In an email, that is being circulated by World African Diaspora Union (WADU) about the recent activities in Senegal that WADU participated in, you will find the following statement:
"Son of Harlem Marcus Garvey first brought up the idea of a “United States of Africa” in 1924 in his poem “Hail, United States of Africa.” This idea helped to birth and fuel the Pan-Africanist Movement. The idea culminated in 1945 with the Fifth Pan-African Congress in Manchester... From that meeting came the idea of a union of African states, which became what is now known as the African Union."
"A United States of Africa"
by ELINOR TATUM
Now perhaps our brothers and sisters are still unable to grasp the not at all subtle distinctions between a true united States of Africa, a true Union Government of Africa, and the current association of leaders of the African Union, most of whom are in fact in the employ of racist imperialism. This kind of ideological under-development of individuals and institutions that perceive themselves as our leaders is indicative of the many tasks that the people have to successfully discharge if we are to achieve Pan-Africanism.
The African Union could be a United States of Africa, a truly Pan-African Union of States, but first it will have to be purged of the forces who equate progress with the acceptance of the criminal classes who have seized the global wealth by means of genocide, wide spread warfare, state terrorism, piracy and other forms of international crimes.
If you have good relationships with the folks at WADU, it is in your interest, or rather our interest, to assist them to see the errors in their policy, and their way of doing things, the methods which spring from their mistaken policies, so that they can contribute to the founding of what all of us say we want, namely Pan-Africanism, a state and society powerful enough to protect and enhance the existence of every African around the world and thus create strong conditions for the advancement of world peace and prosperity.
There is no sentiment in such matters, as there is way too much at stake for playing liberal games.
We all would prefer that the AU would be a help rather than a hindrance in building Pan-Africanism, in building a Union Government as envisionsed by Nkrumah, but we will not pretend that the AU is doing so, when in fact they are working overtime to stymie the project, just as Nyerere and others did in the past. Let us not throw history out of the window in an exchange for a false feeling of unity.
Unity with diversity is fine; but unity must be based on something in common, there is not yet sufficient commonality between the AU elitist, pro-monopoly capitalist majority and the Pan-Africanists...and in fact it is up to them to change or meet the full, and unforgiving, judgment of the aroused people once they are forced to take an even harder look at those that pass as leaders.
By the way if they are going to masquerade as leaders of Pan-Africanism, you would think they would at least do enough study of our history to know that Garvey was not a son of Harlem, he was born in Jamaica, and of course he was in reality a son of Africa...but the AU is just as bad when it comes to Garvey on their main paper on the development of Pan-Africanism, the author has him as being born in Trinidad...that is not the caliber of people who will be able to bring us liberation; for as everyone knows the history of a people is essential to get right if you want to progress in the current era and lay a strong foundation for the future....and this idea they have of trying to convince us that the European-US axis is no longer the major threat to Africa is ridiculous at best.