The black man cannot rid himself of the White man’s influence – not in this generation, or the next.
Anthropologically, the White man’s make-up is written all over our society.
He taught us to codify our laws, and we modeled them after his. Today, our traditional law making bodies are secondary to institutions modeled after the White man’s legislature. This is evidenced in the history of our ancestry which points to many of our forefathers renouncing the substance of our society to the White man with little or no duress for bread and butter.
He taught us to write our local languages using his alphabets. Virtually every language on the land of the Black man is transcribed with the ABCD alphabets. Waste not your nerves to wonder why almost every 'black land' has the White man’s language as lingua franca?
Let’s leave out his religion which has become the biggest business in our land for another time. In this day of outrageous unemployment rates, his religion of choice, Christianity, has become an avenue for income generation and a means by which the black African fleeced his fellow.
The White man might not have been the first to teach us to dress formally to meetings with the elderly, but we wear his suits and tie for interviews and formal functions. Attending a job interview in an African outfit is an opportunity be cast out of the window.
He told us about human rights, and we abolished our TROKOSI system and criminalised our traditions of HUMAN SACRIFICE, FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, etc. Of course, the White man knows better in the sphere of humanity.
Visibly, in the global scheme of politics, economy, socialization and even spirituality, we can never jump to the spot ahead of the White man in our generation.
We killed our leaders who could lead us in the fight. The current batch of leaders evidently lacks the purity and conscience to lead. Presently, we gnash our teeth and yearn for the resurrection of Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, etc. Unfortunately, we are not going to succeed in cultivating another set of pure leaders today or tomorrow. It will take time - probably, the same length of time we have been idolising the White man.
Until then, we can only play along and dance to his tunes while we CONSCIOUSLY make the effort to GRADUALLY distort the symphony till the point where the notes must be re-written. Then, we will stage a claim for a rational leverage at the table when the rules are being re-written.
The author, Raphael Kodjoe, is a Radio Broadcaster who thinks and talks about anything in the realm of humankind that is worth thinking or talking about.
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