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zetto52sd asked: I would personally like to apologize for calling you a dipshit. I realize that it was wrong and immature. I still stand by my arguments, but I understand that it was rude to call you such a name. No one is pressuring me to do this but myself, and this is not a move to save face. It is a personal apology.

That’s alright. Keep your apology. If you think calling me a dipshit was the only thing that is wrong here, then you should move along. It’s clear that you don’t get it. Maybe one day you will. Today is clearly not that day.

In yam we trust. Yam, beans and chicken stew. Washing it down with bissap.

In yam we trust. Yam, beans and chicken stew. Washing it down with bissap.

Strolling down the street and I saw this church billboard. Can’t you just feel the warm, Christian love?

Strolling down the street and I saw this church billboard. Can’t you just feel the warm, Christian love?

It’s live out here in Harlem at the African Day Parade.

It’s live out here in Harlem at the African Day Parade.

Spontaneous dance party between Morocco, Senegal, Benin and Nigeria at the African Day Parade in Harlem.

Spontaneous dance party between Morocco, Senegal, Benin and Nigeria at the African Day Parade in Harlem.

‘He came up to me and just klapped me’ »

zetto52sd:

atane:

This white man really said his reason for beating up this Black woman is that he thought she was a prostitute, as if that makes it fine. He says it so casually, like beating up a sex worker is justifiable. She’s a domestic worker going to work to clean homes and this asshole jumps out of his car to beat her up. This man saw a Black woman in his neighborhood and flew into a rage. Her mere existence put him over the edge. Despite beating the poor woman up, this guy thinks he’s the one being victimized because he’s white. That’s a synopsis of race relations in a nutshell.

Really? Read it again, dipshit. 

He was not sure “why I am being victimised”.

The married father of two, who lives close to where the attack on Joni took place, described himself as a “clean-living guy who loves sport, and who is completely involved in my community”. He also said he had never hit anyone before, and was prepared to face the consequences of his actions.” 

If you actually took the time to read it instead of immediately noticing that she’s black and that she’s a woman, you would have also noticed that he DOESN’T understand why he’s being victimized. He’s also prepared to face the consequences of his actions. He’s not making fucking excuses. He’s saying his fucking side of the story, why he did what he did. He fully acknowledges that what he did was wrong.

Also, what the fuck does her being black have to do with anything negative about her image? According to the Mail & Guardian, 31% of prostitutes are black in Cape Town. Just over one-third of sex workers in Cape Town are black. It was not “her mere existence”. It was the fact that a majority of prostitutes in Cape Town are “black”, which in this case is better described as African, since they are in Africa after all. Even if he thought she was a prostitute because of her skin color (even though there’s no proof that it was), he has a reason to think she was. He has no reason to physically attack her, but he has reason to believe she is a prostitute.

If you want to play the race card, fine. But if you are, you have to accept everything that includes race. Including the fact that the prostitute quoted in the Mail & Guardian article, Vuyokazi, doesn’t like the “black” customers and prefers the white customers. Read about why that’s so and then get back to me about how this shit is racist. 

I’m reblogging this to show you the pathological white nonsense that always comes when things like this happen. The above is this person’s takeaway from the article. He asks what race has to do with it, when the white man who assaulted this Black woman is accusing her of shaking him down because he is white and that she thinks it’s Christmas. He conveniently ignores that in what he chooses to quote. In addition, he takes the white man’s word at face value, in that “he doesn’t understand” why he is being “victimized”. News flash, he’s not being victimized. Much like the man who brutalized this poor woman, many white people like to feign ignorance. They aren’t that unaware.

What I find humorous is that after asking what the woman being Black has to do with anything, his next sentence begins with him illustrating how many Black sex workers are in Cape Town, complete with percentages and a link. When it comes to Blackness, white people become elite statisticians. They always have figures. Don’t you have numbers and figures laying around after someone gets brutally assaulted while walking down the street on their way to work? I don’t know about you, but when someone gets beat up, I whip out flow charts and pie charts. I also do long division and breakdown ratios. I must have percentages. It’s an essential thing to do after an innocent person gets assaulted.

Also humorous is after saying that I’m playing the race card, he says that I have to accept everything that includes race, which includes a note from Black sex worker who prefers white customers from an article he just had handy. What relevance any of this has to do with this poor woman being beaten up is your best guess. I bet he actually thinks his commentary is astute and on point.

As an aside, I had a different white man ask me why I support white genocide. That was his takeaway from this article. A Black domestic worker is beat up by a white man for merely walking down the street in the morning because he said he thought she was a prostitute, and that is the conclusion he has reached. Taking issue with the barbarism of that white man means I support white genocide apparently.

One thing is clear, in all their commentary, not one iota of care or concern has been shown or directed towards the Black woman who was viciously attacked. It’s anger, vitriol and accusation of playing the race card that is hurled in my direction. The guy above starts off by calling me a dipshit, then comes with figures of Black sex workers in Cape Town and then adds that they prefer white customers. I’m the one he’s angry with, not the white man who beat up this Black woman.

