I Can’t Breathe – A Perspective From Africa

  • The respect of blacks needs to start here in Africa.
  • Why can’t the African Union come forward selflessly and decide on stopping wars, political crises, bad governance, poverty, racism, terrorism and xenophobia?
  • The AU must start to act now and positively.

In 1964, in Oslo Norway Dr King was awarded the Nobel Prize for great work he did which was birthed from his passion to see equality in the nation of America despite your race, color, tribe. Few people including Dr .King expected that black man could actually win the Nobel prize. It was a triumphant and an historic moment.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This what Dr King said:

“For the last 10 days, l have been on a literal mountaintop having transfiguring experiences. We’ve had the privilege of meeting and talking with kings and queens, meeting and talking with prime ministers of nations, meeting and talking with the humble people of the land’s wish l could stay on this mountaintop’s wish l could stay here tonight, but the valley calls me. There are those who need hope. There are those who need to find a way out. As l go back to this valley go back with a faith’s go back with a faith that truth and justice will rise again go back with a faith that the wheels of the gods grind slowly, but exceedingly final go back with the faith that you shall reap what you sow. With that faith go back to the valley.”

In other ways Dr King taught us about the pain and promise, renewed faith, love, courage. Let us begin with energy and hope, with faith and discipline, let us not quit until our work is done. The Bible says,” Let us not grew weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. “Martin Luther King Jr. never lost heart. He was assassinated on 4 April 1968 but they could not assassinate the dream of equality.

God created man in His own image. Nobody chose to be black/white but I thank God for His workmanship called man. You wonder someone who doesn’t have an answer on creation/race and “WHY” God chose it to be like that. Racism is a deep spirit from the pit of hell. How many people have been subjected to racism and lost their lives?

We all “can’t breathe” and are deeply appalled by the growing reports of racial intolerance particularly targeting people of African origin in America, China and other western countries. We are also people like any other race. This can plunge the world in racial recrimination as the African race has been pushed far beyond what man can possibly bear. The persistence of racial inspired police brutality in America and everywhere where it happening must stop with immediate effect.

How many innocent people have been murdered by uniformed men and women in Zimbabwe, South Africa and several African countries? None are arrested or charged .We can’t breathe in Africa and abroad. African life must matter, home and in diaspora. The white supremacy or African humiliating system must fall. I can’t breathe – These are the last words of George Floyd, a 46 year old man who died as a US police officer Derek Chauvin, pinned him down, kneeling on his neck for seven minutes, until he suffocated. George Floyd was pronounced dead shortly after.

Another persisting problem is that African people are busy killing each other on tribe. Alarming numbers are dying in Africa due to ethnicity, xenophobia etc. Should we be safe from other races abroad when we mercilessly butcher each other in our motherland? Black killings must fall everywhere.

The African Union (AU) is a continental union consisting of 55 member states located on the continent of Africa. The bloc was founded on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and launched on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa.

The respect of blacks needs to start here in Africa. Why can’t African Union come forward selflessly decide on stopping wars, political crises, bad governance, poverty, racism, terrorism and xenophobia.AU must start to act now and positively?

In Zimbabwe we find politics of hate and intolerance ingrained in our system. We witness daily inter political party  and intra party squabbles sure signs of deep intolerance .Zimbabwe will not move forward as long we remain tied to the baobab trees of hate politics. The society has become deeply polarized and its now entrenched. What we forget as as ordinary citizens is that beneath our political regalia we are human and Zimbabweans. The corruption have overtaken the oxygen we breathe; the economy and livelihoods are now suffocating. WE CAN’T BREATHE.

In SA, if you turn up to an ANC conference/rally you will see more Ferrari’s parked up than at their show room in Italy! In abroad the African Leaders are always living large in five star hotels driving Ferraris on the foreign streets while their people are left home to deal with roads full of potholes and poverty. If all African Leaders got their act together, no African would be crossing borders out of desperation.

The issue of black killings must stop in Africa and Abroad. Black people want to breathe well like other races. Africans can’t be oppressed of the colour overseas while facing political and economic oppression. We are also people, we deserve to be respected and enjoy our political will back home and human rights everywhere.

No race is bigger than the other. We are all humans. Let’s value one another co-exist together and continue beautifying our world with development.

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Enos Denhere

Enos Denhere is a freelance journalist based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a prolific writer with more than 10 years of experience in the creative writing industry, writing in print and online media. He has more than two hundred online articles, links and news pages currently he published in local and international newspapers.

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