Wednesday 21 September 2016

Does the AU 'diaspora division' really exist?

With very little 'known' discussion or representation with regards to the extreme violence, and in too many cases, the shooting of unarmed black African American men by American Law enforcement, one could not be entirely blamed for thinking the diaspora division of the AU...really doesn't exist.
Yet, apparently... it does.

Community leaders may call for an economic boycott, I understand the anger hurt and frustration. However, if the 'powers that be' believed that these communities possessed real economic clout...even political clout, It is very possible that the reoccurring incidents of such brutality would not be occurring.
Big fish swallow small fish
To big fish... small fish don't matter much

Small communities without a strong base...are like small fish
Even the current American President's African heritage is not enough to sway or remove negative racial perceptions and instill a sense of 'right doing'
No.. sometimes.. it takes a continent.
African leaders certainly have their hands full with issues on home soil ( some of their own making) but unfortunately, in truth, currently, they appear to offer very little to the diaspora.
Despite receiving millions per year in remittances, there is a stark imbalance.

The AU diaspora division have a duty to African Americans.. to all Africans across the diaspora..
But it appears that perhaps somebody missed that memo..
Or maybe the task is just too big..
Or.. maybe... it's just not considered important enough

Describes its aim/purpose as....

'The Diaspora Division is under the Directorate office of the Department, takes directives and instructions from the Directorate office of the Department. The African Diaspora refers to the communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa — predominantly from the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, among other areas around the globe.

With regard to all historic migrations (forced and voluntary), the African Union defined the African Diaspora as "[Consisting] of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union." Its constitutive act declares that it shall "invite and encourage the full participation of the African Diaspora as an important part of our continent, in the building of the African Union."

Thus the Diaspora Division serves as the focal point and hub for implementing the AU decision to invite and encourage the African Diaspora to participate in the building and development of the African Union. Its main task therefore, is to serve as a catalyst for rebuilding the global African family in the service of the development and integration agenda of the continent'. [click]

I wonder who the representative for African Americans is...

Cha.. just listen some afrohouse tonight

..Maybe one day they'll speak up.. then again.. perhaps they never will

Have a lovely evening x


  1. I wish we did have a Dr Martin Luther King-type or a Malcolm X-type here.

    It makes me sad, angry, and it makes me feel hopeless. Every day I pray that I don't get murdered.

    1. It appears that Leaders are not what they used to be.. but you never know who or what may emerge. The world has changed significantly since the days of Garvey, King X and so on... but the more things 'change'.. the more they stay the same
      Stay safe..

  2. ha! Madam Dawna that was so left field! just as I started to contemplate the weighty question I scroll and click play on the video :) love the tune!

    re the African Union, toothless. You just have to look at South Sudan and the refugee crisis in Kenya. Can the Diaspora Division be of any help to reaching out to the communities? I struggle to see or understand its core functions and less so how to engage.

    yup, we need another Garvey, Martin and Malcolm

    1. Hey chrome, yeah nice tune!
      Put pressure on the AU's so called 'diaspora division' I say... campaign for them to be more active vocally and globally with regards to the Africans they claim to recognise
      I 'thought' the AU was a PanAfrican Organisation. Scroll through social media and it's awash with African American Pan africanist's flying the flag.. it's so revealing it's laughable
      Shame on the AU. Something is wrong somewhere.
      have a great day Chrome.. it's Friday !