- Oct 8, 2005
Brother - Therious - I harbor no such sentiment!Therious said:i admit i have not read this entire thread. i was taken back by your sentiments that we should not care about suppoorting the diamond trade because of afrikans who sold their own people (us african amerikkkans) into bondage.
I did not say I believe we should treat africans any particular way because of their role in slavery in response to you or anywhere else on this site as (I noticed brother militant has pinned this sentiment on me as well).
I was simply making a theoretical comparison, advancing the argument that reparations for historical wrong is unrealistic because the further you go back in history - the more twists and turns of one group wronging another surface.
If I were following Dr. Welsing's theories - I could just as easily have said all our suffering the last 400 years is because we africans "owe" whites for expelling them from africa thousands of years ago.
I was implying whites aren't going to GIVE us jack - we will have to take our progress in our own hands.
I think rather than trying to squeeze the demand for diamonds - which is not likely to have much impact since diamonds are far from worthless, a better approach involves organizing international pressure on the specific companies/governments that are oppressing Africans, organizing violent resistance against them, or organizing media campaigns exposing their atrocities.
Where boycotts make sense I'm all for it - but one must be realistic about its impact and more skillful in selling the idea.