Black Lives Matter.
This post is a resource for you to support that fact. I speak to different groups of people in this post. The overall premise to keep note of is to answer for yourself what you are doing proactively, outside of social media, to make sure Black people are safe around you and people who look like you.
In this video, I discuss whether or not Africa is an ally to it’s diaspora and Black Lives Matter, as well as the world, plus refer to how you, regardless if you are in America or not, can be an effective ally. As you scroll through this post, you will find a list of information that I have curated to assist in learning Black history, putting your money where your mouth is through donating and purchasing from black-owned businesses, and how to pull up in real life to make a difference. Take your time with this post. Bookmark it. Share it. Refer back to it.
To you who live in America, regardless if you think you are not racist, your entire life has benefited from this system. The same system that continues to keep Black people disenfranchised. The only way this will change is if you make a proactive effort consistently. Here is my take on how to be an ally for the oppressed. Remember, check yourself on what you are doing to make sure Black people are safe and allowed to breath around you and people who look like you. Also, scroll down for resources on how you can take action.
This town hall discussion is insightful. It is encouraging that they made sure to have voices from different generations to get a sense of what is happening on the ground, what has been done in office, and what needs to be focused on. Everyone should take the time to watch it. This is what I appreciate about how we do things in America. We are able to juggle one incident with the thousands of grievances and issues that branch out of that incident in a cohesive way. It is great that we now have everyone’s attention. I hope we finish what we started. I hope there is a systematic and economic plan behind what we started.
This clip explains systematic racism that is helpful for everyone in and out of America. Understand that the protests in real life and online are not only about police brutality. The murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others is the tip of the iceberg. The micro, macro, and obvious aggressions that Blacks experience in America daily has been further magnified due to the pandemic. That is why this shift feels different. This time around, there is no distraction to dismiss or shove this under the rug. This time around, no one can look away from the mirror we have shoved in your face.
This is why your effectiveness as an ally goes beyond posting your fears online or apologizing for what you do not understand. Like I said in the video, you need to hold your people accountable. Every aspect of this society functions under the premise to keep Blacks out, from banks to school districts to corporate politics.
To Africa and Africans, we need to do better. Growing up, I thought the disconnect between Africans and Black Americans was generational. I am disappointed, after living and working in Ghana for a year and a half, to see that this ignorance spreads throughout generations. Here is my take on why Blacks and Africans can be on the same team.
The question as to whether Africa is an ally to Black America and Black Lives Matter has a government level and people level. Like I said in the video, I am singling out Ghana because that is the country I have had the pleasure of having as the introduction to living and working in Africa. At this point, to be honest, any official government statement made now is too late. It feels as if you were waiting to see who wins before you announce whose team you are on. Like I mentioned in the video, the address to the nation was on May 31st, which is when, I feel, a reference or statement to Black Lives Matter, systematic racism in America, and George Floyd should have been mentioned. I recorded the video above on Tuesday, June 2nd. On Monday, June 1st, the President of Ghana wrote a Facebook post extending condolences to George Floyd. This was 7 days after George Floyd was murdered. Signaling and positioning is very key in this era of rapid information. The method of communication you choose to express certain statements adds to that signal. You do send a certain signal when you choose to speak on certain things during an address to the nation. On Friday, June 5th, a funeral service was held at the W.E.B. Du Bois Center in Accra for George Floyd. To be honest, seeing the video and photos of it made me further disappointed. Don’t get me wrong. It was a nice gesture. However, the group of people standing behind the microphone are the same older folks who are behind Beyond the Return, the Diaspora Forum, and the Office of Diaspora Affairs. Half of the people there were “press.” I know this because I have attended a similar event hosted by the same people who were promoting housing they were building for the diaspora. Juxtaposing these images with the videos and photos of the hundreds of thousands of people in the streets all over the world, outside of Africa, the raised fists looked like a photo-op. On top of that, the news bulletin video only shows footage of violence, bypassing all the peaceful protests. Notice the clips I am sharing in this post. It was all nice and we are grateful for the gestures. It also feels like there is a layer of playing-it-safe, which is frustrating for someone who wants to see us win.
