Why the black lives matter movement is insignificant?

By Shingirayi Kondongwe

Every time I watch the English Premier League, I am mesmerized by the players’ act of taking a knee before kick-off in the name of Blacks Lives Matter Movement. Why really? Even if they do that, is there any genuine change? NO!

Rather the movement is just a mere reminder of how black people feel inferior about themselves. If black people were proud of their skin, why would they invite sympathy? 

Kudos to Wilfred Zaha, who took a bold step when he refused to take a knee before kick-off (Crystal Palace versus West Brom game).

He said, “There is no right or wrong decision, but for me personally I feel kneeling has just become a part of the pre-match routine and at the moment it doesn’t matter whether we kneel or stand, some of us still continue to receive abuse”.

I somewhat agree with Wilfred Zaha because it seems that the Black race goes out of its way to glorify inferiority.

The Black Lives Matter Movement does not faze me. Some of you may want to associate everything BLACK to the tragic death of George Floyd.

RIP George Floyd, but I am not going to “take a knee”.

Why would I take a knee when the worst is happening to ordinary people in some African countries (not to mention any names) whose deaths are not remembered, but vanish like a fart in the wind.

Millions of black people died of hunger, people who died because of political violence, people who were killed by the securocrats in broad daylight and so on.

Extra-judicial killings, abductions, and political maiming, are the order of the day in some so called independent-black nations.

Can someone tell me why I should take a knee when this is a case from black to another black man?

Now that a white person has done it, you’re running around like headless chickens.

Are you blind not to see what is happening? African kill African! Why? Until this get enough attention it deserves, the Black lives Matter movement is a mere hypocritical club.

Oh, come on! What about racism? In this modern age, racism is still fresh as a daisy. There is still a long way to go. So much, work to be done if this so-called Black Lives Matter mantra is to be genuine.

It pains me that other races are setting standards for black people in society. Why are we even allowing that to happen?

Instead of inviting sympathy or compassion, why can’t black people set their own standards? In fact, why do black people get emotional for being called black?

I was shocked recently as I was watching a champions league game between PSG and Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir when Demba Ba caused havoc simply because the fourth official, Sebastian Coltescu, referred to Pierre Webo as “that black guy”.

Honestly, what’s wrong with that? Is he not black? Is he not proud of his God-given black skin? Do white people get angry when the same is done to them? I don’t think if a white person is referred to as “that white guy”, he or she will give a damn about it.

I am quite aware some people will say, why didn’t the referee also say ‘this white guy’ when mentioning white players. The solution is not to get emotional or angry because it will only serve to remind other races that they are superior.

My black skin doesn’t need an approval rating in society! I don’t need someone to qualify me in society! I qualify myself because I am a normal equal being. I don’t feel inferior about my God-given skin colour.

Yes I am black, so what? I am proud of my beautiful skin colour.

That desperate atmosphere of association with whiteness reminds me of Mayotte Capécia’s autobiographical novel I Am a Martinican Woman. The novel talks about a black woman, Mayotte,  obsessed with marrying a white man even though she knows that white men will always see her as inferior to them.

Women like Mayotte have been taught to believe that they can “save” their race by making themselves whiter. The novel clearly depicts how they come to feel desperate for white approval, which leads them to act in unreasonable ways.

As Frantz Fanon indicated in his work, Black Skin, White Masks, that colonialism is a state of mind. Fanon warns that it is useless for black people to prove their intelligence to whites, arguing that intelligence alone “never saved anybody.”

Why are we so sensitive? We are too soft, too weak and we expose ourselves too much.

Let’s develop a strong attitude! The end goal of the provoker is to hurt…let’s just don’t mind it because it doesn’t represent the truth.

We are past slave trade folks, let’s have a strong mentality. We are not going to allow the psychological horror of master and slave to dominate our modern societies.

I will never forget how Dani Alves, by then he was a Barcelona player, reacted in an exemplary manner when a Villarreal fan threw a banana at him during a football match.

You want to know how Dani reacted? He took the banana ate a small piece and threw the rest away from the field. His reaction was applauded in the football fraternity.

“If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective” he said.

At the end of the day, Dani had the last laugh. You see! That’s where I am coming from. Just don’t give it importance.

Even if someone makes monkey chants at me, I won’t waste my energy by giving them any attention. YES! Because I am not a monkey. The person making those chants is indeed a monkey, since they know how make those sounds.

Spare me please, only monkeys know how to do those chants hahaha!

The black lives matter mantra is INSIGNIFICANT because it draws unnecessary sympathy and reminds the world how black people are inferior.

Psychological torment! That’s the best way to define the Black Lives Matter Movement. It is just a propaganda campaign being used as a facade to cover up real issues behind the scene.

There is no need for any conclusion…because the Black Lives Matter Movement is INSIGNIFICANT.

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