This article, written by African People’s Solidarity Committee Chair Penny Hess, was originally published in
The Burning Spear Newspaper on Aug 23, 2016
Build the Days in Solidarity with African People!
In Autumn of 2016, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement will organize groups of white people throughout the country to hold “Days in Solidarity with African People” events to build political and material report for the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) and its economic foundation, Black Star Industries (BSI), the basis of a liberated African economy.
The Days in Solidarity with African People (DSAP) is the Uhuru Solidarity Movement’s most important event of the year.
It is historic that the African People’s Socialist Party has won white people to take this stand to return the stolen resources hoarded in our white communities to the African revolution, for the unification and liberation of African people everywhere.
The Days in Solidarity with African People recognizes that Africans are one people all over the world. They are not African- Americans, Black Brits, Cameroonians or Congolese, etc.
Africans everywhere are part of one nation of people who have been forcibly dispersed by the European assault on Africa.
It exposes this assault that resulted in Africans, their land and resources being stolen with violence and terror so profound that that the trauma of the enslaved African has been passed down in their DNA from generation to generation.
This campaign lets us acknowledge and take responsibility for the level of sheer physical and spiritual terror that white people have inflicted against African people—the rape, beatings, hangings, burnings, shootings, imprisonment, impoverishment, and repression that goes into making human beings commodities and machines for labor, human beings reduced to means of production.
The Days in Solidarity with African People is a self-criticism from the white population for our participation and complicity in the debasement and objectification of African human beings, the murder and forced labor of little children, the sexual assaults, the separation of mother from child, the complete degradation of the African while stealing her brilliance, talents, science, arts, music and skills.
The Day in Solidarity is our stance of opposition to the U.S. colonial war of police terror against African people whose most recent victims, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, are the latest to fall victim to a system with a long line of brutal murders.
It is an acknowledgement of the diamonds, gold, minerals and resources stolen by the trainload from every inch of Africa even today and brought to Europe and North America for our benefit while most Africans suffer in poverty and oppression without the basics of running water, roads, electricity and resources for food.
It is an acknowledgement of the US-backed colonial wars for resources like such as in the Congo where seven million Africans in the past 10 years, including African children, have been murdered, raped and tortured without even a nod from white people in Europe and America the U.S..
The Days in Solidarity with African People is acknowledgement of our stance in unity with the unalienable human right of African people to liberate Africa, rid itself of imposed borders and take back all of its resources and the accumulated wealth resultant from 600 years of plunder.
DSAP allows us to make it clear that we as white people—even though we are not the ruling class—have been complicit in this terror, benefit from it, and sit on its pedestal.
Yes, white people owe reparations
The Days in Solidarity with African People allows us to declare: Yes, we as white people owe reparations to African people. — Not as charity which keeps us in power, but as a measure of the return of the wealth, labor, knowledge and talents stolen from Africans and for the pain and suffering of 600 years of terror and violence that fed our well-being.
The DSAP campaign goes further in that we raise actual reparations to the organization that leads the movement of the African working class for the final liberation of Africa and African people.
How can we say we support and give solidarity to this struggle without actually being organized under the leadership of the African Liberation Movement?
Taking up our responsibility to go into the white population to win others to pay reparations to African people as a revolutionary stand is in our interest.
Solidarity with African people lets us join humanity, take responsibility for the crimes of white people and white power and be part of a new world, led by African and Indigenous peoples.
We cannot leave this deplorable situation to the next generation.
We cannot expect our children to grow up in a world where their dreams and aspirations come at the expense of thousands of Alton Sterlings and Philando Castilles being slaughtered by cops.
It must change—and it is changing, because the resistance of African people and oppressed people is shaking the foundation of this system.
This system built on suffering will come down by the hands of oppressed people. We will see a new world.
But we have to do our part.
Join the Campaign for the Days in Solidarity with African People!
Contact Uhuru Solidarity Movement at email@example.com or call 727-888-3797 to get involved in this campaign and hold a Day in Solidarity in your community!
~ Via The Burning Spear Newspaper, August 23, 2016, authored by APSC Chair Penny Hess.
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