other items places us in the top most tier of prosperity in the world.
Do you honestly believe that somehow white people deserve to have this kind of prosperity at the expense of African people? If you’re sick of being fed this myth – this bedtime story – that is meant to lull us to peaceful sleep while our lifestyle is literally coming at the expense of African children, Indigenous children, the children of Iraq, Afghanistan, all the people of the world who are rising up right now to say “No More!” then you need to attend the upcoming International Conference of the African People’s Solidarity Committee. Be part of the discussion and hear presentations by leaders of the African People’s Socialist Party and the African People’s Solidarity Committee that analyze the way the world actually is, and then talk about how we can change it. White people do have a place in the African Revolution. If we can choose to abandon our role as colonizer and side with the colonized to forever overturn this parasitic system of capitalism, then we do have a future on this planet! Reparations Now! Uhuru!
Join the struggle for reparations to African people. Attend the APSC plenary conference, “African Resistance, White Solidarity” on January 6-8, 2013 in St. Petersburg, FL. Click here to register today!