Why I Didn't Come to Your Picnic, And Hate Your Thanksgiving & Black Friday

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ~George Orwell

Picnic, Thanksgiving, BlackFriday, do you really know what those events and celebrations stand for?

Here is a little bit of background history about these social events and celebrations Black people should avoid.

What is a Picnic?
In America, the word “picnic” or “pick-a-nigger” referred originally to gatherings held to lynch Blacks. A black person was randomly “picked” and hanged for the entertainment of whites. The whites, including families, ate from box lunches while enjoying the barbaric act. If this is true we should stop using the word picnic, replacing it with outing or gathering.

“It is clear that picnic was not derived from “pick-a-nigger,” “pick-a-nig,” or similar racist phrases. However, some of the almost 4,000 blacks who were lynched between 1882 and 1962 were lynched in settings that are appropriately described as picnic-like.

Phillip Dray, a historian, stated: “Lynching was an undeniable part of daily life, as distinctly American as baseball games and church suppers. Men brought their wives and children to the events, posed for commemorative photographs, and purchased souvenirs of the occasion as if they had been at a company picnic.”  Bray did not exaggerate. At the end of the 19th century, Henry Smith, a mentally challenged 17-year-old black male, was accused of killing a white girl. Before a cheering crowd of hundreds, Smith was made to sit on a “parade float” drawn by four white horses. The float circled numerous times before the excited crowd tortured, then burned Smith alive.  After the lynching the crowd celebrated and collected body parts as souvenirs.”- Ferris
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What is Black Friday?
Friday was a day where slaves traders in America hold open market for slaves sales. Whenever a shipment of slaves came in, and there were hardly any disease or deaths amongst them (men, women and children), they call it a “Black Friday” to celebrate the fortune they will make.

However, if a shipment came in and there were mostly sick people, the traders call it a “Red Friday”, because of the bad outcome and “red” because they would have to kill all the sick and weak salves (because no one wanted to spend money feeding or treating those men, women and children).

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What is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is like celebrating a Genocide!

Thanksgiving day is literally a holiday celebrating the beginnings of the almost total extermination of an entire race of people, commonly called “Indians” and the enslavement, continued oppression and genocide of the Africans people by european settlers in America.

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“By 1637, Massachusetts governor John Winthrop ordered the massacre of thousands of Pequot Indian men, women and children. This event marked the start of a Native-American genocide that would take slightly more than 200 years to complete, and of course to achieve its ultimate goal, which was to take the land from Native Americans and systematically plunder their resources. The genocide begun in 1637 marks the beginning of the conquest of the entire continent until most Native Americans were exterminated, a few were assimilated into white society, and the rest were put in reservations to dwindle and die.

In other words, to celebrate Thanksgiving in the US is like setting aside a day in Germany to celebrate the Holocaust. Thanksgiving is the American Holocaust. The original crimes of genocide and slavery are not limited to US early history but have found an extension in the current policies of modern-day US.” – NewsJunkiePost

The mere fact that these events still are celebrated means their is no guilt about what happened, and they could possibly happen again. History is doomed to repeat if we don’t learn from it to built a different future.

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

53 Responses to “Why I Didn't Come to Your Picnic, And Hate Your Thanksgiving & Black Friday”

  1. Edouard Din

    a friend has asked me why i did not go rejoicing the thanksgiving? koutonin may be right.. think about it!

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  2. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Ken Biddle I have seen those articles before writing my article and discounted them. they are just opinion against opinion. You are only left to believe the one that you feel good about. however, you can check a more documented piece i quoted in the article here: http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/question/jan04.htm

    Regarding: http://www.snopes.com/language/offense/picnic.asp
    Again, they lack the reference and documentation I've mentioned in the article.

    History distortion is usual.

    Don't you know that the same people I mentioned here celebrated Columbus day! yes, Columbus the Criminal. What surprises you?

    They will dress anything nice, if it suits their need.

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    • Sherika

      Where are the facts found from discount for sales of slave’s on black friday?

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      • Mist

        Where are the facts found that any slaves even ever had NAMES? Of course u can’t believe everything but much of Black history has been distorted or removed altogether. Granted, however, fact checking is surely a good idea but snopes can’t be relied on for everything…

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  3. Abiola Omoniyi

    so if i understand you correctly, you are saying blacks should avoid picnics or using the word picnic because black people were lynched in "picnic like" settings? how does that sound to you? does that make sense, it like saying blacks should avoid ships because slaves were transported from Africans in ships. Please correct me if i'm mistaken

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  4. Abiola Omoniyi

    Mawuna R. Koutonin I am an African just like you..what Africa needs is education, leave arguments about the past and move forward! Avoiding picnics or thanksgiving etc will not help us, at present the black man does not understand the world, or how to manipulate it to his advantage, we are merely spectators, what the black man needs is education

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    • Brian T

      I agree with you we do need education…BUT not the type of education taught in the public school system that’s not geared towards OUR needs.

