Sun. Jul 21st, 2019

Talking Pan-Africanism with Anoa Changa

I appreciated being invited to this discussion on The Way With Anoa and all that [SURPRISE!] is revealed! “On this episode, Anoa first chats with Dr. Jared Ball host of iMixWhatiLike about Pan Africanism and their differing views on Bernie Sander‘s response to whether he supports reparations. In the second half, Anoa and Malaika Jabali explore the Color of Economic Anxiety and how fighting for universal programs is only a step in the fight for racial justice and equity.”

6 thoughts on “Talking Pan-Africanism with Anoa Changa

    1. Yes. We interviewed him shortly after. Search the site for his name and enjoy the interview. Double check your subscription email so that you don’t miss anything going forward. And you’re welcome!

  1. To paraphrase: “The struggle has to cross racial and ethnic boundaries in order for Black America to get anything…need a redistribution of wealth even for poor whites”

    Brother Ball, isn’t this exactly what King was talking about in his critique of this particular aspect — even as he defended other aspects — of the Black Power/Black Nationalist philosophy in “Where Do We Go From Here”? As much as I absolutely advocate the notion that we Africans must build for ourselves and “get back to basics” (as one of our other titans John Henrik Clarke said in his own critique of King’s resistance strategies of the ’60’s), your work along with the work of Mehrsa Baradaran to debunk the myth of “Black Buying Power” seems to suggest that there are limitations to isolating and building “for self” via Black Nationalism as opposed to building “a coalition of Negroes and liberal whites that will work to make both major parties truly responsive to the needs of the poor”. So I don’t think you are alone in this assessment.

    Of course, that coalition that you and King mean is not the fake, phony, “rainbow coalition” that characterizes the so-called “left-leaning” Democratic Party.

    Speaking of ADOS advocates, I would hope that they would at least address the Pan-African insights that King had in his timeless book “Where Do We Go From Here” before they start trashing the Pan-African tradition. Or they can even read King’s shorter speech about Ghana’s independence in which he connected Ghana’s struggles with the African struggle in America and even encouraged a Garvey-esque emigration of Black Americans to Ghana in order to build the country!

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