Why black lives can’t matter
The white world has, as of late, been helping with rethinking black lives. They’ve joined blacks to yell ‘Black Lives Matter’ as the world struggles with destructive prejudice abroad. Be that as it may, what amount of significant worth do the blacks place on their own lives, particularly in Africa? Is it the destiny of the black man to suffer and be pitied from eternity to eternity? He was the person who endured subjection and slavery more than any other person. He is the one whose experience of colonialism will irritate always in any event, when different victims have outlasted that past.
Ran HaCohen of Tel Aviv University, Israel, in a 2018 journal article looks at the idea of blackness and why being white or black would perpetually play a role in human history. He contends that black, as a color, has consistently “experienced terrible notoriety” and that even among black individuals of Africa, “white implies ‘right, great request, reason, truth, wellbeing, liberality, good karma’, while black means ‘wrong, blame, begrudge, a goal to execute, melancholy.’”
How can it be that just about 200 years after the slave trade and right around a century after independence, black Africans are still subject to cheap chains and deaths – and pity – everywhere?
Black lives cannot matter abroad when it does not in Africa, their homeland. Just this past weekend, another black man was shot dead in Atlanta, United States. That is what you get when the black man’s homeland is a wasteland of disgraceful leaders. It is only an uncooked child that can’t tell the difference between a ripening plantain and a rotting one. And that is what our leaders are. They feed their people to local and foreign gods of greed the way wanton boys treat grasshoppers and seek respect abroad. Indeed, in the 2002 article, Johnson quoted an unnamed British official as telling him: “I’ve been in Africa for ages and there’s one thing I just don’t get. Why are they so brutal to each other? We may treat them like children, but it’s not because of us that they behave like the children in Lord of the Flies.” Yes, the world treats black Africans as children.
The British official was right in his choice of literature and I think that was rather deep – especially when I know what the privileged kids in William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ did to themselves. Now, if you have not, go and read that novel: the story of a group of well-educated boys who lose their way and promise and minds while stranded on an uninhabited island. They lose their way and start to think tragically with arrogant idiocy. They make very disastrous efforts to govern themselves and live through their misfortune. They fail and descend into savage power contests and primitive accumulation and self-destruction. Even when salvation comes to them through a ship that sails nearby, they let it miss them because they are too engrossed in the inanities of petty power tussle to see the lifeline. What does that story tell you about what you see with the government you have? Think of Nigeria’s Presidential Villa and the family feuds assaulting our collective sanity. Think of the Villa family head whose competence is in drooling while flies eat the lips of decency. Think of records of yesterday losing their truth to today’s politics of money and privileges.
The ‘white world’ is presently teaching us how to revalue our lives. They are punishing white cops who kill black men. They’ve joined hands to shout ‘Black Lives Matter’ on their gilded streets and cities. But, how much of that ‘life’ really matters to the black man in his homeland? Think of the very many innocent Nigerians who have fallen to SARS without consequences. Think of rape, physical and metaphorical, in churches in Nigeria. Think of the 32-year-old Muslim man in Kano whose defense for raping an 80-year-old woman and tens of minors were that it was his destiny to so do. Think of the hundreds that are daily hacked to death in Nigeria’s North-East and North-West and the criminal reintegration of their killers into the Nigerian society by a government elected by you. Think of the deliberate helplessness of the state in making Nigerian Lives Matter. Think of the government man making unearned blood money from tragedies. Think of governments and coronavirus and the billions that will never be accounted for. Think of lives lost yearly to malaria because the unending scourge is unceasing wealth to a caste of men and women in health offices.
Now, finally, I ask: does the black man really think his own life matters – or should matter?
– Credit: Nigerian Tribune