Was Fidel Castro a friend to Africans?

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The Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro passed away on Friday 25th November. I am not going to provide an account of the Cuban Revolution, rather I just wanted to pay a brief, but heartfelt tribute to Castro, without deifying him or pretending that he was perfect, which is a common tendency when people write about people they admire. Why do I admire Castro? Is it because I am a Communist or Marxist revolutionary? No, certainly not. I admire him because he was one of the few true friends, in terms of significant political leaders, that Afrika has had during the 20th century. Whilst some of the Afrikan leaders of the ‘frontline states’, during the apartheid era in South Africa,  either sat passively by or in some cases, actively co-operated with the apartheid regime, such as the arrogant neo-colonial lackey Dr Hastings Banda who “… was careful never to appear radical in front of the former colonial masters and pleased the British government by maintaining trade and contact with South Africa, condemning his fellow African leaders more than he did apartheid.”  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary-dr-hastings-banda-1296534.html  Fidel Castro put Cuban forces into battle against colonial regimes in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Angola. Much Cuban blood was shed on the battlefields of Southern Africa in aid of Afrikan liberation.
A great example is the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale. “The battle of Cuito Cuanavale and the Cuban intervention in Angola is one of the turning points in Southern African History. It led to the movement of powerful Cuban armed force, into the west, towards the Namibian border. The fighting in the south western part of Angola led to the withdrawal of the South African, ANC and Cuban presence in Angola, and to the Independence of Namibia.”  http://www.sahistory.org.za/topic/battle-cuito-cuanavale-1988 This battle was hugely significant in that it not only led to the withdrawal of South African troops from Angola and independence of Namibia, but it also destoyed the aura of invincibility surrounding the South African Defence Force (SADF), and was a  significant contributory factor in the release of Nelson Mandela and end of apartheid in South Africa.

You have to put this all into context by remembering that the white world vacillated between overt and covert support for the apartheid regime, as perhaps best exemplified by UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher referring to the Afrikaners as “our kith and kin” during a state visit to the UK by the then South African leader, the despicable war criminal, PW Botha. In global terms Cuba is a small island nation with a small population and which has been under economic and political attack by the United State ever since the revolution in 1959. Over the years there were more than a dozen documented assassination attempts against Castro by various US governments and yet despite living in the shadow of a hugely powerful; hostile neighbour, Castro had the vision and commitment to reach out to African people in Afrika, the Caribbean and other parts of the world and lend direct practical military, economic and medical aid. Just take the example of the massive earthquakes in Haiti where Cuba sent teams of doctors and the US sent in hordes of soldiers. That is a direct legacy of Fidel Castro and also illuminates the Euro-American mindset of always coming to conquer. Cuba even offered to send in medical teams in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina whilst the US government once again sent in teams of soldiers to face down a non-existent threat from the stranded, mostly Afrikan residents of New Orleans. Over the years Cuba has run a program giving free medical training to African-Americans.

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Castro should also be remembered for his strenuous attempts to wipe out racism in Cuba. I should be clear that he did not succeed in this, but it was not for the want of trying. Racism is still alive and kicking in Cuba as you can see by the behavior and attitudes of many of the European Cubans who migrate to the US from the island. Since, as I have mentioned many times before, racism is a normative part of European culture, all Castro could do was to suppress overt manifestations of racism in Cuba, but he could never kill its cultural root. I recall an Afrikan woman telling me of her holiday to Cuba, which took place in the last 10 years, and how she was constantly asked for her ID on the private beach associated with the hotel she was staying in and how it was regularly insinuated that she was a prostitute. You also have all of the skin color and shade issues in Cuba as is found in places such as Jamaica, UK, US etc. as well as the same European beauty ideal.

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Human Rights – We have to speak about human rights because this will be the biggest criticism made of Castro.  Did the Castro government suppress people’s human rights? To my mind the answer is obviously yes, however I think again we have to look at this in context. What do you think is going to happen when you lead a  tiny nation with the most powerful nation on Earth as a very hostile near neighbor which is  making every attempt to not only overthrow your government but also to directly kill you? It would be naive to think that you can have an open society under such abnormal conditions. Just take the failed ‘Bay of Pigs’ invasion in 1961 as an example of US hostility  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13066561  No one knows for sure how Cuba would have developed if it was not faced with the ongoing US economic embargo designed to impoverish the Cuban people and destabilise the Cuban government.

