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The Black Survivors

Ok, bear with me for a moment. I have these moments every now and again. See, I am in graduate school to get my Ph.D. in African history, and I study resistance and ethnicity in the context of the slave trade. So what happens, every now and again, is that in the course of my research and writing, I get struck by moments of overwhelming pride in our people. Have y'all taken a moment to stop and think on it lately?

WE ARE STILL HERE. AFTER 500 YEARS. AFTER EVERY DAMNED THING UNDER THE SUN IN THE WAY OF VIOLENCE AND OPPRESSION HAS BEEN THROWN AT US. WE ARE STILL HERE.

Right now I'm researching this place called Kisama in Angola (about 60 km south of Luanda). It's this region that resisted Portuguese incursions from the sixteenth century onward. It was hugely threatening to the Portuguese because thousands, if not millions, of people fled from the slave trade to Kisama, and the Kisama states became strong enough to defend itself.

This kind of history needs to be known. We need to know what we have done and what we can do.

Spread the word. We have risen, and we will rise again.

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recumbentgoat
Dec. 9th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
I have these moments every now and again. XD

Well....February is rolling around soon. You should post something on this over in blackhistory too--when you get a chance. lol
cynicgal
Dec. 9th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
Hey, I will do that. Should have joined that community a long time ago.

And we need to post more of these moments. I know I am the first to rant up a storm, but these are important, too.
mightypen
Dec. 9th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
This is how I felt when I went to Cape Coast and Elmina slave castles in Ghana. We were never meant to survive it. Never meant to not only survive that horror but to thrive well enough to tell the story. We have resisted oppression throughout the Diaspora from the beginning of time and have lived to tell it. That testimony is our "never again." We are HERE, and we are here to tell the story. Lotta folks in this community don't wanna hear that shit, or only want to hear it from certain e-popular folks but it's the truth.
cynicgal
Dec. 9th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
For real. One of my friends gave me a few sea shells from Cape Coast for that very reason. We ARE still here (on both sides of the Atlantic), and I have to believe that that, alone means something. And that we can and are and WILL bring it.
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cynicgal
Dec. 9th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
I'm not trying to start anything, but I'm curious why you call us 'they.' What does that mean?

And I don't think it's America, shit. America has done nothing. It is black folks, here and in Jamaica and in Haiti and in Angola and in Nigeria, etc. We are the unit of analysis that matters, not some B.S. white nation.

Just my two cents...
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eclectic_soul
Dec. 9th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
moments...
::ONE FIST::


yeah, i feel yuo ... i'm a history major as well, and i get these moments from time to time.. the last itme was.. where is that book.. yeah i was doing research on Christianity and the Catholic Church and Africa..

so the Pope sent missionaries to africa in the 1680's to Christianize the poor african savages.. so the missionaries got there and were like

" we are here to teach you about catholisism"

and the Africans were like

"ummmm , thanks but uhhh we'be been Catholics for the past 400 years... but umm thanks for the effort... mass is in 20 minutes wanna come??"
cynicgal
Dec. 9th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
Re: moments...
I assume you mean Ethiopia?

Another favorite moment of mine:

The first time white folks try to land in South Africa at the Cape, and the Khoikhoi run them off by herding their cattle at them. Can you imagine, those mofos being run off by cows? Makes me smile every time I think about it.
espnchick1920
Dec. 11th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
WORD!!! Thanks for sharing. We do need to know more about how Africans actively and passively resisted the slave trade...
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