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  5. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Abiola Omoniyi What do you call past? I'm not talking about the past celebrations of those events.

    Also, the past has influence on the present. Why are White Richer than Black people for example?

    Before the transatlantic slavery of Black people, Europe was like any other place in the world in term of wealth. As a matter of fact, in the 14th century, when the Mongols army arrived in Europe they were very disappointed, because the place was so poor. There was nothing worthy looting, so as usual they killed the local aristocracies, and return back home.

    However, after 3 centuries of Black people slavery, Western Europe became 3 times richer than any other region in the world, and after 2 centuries of colonialism around the world, western Europe became 30 times wealthier than any other region of the world at the beginning of the 20th century.

    The compounding result is that nowadays western Europeans and their descendants owns close to 90% of the world wealth, while they make less than 15% of world population.

    For less than 3,5% of the world population American owns 39% percent of world’s wealth, while Western Europe accounts for another 31% of global wealth with a total population less than 6% of the world population.

    Read this article as well: http://www.siliconafrica.com/does-african-lack-ambition/

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  6. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Abiola Omoniyi That's a big question!
    First we need to fix our education system. Take out all the garbage that is in it and focus on ideas and themes for African liberation from the white man oppression.

    Learn to work together. Avoiding short terms gains and focus on our community development.

    Forget about White man as a saviour and learn to rely on ourselves.

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  7. Abiola Omoniyi

    Mawuna R. Koutonin Well I prefer to look at things a different way, rather than focus on a real or imagined oppressor, how about we look inwards and focus solely on ourselves. I suggest mass education of a high standard; professional and technical. An educated class ask more of their leaders, an educated class is more productive, innovative and will lift Africa from the quagmire it currently sits in.

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  8. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Abiola Omoniyi Without freedom from the imagined or real oppressor you have no future!

    This is the point you don't understand, because you have never been close to power.

    We have corrupt leaders because of the International capitalist and imperialist system. not the other way around.

    During the last 50 years 21 African presidents were Killed in office, and since 2008 altogether 13 presidents died in office in the world, 10 were African presidents. Since 1950, an outrageous number of 70 coups were carried in Africa, most of them sponsored by European colonial countries.

    Every time we have good leaders, the Europeans use military and covert actions to Kill them, but maintain the bad leaders.

    If Europeans will stop messing with Africa, we will have better leaders. I know what i'm talking about.

    Do you know why the West hate Mugabe? Because he is defending his people interests, not the west Agenda.

    Or You think Africans are inferior that's why they shit where they eat!

    Maybe your thinking might be coming from an inferiority complex.

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    • Pauletta

      I agree whole heartily. You are so right we have to separate from the oppressor. Teach are child the right way about our african way of life. Unity of all africans globally need to come together.

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  9. Ken Biddle

    Mawuna R. Koutonin … So what are you going to say when China is the new owner of Africa? They are not white. And it's not all white people who came and raped Africa. Only the powerful. Just like the Arabs raped North Africa and the East Africa for centuries.

    It is the powerful that oppress because they are powerful at that time. Not because their skin is a certain color. Just like you say, the Europeans were not always powerful. The Mongols could have completely subjugated them and become the masters of the world to this day had they decided to stay. Then it would be the yellow devils you would be trying to blame.

    The overwhelming majority of whites gain anything from the supposed ownership of Africa. It is the powerful elite who do. And that happens to include a bunch of billionaire Nigerians and others from the continent who also don't seem to be putting much back.

    The Jews were slaves long ago. For a very long time. Now they are a very powerful group. Do they keep harping about their long term enslavement? Do they keep complaining about their near extinction through mass genocide perpetrated by the Nazis? No, because they know that simply educating and moving forward is the best answer. People figure these things out for themselves. Teaching them the blame game usually results in holding people back as it gives them an excuse to not try harder and achieve.

    Yes, let people know about the real history. And there are plenty of people doing that. US slavery of Africans is well documented and not just by the descendants of the enslaved, but by many ordinary 'white' Americans who feel a responsibility to let the truth be told. But as soon as the blame game starts, one side stops listening and the other side stops thinking. People can decide for themselves where the blame is. People are not that stupid. Stop treating your own brothers in Africa like they are some illiterate buffoons.

