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Africanidad: The Fight for Humanity Amongst Afro-Colombians…

I love how my twitter community is always educating me. I met a brethren online that educated me a bit about the struggle amongst Black Colombians, which I had not been exposed to before. With this post I want to educate on the current situation amongst Black Colombians, also, with this post I also want to introduce new language to describe the fight for liberation amongst Black Colombians. So, let me rephrase, I met a brethren online that educated me a bit about the oppressive forces against Black Colombians by the Colombian government. You see, it takes much longer to say but it tells a more accurate story.

Let’s starts with the positive, the brethren online taught me a new word, Africanity or Africanidad, which is what his platform, CEADA – Ciclo de Conferencias de Estudios Africanos y Diaspora Africana – promotes and helps Black/African people in Colombia to self-identify as Black or African, as opposed to Latinidad, which is a Eurocentric ideology and White Supremacy system. He also stated that they are fighting for a La Republica Independiente del Pacifico – an independent Black republic on the pacific coast. The problem has been the loyalty that Black Colombians have had to Colombia in which they go as far as self-discrimination to identify with white supremacy.

As I began to educate myself more, I found that the Colombian civil war, 1964-present, leaves many black people tortured and displaced by the Colombia government; and even as they seek refuge, they go from one terror to another. An activist group who survived a major attack, only survived to be found by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), being tortured and detained simply for fighting for their rights as Black citizens. This was all in 2019!

Black people in Colombia are refused access to proper education, water, food, and are disposed of as non-humans. One person described it as ethnic cleansing, which is exactly what it is. A peace deal that was signed actually led to close to 600 activist and community leaders being killed, 80% of Black people being forced into poverty, and police violence that includes rape! Guess who also benefits from the land that Black people are being wiped out from, the World Bank! They benefit from tourism and the expansion of the land as Black people are wiped out of those areas. Which is why I always tell people not to trust these organizations that falsely claim they are bringing peace to Black nations.

Choco, Cauca, Nariño and Buenaventura in Valle Del Cauca, are all areas in Colombia where most Black people are residents, and are targets for violence towards Black Colombians. To learn more, follow the hashtag #SOSBuenaventura on Twitter. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Areas around the world, especially in Africa, where resources that are managed by Black people are, get terrorized all in the name of capitalism and greed! The area in Colombia that was the most resource rich became militarized to gain unwarranted control of those resources, which led to kidnapping and displacement of Africans! I will call them Africans because the Colombian identity doesn’t deserve to be placed on them, after all they’ve been through at the hand of White supremacist Colombians. Let me explain something, there is no Black and Brown alliance, most times, in my experience, Latinos claiming brown identities are just tanned and 5% Black somewhere down the line. The truth is, they are just as dangerous to the safety of Blackness as people who fully see themselves as white. We have to start and continue calling these people out, as it is affecting the well being of the Afro-Latinx community, which I now know to call, the Africanidad community.

The Colombian government benefits from Blackness in tourism attractions, food, and culture, while simultaneously trying to wipe out Black people, sound familiar? We have to stop patronizing these facilities and organizations that have a sole purpose of making Black people make them look good. When we travel to these countries, see the people, patronize the people, and believe the stories of the people. All the pro-capitalist people think it’s ok to benefit from someone’s hard work with money that they’ll never see, that’s wrong. Organizations like the one I highlighted in yesterday’s post, NoirBnB, is black owned and provides comfortable spaces for Black people to feel valued while we travel.

Today is Forward Friday, so I must use this opportunity to say how we can move forward in the case of Colombia. First, we listen to the stories, listen to the actual people, not just some studies by an organization run by white people who use those studies with no help for the actual people. Just as I took a story of a supporter from twitter and told it as accurately as I could have, that is what we do, we create spaces for the stories followed by action! The brethren online who educated me has 3 particular initiatives including the CEADA I mentioned above, a YouTube channel educating people on Afro-Colombian culture, and a T-shirt store representing images of African liberation, support him! I also found an organization called Afroresistance, which is an organization that fights for human rights and racial justice throughout the Americas. Part of their advocacy is organizing international solidarity trips, they advocate and educate on the real issues that are forced upon Black activists and citizens by Latin countries in the Americas. Afroresistance is led and run by all Africanidad Black women, Black women at it again! Support organizations like these that are on the frontlines bringing real advocacy to real people.

