It has always been a mystery to me that black people cannot see or at least do nothing about so many of our past leaders being killed. The question still remains decades after 400 years anyone who seeks to gain a nominal political independence, is murdered? ‘How long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look?’ This question was memorably put forward by the iconic Bob Marley so many years ago, but our prophets continue to be killed. It makes you question who our leaders of today are or just sellouts.
One by one, our most steadfast leaders have been eliminated, to the point where Africa is hard-pressed to point out more than three people who are advancing the continental agenda for economic freedom. Almost every single leader who has stood up for Africa’s or black right to economic self-determination has been eliminated – either physically or politically.
Malcolm X died young because of what he believed was the rightful place of the black person in the United States of America – ‘the land of the free’. Fortunately, while these icons may have been physically and/or politically eliminated, their ideas live on. It seems that there is an unwritten rule whether dead or in prison is the end result. All have said something or took some kind of leadership to advance the struggle of black people.
Malcolm X famously said, “if violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her.” Malcolm X was born in poverty in a land that is regarded as the land of the free. Malcolm X grew up in a violent environment.
Nonetheless, he dared to speak truth like no other in his day! Malcolm spoke to me with the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will. Nut white America saw him as dangerous and thus on February 21, 1965 Malcolm X was shot 16 times by suspected FBI agents while going to address a meeting on African unity.
Some of the people who are now most vocal in their praise of our dead African heroes include many who in the past criticized some of their actions and speeches most savagely while they were still alive. For example, Lumumba and Sankara were taken away from Africa through the connivance of Africans working with outside forces. These men are not alone; they killed Dr. King and Medger along with many others recorder or not.
The reason for the killings of these icons is the same reason why that white supremacy demands it. Is that why you are silent! And that is my thought provoking perspective…