Black History Culture : Islam, Colourism and the Myth of Black African Slave Traders

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  1. tyab14

    tyab14 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Link Provided: http://www.rootswomen.com/ayanna/articles/10022004.html

    Historians did not often record or think of the ethnicity of these 'Africans' who sold their brothers and sisters into slavery. As part of our distorted historical legacy, we too in the Diaspora buy the idea that all Africans were uniform and 'brothers', but the true picture, especially at this time was not so. Centuries of contact with Europe, Asia, North Africa produced several colour / class gradients in the continent, divisions fostered by the foreigners. This may have been especially prominent in urban and economic centres. When we combine the converting, military force of Islam sweeping across western and eastern Africa placing a virtual economic stranglehold on villages and trading centers that were Kufir, with the intermixing of lighter-skinned Muslim traders from the North and East Africa creating an unprecedented population of mixed, lighter skinned Africans who began to form the elites of the trading classes we can see how a society begins to change.

    Some historians have tended to downplay, or completely ignore the potential for change in scenario. It has even been suggested that one cannot transplant a modern day problem outside of its historical context. However, we see this creeping problem of colourism occurring all over the continent. In the Portuguese colonies of Angola and Mozambique where European traders and administrators were encouraged to intermarry, the elitist, trader class was largely Mulatto and Catholic. If we look at the situation in Ethiopia with the age-old oppression of the original Ethiopians, the Oromo of indigenous Cu****ic stock, by the more Arabized Amhara this too has its roots in colour prejudice. There were hints of this occurring in many other instances at crucial points of contact between indigenous black Africans and lighter-skinned foreigners or mixed Africans and the most significant of these were in the areas of severe Islamic incursion.

    Many towns and villages converted to Islam because of the protection that the military banner of Islam could offer them in a changing economic, political and social landscape. But the more damaging result was the many light skinned, converted Africans, children of mixed encounters that now felt a sense of superiority over their dark skinned, black African counterparts. Colourism is indeed of ancient vintage. The truth of the matter is that fair skinned Arabs' racist attitude towards Blacks existed even before they invaded Africa. The evidence for this can be found in how they dealt with the Black inhabitants of Southern Arabia before they entered Africa as Muslims. Discerning readers and thinkers can look at this and many other accounts of this time and get a clearer picture of the inherent racism of this situation. When we combine this with the desire for African slave labour by Europeans it was no large feat for these often lighter skinned, Islamized Africans to enslave the black kufir, whom they barely endowed with a shred of humanity. And of course jumping on their bandwagon would have been those black Africans with deep inferiority complexes, who would have been only too eager to do the duty of the 'superior' Muslims in an effort to advance themselves. These facts are certainly not hidden and the patterns are everywhere, even today but it is we who do not like to see. For centuries we certainly have not been conditioned for Sight...........
     
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    Omowale Jabali The Cosmic Journeyman PREMIUM MEMBER

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    True dat! :whip:
     
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    Very interesting!

    The link is no longer available; but this snippet only raises more questions and a desire for deeper delving into the historical evidence of "Colourism" in Africa.

     
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    wow....this was Interesting to read
     
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    Sister, the link is still active.
     
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    It would not surprise me in the least to learn that the minds behind this article have an axe to grind against Islam. As usual, these sorts of matter distort facts and take the whole issue out of its proper historical context. So, let me add some context in order to help us to avoid confusion.

    This idea of colorism is essentially a modern construct cnetered in western racism. We ought to avoid attempting to project western European racism onto any situation prior to western imnperialism. It just does not add up.

    It is a matter of indisputable historical fact that All-Arabs descend from Africans thorugh the Holy Prophetess Hagar (Sal-lal Alayhuma wa Salam). This means that Muahmmad (Sala-lal Alayhi wa Salam) was part African, in the first place. But, Muhammad (Sala-lal Alayhi wa Salam) was an orphan at age six. He was essntially adopted by an African slave girl as her own son. She raised him. Undoubtedly, he received some preferretnial treatment due to the fact that his bloodline was noble through at least two lines: Abraham (Sala-lal Alayhi wa Salam) was a king. And Hagar (Sala-lal Alayhuma wa Salam) was a daughter of a king, the Pharoah of Egypt to be exact. Nevertheless, his identification with Africans was deep enough that he always maintained African Monotheism even before Islamic Revelation.

