Quite often, no matter how often we hear about acts of abuse or racism against Africans and Black people in general, it is difficult to appreciate the archaic view some white people have of Africa and Africans until one experiences it first hand.
On a social media platform a while ago, I was engaged in a discussion with a group of other users about matters of world peace when a white man insulted me. He called me a warlord and told me to go and fight my wars and leave other matters to the masters.
Frankly, I was bemused. Well yes, we fight in Africa. There are numerous examples in the history books. The Nigerian Civil War in 1967. Rwanda in 1994 and even the most recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa. But even some of these originate from the white man. Yes! I blame the white man for what is happening in Africa. I blame whites for creating territorial boundries. They came to divide us without paying any attention to our culture and heritage. Because of the white man, we have Ewes in Togo, Ewes in Benin and Ewes in Ghana. Because of the whiteman, people of the same tribe fight just because they find themselves on different parts of an imaginary line drawn by the whiteman. People of Jukum in Nigeria fighting people of Jukum in Cameroon. Conflicts between South and North Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Somalia; I could go on and on.
But that stereotype of Africa comprising a group of individuals constantly engaged in warfare is erroneous. I certainly would not have been calmly engaged in conversation about world peace on social media if I was in danger of being attacked by a machete-wielding, bare-chested, bloodthirsty African brother of mine.
I’m not surprised however. The white population are brought up with the notion that whites are the superior race. Obviously, my social media friend subscribes to this view.
I just want to inform my fellow white friend who thinks me a warlord, and every other deluded soul who subscribes to that school of thought that Hitler killed millions of people, Blacks did not start either of the World Wars nor did we develop atomic weapons that can annihilate millions of people at a go.
One last fun fact for my white friend. Did you know that your ancestors came to Africa to learn how to read and write?
– Ceyram Black
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