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  10. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Ken Biddle I understand your point, but I don't share your conclusion.

    Yes, it's not about skin colour. yes many white people are fighting with Africans. And, we as Africans welcome all the people of the world to join us in this fight against oppression.

    I'm writing for an African audience, I use general terms like europeans and white; like you speak about Africans and black as if they were one single identity or country.

    The education of our people about the true nature of these Evil and powerful nations should continue and never stop. I never took my people for illiterate. They need people like me or many other to bring light to the dark corners of the Evil empire who is crushing the soul of millions.

    We are not Jews. If Jews feel that they don't need to grief anymore, good for them that they reached that level. However you still can feel their level of paranoia.

    We as Africans should continue telling our stories and shedding light on the evil empire till we reached a level where we don't need to do so.

    My article are not for the other side. if they read it and got un-easy about it, at least they have learned something new. My writing is for african people, and they appreciate in most cases the light I'm bringing into the room!

    These powerful groups you've mentioned above continue to finance racist groups against our people, they continue to send their hit men kill our president and elite. How my silence will help?

    Our goal is to awaken as a Nation, a whole continent, not to leave our liberation to each person to figure out or make the same mistakes our grandfathers made. This is for building our collective awareness about our common Enemy!

    Naiveté and ignorance have been our curse for long.

    What you are suggestion it the Divide and Conquer method that has been so effective on our people crushing. That's why I don't agree on that approach.

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  11. Ken Biddle

    Mawuna R. Koutonin… I agree the Columbus crap is a complete disgrace. The man is a serial criminal and genocidist and should be erased from celebratory lists. He should actually be added on to the same lists that Hitler, Stalin and Mao occupy. LOL

    But how do you know those guys celebrated Columbus Day?

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  12. Ken Biddle

    Mawuna R. Koutonin… I just read the picnic article and your sources reinforce the fact that picnic is derives from the French piquenique, not pic a nigger. All they say is it was often done in picnic like settings. But so were witch burnings, hangings, guillotines, Christians being fed to the Lions.

    There was even a recent vid on youtube where a mob stood idly by in Uganda while an old lady and her daughter, accused of witchcraft, were beaten up and set on fire, much like a 'picnic' setting. When they lit them up, I had to turn off the vid… uugh.

    So, it seems the picnic type of setting is not reserved just for whites enjoying a cup of tea over the lynching of blacks. And what about the white northerners who never partook in any of these kinds of activities, but worked hard, day and night, to get it abolished?

    And European slavery was minimal. How can you claim Europe was built on slavery? Maybe you can make a claim that it was built on the looting of African resources, but even that is questionable because the cost of maintaining the colonies was so high, they decided to start pulling out in the '60's. A rather small number of individual entrepreneurs gained great individual wealth but it is nothing compared to the totality of wealth Europe garnered at that time through vastly improved technological advances.

    For a fully researched, unbiased study, you can check out books by well respected economist and social-political commentator Thomas Sowell.

    http://www.amazon.com/Race-And-Culture-World-View/dp/0465067972

    http://www.amazon.com/Black-Rednecks-Liberals-Thomas-Sowell/dp/1594031436

    http://www.amazon.com/Trickle-Down-Theory-Cuts-Rich/dp/0817916156

    https://www.google.com/search?q=thomas+sowell+books&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

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  13. Ken Biddle

    Mawuna R. Koutonin… I thought you said the same people who wrote the picnic refutations also celebrated Columbus Day. Well, there's a ton of people who are no longer holding Columbus up to the bright light and are letting people know it in a way that will make them decide for themselves rather than invoking hate and blame.

    It seems you really think all white people are in it together and conspiring to rape Africa of all its natural resources. Ten years from now, I suppose you will be railing against the Yellow Devils because they'll be easier to blame. I'm half white and half oriental, so you really gonna hate me. LOL

    And the white man must be slipping very badly to let a black man, or half caste, if you like, sit in the almighty seat and also let at least 60 Africans become billionaires.

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  14. Abiola Omoniyi

    Mawuna R. Koutonin interestingly I feel it is indeed you that has an inferiority complex, seeing as you constantly harp on about how the black man is oppressed by the powerful white man.

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  15. Abiola Omoniyi

    Mawuna R. Koutonin I totally agree with Ken, blame game will get Africans no where, we need to learn from the past (not dwell on it) and move forward! I eagerly look forward to your more business inclined posts..

