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LETTER OF THE DAY - We will not be silenced!

Published:Monday | June 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In response to R. Oscar Lofters' letter 'Blacks must stop whining over past', published in The Gleaner dated Friday, June 22, I urge people of African origin never to stop speaking of the horrific crimes which have been committed against their humanity.

These crimes have impacted very destructively on the psyche of people of African origin across the world. The effects are still being felt today. The descendants of those who committed the crimes of enslavement, colonialisation, apartheid and other forms of racist terrorism, benefited greatly from their inhuman and barbaric actions and have no concern whatsoever about how these inhuman actions have impacted African people. No apology has been given or reparative justice made.

People of Jewish origin have never been asked to stop whining about what was done to them by Hitler. Every year, they show films and other items highlighting the horrific crimes committed against them. They teach their children what was done and say, "Never again!"

Africans have a duty to ensure that the whole world knows of the horrific crimes which have been committed against our ancestors and the fact that, in many parts of the world, Europeans continue to commit crimes against our humanity because of their racist and oppressive nature.

Our people were divided and the world was taught to hate us because of our skin colour. What is so destructive is that, even today, many black people believe these lies and bleach their skin and wear other people's false hair, because they hate their own.

Educating our grandchildren

When I take up history books and see the whippings, the torture, and the inhumanity committed against my ancestors up until quite recently, I don't want anyone to tell me to stop speaking about it. I will never stop speaking about it and I will ensure that my children and grandchildren never cease from speaking about it.

So, Mr Lofters, perhaps if you studied history properly you would know why Africans are still "whining about the past". People skirt around the ugliness of slavery as if it were something to be brushed under a carpet. That is precisely why people cannot get over it; they have not had the opportunity to speak to how they really feel about this horror story.

NZINGHA ASSATA

Author, 'Women in the Garvey Movement'

anzingha@hotmail.com