Historical Background

ACU HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

For far too many years people of African ancestry have been operating in a dependent position. A number of factors have contributed to this in the form of the enslavement of millions of Africans by first Arabs and then by Europeans. Following on from this colonialism, racism and neo-colonialism has kept African descendants in a dis-empowered state whereby independent development, self-reliance and sustained growth have been elusive.

Africans must create their own economic framework to change their condition in the world“All people of African descent whether they live in north or South America, the Caribbean or in any other part of the world are Africans and belong to the African nation, (Kwame Nkrumah)”

In this, the 21st century, we have the skills, the ability and the knowledge base to begin the vital work of investing in ourselves to change the way that we perceive ourselves and the way we are perceived by others. At this juncture in our history we must look very critically at our situation in the world if we really want to change it.

Circumstances in history have altered our mind-set, our location and have left many of us living a life of self-hatred, low self-esteem, and lack of our true identity. Many Africans live in the world unaware of the very real institutional systems, which are operating to hold us back and to keep us in a lowly condition so that other people can use our resources for their own benefit but because something operates against one, does not mean that we must accept it, we can break the chains (real or imaginary) which holds us where we are as a people. Of course there have been a few success stories in terms of wealth and the majority despise their Afrikanness.

Mrs Amy Jacques Garvey taught us that we must “stand on our own two Black feet and fight like hell for our place in the world.” One of the things that we can do immediately is to get a clear understanding of our history but as Dr Walter Rodney (one of our great scholars) told us, ‘we get an understanding of our history, so that we are better able to shape the actions that we take to build our developmental framework. We do not study our history just for the sake of knowing it although this is important’.  

Despite being a long established community in the UK, African-Caribbean’s are too often highlighted near the bottom of economic, social, health, and political indicators.  Afrikans in the UK have further disadvantaged themselves by some of our own beliefs, behaviours and our inertia to practice group economics.

Europeans have inherited the power and wealth of their ancestors by way of social and economic structures designed and weighted to the disadvantage of Afrikans, who in turn have inherited a legacy of permanent poverty and powerlessness.

In order to obtain economic independence, Afrikans must develop a range of strategies and solutions in order to become economically competitive at local, national and international levels.

Useful books for informed reading:

  • Black Labor White Wealth – Dr Claude Anderson Ed.D – ISBN-13:978-0-9661702-1-4
  • THIRD WORLD TO FIRST WORLD – BY ONE TOUCH: Economic Repercussions of the Overthrow of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (Kindle)
  • Buy Now Pay Later and Lets All Pull Together by Paul Ifayomi Grant
  • Blueprint for Black Power by Dr Amos Wilson
  • Breaking the Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery by Dr Niam Akbar
  • The Pathology of Eurocentricism by Charles Wm. Ephraim
  • Black Folks Guide to Business Success by George Subria

 

 

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