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  16. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Ken Biddle Those who wrote the article that "picnic" derives from french word "pique nique" (you believe more that because it fit better your world view) might be right, but in America picnic was event where Black people where killed and the white people enjoyed the event. This what the article is about. And the expression "pick-a-nigger" is not my invention, it was expression used by the white people who were lynching black people during those events.

    We don't want to associate ourselves with events that have crushed the bones and souls of our people. If you identify with those events, maybe it's because you feel that they represent more your culture and history, but not ours!

    Regarding billionaires, Africans had billionaires long before Europeans.

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  17. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Abiola Omoniyi Unfortunately those are salon comment, by people who have never fought any war, and just want to have a decent life inside the system. It's your choice, but not all people see life as fitting in the system and profiting from it.

    You wrote I "constantly harp on about how the black man is oppressed by the powerful white man." For a person from Nigeria which is a country owned by Shell and some associated crooks, you should know that any battle should be won in the mind before your won it on the field.

    As a French white supremacist once said "The reason Africans are losing all their battles is because they don't know they in a war since 1433."

    If our ancestors and their friends would not have fought for the Africans, slavery and colonisation might still be around. picking and lynching black people will still be common day activities.

    It's not a blame game. You call this way because you don't know. (This argument is more often use by white people because they don't want to know how horrible their ancestors were, and imagine they've got in their veins the blood of these horrible ancestors.)

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  18. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Abiola Omoniyi Unfortunately those are salon comment, by people who have never fought any war, and just want to have a decent life inside the system. It's your choice, but not all people see life as fitting in the system and profiting from it.

    You wrote I "constantly harp on about how the black man is oppressed by the powerful white man." For a person from Nigeria which is a country owned by Shell and some associated crooks, you should know that any battle should be won in the mind before your won it on the field.

    As a French white supremacist once said "The reason Africans are losing all their battles is because they don't know they in a war since 1433."

    If our ancestors and their friends would not have fought for the Africans, slavery and colonisation might still be around. picking and lynching black people will still be common day activities.

    It's not a blame game. You call this way because you don't know. (This argument is more often use by white people because they don't want to know how horrible their ancestors were, and imagine they've got in their veins the blood of these horrible ancestors.)

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  19. Ken Biddle

    Mawuna R. Koutonin … but you are still using hate and fear as the basis of the message which is not the most efficient way to educate any people. You'll just create more Mugabe's.

    Their is trade to be done with those outside sources of power. The question is how to get a fair shake. Puppets will give away all power. Rebels will get crushed. But, educated and forward thinking leaders can make the best changes.

    In Ghana, Atta-Mills and Mahama have made great strides towards partnering with international companies without giving away everything. In exchange for the country's natural resources, they have gotten infrastructure, development and education while also retaining partial control of those resources. Everybody's happy. Angola, Botswana, northern Somalia, Ethiopia are much the same.

    Or do you think they are all puppet regimes?

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  20. Ken Biddle

    Mawuna R. Koutonin … but you are still using hate and fear as the basis of the message which is not the most efficient way to educate any people. You'll just create more Mugabe's.

    Their is trade to be done with those outside sources of power. The question is how to get a fair shake. Puppets will give away all power. Rebels will get crushed. But, educated and forward thinking leaders can make the best changes.

    In Ghana, Atta-Mills and Mahama have made great strides towards partnering with international companies without giving away everything. In exchange for the country's natural resources, they have gotten infrastructure, development and education while also retaining partial control of those resources. Everybody's happy. Angola, Botswana, northern Somalia, Ethiopia are much the same.

    Or do you think they are all puppet regimes?

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  21. Ken Biddle

    And speaking of horrible ancestors. People from the African continent didn't have horrible ancestors? Did the coastal Ewes, Fantis and Gans not willingly enslave and sell the northerners to the slave market? Did they not take slaves for themselves? Be the one without sin to cast the first stone.