The Future – With the transition of leadership to Fidel Castro’s brother Raul in 2008, the lifting of the US economic embargo and the flow of US money into Cuba which will become a tidal wave, the future for Cuba is likely to be Back to the Future. Prior to the revolution Cuba was a playground for the rich and famous from the US, a place where the Mafia could launder money and  centre for gambling, drugs and prostitution. I predict that in 5-10 years Cuba will be transformed. There will be huge infrastructure investment in the key tourist areas with hotels, casinos, theme parks etc popping up and a massive spike in property prices in these areas. Cuba will become one of the top holiday destinations for US citizens and will become a hotspot for sex tourism. Some Cubans are going to make  significant amounts of money, whilst the US transnational corporations are going to make a killing. Cuba will become yet another neo-colonial island in the sun.

Article written by Ifayomi Grant

Umoja Karamu- Embrace your Heritage

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Umoja Karamu (oo-MOH-jah kah-RAH-moo) is a celebration of unity within the African-American family, community, and nation. Umoja Karamu is a Swahili term meaning “unity feast.” Many African Americans celebrate this day as an alternative to the national Thanksgiving Day holiday. The unity feast may also be observed during Kwanzaa celebrations in late December.

The concept of African and African-American unity is centuries old. But during the 1960s and 1970s, it was a major focus of black nationalists. During the 1980s and 1990s, Afrocentric scholars such as Ishakamusa Barashango, lecturer, author, and founder of Philadelphia’s Temple of the Black Messiah, drew further attention to the theme.

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Barashango, who died in 2004, argued that African Americans and black people of the diaspora should reject such European-American holidays as Thanksgiving and concentrate instead on understanding Africa’s culture and values that are the distinctive heritage of black people.

In 1971 Brother Edward Simms Jr. of the Temple of the Black Messiah in Philadelphia developed Umoja Karamu to celebrate the African-American family and home. According to Barashango, Simms defined the purpose of Umoja Karamu as “an effort to inject new meaning and solidarity into the Black Family through ceremony and symbol.”

The date for the holiday, the fourth Sunday of November, was established by the Temple of the Black Messiah in Washington, D.C. African Americans in other cities, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Chicago, soon followed the example.

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The celebration is based on five periods of African-American life, each represented by a color.

  1. Prior to Slavery – the color black, represents black families before slavery
  2. In Slavery – the color white, symbolizes the scattering blacks families during slavery
  3. Upon Emancipation – the color red, marks blacks’ liberation from slavery
  4. Struggle for Liberation – the color green, significances the struggle for civil rights and equality
  5. Looking to the Future – the color gold, points celebrants to hope for the future

Pan African Proclamation of 2016

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Hotep family! It’s your brother KP.  I hope everyone is doing well.  I enjoyed my little break from posting. I thought this would be a good post for my return. Here at Kushite Kingdom I have always promoted  the idea of being Pan African. As well as covering topics like Black consciousness,economics,African culture and Black liberation. In exposing the lies that we are told about our history, I’ve tried my best to wake up my people. Many of us get so much disinformation in the media we are very confused.  That’s why I do my best to get out important information to my people. Even if I offend other races in the process. Offending people is not my concern.   If I was scared to offend others I would’ve stop blogging a long time ago.The survival of my people is my main concern.  I have always believed  that black consciousness was a spiritual path based on health,wellness amd knowledge of self. Black consciousness is appreciation for our African heritage,our people and families. And real  power is about determination and self control.  You can call this a proclamation,manifesto,mission statement or public declaration.  But I just wanted to list some ideas and things we as black people should be doing if we want to survive as well as change our mindset.  We have a lot of work ahead of us.  But together we can do this.  I’m sure some of you will like some of it…and others will disagree.  But that’s okay. I’m open to any suggestions anyone may have.

