The problem’s not racism; it’s colonialism

During the month of October, African People’s Solidarity Day events in three U.S. cities celebrated North American white solidarity with the liberation movement of African people, those on the continent of Africa and those dispersed around the world.

Events were held in St. Petersburg, FL on October 11, Oakland, CA on October 20 and Philadelphia, PA on Oct. 25.

The solidarity events were sponsored by the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC), the organization of white people organized under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, which leads the Uhuru Movement.

The African People’s Solidarity Day events organized other white people to come out to salute the struggle of African people everywhere to reunite and liberate Africa and all its resources after 500 years of enslavement and colonial plunder that has benefited the white world.

The African People’s Solidarity Day events gave other white people the opportunity to learn about the true history of the European attack on African and oppressed peoples that built the wealth and power that the U.S. and Europe experiences today.

As the keynote speaker in all three events Chairman Omali Yeshitela exposed that U.S. and European imperialism and capitalism were born from the enslavement of African people and the genocide of the Indigenous people of the Americas and theft of their land.

Chairman Yeshitela denounced the selection/election of Barack Obama as a desperate ploy by a U.S. imperialism in deep economic and political crisis. A ploy designed to carry out white power in black face.

He called for everyone to support the Black is Back march on November 7 in Washington, D.C. opposing U.S. wars on people around the world and on African and oppressed peoples inside this country.

Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee gave a multimedia presentation at all three events, showing white people why it is in their long-term material interest to stand in solidarity with African liberation if they are to be on the forward and revolutionary side of history.

Chioma Oruh, leader of the North American Committee to Build the African Socialist International, spoke in St. Petersburg and Philadelphia on AFRICOM and NORTHCOM, the growing U.S. military presence in Africa and the targeting African people in the U.S.respectively.

Ironiff Ifoma, member of the Central Committee of the African People’s Socialist Party, spoke in St. Petersburg about the many programs for self-sustaining economic development for African people around the world being led by the APSP.

Diop Olugbala, President of the local branch of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) spoke in Philadelphia on the campaign to free the City Hall 2, two InPDUM members who were attacked by police and arrested while holding signs criticizing the city’s budget. He talked about InPDUM’s struggle against that budget that amounts to a trillion dollar war against the African community.

Kitty Reilly, Maureen Wagener and Alison Hoehne, all APSC members, also spoke at the various events.

A major theme of African People’s Solidarity Day was the understanding, put forward by the African People’s Socialist Party, that the major problem facing African people in the U.S. is colonialism, not racism.

As Chairman Omali Yeshitela states, racism is simply the “ideas in white people’s heads.” These ideas are harmless without white state power and the gun which is used to solve imperialism’s crisis with the colonial peoples.

The main problem facing African people inside the U.S. and around the world is colonialism, the political and economic domination of African people by imperialism.

Therefore, the response of white people must be to stand in solidarity with the movements for national liberation of African and oppressed peoples for control over their lives, land and resources.

The African People’s Solidarity Committee is calling on other white people to respond to the current crisis of imperialism by taking a stand with the movements and people who are changing the world and overturning a system built on genocide, oppression and destruction!

The African People’s Solidarity Day events were a benefit for the African Village Survival Initiative (AVSI). AVSI is the joint effort of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (www.developmentforafrica.org) and the African People’s Education & Defense Fund (www.apedf.org).

The goal of the African Village Survival Initiative is to create community-led, self-sustaining economic institutions such as rain water harvesting, community agriculture and healthcare for the African community as a way of building economic, dual and contending power in the hands of the African working class and poor people.

A central project of AVSI is to outfit the Uhuru House in south St. Petersburg with a recording studio as an institution of international African culture and a commercial kitchen for community based economic development projects.

The African People’s Solidarity Committee appreciates all of the Uhuru Movement supporters who contributed to make this year’s African People’s Solidarity Day events such a financial and political success.

For more information, to donate, to Take the Pledge to Take a Stand to Stop U.S. Colonial Wars Here and Abroad, or to build an African People’s Solidarity Day event in your area, go to www.uhurusolidarity.org.

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