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    • Elizabeth

      Mr Biddle, there were several slaves in the North. While I think I understand where you are trying to go with this… “Hate begets hate” right? I have this to say.
      The war between the states “Civil War” was less about slavery and more about resources. The abolitionist movement did appeal to the puritanical northern states because of their origins… but they DID own slaves. Plenty of slaves. In fact George Washington himself owned a whole houseful of slaves who were not freed until his wife died or she freed them herself. She did free some, but not because of some abolitionist sense of honor, she freed them because she was paranoid they’d kill her in her sleep. Fast forward to the pick a nigger era. You do know that KKK had some of it’s origins in Indiana? That be the midwest. I’m just saying, you are speaking as though the whole north of the United States was against slavery and ‘loved their black friends’ and while that is a nice fantasy it is far from the truth. The truth is, that even in the North there were signs that said “Whites Only” and employers who refused to hire “a black”, there was police brutality, racial profiling, etc, all the way up to present day. So sir, I’m not trying to play the blame game, but I am definitely tired of those people with European origins who want to act like race is still not an issue when it actually is an issue. There is still white privilege and it still is in effect today. Do I want to go out and lynch whites and blame them for everything? No.. I just want them to own to the truth. We won’t escape America’s dark past because there is too much blood in the soil. Still… it be nice for the acknowledgement to finally happen so we can turn our heads toward how to improve the future.

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  22. Ken Biddle

    Mawuna R. Koutonin … are you trying to imply that all whites in America took part in these picnics? That was only in the south. There were hardly any slaves in the North. In fact, it was whites who clamored for the abolishment of such inhumane acts.

    Just imagine your own blood carries the memories of your own ancestors selling their own family members to the slave trade. Terrible! I mean, I don't really care because the descendants really have nothing to do with who their ancestors were. They didn't choose them. And I really don't believe it gets carried and passed on in the blood. Maybe you still believe in those antiquated notions. "Your children will suffer o." "It's in your blood."

    Maybe, when these kinds of ignorant notions stop being passed around, things will move ahead.

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  23. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Ken Biddle Again you repeated another propaganda message "imagine your own blood carries the memories of your own ancestors selling their own family members to the slave trade. Terrible!"

    This is another false information carried out by the people who put into place the slavery system, in order to minimise their guilt.

    It's like saying some Jews helped the Germans during holocaust!

    Anyone who collaborate with an occupant force does under force or by fear. The responsibility is on the shoulder of those who put the system into place, and profited from it.

    Last point, you seem forget that the Slaves market was the origin of the stock exchange market in New York. The first mass scale trading started with the slaves market, and many bankers and traders from the north were deeply involved into the slavery business.

    You have TV level knowledge of history. But I can understand you because the medias won't tell the whole story.

    As you can see, you are trying hard to find ways to have less guilt about the past, but the past is so horrible that it's not even possible to speak about some details in public, because you just wonder if these white people were humans or pure Devils.

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  24. Carlos Abreu

    Mawuna R. Koutonin @Abiola Omoniyi, Some blacks are happy to be perpetual slave. Thank you Mawuna R Koutonin. Well said!

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  25. Carlos Abreu

    @ Mawuna R. Koutonin , Abiola Omoniyi is a typical negropean. A damn fool lost in his fantasy of colorless world.

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  26. Ken Biddle

    Mawuna R. Koutonin … my info comes from my Ghanaian ex-wife's family whose mother's side are said to be cursed because they were slave traders bringing those from the north down to the coast to sell.

    And I have have heard enough stories, first hand and second hand, of girls being kept pretty much as slaves when they are kids up in the villages until they are old enough to run away. Teens are still being given away to marry old al-hajis in exchange for cash. If it is still happening now, why wouldn't it have been happening then? Or was it all introduced by the evil whites?

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  27. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Rebells will not get crushed.not always!

    During the last 60 years the west lost all their wars in Asia. They got beaten. Now they are afraid to engage Asians.

    We Africans just have to learn how to fight them and keep our independence and freedom while trading with them on same equal partnership like any other nations do.

    Selling out is not in our agenda. At least not mine.

    Regarding slavery, I've already answered you on this.

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  28. Abiola Omoniyi

    Mawuna R. Koutonin how do you trade in equal partnership with someone who is more educated than you, who has access to more information than you and is richer and more powerful than you.. you can't, the only way to do this is to educate yourself, what Africa needs is education on how the world works, finance, science, technology etc give Africans quality education and exposure and watch the continent rise, its already happening in my country Nigeria and is gaining momentum. The Nigerian Economy is seeing massive growth as more foreign educated professionals or so called "Negropeans" like me are returning home to establish something and demand good governance. if you don't believe me come to Lagos Nigeria and see for yourself. in ending this rant, you focus on fighting with the white man and stopping people attending picnics, we will focus on growing our economy and being one of the top 5 economies in the world by 2020 and then you can add Nigerians to your list of oppressors.

