Europe: Reaping the whirlwind
By Femi Akomolafe and posted with permission
a missive to a European friend
Greetings to you.
Did you pause to consider the fact that the equivalence you seek/sought is simply invalid, thereby untenable?
From whichever angle you consider it, comparing European violent colonial conquest of, say Africa, with Europeans WILLINGLY voting for racists and fascists is outrageous, to put it mildly.
Contrary to what its apologists claim, colonialism was not an altruistic enterprise, undertaken by some god-fearing souls in Europe, to bring the light of enlightenment to some savages.
The simple truth is that 15th, 16th, 17th century Europe was in no form or shape to enlighten anyone.
Africa was violently invaded, sundered and brutally exploited with millions killed (over 10m in the Congo DRC alone) by European empire-builders. We had no say whatsoever in the beastly enterprise.
Read this: “Whatever happens, we have got The Maxim gun, and they have not.” ― Hilaire Belloc.
How dare you to compare that with Europeans willingly and enthusiastically voting for racists and fascists?
While it is true that we (Africans) are champions when it comes to forgiving our enemies, we feel the pains when the children of those that we forgave think nothing of rubbing salt on our injuries.
Mandela told us that: Amnesty is not Amnesia.
We are no fools, we are only guided by our ancestors wise advice to us to let bygones be bygones as encapsulated in this Yoruba proverb: Ti a ko ba gbagbe oro ana, a ko ni ri eni ba sere / if we don’t forget yesterday’s issues, we will not get anyone to play with.
Alas, Europeans lack the capacity to even appreciate this enormously sensible wise words, much less abide by it.
On the contrary, we see those who tell us to forgive our trespasses, as a god will forgive us ours, pursue their enemies to death and beyond.
Or, can someone cite for me just one example of where Europeans forgave anyone that offended them?
I lived in Europe and listened to Europeans constantly speechifying about how they have the best of everything, political system included.
I watched them as they stand on their high horses, hug the moral high grounds, and give lectures and admonitions to other peoples. I still see them trampling around Africa evangelizing the gospel of white supremacy!
Almost all of them will never even consider the fact that not every human being wants to operate on European value-system.
This total lack of self- and historical awareness, plus the inability to give any attention or consideration to other people’s feelings nauseate badly.
European narcissism plus their sense of entitlement is simply unbelievable.
Sorry, you can’t claim to operate the most advanced and the most sophisticated political system in the world, keep on electing imbecilic fascists, and be offended when other people rope you in with the criminal policies that your democratically elected governments pursue around the world.
Let’s not forget the fact that it’s precisely these criminal policies that give European citizens the material wealth they so, unabashedly, enjoy.
It is the criminal enterprises of European governments that created the wealth that Europeans so arrogantly flaunt at the rest of us!
Sorry if some of us refuse to rend our garments and lament loudly at Europe’s current self-inflicted predicaments; we see it for what exactly it is: European are reaping the whirlwind that they sowed all over the world in the last five centuries!
I don’t have a problem with your African roots, I will only urge you to consider the fact that, although you were born in Africa, your European parentage automatically confers on you privileges that are denied the natives.
No, do not be offended; I am simply stating the colonial/neo-colonial realities.
Malcolm X told us: Chicken hatched in ovens are not biscuits.
It is a Cultural thing.
Do enjoy your day.
Femi Akomolafe is a passionate Pan-Africanist. A correspondent for the London-based New African magazine, and columnist for the Accra-based Daily Dispatch newspaper. He lives in both Europe and Africa, and writes regularly on Africa-related issues for various newspapers and magazines.
He was the producer of the FOCUS ON AFRICANS TV Interview programme for the MultiTV Station.
Femi is also the CEO of Alaye Dot Biz Limited Dot Biz, a Kasoa-based Multimedia organisation that specialises in Audio and Video Production. Apart from writing polemics and satires, he loves to shoot and edit video documentaries.
The Malcolm X quote is confusing. I thought he had said “Chickens coming home to roost” Not sure if related. The quote “what goes around, comes around” is more direct.
Ersim, he is talking about the hot crucible that most African nations (and people) are still going through. I’m going to argue with Femi, but I was so happy to see him again, that I forgot my arguments. We have to remember that Africans are not stupid at all. They… Read more »
I do agree with you that it’s very dangerous for the “oppressed” stooping to the same level of the “oppressor”.
I received this comment from Femi: Greetings. Your recapchta prevented me from posting this reply to your response to my article. Here we go! If by forget you meant remembering it, of course we do. Who wouldn’t? My Yoruba people say: Eni ti o shu le gbagbe, sugbon eni ti… Read more »