The conflict is taking place between America and Africa, and the protests also continue. # EndSARS

The conflict is taking place between America and Africa, and the protests also continue. # EndSARS

2020 has been one eventful year, and one of the topics that have been dominating the headlines everywhere on the planet is that the Black Lives Matter movement which many can attest gained popularity within the US but not such a lot in Africa.
The conflict is taking place between America and Africa, and the protests also continue. # EndSARS

It’s like when it involves Africans, the entire world develops hearing problems.

In October, “Africa is bleeding” were the three words cried out by many Africans, however, not necessarily by Americans! All we wanted was the planet to only stop and see what’s happening to the foremost richly-resourced yet poorest continent.

As within the old days of slavery, Africans are still enslaved, tortured, raped, and murdered in ways in which should have the planet coming to a standstill because it did for George Floyd or Breonna Taylor.

In May this year, many parts of the planet, including Africa, mobilized protests against the horrific nature of George Floyd’s senseless killing at the hands of a white policeman. Not only did we [Africans] march, but we also flooded social media with messages of support showing how we were standing in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters.

Even though we are oceans apart, we made it clear how outraged and appalled we were about the police brutality of black people within the States.

Now fast forward to October, the coin has flipped, things are bad in Africa. From human trafficking, femicide attacks to senseless killings by the police, almost every country on the continent are experiencing some kind of brutality but are we even trending there by American black Twitter?

Why not? Maybe Africa isn’t bleeding enough for the planet to require to the streets and protest against the senseless sh*t that’s happening in “the motherland”.
On October 20, Nigerian soldiers opened fire on protesters demonstrating against police brutality within the Lekki district of the commercial capital Lagos.

This after thousands of Nigerians had been demonstrating nationwide a day for nearly fortnight against a police unit, the special anti-robbery squad (SARS), that rights groups had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture, and murder.

The unit was disbanded on October 11 but the protests persisted, with demonstrators calling for a raft of law-enforcement reforms. Viral videos of the senseless shootings left African black Twitter enraged, with hashtags #EndSARS and #LekkiMassacre dominating the trends list. Mzansi celebs like Cassper, AKA, Boity, Pearl Thusi, Nasty C, and Moozlie sent their love and support to protesters in Nigeria.

Things aren’t only bad in Nigeria, Congo is additionally now enduring a “silent holocaust” where many Congolese people are being brutally killed.
The conflict is taking place between America and Africa, and the protests also continue. # EndSARS
Here in SA, we’ve been fighting against the abuse and killing of girls and youngsters through the #AmINext movement but that does not seem to be grabbing any consistent international attention.

These are just a drop by the ocean of the number of fatal issues faced by other countries in Africa. I repeat, Africa is bleeding, can’t you see?

For many years, Africans are suffering and it is so disheartening that even during a year like this, we still suffer and die.
Yeah, sure Beyoncé, Rihanna, Gabrielle Union, and lots of other global celebrities used their platforms to bring awareness of what is happening in Africa but, sadly, that’s not enough.

We want and expect more from our fellow African American and European brothers and sisters. But maybe I’m expecting an excessive amount of them. Maybe we [Africans] are “overzealous” and must also just blue tick cries from our fellow Africans in foreign lands.

A friend of mine made some sense once I was busy gathering my thoughts about this piece. He said, “As Africans, we’d like to practice restraint sometimes … let’s be honest they [African Americans, then on] never asked us to hitch their protests. So why are we expecting such a lot from them?”

If someone had told me this was how the year 2020 would pan out, coronavirus, bloodshed, you name it … I’d definitely side-eye them and keep it moving because, gosh, it’s like we’re acting out roles during a movie. Surely this is often not real life?!

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