The African/Black elite took over from the colonial governments, and continued with the mental slavery that the colonial governments began in the 1720’s. The colonial governments taught that fair skin, was superior to dark skin, and Western cultures was more refined, and better than other cultures. Anything dark was inherently inferior and other races needed to be saved. This more than ever, still needs to be challenged.
If you control the mind of a person, you automatically also control his actions.
For mental slavery, one does not have to worry about what an individual does or does not do what he/she wears, says or how he/she behaves, because you know he/she will only do things within the confines of what you have taught him.
So that when the colonial powers handed over power to the territories as has been the case, they, the new Black masters, simply continued with what the colonial rulers started, and did a better job of it, than the colonialists did because they are one of their own, and they know how their own people think and behave, they’re all like puppets on a string, being manipulated from behind the scenes.
Also, how often does one see images of a loving, happy Black family on TV, or hear positive stories coming out of Africa in the media, here in the UK, there’s no need to look too far? And there are many, almost never.
How often do you see Black children playing with Black dolls, or see Black comedy, or Black TV shows on UK TV? This is how brain washing begins, because the negative images one sees and hears; it is not balanced with positive images.
The film Matrix from a Black perspective is that we are all plugged into the system, brainwashed by it, slaves of the system, but can only free ourselves if we are made aware and conscious of our true condition.
The reasons for this are clear, Westerners wanted to exploit/use, and continue to use Africans, so as to gain easy access to African resources, virtually free of charge.
The idea that the African was a savage needing to be saved was raised for this very reason, to debase him so that he could be easily manipulated and controlled. This is the way of modern man. Divide and rule was another policy of exploitation which we have to challenge, now that we know we have no excuses.
Modern day civilizations have advanced and been built on one or more races of peoples exploiting, abusing and manipulating others, in whatever guise this takes. Slavery is a typical example, it came to an end in that form because countries like Haiti and Jamaica fought for it and not because Westerners, Britain and America saw it as inherently evil (which it is), as is commonly claimed, slavery is hugely profitable and still continues today.
It wasn’t the goodwill of Westerners that ended slavery in that form, definitely not! Haiti is being punished today for this very reason, they and other Caribbean countries ended slavery, Haiti fought Britain, Spain and French forces and won in the 18th Century, and that’s how Westerners were forced to end it in that form.
Wherever there is money to be made, you will find, the people in these areas poor, dis-empowered, “supposedly needing to be saved”, there is a clear reason for this.
True education is life- long process and it does not necessarily need to include getting a PHD or triple degree, it’s a state of mind, which is free from the shackles of an inferiority complex, manipulation, religious fundamentalism, Christian or otherwise, these are all forms of control.
Many African peoples fall into this category, precisely because we have failed to see that we are being used. People bleach their skins to gain acceptance, not just in Africa, but anywhere where colonial governments ruled, Africa and the Caribbean, Asia and Latin America.
We are complicit in our continent’s downfall because we allow bad leadership, tolerate corruption and cronyism and allow ethnic and religious divisions to blind us to the truth, that only by standing together can we hope to progress. Though not perfect, the Arab spring began something, a change, in
Egypt and Tunisia. Burkina Faso began something in Black Africa. We all know that anything worthwhile has to be fought for, but are we willing to pay the price? There is a double battle front that needs to be won, freeing ourselves from mental slavery/dealing with any manifestations of rot in our leadership, and asserting ourselves against those that seek to use us.
Walter Rodney in his book: how Europe underdeveloped Africa, is a good place to start.
It’s not about how people look, what they wear or don’t wear, the truth is that true mastery lies in the quality of our thinking, and in the strength of character.
How can we reverse brainwashing? By making the extra effort, to tell positive stories coming out of Africa and wherever Black people reside, extra-curricular activities for us and our children.
Njinga is a film based of a true story, of heroism by a warrior queen of Angola and Besouro also based off a true story and legend of a man who freed himself and his people from slavery using capoeira, an African form of martial arts.
African history is hugely rich, and varied, this is probably why the Black race has been attacked in different guises. Before the Europeans came, the richest man in the world in 1342 was a West African called Mansa Musa, the Daily Mail said perhaps ever! This was long before Westerners came to Africa; they came in the 15th Century.
African history is over 5000 years old, it didn’t begin with slavery, yet we find this is all that is taught of Black history, hence brainwashing the youth, because it doesn’t present a balanced perspective, it does not all of African or Black history. If stories that people always hear about themselves are always negative, then it brainwashes them, to think that they’re somehow inferior.
We have to monitor what our children watch and listen to, and buy, listen to positive images and messages coming from Black people the world over. Films made by Wesley Snipes such as Blade II also carry positive messages. Snipes used to listen to Dr John Henry Clarke, an advisor to Martin Luther King Junior. Macca B and Nigabites are positive music videos which will help children to like, and love themselves and Black history and culture.