Why did you not make an official statement condoning America for brutalizing Black people, perverting laws, and oppressing and marginalizing anyone who is “different?” Why are you not holding your American contractors accountable? Why are you not advocating that all American companies, NGOs, or contractors in Ghana, or working with Ghana, must take tangible measures to advocate for Black Lives Matter? You spent all of 2019 promoting the Year of Return, calling for all of the diaspora to come to Ghana, and approximately 750,000 visitors answered the call. You received $3.5 billion worth of remittances from your diaspora in 2019. There are 3-5 thousand Black Americans living in Ghana. They did not move there yesterday. Some have been there for 6 decades. Also, fun fact, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr traveled to Ghana to celebrate your independence with Kwame Nkrumah. What are you doing?
On the people level, there is an inferior mindset that will continue to hinder progress if it is not attended to. I am not sure if it is an education issue or cultural issue. Actually, the colonizers did do us really dirty. They did a great job brainwashing Africans, who continue to see no problem in maintaining that defect. To be honest, you now choose to continue sitting in the dirt the colonizers put you in. This unfortunately will continue the trend of foreigners who have no blood ties to Africa to extract as much as they want. Like I explained in the video, the presence of returnees and diasporans should be seen as an increase in the entire pie. Instead of accusing me as taking away the mosquito slice of pie you have been scratching at, you should recognize that my presence triples the size of your slice of pie. Why do Africans see Black Americans as a threat? It is not enough to apologize for selling your cousins into slavery. Black America built America. Why is it so difficult for you to see the value of Black Americans in your country? Can you not imagine how Black Americans can enhance your life and your country? Do you fear Black Americans will refuse to be oppressed by the rules of your church, elders, and patriarchal society?
Yes, Africans have beautiful traditions. Outside of art, music, and fashion, what are you pushing? What have you invented recently? What are you discussing? What are you teaching? Watch the videos above. Do you see the youth and young adults in America? They are educating themselves, organizing their communities, running businesses, creating content, teaching the community, advocating for humanity, and discussing real topics. Check the list below for Black inventors and Black-owned businesses. Now, Africans, I see you are inspired by Black American music, style, dance, and personality. You honestly see nothing else to be inspired by? Could African youth and young adults learn more from Black Americans. I will let you answer that for yourself.
I am not saying any of this to discourage the diaspora from moving to Africa. Like I said in the video, I am just keeping it 100 with you. I feel there is a disconnect between the bigger picture. Yes, Black Americans can come to Ghana and Africa, build their own businesses, raise their families, and live peacefully. I cannot be a spokesperson for all, but there are Black Americans who also want to make a bigger impact and are more than capable of doing so. Are Black Americans only tolerated in Africa? Or is Africa ready to value, step up, and join forces with Black Americans?
To the world, again, there is a people level and government level. It is very encouraging to see the hundreds of thousands of you marching in your cities. Power to you. I know you also are experiencing your own versions of oppression and brutality. I am glad we inspired you. Now, make meaningful change in a way that makes sense for your country. You cannot copy and paste. Do not settle for photo-ops for viral appeal. To governments all over the world, what are you doing? What are you scared of? America has spent a really long time putting its nose in your business and dismantling your peace. Why can’t you step up to the bully for once. Why are you not treating America like you treated South Africa during apartheid? Why are you not pulling out your investments, contracts, and products with the condition that America must get its act together?
Finally, the resources to be an effective ally are listed below. I decided to highlight books for children in this post because I feel we need to do better in building an early foundation of comprehension. The list of videos to watch on Netflix is like a starter kit. Tyree’s Freedom Papers Newsletter provides speeches, playlists, articles, documentaries, and more tips to be an effective ally. The list of Black-owned businesses I curated is not exhaustive. I have purchased from some of them and plan to purchase from the others. The clothing section includes options for all genders.