    Furhermore, Islam did not come to Africa as an "invasion". Historians know this. Yet, people misuse the word "invasion" in order to confuse us on this issue.

    Islam came to Africa as refugee asylum seekers from Arab persecution. And the firsrt to come to Africa were one of Muhammad's daughters (Radi Alayhuma Anhuma) . Thus, Muhammad's bloodline runs just deeply in Africa as it does in Arabia, if not more so. Thus, these became the ruling classes of the new Muslim states in Africa.

    What we learn we examne Muhammad's bloodline in Africa (Radi Alayhuma Anahuma) is that it is NOT about "colorism". These Africans tend to be dark and even black in complexion. Yet, we know they andc descandants of Muhammad (Sal-lal Alayhi wa Salam) becuase of their names. The Arabic name Sayyid indicated direct descent from Muhammad. Given the problems of transliteration from Arabic to English (i.e. the Roman alphabet) I assume that Muhammad Said Barre was one such descendant of Muahmmad (Sal-lal Alayhi wa Salam) Here is a picture of him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siad_Barre. Notice the dark complexion.

    But, there is a colorism problem especially in the Horn of Africa. But, as far as I can determine it is a result of westerners, especially israelis, trying to divide and cionquer Africa along color lines. Many of the fairer, lighter complexioned Africans are more related to Asians and even Europeans than to Arabs. On the other hand, it seems to me that those who are fighting the hardest to keep the nation United are those closely related to Arabs through Muahmmad's (Sal-lal Alayhi wa Salam) bloodline. Siad Barre, for instance, was a Somali patriot who left his mark keeping the nation United and and trying to Unite it even further. LONG LIVE HIS EXCELLENCY COMRADE MUHAMMAD SIAD BARRE.
     
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    You lost me completely on this one. I will explain later.
     
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    Siad Barre was a military dictator and lackey of ameriklan imperialism.

    Reagan described the Soviet Union as “an evil empire”. He was the first American President who wanted to take the West/ East confrontation to new levels, which shocked even some of his close policy makers. He wanted to back his statement of "evil empire" with action. CIA cover operations equipped the Mujahidin in Afghanistan through Pakistan, and Contra forces in Latin America were put into operation. Reagan wanted to do the same in Africa too and because of this grand strategy, Somalia became important for the Americans. They asked the Somali regime for military facilities in Berbera port, previously used by the Russians, for its Rapid Development Forces. In a secret meeting, Siad Barre provided the Americans with what they asked for and the US government in return provided Barre’s regime with some economic and military assistance.
    http://warkamaanta.com/index.php?op...ary-coup-in-somalia-in-1969&catid=70&Itemid=1
     
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    Even though the regime was accused of more Human Rights violations and did not dismantle its oppressive institutions, it still received American and western economic and political salvage packages. All of sudden Siad Barre was re-incarnated as the good guy and he was invited to Washington to meet President Ronald Reagan. The Arab conservative countries in the Gulf who earlier criticised the regime because of the execution of ten religious scholars in 1975, now welcomed Siad Barre into their midst after the US set the stage for him. "…US military aid to Somalia grew from $20 million in 1980, to $34.1 million in 1985. Yet in 1986 US military aid had dropped to $20.2 million and the following year it fell by more that 50 per cent to $8.2 million. Finally in 1989 it was under I million.
     
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    As U.S.-Ethiopian relations cooled in the aftermath of the 1975 Mengistu coup, U.S.-Somali relations warmed. The United State increased military and economic assistance to Somalia, and the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu became one of the biggest American diplomatic missions in Africa. However, the U.S. faced a dilemma in its relations with Somalia because Washington did not want to be responsible for supporting Somali aggression against the Ethiopian Ogaden. Thus, Washington had to walk a fine line between the supply of defensive weapons to the Somali army, while parrying Siad Barre's constant demand for offensive weapons with which to attack Ethiopia.

    Using offensive weapons purchased from Italy and other suppliers, Siad Barre attacked Ethiopia in the aftermath of the 1975 Mengistu takeover, hoping to take advantage of the disarray in the Ethiopian military. In order to counter Somalia's initial military successes in the Ogaden in 1977, Ethiopia called for assistance from the Soviet Union, who financed the arrival of 5,000 Cuban troops. The Cubans helped defeat the invading Somali army.

    http://www.raceandhistory.com/cgi-bin/forum/webbbs_config.pl/noframes/read/115
     
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