Destee said:No Sister, i'm not saying all of that. We must be responsible for our actions, and not continue to perpetuate what is being done to us.
But when i hear you speaking so negatively regarding an entire group of our people ... all victims of white supremacy ... makes it appear as though you are not considering the overwhelming influence that white supremacy plays in this picture.
We don't have to go to Nigeria, to point out where Black people need to do better. We can go to most any place that Black people are allowed to congregate, and see us doing virtually the same. Not only in Nigeria, but where ever we are ... you will find lots of the worst of everything.
None of this is by accident, as it is global. Where ever you find us, you find us mistreating each other. We manifest the weapons of mass destruction put upon us, very well. We are victims, and so, we act like victims. The only way not to be a victim, living under a universal system of white supremacy, is to be white ... or replace that system with a system of justice.
If pointing fingers at each other were the answer, then surely we would have cleaned up our own back yard by now, and Nigeria, or any other place in the world would welcome our critique, for we would also be bringing with us answers ... but we have no answers ... for we have not solved the problem in our own backyard. The problem is white supremacy (racism).
Destee, I'm willing to accept what you're saying here as an "extenuating circumstance.", but I continue to say, and I'm happy that you agree, that blacks must be help accountable for our actions.
Unlike African Americans and other Blacks in the Diaspora, Nigerians, as well as some other continental Africans, were never robbed of their language, culture, name, or knowledge of self as Brother CD rightfully points out that Blacks in the Diaspora were. All of those cultural attributes are very much intact among Nigerians. Actually, according to some of their scholars, much of the internal workings of Nigerian culture are the same as they were since way before slavery, especially in non-urban areas. Please bear in mind that many Africans have never seen a white person.
But this really disturbs me: It sounds like you're saying that most black people lack free will when you say 'we are victims' and are and will continue to be the mere helpless pawns of whites.
I could also draw the conclusion from what you're saying that even Nigerians and other continentals who retained their culture and language fared differently but no better against white supremacy than those of us in the Diaspora. This means that reclaiming African culture and language (as some Blacks in the West are trying so hard to do) is pointless as long as white supremacy exists. I mean, why would we be trying to get something back that obviously did not protect the continental Africans who always had and still have it. Just a rhetorical point.