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I also used to think like Kalyegira

By Vision Reporter

Added 3rd January 2006 03:00 AM

Letter of the day

SIR — I used to think a lot like Timothy Kalyegira until I had the opportunity of visiting ‘White peoples’ lands’ and watching them from close quarters. A lot of Black people’s problems arise from self-hatred and a lack of the truth — mental slavery.

Letter of the day

SIR — I used to think a lot like Timothy Kalyegira until I had the opportunity of visiting ‘White peoples’ lands’ and watching them from close quarters. A lot of Black people’s problems arise from self-hatred and a lack of the truth — mental slavery.

Kalyegira’s collective policy of generalising African is astounding.

True, it would be nice to see Budonians, Gayazans building libraries and websites for their schools instead of buying cars and jewellry (another generalisation) but in the Western world, not all white people are interested in building these monuments and institutions we see.

It is the aristocrat families! Visit London, Liverpool, Bristol, Newcastle, Australia or the US, you will find great numbers of white people who can’t read and write despite all the structures of free education they have! Can we then generalise that all whites are stupid? All we need is a handful of Africa loving black people to educate the masses on loving the continent and thirsting for untarnished knowledge. Kalyegira goes on to highlight the ‘facts’ — Blacks were silent during the Ethiopian famine, Katrina, blah, blah, blah. This is wrong! Does Kalyegira listen to Reggae music or The Blues?

In the 1970s and 80s long before Band Aid, We Are The World, The Wailers, Black Uhuru and countless Rastas and Reggae bands were highlighting the plight of Black people in Africa and the diaspora! Just because we do not own the huge media conglomerates like white people, these stories often go untold! Obviously, it takes a Western journalist, Bono or Bob Geldorf to bring this news to the world, because then it is “news”! CNN, SKY and BBC then get interested.

Does this suggest there are no NGOs in these areas run by Black people who have cried themselves hoarse to bring these tragedies to the world, all in vain?

Bob Marley says, “He who feels it, knows it”. White people pretend to understand and feel the pain of Africans more than Africans themselves, and we buy this wholesale! In the US, during slavery, slaves used to hear their masters reading and playing classical music on piano while mopping their masters’ houses.

The slaves then sat on the pianos (in the absence of their masters) and replayed these pieces by ear with no formal education at all! Many who were caught were killed for touching the pianos!

My point here, Mr. Kalyegira is, if Black people can look within ourselves and the spirituality within, we will conquer the earth!

Kalyegira, you once published the Uganda Almanac, a great feat I may add. All we need is more like you to open the eyes of Black people, not to make us feel inferior. We already get enough of that from Babylon!

TShaka Mayanja
BlackRoots Unlimited

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I also used to think like Kalyegira

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