As you may know, content about this movement is being suppressed online all over the world. Please bookmark this post, comment below, and share this post to help with this. I really believe this time is different. I am proud of us. I look forward to living in a world where we all can breath.
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The Freedom Agenda
Books for Children
- Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney
- Shomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
- Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi
- Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin
- Chocolate Milk, Por Favor by Celebrating Diversity with Empathy
- My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera
- Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Became Malcolm X
- Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
- Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
- Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock by Aslan Tudor and Kelly Tudor
- My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope by Diane Guerrero with Erica Moroz
- I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer
- The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
- Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hammer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford
- Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo and Lin Wang
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
- Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
- Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
- A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
- The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K.Ali
Check out this Twitter thread for a continued list
Watch this on Netflix
- Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
- When They See Us
- Time: The Kalief Browder Story
- Who Killed Malcolm X?
- Dear White People
- American Son
- 12 Years a Slave
- A Fall from Grace
- Strong Island
- Seven Seconds
- LA 92
- What Happened, Miss Simone?
- Teach Us All
- The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson
- The Green Book
- The Negro Soldier
Sign up for Freedom Papers Newsletter by Tyree Boyd-Pates and you can download the first edition.
Policing Protests: Lessons from the Occupy Movement, Ferguson, and Beyond – A Guide for Police by Edward R. Maguire and Megan Oakley
Where to Donate
Split Donation between 70+ bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice orgs
Cash Bail Funds List that is updated and verified
Black Lives Matter Global Network
Mutual Aid Networks organized by state
17 thoughts on “Do You + Africa + World Support Black Lives Matter and Humanity”
This is an awesome post with so much information especially sites to make donations. thank you. Keep up the good work
Thank you. So glad it resonated with you and you found the resources helpful.
You need to spend a bit of your time researching your own history because no one sold anyone. Also what will make you happy? The govt issued a statement of solidarity on George Floyd June 1 before you published this article on June 6 so what is your point here?
The other issue with your writeup is exactly why black people can’t work together. You accuse the YoR group of fellow African Americans for trying to cash. What is wrong if they offer their services and expertise in return for a fee? I do not really appreciate some of their work but I will be very careful how i attack them.
You need to spend some time to understand the people because Africans are just as brainwashed as much as people of African ancestry. You lived Ghana and still complaining but try to move to move to Congo or Kenya and see how it is there. The govt of Ghana is trying very hard to bring a change but people like you do not or refuse to see the other side of the equation. We are so divided and we dont even know it.
I don’t know your affiliation in Ghana but you are very rude in your assessment of president taking selfies with starts and btw the president did not mention BLM because he was addressing Ghana’s COVID19 not police brutality. However, president released a statement on June 1st so what are you up to? Your article was published on June6 so you have 5solid days to cross check.
Your generalize a lot as well, if your experience was with some ‘unenlightened’’ Ghanaians who did not appreciate AAs, you cannot assume that your group represents all Ghanaians? This is very disappointing from another black person and you come across as childish talking about sole food and gutters etc. I don’t know what your agenda is but this is very low. Ghana is a developing county in case you did not know!!
Thank you Myles. Appreciate your response. Did you get a chance to read the suggestions I made about how governments in Africa could respond at this time? What do you think of them?
I take note that the video was recorded on Tuesday, June 2nd. I also take note of the statement and funeral ceremony that took place in Ghana for George Floyd. Both were nice gestures. The overall premise I am making is that I am expecting more from Africa. The protests are not only about George Floyd and police brutality. In terms of the Year of Return initiative, this speaks to why I am expecting more. Since it was successful and Black America answered the call, plus had already been supporting Ghana for years, there needs to be a response that goes beyond photos.
