Bid­ding Obama, Dy­lann Roof Farewell

Af­ter Mr Roof is ex­e­cuted for ter­ror­ism and hate crimes, while Pres­i­dent Obama is be­ing cel­e­brated the world over, let us an­swer the ques­tion — which one of them was a big­ger threat to hu­man­ity and world peace?

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion & Analysis - Obi Eg­buna Jnr Simunye

FOR the so-called African Amer­i­cans, two events took place this week that con­jured up a whirl­wind of emo­tions — the farewell speech of US Pres­i­dent Obama and the sen­tenc­ing of White Su­prem­a­cist Dy­lann Roof.

Due to the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and mil­i­tary might US im­pe­ri­al­ism en­joys, it is safe to say the en­tire planet was also pay­ing ex­tremely close at­ten­tion to these de­vel­op­ments as they un­folded.

Be­cause of the US cap­i­tal­ist me­dia’s sen­sa­tion­al­ist ap­proach to cov­er­ing its po­lit­i­cal af­fairs, the in­au­gu­ra­tion of US Pres­i­dent elect Don­ald Trump will be viewed as an­other public spec­ta­cle that all who value and trea­sure logic and com­mon sense recog­nise it to be, ex­pect con­dem­na­tion by those who have grown sick and tired of the US’ grotesque mas­quer­ade as the care­tak­ers of democ­racy on the world stage.

On Oc­to­ber 20, 1956, The Na­tion pub­lished the anal­y­sis of the US Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion by Dr WEB DuBois ti­tled “Why I Won’t Vote”.

Dr DuBois elo­quently stated “I shall not go to the polls I have not reg­is­tered for. I be­lieve that democ­racy has so far dis­ap­peared in the United States that “no two evils” ex­ist. There is but one evil party with two names and it will be elected de­spite all I can do or say.

What Dr DuBois felt morally and in­tel­lec­tu­ally ob­li­gated to con­demn 71 years ago was the po­lit­i­cal cul­ture of US im­pe­ri­al­ism that pro­duced both Pres­i­dent Obama and Dy­lann Roof at the same mo­ment in his­tory.

Since Pres­i­dent Obama’s speech was in the fi­nal anal­y­sis, his last op­por­tu­nity to po­lit­i­cally show boat be­fore his sched­uled exit from the Oval Of­fice, he de­cided to pay homage to the fic­tional char­ac­ter At­ti­cus Finch from the book and film “To Kill a Mock­ing­bird”, Pres­i­dent Obama’s quote of choice was “You never re­ally un­der­stand a per­son un­til you climb into his skin and walk around in it”.

Mr Roof rep­re­sents a group­ing in the US his­tor­i­cally re­ferred to as poor white trash who, based on their po­lit­i­cal ori­en­ta­tion, will ei­ther en­ter the house of the Lord and kill in­no­cent Africans with the hopes of start­ing a race war, or reach the con­clu­sion of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary John Brown that slav­ery colo­nial­ism and im­pe­ri­al­ism must be erad­i­cated, in the words of Mal­colm X, “By Any Means Nec­es­sary”.

If Mr Roof had de­cided to mur­der the killer of Trayvon Martin, Ge­orge Zim­mer­man as a trib­ute to John Brown, in­stead of our peo­ple in the mem­ory of Ce­cil Rhodes and Ian Smith, how would Pres­i­dent Obama and the US Home­land Se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus have re­sponded pub­licly?

That very dy­namic not only puts us on a col­li­sion course with US im­pe­ri­al­ism, but forces us to rea­son with so-called African-Amer­i­can chil­dren, who will in­no­cently gaze into our eyes and boldly and em­phat­i­cally let it be known they can one day be­come Pres­i­dent of the US.

Per­haps the first ques­tion can be, who has killed more Africans his­tor­i­cally, the Ku Klux Klan White Cit­i­zens Coun­cil or the US Mil­i­tary?

What can­not be de­nied is at least the Klan and White Su­prem­a­cist groups that pro­duce the likes of Mr Roof con­fine their ag­gres­sion to US bor­ders, while the US mil­i­tary has never an­swered for African blood, thanks to them, that has been spilled all over the world.

Like all his pre­de­ces­sors, Pres­i­dent Obama feels the ir­re­sistible urge to la­bel the US mil­i­tary the great­est in the world to­day.

Pres­i­dent Obama also said his best job was par­ent­ing his daugh­ters Sasha and Malia. We won­der, does he think of the chil­dren in Zim­babwe in their age-group or younger who died due to il­le­gal sanc­tions?

