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A noose in the form of philanthropy

Mon, 14 April 2014 03:52
by Chris-Paul
Columns

As Africans, we have become so heavily reliant on help from others and on the fallacy of love, which come in the form of philanthropy.  
We are so hopelessly reliant on European and American aids that we cannot see the same donations we receive are being used as a noose around our necks, to control our behaviour.
Truth be told, there’s no corporation formed by Europeans or Americans meant to help Africans that is not in their interest. Even those formed by Africans, Europeans and Americans do not fund initiatives that do not benefit them in some way.  
Organisations like African Citizens Development Foundation (ACDF), which is meant to curb the effects of indiscipline in African society; as well as the African Foundation For Human Advancement (AFFAH) are formed to apparently re-affirm faith in fundamental human rights, promote the quality of life of the African people and benefit from the so-called “benevolent imperialists”.
Even organisations, which promote the rights of women and children, empowering them with information and skills meant to enhance their personal and communal development through training and policy advocacy, such as the African Women Empowerment Guild (AWEG) and African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), have their strings pulled by those who fund them.
I’m not saying they are irrelevant; they fight for some degree of progress in black communities but there is always a limit. Even the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in America has its limits. For as long as they are funded by Caucasian Americans or Europeans, there will always be that invisible layer on the ceiling, which controls how far they would go in advocating for black people.
This is why the same powers will never fund a black consciousness organisation seeking to educate Africans about self-actualisation and true African history.
They fund to control you and will never sponsor an organisation that seeks to make Africans their equals. Equality is taboo and everything is done to make sure white people have an advantage over people of colour. It’s all about privileges for white people and they can go as low as pretending not to be racist, to achieve that.  
The only way to achieve what we need on this earth, as a race - as taught by pan-Africanists, from John Brown Russwurm, Marcus Garvey and Steve Biko - is to do for ourselves by ourselves.