Did you get a chance to read the suggestions I made on the people level? Do you have any suggestions on how to encourage Africans and Black Americans to learn more about each other. I take note on how both groups can work together. No generalizations were made, actually. Also, in the video, I am referring to “soul food.” I also did not mention gutters or the sewage system. Instead, I noted how different neighborhoods and homes are set up, to illustrate how culture in one place is not found in the other place. This does not invalidate the need to hold each other accountable.
As much as I agree with some of your submissions to some extent, I suggest you take it easy on most Africans and don’t expect soo much from them at this point in time since most Africans have been deliberately miseducated for decades and conditioned to function the way they do. So it’s gonna take a lot of work in unlearning what they’ve been taught while giving them the right education so it’s kinda tricky but sensitive issue we’re dealing with.
Don’t forget that until recent surge in social media and the launch of the Year of Return initiative most native Africans had little knowledge about the African diaspora. That’s why it’s important not to be quick in attacking some of these small but important beginnings being championed by the government in collaboration with the expat community in Ghana.
Currently, there is a gradual awakening of native Africans about who are the African diaspora and how they are connected to Africa.
I must emphasize however, that the enlightened ones will rather seek to work hand in hand with the diaspora coming to the motherland but do not suffer from inferiority complex as you literally stated.
I’ll suggest the diaspora come with a mindset of working hand in hand with the native to help bring the needed development to the motherland and not with a superiority or savior complex.
Hi Dagny, Thanks for getting back to me and yes, I got the chance to read your submission, but you berated Ghana so much and then offered useful material at the end zeroing out the good. I will correct gutter to pavement but even that your response feels like you are upset with something or someone in Ghana. Well, my wife and I are happy to host you at costal village if you ever change your mind and visit Ghana again. Let us try to reset the clock and see the other side of Ghana you might have missed… my ‘sista’ BTW my wife is an African American in between US and GH.
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Yes, we have an archaeological problem with this story. From my analysis and little research, most of the prisoners of wars were sent away for free they took them without paying anything.
The word sold is what I really want to research. Unless 99% of the exchange was consumables i.e. food etc. then we do not have enough artifacts/relics in commercial quantities to prove any exchange of substance. Even on foods, unlike East African cuisine that is heavily influenced by Arab and Indian culture, we have maintained our traditional eating habits until today so exchange of food for slaves could not have happened in any meaningful way otherwise our cuisine would reflect this influence.
Assuming slaves were exchanged i.e. sold for guns and ammunitions, is there archeological evidence that substantiates this? And is there a correlation between the volume of arms acquired in exchange for the 1,000,000s of people who left our shores? And the few we have today, how may were captured/seized from the Europeans during the many wars?
Some say that they were sold for liquor and mirrors, if that is the case then there should be thousands of artifacts of mirrors, bottles and barrels buried somewhere in Ghana. Not just a couple of hundred; where are they? Obviously, they were not “sold” for cash since we used barter system of trade then. We can still find antiquities from ancient Egypt today so surely there should be a proverbial paper trail to substantiate these claims. My point again is that, it was not as simple as it looks on paper or in books, and some of our ancestors/leaders were not as feckless as the white man wants to portray them in history books. Yes, we had some bad nuts and buffoons in our mist as well…. this is not disputed.
Case in point, many of our kingdoms and empires were confederations long before the white man knew how to form the United States of America. Look at Akomfo Anokye, do you really believe he divined a stool out of the heavens? In my opinion, this was a great example of compelling exploitation of cultural and spiritual mythology to hold groups of people together (exact same tactic deployed by ancient Rome with the ‘Christ’ story. Lets probe further and educate ourselves and avoid deliberate distortions of our collective history.