Any black person reading that has an important story to bring light to as part of their culture or heritage, let me know! Let’s tell our stories and advocate to make change together!

~Ndidi Love~

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Brown Vs. Board of Education, Was it Worth It?: #TeachMeTuesday

Hello All! As I write this blog post, and look at the state of where Black people are, mentally, today; I have to ask myself, “was Brown v. Board of education good for Black people’s minds?” There are people who grew up in segregation and preferred it to integration, because with integration, the bullying was now right there in their face everyday. My mom said this out of her own mouth. Even me, I grew up going to school with majority white kids, I didn’t like it. No, I didn’t like being called an N word and bullied by teachers and students and parents; I didn’t like that 20 years later, my little sister who is 20 years younger than me experienced the same thing. The one thing I always thought about kids who grew up going to predominantly Black schools was that, they have each other. I found that to be far more profound than dealing with racist white people every. single. day. So as far as our minds, I don’t believe integration was the best thing, unless, like Germany, the whole American system was re-educated to dismantle anti-black rhetoric, part of what Jews received in their reparations from Germany (Germans were re-educated to dismantle anti-Semitic rhetoric). If the institutions are still going to be anti-Black which results in us being treated worse, what was the point? I read a story yesterday where a teacher that was supposed to be teaching critical race theory, discriminated against a black child. Nonetheless, 3 Black lawyers won this Brown vs. Board of Education case, which was a victory. If anything, I celebrate the lawyers for winning. Enjoy the blog post below! Also, don’t forget to sign up for the last 2 classes for this go round of the Dear Black People™ Webinar Series!

On May 17, 1954, a historical moment happened where black children were no longer legally separated from their white peers in schools. Brown vs. board of education is the culmination of five different cases that were heard by the Supreme Court concerning the issue of Segregation in schools. These cases were Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Briggs v. Elliot, Davis v. Board of Education of Prince Edward County (VA.), Boiling v. Sharpe, and Gebhart v. Ethel. Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund handled these cases.

Oliver Brown, father to Linda Brown, took legal action as he wanted his daughter to be able to attend the local school instead of walking 6 blocks to a bus, just to ride another mile to a segregated school – as a third grader.

All 5 cases were sponsored by the NAACP. One case in particular, the Davis case, originated from a student protest when 16 year old Barbara Rose Johns of Moton High School organized a walkout with 450 students.

Thurgood Marshall, NAACP’s chief counsel, argued the case before the Supreme Court. The court made a unanimous decision after being divided on the issue for so long.

Even after the decision, school segregation did not end. in 1957, 3 years after the ruling, the Little Rock 9 was formed to challenge the validity of that ruling. They were vetted by the NAACP and determined to be strong enough to challenge the system. Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Patillo, Gloria Ray, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas and Carlotta Walls had been recruited by Daisy Gaston Bates, president of the Arkansas NAACP. They were counseled intensely to be built up for what they were about to face (remember I talked about that yesterday, preparation!) The national guard had been called to block black students from the school, as they were the first group of Black students to attend. Later that month, with the Little Rock 9, the national guard had to be called to escort them into the school. For the “get over it black people” crew, that was my moms generation, should we all now trust the same people who were alive during that time and have kids my age? Nope! Trust is earned…. anyway!

The administration building of Topeka Public schools in Kansas, is named McKinley Burnett, in honor of the NAACP chapter president who organized the case. On May 4, 1987, Monroe Elementary School of Topeka Kansas was made a National Historic Landmark for its significance to the Brown v. Board of Education Case; in 1992, it was named a national park. The Monroe Elementary School Building was one of four schools in Topeka for African American children up until 1954. This school was attended by three of the plaintiffs children in the Brown vs. board of education case.

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, build upon the actions of others. Brown V. Board led to the Little Rock 9, that’s how it works. What can you build on today? Let me know in the comments?