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  1. Promote Black Love
  2. Reject ideologies that have European origins
  3. Do not celebrate European holidays(White Gods)
  4. Learn a trade or skill to empower your people
  5. Teach African culture and Black History to your children. And how it can be used as an instrument of Power
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6. Study biology and genetics. Learn about your African bloodline.
7.Accept the harsh reality that biracial people are not black
8.Realize that you must sacrifice so that others can be free
9. To live with honor and integrity
10. Must understand that healing means we no longer allow trauma to control our lives
11. Do not engage in sexual activity with non-blacks
12. Stand for justice and equality
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13. Learn about great African heroes such as Marcus Garvey,Nat Turner,Queen Nzinga,Shaka Zulu,Thomas Sankara,Steve Biko,Harriet Tubman,Dutty Boukman,Patrice Lumumba,Martin Delany,Edward Blyden,Alexander Crummel,Assata Shakur,Mansa Musa,Malcolm X and Jean Jacques Dessalines. Appreciate their greatness but also learn from their mistakes.
14. Read The Blueprint for Black Power by Amos Wilson(then get all his books)
15. Read The Destruction of Black Civilizations by Chancellor Williams(then get all his books)
16. Read books by black scholars such as John Henrik Clarke,Queen Afua, Kwame Ture,Marimba Ani,Jewel Pookrum,Dr Sebi,Umar Johnson,Llaila Afrika,Bobby E.Wright …among others.
17. Reject European standards of beauty and uplift African Beauty
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18.Trust your ancestors and your instincts
19. Support Black businesses
20.Learn how to fish and hunt
21.Grow your own food
22.Learn to speak and write an African language
23.Learn how to read a map and use a compass
24.  Don’t be violent towards black homosexuals,transgenders and lesbians. Live and let live.  But realize that it is not conducive behavior for African people.
25.Understand that homosexuality,bestiality,lesbianism and pedophilia is sexual perversion.
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26. Do not be slut or whore.  It is very self destructive  and shows your immaturity. This applies to women….and men.
27. Assume that all non-blacks do not have your best interest in mind.
28. Brothers: Do not display a misogynistic mindset. Hating and despising black women shows ignorance and no growth as a man.  You must learn to respect your woman. Let sistas express themselves although it is okay to disagree at times. But give sistas their space.
29. Sistas: Do not be a man hating feminist.  Do not put down or degrade your man. Use words of encouragement to uplift your man.  And realize that men want to be leaders. Every gender has their role and should compliment the other gender.  A relationship is a partnership that both can benefit from.
30.  You must realize that the masculine principle  and feminine principle compliment one another. And that black men and women must work together to strengthen the family unit.

Six Ways Blacks can advance economically and socially

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Too many of us are psychologically trained to overly depend on bigots to give us what we need. Here are 6 ways to end that economic dependence that will help us advance socially and economically.

1. Stop Breeding Your Child To Be Sent To The Economic Slaughterhouse – It’s downright criminal for a black adult abusing her child by sending them in harms way to bigots who psychologically don’t even like them to beg for a damn job.

The Solution – Instead teach your child the importance of starting their own business and the value of entrepreneurship so they won’t be economically slaughtered.

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2. Instill The Importance Of Education In Your Child – Any black child in America that goes through life without an education will always be a target of being pimped, robbed, and exploited not only by those outside of their community, but also by those inside their community and many athletes have become broke because of this from Terrell Owens to Allen Iverson.

The Solution – Teach your child the importance and value of education so that they won’t go through life being a target of being pimped, robbed, and exploited not only by those outside of their community, but also by those inside their community.

3. End The Overdependence On Racist Caucasoids To Give Us What We Need – Too many black people in America are psychologically brainwashed into believing that the “best chance” to get ahead socially and economically in this country, they have to go and constantly beg bigots to give them what they need.

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The Solution – Become producers so that way that you won’t fall into the psychological trap of begging bigots to give you what you need.

4. Many Young Black Men Need To Stop Thinking That Football or Basketball Is “The Only Way” To “Make It Out Of The Hood” – Most young black boys (9 of 10) mentally emasculate themselves by allowing other to define them as nothing more but athletes. 98% of young black guys that invest in it will never make it to the pros.

There’s a very destructive culture that comes with it: alcohol, drugs, womanizing, baby mamas, STDs, financial and sexual irresponsibility. Some guys kill themselves from either not playing anymore or suffering brain damage from taking multiple hits to the head, this is explored in the film Concussion which I highly recommend.

The Solution – Teach your son that it’s easier becoming a neurosurgeon than an NFL or NBA player with a 2-3 career at best.

5. Create Something That You Can Own, So That You Can Pass It Down To Your Kids And Grandkids – To depend on the academic and corporate plantation to pay your bills and take care of your family is a very dangerous form of mental illness because you can NEVER pass that academic or corporate job down to your kids because like an O.G. once said back in the day, “They’ll find a new guy from the hood next year

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The Solution – Being your own boss is far more enjoyable and rewarding than kissing a racist Caucasoid boss’s ass everyday. Trust me.

6. Create Our Own Political Party, That Truly Caters To Our Community’s Agendas And Not Caucasoid Liberal Or Conservative Agendas – It doesn’t make sense for us to ask racist politicians like Hillary Clinton, whose husband incarcerated more black men than any other president in US History during the 90s with The Violent Crime Bill which actually accelerated The Mass Incarceration Epidemic that has destroyed so many black families. American Prisons are modern day breeding grounds for black male extermination.

The Solution – Create Our Own Party, That Only Caters To Our Community’s Agenda.

The Conclusion – This article should be very helpful and beneficial to inspire you to advance socially and economically without depending on bigots to give you what you need.

