Anti-Colonial Struggle Draws Line in Sand
by, 07-04-2008 at 08:10 PM (21169 Views)
Propaganda Putsch Posing as Anti-Xenophobia
The Black Commentator on June 26 featured three cartoons depicting the violence in South Africa, the first accompanied by a brief text on the struggle inside Zimbabwe. A startling aspect about each of the three cartoons was their anti-African depictions. Each cartoon seemed to criticize the attacks by South Africans against workers from neighboring countries.
The cartoons couched this depiction in a way which held all South Africans responsible for the attacks. As if South Africans were united in reactionary consensus against the influx of workers from Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland.
However, those of us who participated in anti-apartheid work from the Seventies thru the Nineties recall the spate of reactionary violence by the neo-colonialist Inkatha against the South African liberation movements. As paid thugs of the apartheid regime, Inkatha behaved as a counterrevolutionary force militating against fighters and workers based inside South Africa.
Perhaps, it could be the editors intended to portray the violence as supportive of ZANU-PF and the suspect political process in Zimbabwe. We kno that Horace Campbell, Bill Fletcher and the white left have very strong objections about the black power regime that shot its way into power and renamed the former colony called Rhodesia, as well as the capital.
So does The Black Commentator mean to say the South African government, dominated by black liberation forces strongly sympathetic to ZANU-PF, has unleashed these forces against Zimbabweans or, more accurately, MDC supporters?
No, that interpretation can’t be true. Two of the cartoons explicitly included the word “xenophobia”. We have to call propaganda by its correct name.
The Black Commentator’s so-called xenophobia must be contextualized. It is not “black-on-black” crime. Neither is it tribalism. It is not xenophobia, either. Africans from neighboring states have been working in South Africa at least since the Forties. That is not xenophobia when the liberation movements thru out Southern Africa were knit together as one large family fighting an enemy at once foreign and yet taking root on African soil. Counterinsurgency has nothing to do with xenophobia, but with preserving the status quo set by Imperialism.
By the same token, planting the South African flag in the back of a figure with “Zimbabwe” written across its back feeds the impression that Zimbabweans have nowhere to turn. This has more to do with The Black Commentator's axe-grinding. That is not art nor it is dialectics, it is typical Imperialist propaganda. Such polemics have nothing to do with developing clarity.
Anybody who wants a real taste of xenophobia, read the blogosphere' s inflammatory, racist comments on Barack Obama's bid for the White House.
Bill Moyers hosted Campbell to give a platform to the neo-colonialists who want to take Zimbabwe down the same road traveled by Africans from Sierra Leone and Liberia to Rwanda, Burundi and Congo.
Bourgeois democratic standards cannot be imposed on Africa, especially since the bourgeoisie undermine them, anyway. But all international human rights standards must be defended. This includes the rights of combatants, and President Mugabe declared this election a war against re-colonization.
The interest that Britain and the US have taken in Zimbabwe create suspicion. Of course the American media does not report on the activities of embassy personnel. Yet they have played a big role in how the news is processed in the media. Tafataona P. Mahoso shed some light on this in Africa Focus:
“The white Anglo-Saxon axis is in panic over Africa; and Zimbabwe is at the epicentre of the white tremors currently wearing the black faces of James McGee and Morgan Tsvangirai. Not only did [US ambassador McGee and UK ambassador Andrew Pocock] follow the same route Morgan Tsvangirai has been travelling since the March harmonised elections; [US ambassador] Diskin and Pocock have, in fact, followed McGee and Tsvangirai back to Zimbabwe as the campaign for the June 27 run-off election starts.
“But is there a panic? Why is there a panic? There is a panic because these ambassadors have been co-ordinators of what the US expert saboteur, John Perkins, calls the ‘CIA jackals’ phase of the regime change project against Zimbabwe. There is panic because the key activities of the ‘CIA jackals’ in the last month have produced results which have backfired on the sponsors. ...”
That's why people use their ability to look thru the smoke screens of an analysis posing as revolutionary, posing as Leftist, posing as black. Campbell, as late as 2003, stated in a Black Commentator article that UNITA chief Jonas Savimbi belonged to the anti-colonial trend.
A notorious counterrevolutionary then escorted around town by CORE’s Roy Innis -- a civil rights traitor on the neo-con dole -- and paraded by Ronald Reagan as a “freedom fighter”, Savimbi was listed on payrolls from the CIA and MI-6 to the apartheid-era South Africa Defence Force.
He was declared an international war criminal by the United Nations and wanted in the Hague. Savimbi fostered so much hatred against African liberation that his own troops finally assassinated him. With Savimbi dead, peace immediately came to Angola with the resultant coalition government.
Southern Africa is immersed in a power struggle which has enveloped African people since the anti-colonial movements picked up steam. It derives from the political expression of the African petty bourgeoisie and all its attendant inadequacies. It exists because the black petty bourgeois class inherited a society which was weighted against African people.
Contradictions within Zimbabwe and South Africa, respectively, are remnants of ages old scores which have not been settled despite decisive, anti-colonial victories. South Africa's problem is derivative of the world wide struggle against Imperialism, colonialism and capitalist domination.
People are moving ahead despite Fletcher and Campbell. Campbell's divisive position on Zimbabwe was defeated at the BRC tenth convention held this past month in St. Louis.
Meanwhile, Fletcher continues to use The Black Commentator to acrimoniously attack the Southern Africa liberation movements.
Southern Africa continues to symbolize and represent black America's own fierce, anti-colonial sentiments, with many proud moments and a few not-so-proud ones. But still we salute the internationalist Black Liberation Movement thru out that region!
People in thru out the US, the Caribbean and Africa kno that the Zimbabwe question offers up some critical points. Yet the people are not poised to allow US Imperialism to intervene. They are unprepared to play the sucker role for attacks against African people anywhere by a bloodsucking capitalism. African people united will never be defeated!
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