Culture is not static; it is subject to evolutions and innovations hence, my conviction that the homosexual and lesbian culture among humans today is a reality from human cultural evolution. To start with; my question: “is gay marriage our priority?” should not be interpreted as endorsement of homosexuality, as I don’t condone it as a natural sexual act.
Like I said in my post, we had Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League(UNIA), National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), Black Muslims or later Nation of Islam, Black Panther Party or BPP (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defence), Organization of African Unity now Africa Union (AU), African National Congress (ANC), etc.
All these movements, because of their attempts to control the sexuality of their members are being replaced by fragmented structures such as: women’s rights, gay rights, lesbian rights, men of colour who oppose inter-racial marriages, etc. If we look at the Black struggle from Marcus Garvey’s time, we can see that the Black (African) is still confronting the same problem as the case was 100 years back. In my humble opinion, this is so because we fail to get our priorities right.
It is necessary to stop at this stage in our existence crying as victims. First, we need to realise that we have problems and we have natural and human resources to solve these problems. We have cultural, intellectual, and scientific resources at our disposition to resolve these problems. We have to understand that we are living in a cruel world and we can decide from now on to make what is best in our interest – that is, unite (Black Unity).
We have to avoid the mistakes of the past, it is necessary to put aside things which have neither head nor tail in the 21st century. If we are serious about African Unity, we cannot continue to do things in reverse manner. We all are aware that one cannot wear a jacket inside-out, the same for trousers – they cannot be worn in reverse. We can learn from the mistakes of the past, Malcolm X for example began to realise towards the end of his life, that some whites are more serious about black liberation than some other black people are.
At this stage in our quest for advancement, we cannot afford to be divided into fragmented structures such as: women’s rights, gay rights, lesbian rights, men of colour who oppose inter-racial marriages, etc. If we are to continue this discriminative attitude, we will only chase away people who could do more for the Black struggle! Like Marcus Garvey said: “I have no desire to take all black people back to Africa; there are blacks who are no good here and will likewise be no good there”.
Hence my appeal: “BROTHERS AND SISTERS! SHOULDER YOUR ARMS AND COME!” THE ONLY WAY TO TAKE OUR CONTINENT BACK IS TO GET ORGANIZED. There are no reasons for us to copy words in the vocabularies of others - that’s one reason for our weakness. When the West call us “Third World People” we Africans take-up the relay we use the same words. The Blackman copies, if you say that he belongs to the Third World, Africans accept this description.
Look at China two decades ago, compared with China today there is a remarkable difference. Twenty years ago; the Chinese were transporting themselves with bicycles, today China is a leading world economic power. When they give you a name and you accept it, you allow your brain to be manipulated. Do you think a Chinese citizen would accept to be addressed as a Third-World citizen?
Do you think a Chinese would keep silent when you consider him or her as a citizen from an emerging country? Do you think he/she is going to accept all that? Never! The Chinese does not know what you mean by those terms, and they would never accept to be addressed as such. No Chinese leader would accept IMF or World Bank’s structural adjustment programme. Who would go to China to impose it on them? The Chinese leadership knows how to take Radical Decisions, and they know what it takes to do things in the interest of their people and nation, they will never allow anyone manipulate their thinking.
To get to where China is today, they were not talking about who is gay or who is lesbian – they made the radical decisions necessary to advance. I agree that “gay marriage is another neo-colonial strategy, such as lesbian rights, feminism, etc.” If I may ask, what are we doing about Africans carrying around Christian and Arab names? Joseph, Abdul Hakeem, Alhaji Abubakar, etc. We have to understand, that the black family structure has been fragmented and rendered dysfunctional for ages by neo-colonial legacies.
Neo-colonialism is the geopolitical practice of using capitalism, business globalization, and cultural imperialism to influence a country, in lieu of either direct military control or indirect political control.
Religion is one of the weapons used to maintain political control in Africa. We all know that religion is one of the issues creating a lot of havoc in Africa today.
To stop any form of religious fanaticism, we have to understand that in as much as every religion is always within a particular culture, the Christian, Muslim and Judaic religions are foreign to Africa because, historically, they are not like traditional religion moulded in African cultural values. That is why suicide bombings and all those violent fanaticisms are alien to the African cultural values.
For those not aware, Abraham or Ibrahim - the patriarch of Christian, Moslem, and Judaic religions was not born when our black ancestors built the pyramids as late as 2,800 B C. Agreed that the introduction of Islamic fanaticism in our culture calls for concern, same can be said of Christian fanaticism. In view of this, we need to define the position of the so-called revealed religions vis-à-vis the African Society. It is the only way, to get our priorities right.
Finally; like Frantz Fanon once said: “Let us waste no time in sterile litanies and nauseating mini cries. It is a question of starting a new history of man. Humanity is waiting for something other from us than such an imitation which would be almost an obscene caricature. But if we want humanity to advance a step further, if we want to bring humanity up to a different level than that which Europe has shown it, then we must invent and we must make discoveries. For Europe, for ourselves, and for humanity we must turn over a new leaf. We must work out new concepts and try to set afoot a new man.”