Skip to comments.Obama, the African Colonial
Posted on 06/24/2009 10:54:57 PM PDT by neverdem
Had Americans been able to stop obsessing over the color of Barack Obama's skin and instead paid more attention to his cultural identity, maybe he would not be in the White House today. The key to understanding him lies with his identification with his father, and his adoption of a cultural and political mindset rooted in postcolonial Africa.
“African colonial” has to more accurately describe what Obortion is than American.
Interesting perspective, and a disturbing one. I’ve never thought him to be an American in his upbringing, values, or knowledge of history.
Why does the Obummer so closely identify with a bigamist who abandoned him (and his mother) at birth to go back to his other wife? That’s just weird.
Obama is mega-weird. He would have been laughed out of American politics as soon as he tried to step in, during an older and saner time. The Republican implosion is the only thing that made this wretch of a “president” possible.
B. HUSSEIN Obama is nothing but an anti-American Muslim who happened to
win the presidency.
Well, at least the Iranian thugs were disinvited to the B. HUSSEIN’S Obama
I think we as Americans must look in the mirror as well. God Almighty gave us the president we deserved. If we want a president that is honest, upright, promise keeper, and returns this nation back to what the founders set it up to be, then WE, the PEOPLE, need to change our ways also. It won’t happen by putting GOP’ers into office or even conservatives. Look at what just happened a “dyed-in-the-wool conservative” governor was caught doing; not just cheating on his wife, but lying to his entire staff and his wife and kids. So the word “conservative” has been tainted beyond recovery. We must find “MORAL” conservatives to run for office, otherwise we are only electing wolves in sheeps clothing; hypocrits. And if we continue to ignore morals in EVERYTHING we do and say, then Obama will be just the beginning of what’s to come if God hasn’t seen fit to righteously punish and judge us before then. God’s patience toward America has become very thin, and the terrible things that have been taking place in our nation by it’s people and through “natural disasters” proves that God has already begun to lift His hand of Blessing, Provision, and Protection upon this nation.
Most African colonial references bring to mind sub-Saharan Africa. Historically, all of Africa has forever been tribal culturally.
The author is entirely correct in her summation of The Kenyan.
The perfect example of the western educated (Cecil Rhodes was an original socialist who set up his Rhodes Scholar to inculcate socialism in dedicated civil servants) Marxist is Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi1 who took over Libya in 1969.
North African and Sub-Saharan African Geography at UCLA in 1967 had already identified just this theme of L.E. Ikenga.
By the way, her Ibo tribe was like the elite of Nigeria and much oppressed by the ACs. So much so that they fought a civil war, 1967 - 1970, for their own nation of Biafra.
Traditionally, because of the strangeness of the American racial system, it has been to the advantage of American Mulattoes to identify as black (at least on forms). Today, I personally see no conflict with American Mulattoes taking the liberty of acknowledging that they are biracial and feeling good about that, YET still giving their demographic support where it can really count and do the MOST good--with the BLACK community.
It's anecdotal, but it agrees with my impression unless they can pass for white. So, hate whitey.
I’ve been calling 0bama an African style dictator for months. This African woman confirms it
The winners were sons mostly of upper management civil servants or military officers. They learned Marxism at western universities, who educated far more than Lamumba University in USSR, and took it back to Africa to overthrow the governments established by the colonial transition.
Thanks for the post.
that African socialim link in your posted article above is a doozy, well worth the read too.
[snip]... This process began in Ghana, the first black African country to gain its independence from Britain on March 7,1957, under Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who is generally regarded as "the father of African socialism."
After independence, he faced herculean tasks. He had declared in the 1950s, "We shall not rest content until we demolish this miserable structure of colonialism and erect in its place veritable paradise." Independence had been achieved. The question was how to build that paradise. Nkrumah urged Ghanaians to know their "enemy," which was "collective imperialism in which the USA occupies a leading position." He also exhorted his fellow Africans to beware of a number of imperialist dogmas: "that western democracy and the parliamentary system are the only valid ways of governing; that capitalism, free enterprise, free competition, etc., are the only economic systems capable of promoting development." These were fallacies, Nkrumah asserted.
Socialism, therefore, was to be his ideology. His choice of socialism was "based on the belief that only a socialist form of society can assure Ghana of a rapid rate of economic progress without destroying that social justice, that freedom and equality, which are a central feature of our traditional way of life." Many other African leaders followed suit. While President Kaunda of Zambia was espousing "humanism," Nyerere of Tanzania was instituting " Ujaama, " drawing vague references from the African tradition of socialism."
In Africa, socialism was implemented through the one-party state apparatus. The state would "own everything" and direct economic activity (dirigstne). There would be only one political party. The head of that party would also be the president - for life. Clearly, any individual with ambitious political designs and lust for personal power would be seduced by such a system.
