I feel I should share I feeling on this subject: there is a big difference between repairation and repatriation both of which are a must. Reparation is what the Babylon must give back to all those that suffered under slavery and those generations scattered across the globe that continue to reel from the effects of that horrendous act. But repatriation is totally different and the two cannot be lumped together in I opinion because there is danger of confusing them for being similar. Reptriation is the voluntary but neccessary act of I n I people of Afro-Asiatic descent and those that consider Africa to be the Motherland. Its a mental and physical action from those resistant against all forms of oppression - regardless of whether that oppression is in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, Australsia or North Amerikkka.
In addition I feeling is that we cannot just expect the oppressors to pay out repairations in the hope this is some quick fix pill for Africa. Its deeper than that, repairations in this case would be no different from the sympathetic drop the debt for poor Africa, but in all honesty what good does it do? Is trade fair? Has anyone really understood Africa's economic system thrives on principles different form the West? What underhanded policies are governments in Babylon and Africa dealing with each other? Will repairations take out the rot of corruption that is in our own goverments? To whom does the money go? Who distributes it? Can money really atone for four hundred plus years of injustice, pillage and plunder?
A million and one questions come to mind for and even though I feel its neccessary, there are all these added complexities that make I wonder what repairation really means.
And regarding Africa for the Africans - well Julius Nyerere with the ujamaa concept, Kwame Nkrumah's Pan-Africanism and Patrice Lumumba's visions and HIS Majesty in setting up the OAU succeeded at this. And they are exemplary African statesman, but there are those who were clouded by power and became corrupt in their ideals Amin tried it and see what that did to Uganda tore the people up instead of uniting them, Mugabe altohugh well-intentioned has made his own African people suffer in the process. But even having said this I still nah know how we define African is Africa is the Mother of All Iration and from where all humans sprang. And even though some may have colonial ancestors who settled on African land, sometimes these people have a closer link to the land, culture and language than city-bred Africans who in twisted shame deny their Mother Tongue and adopt 'white ways'.
There are no easy answers, but change begins in the heart, for anything to happen it must be accepted be it repairation, reptriation or Africanness.