By Owei Lakemfa
BARACK OBAMA, the beautiful face ofÂ America cameÂ here to Africa last week.Â Choosing Ghana, the homestead of legendaryÂ Kwame Nkrumah, he delivered telling blows against tyranny, oppression and corruption.
Ghana, he said, shows a differentÂ face of Africa, not the face that portrays only tragedy or the need for charity .Unfortunately, while Obama was selling America, banging the heads of her mostly prodigal leadership and receiving accolades, back in his home, the racists were at work trying to remind humanity that Obamaâ€™s victory has not laid to rest the unscientific thoughtÂ thatÂ blacks areÂ inferior.
About three weeks ago outside Philadelphia, a summer camp of 65 children booked a contract with the ValleyÂ Swim Club to bring the children to swim.Â Contract sealed, the children and their handlers went to the club.
That was when theÂ Club realised that many of the children are black.Â QuicklyÂ theÂ white parents in the clubÂ pulled their children out of the swimming pool as if devils had just descended on it.
The club management asked the campÂ children to leave and offered to refund the money paid.Â The club manager was quoted as saying that the contract had to be cancelled because the childrenÂ would change the complexionÂ andÂ atmosphere of the club.
Incidents like this show that despite Obamaâ€™sÂ electoral goal against racism, the black skin still has a lot of struggles to wage not only in asserting his fundamental rights as a human being, but also toÂ liberateÂ theÂ rest of humanity from racism, zionism and backwardness.
It was a struggle, Michael Jackson fought in the lastÂ few years of his life after he had tried over the decades to be accepted by the white folks.
UnfortunatelyÂ the race war is a complex one,Â and only this month we lost a major battle at the African Union (AU)Â againstÂ racism in Sudan.
It is a country where Blacks are still sold and bought as slaves. An estimatedÂ 200,000 Blacks were taken into slavery in the second Sudanese civil war.
The American CBS network said for as low as $50, a Black man can still be bought in that country.Â Generals of equality like John Garang fought theÂ racists in Khartoum and asserted the right of the Black man in Sudan to live as a human being, free from oppression, repression and servitude.
The anger of the racist elites in Khartoum for their failure to subjugate the Black people led them to their blind massacres in the Darfur region. The American State Department had asserted that: â€œThe (Sudanese) governmentâ€™s support of slavery and its continued military action which has resulted in numerous deaths are due in part to the victimsâ€™ religious beliefsâ€.
Given this background, humanists and freedom lovers were elated when the International Criminal Court indicted Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir for carrying out genocide against the defenseless people of Darfur.
An international warrant for his arrest was issued.Â But tragically, the AUÂ a forthnightÂ ago, soughtÂ to give him a clean bill of health.Â It argued thatÂ the West should not impose its ways on Africa.
It declared Al- Bashir a freeman who can roam around theÂ continent without fear of being arrested.
But in no part of Africa is genocide accepted as a culture; so the AU misdirected itself and owes the continent the duty to reverse this resolution and partner with the international community to bring men like Al -Bashir to justice.
It is baffling that a country like Nigeria which has most of the peace keeping troops and police in Darfur, and has a first hand knowledge of the massacres, would sit in the AU and allow such an unholy resolution pass.
Countries like Uganda and Chad should be commended forÂ standing against AUâ€™s attempts to shield the Al- Bashir gang.
It is not in Sudan alone that there is official or semi-official acceptance of enslaving BlackÂ people.Â In West Africa, MauritanianÂ elites of Arab decent, the Bidanes own Black slaves, the haratines.Â It is estimated that some 600,000 Black Mauritanians, or 20 per cent of the population are still enslaved despite the August 2007 law that criminalised slavery.
The Amnesty International complained that although the law had banned slavery in Mauritania by 1981: â€œNot only has the government denied the existence of slavery and failed to respond to cases brought to its attention, it has hampered the activities of organisations which are working on the issue, includingÂ refusing to grant them official recognitionâ€.
Although in parts of Africa like Niger,Â Blacks are still enslavedÂ mainly by Arabs, it does not have a formal seal like it does in Sudan.
We Blacks can change our religion or region, we can even change our nationality, sex or ideology, but we cannot change our identity as Black people.Â We can also not change the reality that we are discriminated against or enslaved in various parts of the world.
This is not going to change by lamentations or hurling insults at those who do not accept us as equals.
IfÂ in a country like Nigeria, the Black peoplesâ€™ most populous nation, the vote does not count; candidates are imposed on political parties and leaders on the people.
If despite the stupendous wealth oil has brought to the country, most of our people live below the poverty line, our intellectualsÂ brain drain;Â if we are not led by knowledgeable people, then the rest of the world will not respect us or accept that we are human beings like them.
Many would simply concluded that men like Obama, Nelson Mandela and Wole Soyinka, womenÂ like Wangari Mathai and Graca Machel are exceptions; that basically, Blacks are inferior human beings.
There is no need to debate the fact that the colour of our skins.