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  29. Abiola Omoniyi

    The rich and powerful will always oppress the poor and powerless, it’s been this way since the dawn of mankind, it’s the way the world works for goodness sake, GET OVER IT!
    Being poor and powerless (Africa) how do you stop being oppressed?
    Well by being rich and powerful (everybody else), to do that you have to become rich and powerful yourself, how do you achieve that?
    Well decide in your mind to be rich and powerful, become friends with the rich and powerful, gain their knowledge and their insight, learn their tricks, know what they know and apply it to your life. Before you know it you will become as powerful if not more powerful than them.
    What is going on in the world is not a war, it’s a competition, the winner gets to bully or try to bully everyone else, the west is winning because they are technologically more advanced than the rest of the world, China is on the ascendancy because they have gained technical expertise and are prepared to be the world’s manufacturing plant (and they pay for it with a terrible environment), African can win because we have the raw materials but has not yet been able to because we don’t know how or have refused to know how to convert the raw materials to finished products (corrupt leadership) and also how to manufacture or invent products that the world needs.
    However this is changing, like I said countries like Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya are on the rise, watch out, in the next 5 years these countries will look very different from how they look now.

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  30. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Abiola Omoniyi I knew that you suffer from some kind of inferiority complex.

    Africans were trading all over the world before Europeans discover the word commerce. You don't know your history.

    Regarding Africa rise, I'm working in the same direction like you said. Education, exposure, but also dignity (which is something I think you don't understand).

    Regarding Nigeria growth, there is nothing new there. When you look back in the years 70s there was a massive growth in Nigeria and in many other parts in Africa. Do you know what happened next?

    I don't believe in the current growth you've mentioned above, because it has no ideology backing it except making money. You are destroying your social fabric, behaving like stupid new rich, impovershing and enslaving the 99% with a predatory and incompetent elite owned by Shell and other multinationals.

    if you call that growth, I call it insanity!

    There is more to say on this subject than I can afford to spend time on here.

    Take it easy.

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  31. Abiola Omoniyi

    Mawuna R. Koutonin I suppose industrialists like Dangote and Adenuga are predatory and incompetent elite owned by Shell and other multinationals? right? you don't know anything about Nigeria, absolutely nothing. Also Growth is growth my friend be it growth in china at the expense of their environment or growth in india at the expense of the lower class that accept poor pay. Anyway we both want thesame thing for africa albeit different approaches, that will have to do for now, more business posts please 🙂

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  32. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    Abiola Omoniyi If what you are saying has any hint of historical validation, then the african slaves in america should have learnt enough to have become powerful, free themselves, and become less depend on the white dominated economy.

    Like my friend Mawhali puts "The Economy of the South was growing, but the Black were still slave there!"

    The same for Africa diaspora in Europe or America, they should have learned a lot being in contact with these nations, and become prominent socially and economically.

    Your are full of illusions and engrossed with hundred of preconceived ideas.

    Remember, You can't keep what you can't defend!

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  33. Richard Høy

    Ken Biddle They didn't abolish slavery because it was inhumane. they wanted it abolished because the south was getting RICHER than the north. The southern climate makes it much easier producing crops, and with a free workforce, they had a tremendous headstart. not to mention how every slave accounted for x-amount of votes in an election.

    Lincoln himself said that if he could have saved the nation and preserve slavery at the same time, he would have done it..

    The other nations who kept slaves didn't abolish slavery out of humanitarian reasons, the revolts were getting more frequent and intense. They simply didn't think it was worth keeping the institution of slavery if the slaves themselves destroyed the plantations etc..

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  34. Aurelia N Glen

    I just got off the phone with a great and amazing friend of mine Nikko Farmer. I had to talk to her about a conversation about I had with my sister Hope Elizabeth. Nikko was gracious enough to share some insight with me. Needless to say I won't ever be spending money on the day we all call "Black Friday". I implore everyone else to do the same. Matt Reynolds, do you teach this in your class at all?

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  35. Jermar Ellis Mcsweeney

    What makes a source reputable because Majority of people believe it? That's the purpose to get you to believe. Just like religion more people lean towards Christianity and it's more believable(reputable) because more people believe in it.

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  36. Kerric Reeves

    the brutal savage and murderous tactics of slavery is well documented facts why the hell would this be a lie compared to all that???… you brain dead zombie sleeping sheep people need to wake up!

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  37. Henry Bradford

    it is hard to believe that there are people to day that still believe it was ok to do that to other people, it make me so ashamed of my fellow man.

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  38. Sherika

    http://www.snopes.com discredit black friday and the discount sale of slave’s. I have researched and can’t find anything to support it’s true. Does anyone have any resources to provide different?

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