Pres Obama, your grandad was tortured by the brits? Forget about it!
Sons of Malcolm
19 April 2012
New secret files from the british government have come out exposing some of the well-known crimes of the british colonial empire. These files should have been released in the 1980s, but the brits, in their typically shifty tricky style made sure they were kept from public view for another few decades.
These files include the crimes of the brits when Kenya was their formal colony, and President Obama's father is mentioned in them:
"The name of Barack Obama, the father of the American president, is on a list of names revealed in a hitherto secret British colonial file of Kenyans studying in the US.
"The file notes that the US state department had told British officials in 1959 that they were concerned Kenyan students in America had a reputation for "falling into the wrong hands".
"US officials complained that Kenyan students were becoming "anti-American and anti-white" just at the time Barack Obama Senior was given a grant to study in America"
The newspaper article which runs this story also states that President Obama's paternal grandfather was involved in the main organisation fighting for Kenyan liberation, Land and Freedom Army aka Mau-Mau, and was "subjected to beatings and abuse which caused permanent physical disabilities, and a hatred of the British."
michael white (no pun, his actual name), an associate editor at the Guardian writes in relation to this: "President Obama seems content to overlook the offence; he has more important things to worry about."
I write and talk a lot about the way the white power structure from both whites and sell-out uncle tom non-whites try in many ways, often in underhand and indirect ways, to ensure that non-whites forsake their historic tasks to themselves and their ancestors in forgoing the liberation struggle against imperialism. This is exactly what mr white is doing here, and it is this campaign that is constantly attacking us all around us from the media, music, film, internet etc that we must develop our revolutionary conciousness to resist effectively.
Here you have clearly President Obama's ancestors being shown as to having been tortured by the brits in the course of fighting for Kenya's freedom, and mr white states that this is somehow just a non-issue for Obama and he has more important things to worry about! At least we know what mr white thinks of his ancestors, but I guess it is one moral code for himself and his privileged white family, but a totally immoral code that he is promoting for us non-whites.
Of course for mr white anything must be more important than worrying about our forefathers and foremothers being tortured by the colonialists, such as playing up how the sadistic massacres of the brits in Asia were beneficial to Asians.
As President Obama is the head representative of the usa empire, he must bear a senior responsibility of usa imperialism's crimes against the peoples of the world. This should not keep us blind from the contradictions within this person. If his forefathers were tortured by the brits, than he must have some sense of loyalty to them, and if he doesn't, people should demand that he stay loyal to his Kenyan ancestors.
It is well known that Obama is not so close to his Kenyan family, and there's no doubt that the white power structure which is controlling Obama is worried about him getting too close to his ancestors, this is part of the reason mr white is trying to convince readers of his article that Obama has "more important" things to worry about. Obama is closer to his white side of his family from his mother's side. I have no idea what were the politics of Obama's white mother is, but one would hope that she would have encouraged him to positively engage with his Kenyan family, and not encouraging him to do so could very well contribute to a crisis of identity and politics for Obama.
President Obama is a black man, and is an African man from a family of militant anti-imperialist revolutionaries. He is also the president of the usa which is re-colonising Africa. Obama has been a leading party in the bombing of Africa in the six month cowardly bombing nato bombing campaign of Libya (known as 'the shield of Africa' for its vanguard role in developing Pan-African economy and politics) which killed around 50,000 people, and also has high responsibility in sending armed forces to Uganda under the false pretences of fighting the Lords Resistance Army.
Obama is trapped. If he re-connects to his ancestors in any real and meaningful way, he faces a total attack on his character by the white power structure, and is in danger of being removed from the scene totally, something which has happened to many a person in the usa. If he continues to serve his white masters, he will forsake his ancestors and his soul and spirituality will suffer as a consequence. Louis Farrakhan has explored some of these contradictory issues and consequences of such, in several speeches in recent years.
Far from 'overlooking' the offences that empire has wrought on our ancestors, and continues to today, we might rather engage on a profound and deep level with their struggles, which are our struggles and fight white supremacy and empire today. Part of this struggle means attaining full compensation to all victims of brit torture and full reparations for the crimes committed by the brits in our lands. We cannot and will not ever 'overlook' these tasks.
PS: My paternal grandfater Gopal Singh Chandan, supported the Mau-Mau leadership and fought in Kenya for the nation's independence. He also took one of the very few pictures of Mau-Mau leader Deedan Kimaathi. I will be writing more about this in the coming weeks.