“Mental slavery is a state of mind where discerning between liberation and enslavement is twisted. Where one becomes trapped by misinformation about self and the world. So someone can claim to be conscious, they can read all the books they can recycle the popular rhetoric but still unable to balance real-world priorities and self interest”
Europeans came to Africa centuries ago to cart them against their will in cargo ships across the ocean to Europe, plundering their land and milking it of it wealth and resources, humans got exchanged for mirrors, gins and handkerchiefs, brothers sold their sisters for the white man’s wine, fathers sold the unlucky child among his offsprings to the pale people who looked like angel from above. In chains and shackles black people were made to trudge barefooted through the grasses, the torns and the grains of their land clung to their feet begging them not to go yet, as if they had a will of their own. In ships they sing songs of sorrows helpless victims in the unfair hands of fate, mothers watched as their children got flung into the ever hungry sea to prevent the ship from sinking!
That was years ago but whenever I come across books and journals, I still get chills just from imagining what the black race had gone through, the inhumane treatments and the brutality, so it amuses me when some black folks still think of the Europeans as the epitome of purity or perfection! I wondered whether it was their skin tone or their mannerism that is so amazing or what?, I could not pinpoint what caused the fascination, then I thought deeper perhaps we are still suffering from the prison they caged us in? Perhaps the blood of slavery passed down through our genes with our DNA and we still think of them as our Lords and saviours?
I have witnessed different occasions whereby being white or fair-skinned is celebrated without shame, the most recent was at a Fashion week I attended, three Asians were guests at the event and they arrived at exactly 7:30pm when the event was billed to start (the event started after 9:00pm), no sooner had they sat down, the ushers who were all girls started fussing over them, I could not hear all that was being discussed because I was far too disgusted to eavesdrop but I could hear the Asian telling one of the ushers to buy him a drink while handing her a 500naira note , he then faced the others and asked them to help him scout for girls, the ushers of course giggled stupidly and one even went as far as asking for the type of girl he likes, they hung on the Asians every word and replied with giggles, one even knelt at a point while trying to tell them something! Such was the awe in which we hold people with fairer skin than ours, we lick their anuses happily asking if we could come back for more, while they smile at our stupidity knowing where our weakness lies and so the exploitation continues.
White people has gotten pardon for many crimes committed in African countries, white men find peeing on the roadside amusing because all they get is a pat on the back from our ever redundant policemen who tell them “welcome to Africa” with a bribe stained mouth. Their insolences are forgiven and excuses are given by the society, they blame it on their ignorance instead, not knowing they have no respect whatsoever for what they do not understand discarding it as Fetish, Barbaric, Evil, Unnatural slowly but surely ripping us off our cultures and erasing our history while we still seat meekly like a dog tongue hanging out waiting for the next command from it master.
African leaders are not helping matters, they save the treasury looted abroad and invest in chains of businesses in European countries, enriching the people that had already milked us dry, Europeans are called to inspect government projects and contracts, because the average African trusts the Whiteman skills than that of his brother, the same Whiteman who turned your race into the most malnourished, impoverished, diseased race on earth? what kind of stupidity could be greater than this?
We all are slaves, we were slaves, we are still slaves and we might forever remain slaves if we do not take charge of our lives, breaking away starts with you and me, Africa can never be fully emancipated if we youths continue to make the mistakes the older ones made, our brains are not as black as our skin tone, if we owe them our names, we do not owe them our future, it belongs to us!


About Kanzah

I am not cute or built to suit a fashion model size, but when i start to tell them, they think I am telling lies, i say, it is in the reach of my arms, the span of my hips. I am a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman,that's me - Maya Angelou.

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