To reiterate, what any of this has to do with this poor woman being beat up is your best guess. I suppose when a Black woman is beat up while walking down the street on her way to clean some homes in the morning, it’s essential to say that some Black sex workers in Cape Town prefer white clientele. I see.

I’m convinced that people like this are missing an empathy chip. Something is missing in them. What kind of person reads the harrowing account of this Black woman’s assault and responds this way?

Pat Robertson warns of the towels in Kenya that have AIDS. You read that right, he says the towels in Kenya have AIDS and that you should be careful if you go to Kenya.

iluvsouthernafrica:

The Malawi Mouse Boys in New York - photos by Atane Ofiaja

I was once again granted the huge honour by Atane Ofiaja, a brilliant photographer and writer, of posting his fantastic shots of one of my favourite bands from Southern Africa.

The Malawi Mouse Boys are so named because they eked out a living on the side of Malawi’s highways, selling cooked mice on sticks while dangerously duelling it out with speeding traffic.  Music is however their true love, writing and playing gospel music. (more)

Watch a live session and read an article on their origins.

Atane Ofiaja’s Tumblr here.

Thanks again Atane!

Endangered Musical Traditions of Mali: “They broke all our instruments.”

"We are all Africans"

It never fails. Anytime I post something horrendous a “white African” has done in South Africa yet again, they contact me to say that they aren’t all the same and that “we are all Africans” and that we should come together, as if the discord that exists came at the hands of Black people and not colonial settlers. I’m just merely sharing the news. Why are white people in South Africa seeking my approval on their alleged African identity? What do you want me to tell you? I’m not South African. I’m not an authority on South Africa. You’ve already decided your identity for yourself and you’re on the land to boot anyway. You’re clearly not going anywhere. What more do you want? Do you want Africans from across the continent to act like you’re a blessing as well? Well, you’re not.

Why don’t you send this message of togetherness to your fellow “white Africans”? They’re the ones beating helpless Black women in the street. They’re silent about every injustice perpetrated at their hands, but the minute you post something factual, they come out not to take a stand against abuse and injustice, but to vomit nonsense about them being Africans too. Somehow in all this, it’s all about them.

Anytime I hear that “we are all Africans” rubbish from them, I imagine this photo of Richard Dawkins in his t-shirt.

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Below is what goes through my mind when they tell me about being African.

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Be glad that I’m civilized and that I’m not a violent person.

West African Teen Taunted With Chants of ‘Ebola’ at High School Soccer Game »

ourafrica:

One Pennsylvania teen, who is originally from Guinea, recently had to endure his high school rival’s soccer team chanting “Ebola” at him during a match, WPVI reports.

According to the station, Ibrahim Toumkara, a Nazareth Area High School student and soccer player, got into a fight last week after he heard players from rival Northampton High School taunting him about the deadly virus, which has killed more than 4,000 people across West Africa, including in his home country.

"Being from western Africa and having family in that area, he didn’t take too kindly to those remarks and went after one of the players on the Northampton team," the boy’s coach, Edward Bachert, explained. Bachert is also Ibrahim’s legal guardian, as well as a police chief for Lehigh County. 

The 16-year-old moved away from Guinea three years ago, the station notes.

"There were tears coming down his eyes. He was visibly shaken by this, that it got to that level on the field," Bachert added.

Ibrahim’s parents are still in West Africa, and according to WPVI, he is constantly worrying for them.

After the tasteless incident, both Northampton’s head soccer coach and its assistant coach resigned. Some of the student athletes are also expected to face disciplinary action, according to the station.

"This is part of the educational process to make sure that students are understanding sportsmanship and what’s happening out there in the world," Northampton Area Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said.

Since when is a deadly virus funny? When will African lives not be nothing but a comedic piece to westerners?

‘He came up to me and just klapped me’ »

This white man really said his reason for beating up this Black woman is that he thought she was a prostitute, as if that makes it fine. He says it so casually, like beating up a sex worker is justifiable. She’s a domestic worker going to work to clean homes and this asshole jumps out of his car to beat her up. This man saw a Black woman in his neighborhood and flew into a rage. Her mere existence put him over the edge. Despite beating the poor woman up, this guy thinks he’s the one being victimized because he’s white. That’s a synopsis of race relations in a nutshell.

rebirth-of-a-soul replied to your post:imaginarymagnitude replied to your photo:Always…

Will you say that gari is the same as farine (West Indian)? I’ve never had gari, but visually, they look the same.
Definitely not the same, although Nigerians eat something similar to farina called semovita. It can be fashioned in the same manner. See here.
Not too big on semovita, but I do eat it occasionally. I prefer old fashioned eba/garri and pounded yam, which I eat several times a week. I had eba yesterday and I’m going to have it for lunch today. I feel full and accomplished after eating it. It’s a heavy meal, which is just the way I like it. I’m no lightweight…lol