Article written by Joe Davis

Five Facts you must know to End Police Brutality

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A lot of Black people do not want to end Police Brutality. They don’t. What it takes to end Police Brutality is likely going to cost the life of those who attempt to end it. white people are not that stupid to make it easier than that. Police Brutality is institutional. The Police train in martial arts–Military arts–Brutal arts. There’s no such thing as “Police Brutality,” it’s only white people policing Black people during a time of war. white people never treated their prisoners well. Go visit the prison today. You won’t find a prisoner being well-treated. Your Black ass is a prisoner of war. You are just in minimum security. But you are still in prison. Your commissary may have vegan options but you are still in prison. It does not take a rocket scientist to tell you what prisoners need to do to solve their problems. I studied rocket science. It’s interesting. It’s very interesting. But I could have passed on studying it and I still could tell you what a prisoner needs to do to solve his problems.

I do not want anyone to misinterpret what the following list is. This list is not a guideline. Only you know what you should be doing. These are five facts that you already knew that you might not have put into perspective on the issue of Police Brutality. Do not confuse what I am writing. Read it in its entirety. Share it if you will. Print it out. Distribute it. Save it on your harddrive (as whites aren’t fond of the distribution of facts). You can even get the T-shirt. But remember it’s not a guideline.

1. It’s not about Police, it’s about Race.

Police brutality is a misnomer that confuses more than it clarifies. It’s akin to the phrase ‘war criminal.’

As African people we should understand the definition of a ‘war criminal.’ Crime is not a matter of ‘deeds’ but a matter of who has Power. For instance, when the germans lost europe’s second european war, many were tried for ‘war crimes,’ and yet the british who did the same or worse, weren’t. Separately, the deeds that the british have done in their 77-nation empire were reprehensible. Yet where were the tribunals for the british in Kenya? In Azania? In Nigeria? cecil rhodes, one of the more despicable europeans, who killed Africans for sport and once even celebrated a 5,000 man afternoon genocide with champagne is considered a war hero; not a war criminal–in fact the “Rhodes Scholarship” is considered the most prestigious in western society. Even Mugabe was considered a war hero up until he turned against white people. The reason being that ‘war crimes’ like ‘police brutality’ are institutional. Invading a nation and raping their women is a matter of policy, as much as tackling a Black man and shooting him on the ground; or during Azania’s apartheid, police shooting student protestors en masse. Individual ‘officers’ do not make these skills up on the fly; they are institutionalized. They are drilled and trained. It’s martial arts with the intended purpose of brutalizing and killing Black people.

It’s not police brutality; it’s a white interpretation of policing. It’s white people as a collective financing/employing a subset of white people to brutalize and kill Black people. The police are the other branch of the military; they deal with intranational warfare on a city level. America’s intranational war is against Black people. It’s not about Police, it’s about Race.

2. whites put their children above even their money.

The white man’s god is his money. But white people would gladly sacrifice their money for their children. Maybe not all of their money; but to white people, their children are worth at least some money. That’s actually why Al Sharpton is a “Black Leader” today. Back in 1989, Al Sharpton, C. Vernon Mason, Moses Stewart and Alton H. Maddox, Jr, held a powerful boycott against white businesses that eventually crippled their economy. The whites called a meeting to negotiate an end of the boycott; but when Alton H. Maddox, Jr, told them to hand over their sons that murdered one of ours, the whites told him plainly, “We do not snitch on our children.” To Alton H. Maddox, Jr, that meant the end of the meeting, but to Al Sharpton, it has meant the beginning of his career. Sharpton got paid and has been selling out ever since.

All said, it’s interesting that white people who aim to make statements to the white community perform school shootings or, in other countries, school/bus/public slashings. To date, Black people don’t. But it’s an interesting fact that white people speak to their community by targeting their most vulnerable.

One white boy who performed a school shooting sparked so much change in the white community it’s almost comical in retrospect. In 1999 some cracker shot up Columbine High School under the pretext of being bullied. It doesn’t matter how many kids committed suicide before that for the same reason, only after that incident did white society take anti-bulllying seriously.

I’m not saying that this white boy is right (just like I wouldn’t say the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama was right). But it is certainly interesting that anti-bullying is such a prevalent concept today; considering how pro-bullying america was prior to Columbine (literally arguing that bullying builds character)–meanwhile ‘anti-‘ so-called ‘police brutality’ has been a recurring theme in the black discourse but america is as pro-police-brutality as ever.

Granted, there’s, as white people say, ‘more than one way to skin a cat,’ and I wouldn’t advise anyone without a death wish to misinterpret my message as pro-Columbine. I’m really saying,

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3. Your placard protests are about as effective on them as their protests are on you.