Accordingly, under Nkrumah [Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, who is generally regarded as "the father of African socialism." ] socialism as a domestic policy was to be pursued toward "a complete ownership of the economy by the state." A bewildering array of legislative controls and regulations were imposed on imports, capital transfers, industry, wages, the rights and powers of trade unions, prices, rents, and interest rates. Some of the controls were introduced by the colonialists, but they were retained and expanded by Nkrurnah. Private businesses were taken over by the Nkrumah government and nationalized. Numerous state enterprises were acquired.
...Nkrumah was in a hurry to transform Ghana into a socialist state. "We must achieve in A-decade what it took others a century," he asserted. He was intolerant of criticism. Opposition members were traduced in the media as the "party of divisiveness" bent on a course of deliberate sabotage of Ghana's construction efforts. They were to be eliminated. Accordingly in July 1958, Nkrumah passed the Preventive Detention Bill, which gave his government sweeping powers "to imprison without trial, any person suspected of activities prejudicial to the state's security." With this vague definition, anybody could be picked up since any private activity could be interpreted as prejudicial to the interests of the state. The insidious march toward dictatorship thus began.
The news media next came under the complete control of Nkrumah's party. Journalists were gagged, censorship established, and editors who criticized the government were hauled off to jail. Any opposition to Nkrumah's dictatorship was brutally suppressed.
Finally in 1964, Nkrumah declared Ghana to be a one-party state and himself "president-for- life."
Ghanaians soon tired of Nkrumah and his rhetoric. In 1966 when he was overthrown in a military coup, there was much joy and jubilation in the streets of Ghana. His "socialist" experiment was a miserable fiasco. Worse, his ideology had degenerated into "Swiss bank socialism." While he was preaching socialism, his ministers were busy importing Mercedes Benzes and gold beds into Ghana and stashing millions into Swiss bank accounts.
...When Ghana gained its independence, it boasted foreign exchange reserves of $400 million. In 1966, there was a foreign debt of $858 million in its place. The state farms Nkrumah set up could not produce enough food to feed their own workers, let alone the nation. Between 1960 and 1966, food shortages appeared and local food prices doubled. Ghanaians were suffering. Nkrumah's policies were emulated by many African countries. Predictably, in one country after another, economic ruin, dictatorship and oppression followed with deadly consistency: Angola, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mozambique, Zambia, and now Zimbabwe....[/snip]
SNIPPET from post no. 28:
"In Africa, socialism was implemented through the one-party state apparatus. The state would "own everything" and direct economic activity (dirigstne). There would be only one political party. The head of that party would also be the president - for life. Clearly, any individual with ambitious political designs and lust for personal power would be seduced by such a system."
Like returning military, pro-lifers, Christian fundamentalists, gun owners, talk radio robots.
Perhaps Obama (explicated in this essay) offers a new sort of reverse prism through which to see afresh purely Western credentialed exploiters (Noam Chomsky calls them "New Mandarins") like the Clintons and their crew, and the floating party/craps game of lotus-eaters called the United Nations commissariat.
Perhaps that is why Obama is so comfortable with signing on Clintonistas en masse in his Administration.
And now we know what the installation of the hack Denny Hastert in the Speakership has cost the country. Well, partly cost ..... no telling what the full bill will be. Or whether it will be all payable in cash, or in part, in blood and tears.
Because he’s an overgrown, identity-seeking, narcissistic adolescent.
Instead of expropriating farms Obama is expropriating auto manufacturers.
The Rise & Fall & Rise of Pan-Africanism
...One day in 1961, a 93-year-old man from Western Massachusetts named W.E.B. Du Bois picked up and relocated to Ghana, a newly independent state in West Africa. Cold War hysteria had stripped him of his freedom and turned him into a pariah in his own country. Suspecting his Communist affiliations, Joseph McCarthy set his sights on Du Bois and the State Department went so far as to strip him of his passport for six years in the 1950s.
Two years after his passport was restored to him, Du Bois severed his ties to the United States. While he goes down in history as one of the most influential African-American intellectuals, he chose to die an African citizen. I have returned that my dust shall mingle with the dust of my forefathers, he wrote to a Ghanaian official at the time. Ghana in 1961 was still riding high on the euphoria of its liberation from Britain four years earlier...
