09/09/2011 04:30:30
Afrocentricity International condemns the attacks on africans in Libya
There are ominous signs coming out of Libya about the assault on « dark-skinned » people who live in Libya or who are migrant workers in the oil and agricultural sectors. As in Misrata and now in Tripoli we have seen the NATO and Western-backed Benghazi rebels take out their frustrations on black people.
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Afrocentricity International calls for an immediate investigation into the attacks on Africans by the Arab rebels of the Transitional Council in Libya. There are ominous signs coming out of Libya about the assault on « dark-skinned » people who live in Libya or who are migrant workers in the oil and agricultural sectors. As in Misrata and now in Tripoli we have seen the NATO and Western-backed Benghazi rebels take out their frustrations on black people. Blacks in Libya have long believed that the Gaddafi regime was the one force that was willing to hold back Arab racism.

Now with the end of Gaddafi's government many in the Arab population have assaulted blacks with impunity, lynching Africans in Benghazi like the Ku Klux Klan did in the American South. Afrocentricity International stands on the side of justice and fairness and we condemn the attacks on the unarmed blacks of Libya.

We reject the unjustified attacks on black people in Libya.
We reject the Arab response to these racial attacks.
We reject the Transitional Council's explanation that these workers and citizens of Libya are a danger to the Libyan people.
We reject the negation of Africans on African lands.


WE DEMAND AN IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL BLACKS HELD IN PRISON IN LIBYA!

The people of the cities of Bani Walid and Sabha are indigenous Libyans. Since Libya is in Africa it is to be understood that blacks are the original people of Libya. The fact that Arabs from Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and Palestine who arrived in Africa recently now assume the role of aggressors against the indigenous people is a sign of disrespect and racism. Perhaps this is another reason why the West and the Benghazi ethnic groups disliked Muammar Gaddafi.

There was never any doubt in the mind of Gaddafi about the status of black people in Libya. He knew that Africa was a black continent and that the Arabs were the real “migrants” to the continent however long they had been there. Gaddafi also warned that there were elements among the Arabs in North Africa who were committed to undermining the black populations. Thus, the Transitional Council, in its misguided attack on black people in Libya, has demonstrated the correctness of Gaddafi's views. He wanted to see Libya take its place alongside other African nations like Niger, Chad, Mali, and others in a continental state that would bring about unity. This was what the Sirte Declaration was about that created the African Union. Afrocenricity International is outraged at the mass killing of Chadians during the early days of the revolt. We are shocked by the lack of international protest. We need a United States of Africa now more than ever!

However, the West never wanted to see a United States of Africa. All along Europe has tried to subvert the idea of unity among Africans. The Western nations feared Gaddafi's vision of Africa and went about encouraging the most primitive and retrogressive actors in Eastern Libya to undermine the progressive democratic government of Libya. Such a primitive attitude as exercised by the Arab racists harks back to the days when Arabs fought against Africans in Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, Mauretania, and Somalia. The idea that black people are “abd,” meaning “slaves” in Arabic has never been washed from the mind of many Arab Libyans.

Therefore, Afrocentricity International demands that the African Union act with urgency to protect the lives of black citizens and residents of Libya. We believe that the African Union must mount an investigation, an expedition if necessary, and a propaganda campaign against the physical attacks on Africans in Libya. This must be done in haste to avoid the massacre of the blacks in Libya. Do it now! Our motto remains, “Unity is our Aim, Victory is our Destiny!”

Ama Mazama, Per-aat, Afrocentricity International
Molefi Kete Asante, International Representative, Afrocentricity International

Afrocentricityinternational@gmail.com
September 6, 2011

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