Saturday 15 July 2017

Not Quite One Africa

The scrutiny of Dr Umar Johnson's qualifications is interesting.
..But perhaps a bit much.
Yet perhaps he said it best when he explained his understanding of the doubt often cast on the legitimacy of his credentials, his Phd... as being based upon the fact that he doesn't fit the profile of a typical academic in his rhetoric.
He's not wrong

He really doesn't follow the grain.

Controversial he may be but he really is an interesting and intelligent man, unafraid it appears, to tackle what many see as difficult topics.

Is nationalism a problem in our modern times?
Does nationalism simply create divisions and fuel racism?
Or can it protect people from the type of abuse which has occurred in the past?
Jamaica like most Caribbean islands, has a strong national identity. its motto being out of many one people.
A strong national identity with diverse racial and ethnic groups is something the Caribbean hasn't done too badly at.
Although colourism and its ensuing inequality remains an issue, the Caribbean Islands have managed to maintain their African culture, fuzed alongside many others.
Producing many great thinkers, and great leaders along the way.

Dr Umar often states that he's unapologetically African, and is known as the 'Prince of Pan Africanism.

Imagine. With so many divisions on the African continent, is it any wonder that Pan Africanists in the diaspora are perpetually frustrated.

1 comment:

  1. I love Umar, apologetically pan african and not afraid to vent. that interview (in full) was very interesting, especially the observation about the Chinese