You see, I built on the tradition of my African ancestors when I created Melanated Gem. They created the concept, I added the empowering words and designs. Help me spread the word today, and support!

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African Siddi People of Pakistan #Throwback

Today I want to feature a throwback post about the Siddi people who live in Pakistan and have lived there for the past 600 years! They are descendants of the Bantu people of Africa, unfortunately they arrived in Pakistan through slavery. Enjoy the post, and check out more information on the Siddi of Pakistan, here, The Siddi Project, which highlights South Asia’s African Diaspora.


Check out this article on the Siddi people; the Black population in Pakistan who have lived there for the past 600 years!

“Even though it is well-documented that Africans gave birth to the world, it is generally little known that the Siddi or Sheedi people, who are descendants of the Bantu people of Southeastern Africa, have lived in rural India and parts of Pakistan for the last 600 years.

The Siddi arrived to the aforementioned regions under orders from Arab and Portuguese merchants to work as slave laborers. And today, the Siddi community is numbered around 20,000 to 55,000 persons across the region with the majority of them being Sufi Muslims. There are also practicing Hindus and Roman Catholics as well among the number.”

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Shirley Chisholm for President! #Throwback Black History Month Post

Hello All! I found 3 posts of Shirley Chisholm on my blog and chose this one as my favorite one as they each highlighted different accomplishments. I literally love her and her tenacity, it reminds me of me; which is why many people told me to run for Congress. As we move forward as a people, it is women’s voices and actions that will elevate us. It will also be men, but it will be in unity with Black women. We will lead some battles and some men will lead others, but we will no longer erase Black women from history. Enjoy my favorite activist “auntie”, Shirley Chisholm! Happy Black History Month! I look forward to continuing to create Black history with you all, all year round.

Shirley Chisholm, a descendant of Bajans (Barbados) born and raised in New York City, is the first Black woman to ever be voted into United States Congress in 1968. She is a woman of many firsts. As the first Black Person and First Black woman to ever run for president of the United States, as well as the first woman to run for the Democratic Party; she was “Unbought and Unbossed” as she titled her first published book. I resonate with her so much because I have the same sentiments, everything I do doesn’t need sponsorship or censorship, I move according to conviction on what’s right. Ms. Chisholm did the same.

Like many of us with parents from other countries, Shirley Chisholm spent time in Barbados which she credited for her strict education and structured upbringing. She credits her grandmother for giving her a sense of pride in herself that she didn’t need from others.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. Chisholm worked as a teachers aide until gaining her masters degree in early childhood education. While directing a daycare; she became well known for her advocacy on early childhood issues. She had a spirit of advocacy which carried her through her time at the New York State Legislature & all the way until her time at Congress. She helped create many policies that directly affected disadvantaged people, such as the SEEK program (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) to the state, which provided disadvantaged students the chance to enter college while receiving intensive remedial education.

Ms. Chisholm ran for Congress with the slogan “unbought and unbossed” as she campaigned to women voters due to strong opposition from men. Her election to congress made her the first Black woman and only woman elected that year. She played a critical role in the creation of the SNAP food program for women and children, and expanded the food stamp program. As a member of the education and labor committee, she was the third highest ranking member. Half of Ms. Chisholm’s staff was black women, while she only hired women as staffers. She was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Later in her career, Shirley Chisholm decided to explore the option of running for president. She became the first black personality to run for presidency as part of a major party. Although criticized, she understood the dynamics of what she was running up against so it did not discourage her; she ended up finishing in 7th place. She is also the first woman to ever appear in a presidential debate.

The reason I look up to Ms. Shirley Chisholm is because like many Black women, she led the way. She kept herself high and did not let the discouragements of a majority stop her. Everything she did was to uplift and create change for underprivileged people, and she was not there for just politics. She stood her ground and even though the works may not talk about her much; she created a legacy that any Black woman who wants to be a politician can look up to. She shows us that it’s possible to be genuine and not follow the clear set rules; but break them in a good way to create lasting change.

I plan to follow in Ms. Chisholm’s footsteps; thank you for layout out the blueprint for young change makers like myself!

~Ndidi Love~