Subject: Delegates from Junior NAACP, Cleveland, with W. E. B. Du Bois Date: 1929
Subject: Du Bois attending President Nkrumahs Inauguration, Accra, Ghana Date: 1960 July 1
Subject: Du Bois, W. E. B. with Tang Ming-Chao, Ting Hsi-lin, Chu Poshem, Mao Tse-tung, Anna Louise Strong Date: ca.1959
Subject: Du Bois, W. E. B., shaking hands with Nikita Khrushchev; Shirley Graham Du Bois in background Date: ca.1958
Subject: Du Bois, W. E. B., and Paul Robeson, Salle Pleyel, Paris, World Peace Congress Date: 1949 April 20
Du Bois: A Chronology:
1945 Attends founding conference of the United Nations in San Francisco as representative of the NAACP.
1948 Co-chairman, Council on African Affairs.
1950 Chairman, Peace Information Center in New York City; candidate for U.S. Senate for New York Progressive Party. Wife, Nina Gomer Du Bois, dies and is buried in Great Barrington.
1951 Indictment, trial, and acquittal of subversive activities charges brought against him by the Justice Department; marries Shirley Graham.
1951-1959 Extensive speaking, writing, and international travel; wins Lenin Peace Prize in 1958.
1961 Becomes member of the Communist Party, U.S.A. Invited to Ghana by President Kwame Nkrumah to edit the Encyclopedia Africana.
1963 Becomes citizen of Ghana. Dies on August 27th and is buried with a state funeral in Accra. Du Boiss death is announced by Roy Wilkins of the NAACP as the March on Washington begins on August 28th.
PAUL ROBESON. MBOYA. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT.
Developing a brother/sister relationship with Malcolm X has been very important to me.
Because Mr. Malcolm X came to Africa, and I was able, along with others, to help him to meet all of the Africans of power in Ghana at the time.
In New York, she fell in love with the South African civil rights activist Vusumzi Make and in 1960, the couple moved, with Angelou's son, to Cairo, Egypt. In Cairo, Angelou served as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer. Angelou and Guy later moved to Ghana, where she joined a thriving group of African American expatriates. She served as an instructor and assistant administrator at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama, worked as feature editor for The African Review and wrote for The Ghanaian Times and the Ghanaian Broadcasting Company.
He also began developing an independent Pan-Africanist and, in some respects, "Third World" political perspective during the 1950s, when anticolonial wars and decolonization (see Decolonization in Africa: An Interpretation) were pressing public issues. As early as 1954 Malcolm X gave a speech comparing the situation in Vietnam (see Vietnam War) with that of the Mau Mau Rebellion in colonial Kenya, framing both of these movements as uprisings of the "darker races" creating a "tidal wave" against U.S. and European imperialism. Indeed, Africa remained his primary political interest outside of black America. He toured Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, and Ghana in 1959, well before his famous trip to Africa and the Middle East in 1964.
When Malcolm visited African in 1964 he visited Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It was during that trip that he met with Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta, Ugandas president Dr. Milton Obote, President Julius K. Nyerere and Muhammad Babu of Tanzania. Babu, Malcolm and Leroi Jones (now Amiri Baraka) held a meeting during this period in New York City. Malcolm talked about meeting President Kenyatta, Malcolm however, was also aware of Kenya s Oginga Odinga.
OGINGA ODINGA. KENYETTA. MBOYA.
MALCOM X IN AFRICA
OGINGA ODINGA, FATHER OF RAILA ODINGA
Odinga sat on the edge of his chair and leaned forward, facing Joe and I. He told us of his visit to America and how American Freedom Fighters--civil rights activists had secretly visited with him in Atlanta as he was under State Department security control. He told us how the famous American Freedom Fighter, Malcom X had embraced him (Odinga) and that there was even a song written in America called, "Oginga Odinga of Kenya."
Airlift students withTom Mboya (fourth right), Gloria and Gordon Hagberg (second and third right
Their cook was Hussein Onyango Obama, none other than the paternal grandfather of President Obama. Gloria recalls the times Husseins son, the youthful student Barack Obama Sr, would visit their house, announcing: Ive come to see the old man!
TO BE CONTINUED.
I meant philosophicaly, not physically.
(Waaaauugh!) Oh, why won’t these (whuh - whuh - whuh) dry heaves (Ghaaaaaph) stop already?
To be added to a LOW VOLUME political ping, just let me know.
I 100% agree about Obama being a WEIRD guy bit. Great article and well worth the read.
Thanks Fred Nerks. Interesting post; good photos. Bookmarked, and Linked to The Long Thread.
Ping to article, also #18 & #27.
What an interesting web that has been woven.
Senator John F. Kennedy and the Kenyan nationalist leader Tom Mboya speak to reporters after their meeting on July 26, 1960, in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Mboya had asked Kennedy to intercede with the State Department for funds to transport African students to the United States. Instead, Kennedy secured funds from a charity his family controlled. Photograph by Boston Herald American in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, black leaders recognized the need for aid to African education. With the encouragement of American civil rights leaders such as A. Philip Randolph, the Kenyan Tom Mboya organized the African-American Students Foundation (aasf), which awarded Kenyan students scholarships for study in the United States. This photograph shows the Kenyan students arriving at Idlewild Airport in New York in September 1959 as participants in the first African Airlift. Courtesy Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Jackie Robinson Papers.
 Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, and Jackie Robinson appeal letter, Aug. 24, 1959, box 3, Robinson Papers; Smith, East African Airlifts of 1959, 1960, and 1961, 2543. Barack Obama wrote that his father had been selected by Kenyan leaders and American sponsors to attend a university in the United States, but a list of the students who landed in New York on September 9, 1959, does not contain the name of the elder Obama. Tom Shachtman, working in the African-American Students Foundation (aasf) papers for a book on the airlifts, has found that the elder Obama came in 1959 with support from the aasf but appears to have been routed a different way as he made his way to the University of Hawaii. Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (New York, 1995), 9; Eighty-One Kenya Airlift Students Arrived New York Sept. 9th 1959, box 3, Robinson Papers; Tom Shachtman telephone interview by James H. Meriwether, Aug. 19, 2008, notes (confirmed via e-mail by Shachtman) (in James H. Meriwethers possession).
Daviss initial contacts with Hawaiiall had extremely strong ILWU ties. (Communist party member) Paul Robesons own Hawaiiacquaintances, which he passed on to Davis, insured that when I came over, one of the first things that I got involved with―well, I met all the ILWU brass, (Communist Party executive committee member) Jack Hall and all of them, and I went―they had both of us over to various functions for them―Harriet Bouslog (Communist Party executive committee member) was also a good friend.
Taken at face value, this undated image shows a welcome at arrival in Hawaii. If it's 1959, what is Stanley Armour Dunham doing there?
Barack Obama (senior) was one of the featured speakers at a Mothers Peace Rally in Ala Moana Park on Sunday May 13, 1962. ILWU leaders, including Jack Hall, joined the march and rally. Obama, an African student from Kenya studying economics at the University of Hawaii Afro-American Affairs Institute, told the crowd of 350, Anything which relieves military spending will help us...Peace will release great resources...
to be continued.
Thank you, good read! It describes the usurper in chief to a T. Now what do we do about it? We know what’s going on, what do we do?
Why did you think I wrote: "So, hate whitey," IIRC. Go to the source that I linked. It's all about politics and political gain.
Tea Parties and take back a spendthrift Congress for starters.
The ironic thing is that most Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are mulatto to “high yellow” but are not considered black merely because we have the ridiculous “Hispanic” category.
Maye he figures that farmers are more likely to cap his ash?
African Colonial Nkrumah ping
African Colonial Nkrumah ping
After independence, the CPP government under Nkrumah sought to develop Ghana as a modern, semi-industrialized, unitary socialist state. The government emphasized political and economic organization, endeavoring to increase stability and productivity through labor, youth, farmers, cooperatives, and other organizations integrated with the CPP. The government, according to Nkrumah, acted only as "the agent of the CPP" in seeking to accomplish these goals.
The CPP's control was challenged and criticized, and Prime Minister Nkrumah used the Preventive Detention Act (1958), which provided for detention without trial for up to 5 years (later extended to 10 years). On July 1, 1960, a new constitution was adopted, changing Ghana from a parliamentary system with a prime minister to a republican form of government headed by a powerful president. In August 1960, Nkrumah was given authority to scrutinize newspapers and other publications before publication. This political evolution continued into early 1964, when a constitutional referendum changed the country to a one-party state. On February 24, 1966, the Ghanaian Army and police overthrew Nkrumah's regime. Nkrumah and all his ministers were dismissed, the CPP and National Assembly were dissolved, and the constitution was suspended. The new regime cited Nkrumah's flagrant abuse of individual rights and liberties, his regime's corrupt, oppressive, and dictatorial practices, and the rapidly deteriorating economy as the principal reasons for its action.
Shirley Graham Du Bois and Kwame Nkrumah at Du Bois' casket
Thank you, Fred Nerks.
It was not only the nascent Ghanaian state that embraced Nkrumah as its hero. The new Pan-African consciousness, nurtured by the U.S. civil rights movement and liberation struggles around the world, saw him as a liberator. Du Bois was just one of hundreds of African-Americans who came to Ghana in the 50s and 60s. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta King had been present at independence, where they were said to have wept as Nkrumah proclaimed Ghanas freedom. (Du Bois was regrettably forbidden at the time from leaving American soil and couldnt attend the celebrations.) Other visiting notables in the early years included Malcolm X, Louis Armstrong, Richard Wright and Maya Angelou. Fed up with their second-class status in the United States and fueled by ideology, Black American émigrés in Ghana believed they were reuniting the African family, which had been torn apart by slavery and colonization.
Du Bois State Funeral Ghana, 1963.