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Peace and Blessings Queen. After reading your post all I can say is be the change you desire to see. Wherever you’re located start having conversations, forums, and discussions with the locals and become involved in their affairs. You will be surprised on how many people agree with you or were just not aware. Start connecting and engaging with others with like minds who are on the Afrikan continent (Ekow Simpson, Wode Maya, Dr. Mumbai, WokeAfricaShow, etc) who desires to have an open dialogue coupled with tangible solutions pertaining to bridging the two sides together. The disconnect between us in the diaspora and those on the motherland was strategically crafted and executed purposely because they understand that our unification and rise is their downfall. Our education (or lack thereof) on both sides directly (within school) and indirectly (media portrayals, social stigmas, stereotypes) was an extremely effective and powerful tool that brainwashed us to have foolish ideologies and imaginations towards one another. Become involved with local politics and make your presence felt. Sometimes people just need that different viewpoint, extra spark/fire/juice, and specific word that need to be had in order for changes to move. From experience working with the Youth (who are the strength and energy) they need to be properly engaged and it usually takes someone who they can identify with that can assist in shifting their trajectory. Thank you for this platform, have a blessed one.
Thank you Ben. Really appreciate your response and encouragement. I will check out the like-minded Africans on the continent you mentioned. The deliberate disconnect you refer to is very true. That is why it is so important for us to be pro-active in teaching, empowering, and building our community. Holding up the excuse of ignorance can no longer invalidate the need to hold each other accountable. Around what topics and in what capacity do you work with the youth? Do you have any suggestions for what resources or content I could provide to help expand the youth’s comprehension on this disconnect?
I have experience working with all grades Pre-K to 12 (as a Substitute, Teaching Assistant, Security Guard, Lunchroom Monitor) & Special Education (All subjects as a Teaching Assistant & Special Education Teacher). Creating a rapport, being transparent, and meeting them where they are at is a huge start. They have to see where they fit into the mix and why. Depending on the age range (College, High school, Primary School, etc) and background of the youth (US, Caribbean, South America, Ghana, etc) plays a role as well. Showing them how our relationship (at home and abroad) fueled and empowered one another’s liberation. For example, why does the Ghanaian Flag have a Black Star (Marcus Garvey and Osagyfo Kwame Nkrumah connection), what ideals and actions led to the creation of the O.A.U (Afrikan Union) and where did they stem from (Specifically the 5th Pan Afrikan Congress)? Why did Malcolm X see a need to create the Organization of Afro-American Unity and what purpose did it serve? Is there a connection between the concept of Black Identity Extremists and The 1884 Berlin Conference? On the contrary, European/Western Governments involvement with extinguishing anyone who was about uniting Blacks on an international level (FBI and the Rise of the Black Messiah, Assassination of Patrice Lumumba/Malcolm X/Thomas Sankara/Haile Selassie, imprisonment of Marcus Garvey, etc). I pose those questions not from a philosophical standpoint but as means that you can show the youth the same tactics they used of old are still being applied at this very second. Also showing them how the Black/Afrikan/Melanated youth played vital roles in protests and liberation movements worldwide (College Students involvement in the Civil/Human Rights movements of the 1960s, Children’s Crusade of 1963, Youth involvement with Kwame Nkrumah becoming president, Youth Representation in Black Lives Matter). Thank you.
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Dagny, your narrative is as accurate as it can be. Solid analysis, well thought out and excellently submitted!
I replied to yours (actually added to it, which I agree 100%) extensively, wrote several pages that touched on each point you made, but as I was summarizing my submission this 3:45AM one word, the key variable needed to resolve this calculus of confusion came to me. “LOVE”.
… Jesus was right when He reiterated His Own Commandment that we LOVE as we want to be LOVED. LOVE is that only missing variable required to resolve this calculus before us today. I would challenge every reader to plug LOVE in the broader equation and see what their answer to the question on the table “Black Lives’” would be.
I commend all the white brothers and sisters matching in solidarity and encourage them to stand firmly with the movement. I equally encourage all blacks to acknowledge all who walk with us. White people are NOT the problem. The Devil is the problem. His followers come in all colors. God’s children also come in all colors (colours). “LOVE” is the right answer…. JESUS WAS RIGHT! Let us match for LOVE! Let us protest for LOVE.. let us improve our mantra to include a call for LOVE. Love fixes everything.
