Editor’s Note: The words below, written by Chelsea Hirsch, are a summation of the first day of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement’s National Convention, held this past weekend in Gainesville, Florida. This is shared from a post made by Chelsea on her facebook page. This was the first USM convention that Chelsea had attended and she drove up from St. Petersburg, Florida to participate. We are sharing these thoughts because we think they are an excellent description of the message that the Uhuru Solidarity Movement sought to get across. Join USM at uhurusolidarity.org/join-usm and become a member of this growing movement!
Keynote speaker Chairman Omali Yeshitela speaks at USM national convention
Reflections on the USM National Convention by Chelsea Hirsch
Yesterday and today I’m spending at the Uhuru Solidarity Convention in Gainesville, Florida. I would like to share what is in my heart after day one. I have felt for as long as I can remember that this world, especially this culture that I was born into (American culture), is not right.
When I was younger I didn’t know quite what it was, but as I learned about the real history of the world and the West (Europe and now the U.S. & Canada) as oppressor nations built by stealing land and resources on the backs of African people stolen from their land and forced to world themselves to death for free, indigenous people who were booted off their land and violently treated and killed, and anyone whose skin wasn’t white, I can clearly see why I’ve always felt something is off.
Now, you may have heard of the Uhuru Movement and think it’s too extreme, too radical, but what I see and feel is paying reparations to all the people of the world who have been violently treated and still continue to be, who were stolen and ache to go home to a place they may have never been before, well, this is the small way we can begin to right such atrocities that can never actually be repaid as time and lives cannot be regained.
If you’re white, you may be thinking, where does this leave me? Well, first thing’s first, maybe we need to start thinking of the rest of the world before ourselves and secondly, when all subjugated people from all around the world are liberated, the world is going to look A LOT different.
The buzz words are colonialism and imperialism. These words represent the dark past that STILL exists in a very real daily way for Africans and indigenous people all around the world as the legacy is not just one of words but one that daily effects the lives of so many people from not having enough food on the table to being carelessly murdered by a law enforcement officer.
I could go on and on, but the bottom line for me is that I don’t want to live at the expense of anyone else, especially not the majority of the people on the planet and the planet herself. I want all to be free because then together we can all be truly free.