By Zaqqiyah Haamidah
Black activism is effort focused on bringing change. With that said, why is Black activism still needed for April Fool’s Day? People fool and trick one another for fun on April Fool’s Day. However, April 1, 1555 was–and still isn’t–a laughing matter to slave descendants.
The first Africans are recorded arriving into the western world in 1555. The British monarchy sanctioned the ship Jesus of Lubeck to capture people from Africa. The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us that that day in 1555 was April 1.Therefore, the real April Fool’s Day is…April 1, 1555.
Africans unknowingly boarded slave ships on this day. A trade in millions of Black humans which spanned at least 400 years resulted. Africans were destined for bondage in the west, where their descendants–Afrodescendants–lack FULL human rights and reparations still to this day.
Who Are Afrodescendants?
“Afrodescendants” refers to peoples who:
1) Were forcibly dispossessed of their homeland, Africa;
2) Were transported to the Americas and Slavery Diaspora for the purpose of enslavement;
3) Were subjected to slavery;
4) Were subjected to forced mixed breeding and rape;
5) Have experienced, through force, the loss of mother tongue, culture and religion;
6)…and/or have experienced racial discrimination due to lost ties from their original identity.
This is why Black Activism is still needed.
The first Africans were tricked. This is why Afrodescendants should want to remember our fore-bearers. Boldly tell the truth of their suffering with strong, focused Black Activism. Tell their history without compromise, apology, or shame.
Afrodescendant ancestors remembered this way proves to us and the world that we reject the cultural conditioning yoked upon us by Europeans. If you’re happy to honor the memory of those who paved the way to Afrodescendant liberation, I suggest two tools:
BLACK ACTIVISM TOOL #1: BLACK HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY
Our ancestors endured horrific voyages as they were relocated BY FORCE across the Atlantic Ocean. They were chained, starved, and treated heartlessly. Many died before even arriving into the western world.
You cannot know the terror they felt walking through the “Door of No Return.” Can you imagine being chained in the dark bowel of a slave ship for months in filth? The Middle Passage is our Black Holocaust. The Middle Passage marks the destruction and slaughter of African foreparents on a massive scale.
The Black Holocaust doesn’t have the ‘luxury’ of documenting lives lost at 6 million. No, we start at 60 million. Our body count shows that transatlantic slavery was/is the greatest crime in the history of the world. A comparison of 6 million Jews mass murdered in Germany is not meant to minimize, but will show that Jews take time to remember their deceased each year. It is right that we, the children of “Plantation Slavery”, honor the memory of our foreparents, too.
Although April 1 is known as Black Holocaust Remembrance Day, acknowledgment throughout the month of April is also appropriate.
BLACK ACTIVISM TOOL #2: IN MY NEXT LIFE—THE BOOK
Should we expect white descendants of en-slavers to honor our foreparents? That’s why we must become the answer to our ancestors’ prayers with Black activism.
The Honorable Silis Muhammad is a perfect example of activism. Mr. Muhammad is a leader with a global human rights track record. You can read about his brand of Black activism in his book, In My Next Life.
The Honorable Silis Muhammad taught the need to establish a government for Black people in America since 1977. He worked for the unification of the Black community and for pooling our mental power for self-determination as other nations do. He couldn’t do it alone, so he embarked upon a self-discovery journey that he makes available to encourage other Afrodescendants. It’s documented in his book, In My Next Life.
In closing, I’ve told you about tools to inform your Black activism of remembering the ancestors. Why not set aside time for Black Holocaust Remembrance Day in April? Look at it as a Rite of Passage, our ancestors passing the torchlight to us.