Accordingly, I choose to submit this short version of my reply that calls for the LOVE for each other that Jesus Christ was talking about. – that is sufficient for me.
“BLACK LIVES NEED LOVE – IN SOLIDARITY WITH WHITE LIVES”.
God’s children meed love ❤️
Thank you for sharing. I’m glad this post resonated with you. Looking forward to seeing more love and equality on the other side of this.
I have read your post and submissions and it’s in contrast to your earlier submissions where you talk about how you enjoyed Ghana. Do you have Black African American Ancestory? I don’t think you do . You might be a daughter of a privileged 80s or 90s immigrant hence don’t understand the struggles we have gone through as African Americans of Black Slavery . You have not been part of the protest on the street yet you criticize Africa of sitting aloof. You think sitting in the comfort of your home in a white neighborhood and posting on social media makes you an advocate of BLM. No!!!!!!!
Don’t take advantage of a sensitive situation to project your unknown brand.
I advise you exercise patience and do more research before you comment or get into Ghanaian politics. You claim you were working in Ghana , paying people to take pictures in model clothes and posting on social media is not considered work . You can do better with you education by not insulting the President of Ghana and his ministers . How much have you remitted to Ghana as part of the $3b . It’s Ghanaian immigrants working their ass off to make America better who remit their toils to Ghana and not African Americans.
Check your previous post and you will see how childish and immature you have been in this submission. I have African American Ancestory and moved to Ghana to live and help make Africa regain its consciousness. You have no idea of what Africans go through. Did you watch/listen to the funeral memorial of George Floyd in Houston, President of Ghana was appreciated during the funeral which makes your post irrelevant and non academic .
Who told you your accent makes you a higher human being than any other Nigerian or Ghanaian who is also living in America . You claim Africans are threatened by the diaspora , take it easy millennial, Nobody is threatened in Africa/Ghana by your juvenile theatrics on social media. Following your posts I doubt your genuine love for Africa as you quickly left Africa to America when the Covid 19 virus came thinking America will be safer . We the True African African Americans here in Africa stayed behind to help our people through this pandemic .
Take my advise , you are a Talented Orator but be genuine and original in your write ups , Seek counseling to truly discover yourself , go outside your home/room and get a social life with real people in America like you enjoyed your stay in Ghana with real friends. Dec2remba , Afrochella ,Vegan food fair etc . I am sure you miss these memories right .
Hello Hosea. Thank you for sharing. Unfortunately, you are making a lot of assumptions. Did you get a chance to read the suggestions on what type of response Africa could lean towards? I would like to hear your thoughts on that too.
I enjoyed the post just that it lacked a display of morals when you started insulting the President and ministers of a whole country .
Try and avoid insults in your subsequent posts. Taking selfies with people doesn’t make one human being higher than the other. We are all equal (one race) .
You project confidence but don’t overdo that by being thinking less of Africans living in Africa as not having brains to think for themselves.
There are equally as many intellectuals in Africa as there are in America. Civilization started here in Africa .
Let’s feed your energy and see you on the street in solidarity with the protesters yea.
Hello Duke. Thank you for sharing. Insults are not the intention. Accountability is. Did you get a chance to read the suggestions on what type of response Africa can lean towards? I would like to hear your thoughts on that too.
Hello Dagny ,
I have been one your greatest fan and readers but I must say your recent post leaves a lot to be desired . Living and blogging /vlogging in Ghana for a few months does not give you the right to insult the nations president and ministers. Not sure what you wanted to achieve by this post but all I can say is you got it all wrong . Do share some pictures and videos of you joining the protesters on the street instead of blogging from your room like “many Africans “ are doing from Africa …
Hello Georgette. Thank you for sharing. Unfortunately, you are making a lot of assumptions. Did you get a chance to read the suggestions I made about what kind of response Africa could continue to make? I would like to hear your thoughts on that too.