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posted 16 Jan 2018, 09:11 by Gerry Kangalee
Image result for rafiki morrisIt sometimes pains me to see how much energy our people put into blaming others for our condition. By this i do not mean we blame white people or the system. What I am talking about here is we blame our leaders for our failures. We think we are still oppressed because Williams was to British, Mugabe failed us in Zimbabwe, Mandela negotiated badly, Obama did not represent, Martin King was non-violent, Malcolm, Qaddafi and Bishop died.

We seem to think that leaders are supposed to set us free. But this is really a dumb idea held by people who do not understand their own power or relationship to the struggle for their own liberty. Williams was a product of the colonialism he opposed.

Mugabe did not liberate Zimbabwe, this was done by a people's war involving the whole of the Zimbabwe population, no one man no matter how great can liberate a nation. Mandela did what the people of South African allowed him to do. Malcolm, Qaddafi and Bishop died because we the people were not organized enough to protect them. Even Obama lead us nowhere because, beyond the White House, we weren't going any place in particular. We were so happy that he was elected we forgot to demand freedom, justice and equality from him.

My point is leadership is only a reflection of the political organization and commitment of the people. When leaders fail it is because we have not demanded success of them, have not held them accountable to the will of the masses or been able to protect them when they did confront our enemies with a view to defeating them. When we look for someone to blame we should first cast our glance into the mirror and take a good long look at ourselves..

At a certain level we blame leadership to keep from accepting responsibility for our own failure to organize and educate ourselves. Even our activists see leading, being out front and getting noticed as semi-glamorous work done in the public eye. They seek the attention, influence and notoriety that come with leadership but have no stomach for the gruelling day to day work of organizing and empowering the people.

This, because the real work is not glamorous, not in the public eye, and not easy. This work, organizing the people, is done on the ground, in small groups, hiding from cameras, police and informers. This is the real base upon which African Unity must be built. What is important is unnoticed exchanges with people who are voiceless and faceless, everyday folks seeking to gain a measure of control over their lives and their future.

This is the work that only we, the people can do and we don't need leaders to do it. What we need is selfless commitment to the people and their needs. What we need the conscientious effort of the people themselves. What we need is you, without the active, conscious, organized participation of the people,

We cannot really blame anybody but ourselves for the state we continue to be in.