If you ever looked at a ‘bluelivesmatter’ protest or a ‘alllivesmatter’ protest or a ‘we stand with you george zimmerman,’ you may have felt something or another, but bottom line is it didn’t really impact your convictions and it definitely didn’t incite you into any constructive actions. Why? Because it’s a protest. Protests have been bastardized into an ineffective showcase of signs, poses and calorie burning. The common manifestation isn’t at all what a protest is supposed to be. Just a joke that Black people somehow adopted but never ‘got.’

An effective protest is the fire squad watching your house burn down, the common occurrence of the police breaking into pro-Black activist homes and demanding a cease and desist, or the KKK burning a cross on your lawn. The reasons tie in with the fourth fact on this list:

4. The threat of violence backed with capacity can be as effective as the practice of violence.

Like the KKK burning a cross on your lawn, because you know who the KKK is and that its numbers are vast, even burning a cross can pass a message onto the person whose lawn has been desecrated.

Going back to the second fact on this list, to those who wrongfully find white children as innocent or unrelated to police brutality or war crimes, if a Black Organization even proportionately as dispersed but numbered as the KKK declared that unless certain demands were met, they would attack white schools (not precincts but schools); there would be negotiations and not a single child would need to be harmed. But if a single Black man said it, he’d either be taken for a fool or taken. Even if ten Black people said it, it could be interpreted as a joke. Like, if a child threatens a group of men, not one man flinches.

If Black people are in the business of making ‘threats,’ in order to negotiate, having the capacity to undertake that threat makes all the difference in the world. Because white people would attempt to have intelligence on a significant Black Organization (or BlacK Power) [i.e. infiltrators, informants, espionage], and if they can crunch the numbers and ‘neutralize the threat’ easily, they would and you can’t negotiate squat; but if they can not effectively neutralize without risking disaster, you’re sitting at the table. Which brings us to the final fact,

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5. The Black man can’t do it alone; but Black men can.

Despite Rambo, Conan the Barbarian, Call of Duty, or whatever your particular fantasy is, one man can not defeat an army. But Armies can and do defeat Armies. If Black people will understand the Warfare that is being waged against them and white people will not be bluffed, if nothing else Black people need to understand that we have the better troops, pound-for-pound and neuron-for-neuron. We just have less troops and less technology; but organization can fix that. You must study how quickly whites (as police officers) respond to an alleged crime. Notice their patterns of having backup for their backup. And see how they number themselves to the threat (at minumum 3:1 as per KKK policy). Then ask yourself, how quick you can mobilize your people? And how much backup does your backup have?

You have a group organized to kill you and yours. To end Police Brutality, think of your children and who they are targeting. And while I do not promise that the Black man standing beside you may not be an enemy. Why does the white policeman feel so confident about the Black policeman standing beside him? You have so much. There are so many cities. So many opportunities. Black men need to organize and put, not just the police, but the KKK to shame. When we are there. We can go any route–any; and end at the destination we will.

What the Black man needs to understand is to Organize: a leader with an idea and men to execute it will make all the difference for Black people, as long as that idea follows the principles of Pan-African Nationalism which truly gets to the heart of police brutality aka race warfare and solving your prisoner’s problem.

Article comes from the exceptional mind of Onitaset Kumat.

23 Ways you can be Killed(Black Celebs speak out)

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I saw this video earlier today on YouTube.  It’s called 23 Ways you could be Killed being Black in America.  It’s from the organization We Are Here.  We are Here is singer Alicia Keys organization.

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I’ve checked out her site.  It says on her website that their issues are equality,justice,women  and climate issues.  watching the video(above)  I liked the fact they brought up the murders of Sean Bell,Tamir Rice,Rekia Boyd,Eric Garner and Sandra Bland..among others.  Although I do find it interesting that the video was released on the third anniversary of the Trayvon Martin not guilty verdict.  I also found it interesting that Alicia Keys is the one heading this group fighting for equality for blacks.  Considering that just a few weeks ago Jesse Williams (another biracial) person speaking against police brutality.  I think it’s nice that Beyoncé,Chris Rock,Rihanna,Common and Taraji P Henson decided to speak out against these murders.  And of course they had to put white singers like Bono,Pink and Adam Levine in there as well.  That was just so the public doesn’t think this is some type of Black Power movement.  They always have to add a few whites in the mix.  But my major difference with these celebs is I don’t want equality with my oppressors.  I want freedom from oppression and real liberation.  Liberation is different than integration.  So do you think these black celebs are legit?  Do you think they really care?  Or is this just more racial propaganda?  Watch the video and let me know your thoughts.