Wednesday, 18 May, 2022

thenewnigerian

Black Lives Matter


In this trying times, one is left to wonder about black lives. Black lives in Diaspora. What does this mean to you? why do we still experience racism in these modern times? How does this impact on the children? on their children? How do we compare our experiences in Diaspora to the experiences of blacks in Africa?

A big dilemma this is? Does the average black African really know the history of racism? do they know the impact in the western societies on blacks in Diaspora?

There is a great wave of awakening all over the world, but the question is, how do we make an impact as individuals? collectives? as a society, as a people, as a world.

Truth is we must all come together to make this change not only possible but also take place. Educationists like Tia Shodehinde have suggested intensive re-education of ourselves and continued education of our children about black history both in Diaspora and in Africa, while some other scholars believe that the creation of wealth, values and the unity of Blacks will indeed lead to the progressive development of Africa.

16 comments on “Black Lives Matter

Christopher Ochuko Ovbagbedia

This is a great initiative and I will attend.

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Osa

I am deeply concerned about the issues against black people all over the world not just in America. The ehole ideology of a superior race just doesn’t sit well with me. That’s tantamount to a bullyinh situation. Black people need to unite the world over, not just pockets of unity in different parts of the world. I would be glad to join the online discourse on July 4th (how ironic) because we need to start somewhere so why not with thenewnigerian👍

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Olusoji Olaleye

I agree and have a lot say on this matter

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Ruben

Racism is a figment of an individual’s imagination due to insecurity and complex….once one knows that we breathe the same air…..our blood is red….we do the same husstle….we speak the same language….we live in the same planet….we serve the same One God…. We also have the same children….we grow from kids to old age….we virtually have the same destiny……then we will understand that there is nothing like racism….. colour belongs to crayons and paints……Human lives matter…..I actually asked Google the meaning of race…. Google said it’s a sporting event……! It was funny….!

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Malachy

My views are little divergent from the main stream. I may well be castigated by the majority for my views but I am a pragmatic person. I believe Racism( I prefer to call it prejudice) Will never go away. We all have prejudice in us( even among the same race) Prejudice,most times comes from the difference in status. The best way to beat racism or any form of prejudice is by improving our status in life.
In my experience, you are respected when people see you have risen in status enough to impact sitastions around you.
You cant force people to change how they feel about you by tellling them how you want to be treated but you can signifucantly influence their behavior by bettering yourself

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PS Salami

This should interesting.

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Ayo Atom Adewumi

You see something, you say something. ‘I am not a racist’ is not good enough, you have to be anti racist.

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Gregory

Black lives matter, Nigerian lives matter. Our opinions may differ, but we welcome the discourse. Bob Marley did say, until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently……..
I thank you for this. I will attend

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Kohwo Enaohwo

Count me in.

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Agharese E

Wish our leaders in Africa specifically Nigeria where doing better then our voices could be even louder, it is a no brainer that all lives matter but even our very own country has no regard for the black lives in it. Suffering, hunger, death, insecurity surrounds the black lives in it. Many have bailed just to live better lives and then come face to face with the superiority those who think they are doing better peddle. Do black lives matter? yes indeed but lets start from our very homes..so when these prejudice shows up we have the example of why our lives matter…before our maker we are all unique..

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Michael Odubanjo

About time

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Iyobosa

I am glad that the world is finally watching as all the injustice and systematic racism is being exposed

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Iyobosa

I am glad that the world is finally watching as all the injustice and systematic racism is being exposed

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The discussion appear to be fair, timely and reasonable. I feel mankind by nature have some prejudices and or can be unconsciously biased. This may be termed as racism. The beginning of the end of racism to my mind starts with quality leadership in Africa. If our societies are decent enough for living, the insults we receive the world over would reduce. Unity of a race can also help eradicate the menace of discrimination based on colour of skin. Come to think of it, racism is pure discrimination based on colour of one skin! Dont we discriminate based on other factors? Tribe, Religion, Town, Country or state? Once we are able to see one another as equal and any differentiation to be made purely on merit ie established mechanism of distinction then only then we can achieve a bit of recognition in the world order. We are basically consumers not producers! We are not in to much of discoveries! We destroy ourselves! Indeed we are the architect of our problems as a race. Slave trade was successful only because of black man’s contribution to the trade! Discussion would be good but it should rather must be followed with action plan not just talk shop. Talk the talk and walk the talk. All the best as I would be part of the discussion hoping that something tangible and good would result from the discuss.

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Tej

kudos for the initiative.
I like what one of the speakers said. He said that teaching should be offered in the main languages in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Racism, to me is an extreme form of prejudice. There’s prejudice in every factor of life as we know and live it.

I agree that black history as well as the history of all other races, should be taught as part of the curriculum. We do not need a black history month unless we are also going to have a White, Indian, Chinese, even Vikings history month as well.

A huge help towards ending this racism we experience, will need to come from the media. The media play a huge role in the racial perception of crime. So, if all some people know about black people is what they see on TV, well, no wonder they are scared and lock their doors or even call the Police when they see a black man.

Regarding how we compare our experiences as blacks in Diaspora to our experiences in Africa? Well I must say, experiences while in Diaspora, can be painful sometimes. The assumptions some people make when you introduce yourself as a Nigerian. Can we totally blame them? On the other hand, I have also had such experiences while living in Africa. So, the answer for me, is, not too different.

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In addition to what I earlier wrote, I align my thoughts to what Malachy sent on the subject matter. Moreover if I may ask what exactly is the difference between racism and antisemitism? How are the Jews able to overcome the hatred against them? I strongly feel there are lessons to learn by we blacks. Secondly, why was there a Marshal Plan after the second World War? Why was there a creation of a country called Isreal by brute and force to settle a few million people? Why was there no such plans and or actions to assist black race after slave trade and colonialism? What are we doing to force those who killed our dreams, arrested our development and stole our wealth to make some levels of restitution? Imagine current debate to force China to pay some countries money because Corona Virus started from China? Even the naming of the disease instead of Wuhan virus as was the case with Ebola and ther virus, it is named Corona? Cry my beloved continent and race! God is able. I pray among our generation we get people who shall ask or demand for all our ransoms amen

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