We are be­ing forced by cir­cum­stances to take a rather un­con­ven­tional ap­proach to en­gage our chil­dren on the ques­tion of what Pres­i­dent Obama sym­bol­ises his­tor­i­cally as the best il­lus­tra­tion of in­di­vid­ual achieve­ment in a cap­i­tal­ist con­text and paradigm.

We thank the fa­ther of African his­tory, Dr Carter G Wood­son, for ex­pos­ing in his 1933 mas­ter­piece “The Mise­d­u­ca­tion of the Ne­gro” that at the height of seg­re­ga­tion, White Supremacists like Mr Roof would rip out the US Con­sti­tu­tion and the US Bill of Rights out of the text­books be­fore they were sent to our schools for so-called African-Amer­i­can chil­dren to di­gest and ab­sorb.

What they dis­cov­ered is the doc­u­ment Pres­i­dent Obama called, on Tues­day night, a re­mark­able beau­ti­ful gift ini­tially con­sid­ered three fifths of a hu­man be­ing.

For those among our peo­ple who will re­mem­ber Mr Roof as the face of do­mes­tic ter­ror­ism, they must an­swer the ques­tion, who has more African blood on their hands, Dy­lann Roof or Pres­i­dent Obama?

Be­fore any so-called African-Amer­i­can voice their dis­plea­sure with this com­par­i­son which on the sur­face may ap­pear ridicu­lous, Mr Roof is guilty of nine mur­ders, while Pres­i­dent Obama and his NATO al­lies are guilty of thou­sands of chil­dren, women and men be­ing sent to an early grave.

This was a ster­ling ex­am­ple of Pres­i­dent Obama’s bold ex­per­i­ment in self-govern­ment.

We are well aware that Mr Roof’s web­site was en­ti­tled “The Last Rhodesian), an­other point that must be raised is, if this young mis­guided soul makes his fi­nal re­quest a chance to sit down and have a beer with Pres­i­dent Obama, what we will dis­cover is they both would re­joice if the US-EU regime change agenda pre­vailed in Zim­babwe.

Pres­i­dent Obama and Mr Roof also are di­a­met­ri­cally op­posed to repa­ra­tions for chat­tel slav­ery, which, based its call for self-de­ter­mi­na­tion, pro­vides the plat­form to em­brace Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Zim­babwe’s Third Chimurenga.

Based on his po­lit­i­cal ori­en­ta­tion, Pres­i­dent Obama felt it was his pa­tri­otic duty to main­tain US-EU sanc­tions.

This is the same nar­ra­tive that makes Mr Roof re­gret be­ing too young to go to Rhode­sia with the 1 000 US mer­ce­nar­ies who fought along­side the Rhodesian Front and Sel­lous Scouts.

We are eter­nally grate­ful to Dr Ger­ald Horne and Ma­lik Reaves for ex­pos­ing these bar­baric cam­paign in their writ­ings.

Dr Horne’s book “From the Bar­rel of the Gun: The United States War Against Zim­babwe” was pub­lished in 2001 and Mr Reaves’ es­say in Zim­babwe “1 000 mer­ce­nar­ies fight against African Lib­er­a­tion” was pub­lished in the 1978 is­sue of the mag­a­zine South­ern Africa.

Pres­i­dent Obama dis­played his sense of hu­mour when he stated ri­vals like Rus­sia and China “can­not not match our in­flu­ence around the world un­less the coun­try gives up what we stand for, and turn our­selves into just an­other coun­try that bul­lies smaller neigh­bours”.

This was not a geopo­lit­i­cal anal­y­sis, but a con­fes­sion sim­i­lar to what Catholic priests and bar­tenders rou­tinely lis­ten to year af­ter year.

Pres­i­dent Obama must have over­looked the state­ment by his ad­vi­sor to the US In­sti­tute of Peace, Am­bas­sador John­nie Car­son, who was As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for African Af­fairs dur­ing his first ad­min­is­tra­tion, that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and ZANU-PF have won the pro­pa­ganda war.

We are well aware of nu­mer­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions who op­posed to the death penalty — where were they when Pres­i­dent Obama and Pres­i­dent Bush sen­tenced Zim­bab­weans to death ev­ery­day by im­pos­ing and main­tain­ing sanc­tions.

Af­ter Mr Roof is ex­e­cuted for ter­ror­ism and hate crimes, while Pres­i­dent Obama is be­ing cel­e­brated the world over, let us an­swer the ques­tion — which one of them was a big­ger threat to hu­man­ity and world peace? Obi Eg­buna Jnr is the US Cor­re­spon­dent to The Her­ald and the ex­ter­nal re­la­tions of­fi­cer of ZICUFA (Zim­babwe Cuba Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion). His email is obieg­buna15@gmail.com

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