On behalf of The Vince Hines Foundation
During 2007 Britain commemorates the Bicentenary of the Slave Trade Abolition Act of 25 March 1807.
Britain’s involvement in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade saw millions of Africans up-rooted from their African Homeland and transported to “The New World”, the Americas, where their children still remain. Many are living in very harsh and inhumane urban squalors. Some Africans immigrated to Europe, the home of the historical European slavers.
We recognise that Britain was not alone in carrying on the trading in African bodies. Great Britain, having passed her slave abolition Acts, became a determined abolitionist power after 1833, using the Royal Navy to stop ships suspected of being slavers.
We congratulate Britain for her courage in calling attention formally to her past role in Slavery and, hopefully, positive fruits will be generated from her Bicentenary events throughout 2007 and specifically on 25th March 2007.
The Vince Hines Foundation, with pride, along with others, endorsed the Black Community’s nominated Anthem– “Cries of Our Kidnapped Ancestors”, Poem Memorial, by Ba Afrika, as the Charity’s contributions to this important Bicentenary Occasion. The Foundation recognises that 1807 was only the beginning of the abolition process and Africans in some British colonies had to wait until 1 August 1834 For emancipation.
Nevertheless, it cannot be forgotten that for over three hundred years during the Slave Trade, Africa was depopulated. The cultural and inventive rhythms of an entire Continent were disrupted significantly by Europeans and Arabs, partly supported by Jewish financiers, and a tiny minority of native collaborators. Collaborators are found in all nations, during the past, the present and it will be so in the future.
Never before in human existence had there been so many human beings removed forcefully and painfully from their native lands, travelled for thousands of miles across oceans, until they arrived in a new place. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its knock-on-effects are still with us today.
The Slave Trade was the most barbaric, cruel and a great crime against humanity. It was perpetrated by people who were steeped in high learning, cultures and arts. Above all, they embraced theologies of ‘Freedom, compassion and peace - Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
During the period of British Slavery, transported Africans never gave up hope of returning to their ancestors’ land. New cultures were generated by that hope, like the various slave rebellions throughout the British colonies, such as the Maroon Wars of 1730-1740 and 1795-6.
There were also slave revolts, in Antigua in 1735-5, Tacky's revolt in Jamaica in 1760, Kofi's revolt in Guyana in 1763, in Granada in 1795-7, and so on. Marcus Garvey’s African Unification Network, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA Established 1911), The Pan-African Conferences held in London and Manchester 1900-1945, Jamaica based Rastafarian ‘Back to Africa’ Movement with its early roots in the 1920s and the African Reparations Movement gaining momentum since the 1990s in the Americas, Europe and Africa, naming only a few.
Multiple research by various scholars demonstrated that the European, Arab and Jewish financed Slave Movement was partly to be blamed for the virulent strain of today’s racism. European, Arab and Jewish financiers' forms of slavery generated inferior complexes and low self esteem in the minds of many captured Africans and their descendants. Slavers and their cultures were wrongly deemed and taught as superior to the Africans’.
The African foundation on which Humanity sprang was largely ignored in the history books written by slaver and supremacist mindsets. Generations of Africans are being educationally misdirected, for over two hundred years by Western and some Arab societies. These societies freely offered their theologies, languages, and general cultures to their captives, often at the end of the whip.
The African personality was denigrated, languages wrenched from their vocal cords, oral traditions firmly discouraged, ancient scrolls and books, detailing human history and African understanding of human existence, the cosmologies, and the mystery systems, confiscated and commandeered.
Until history is made transparent and not written by slavers, colonisers or those with supremacist notions, the true contributions by Africans to historical human developments will not be aired.
African and other scholars, worldwide, who are true and faithful to historical truths, must continue to re-write history, and challenge the current standard versions laid on foundations of falsehoods. This is vital because in Truth lies healing panacea for current negative influences on the African minds.
Until the average African is able to answer basic questions – “Who Am I ? What Am I ? and Where Am I Going ?” SANKOFA, the African Communities will remain dependent on other cultures for interpretation of Self.
Africans in Africa and the Diasporas have begun the process of writing their true history, and with this comes the African rebirth and real hope for Global Humanity.
The Vince Hines Foundation
1 January 2007
Dr. Vince Hines