I think it’s the other way around actually. Everyone who supports ADOS has been attacking Pan-Africanism, which is why I started writing these articles in the first place. Pan-Africanism as a political movement has been around for a very long time and most of the gains that Black people have made has been through Pan-Africanism. This is why I stress in my articles that the civil rights movement benefitted greatly from its connection with Africa. The Black American struggle has never been disconnected or isolated from other African descedants. And for this reason the United States has worked very hard to disconnect Black Americans from other African descendants.

ADOS is also misguided. As I pointed out in a previous article, America treats its Black citizens the same way it treats Black people abroad, but the ADOS movement refuses to see this connection. Other Black movements and organizations recognize this, but ADOS insists on upholding the division. I can point to small gains in my own activism has helped to benefit my community (which is made up of Black Americans, West Indians, and Africans). Other than a social media hashtag, I don’t see what this ADOS movement is really doing to help Black Americans, but they insist on criticizing the Pan-Africanists who are serious about this work.

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) is a Guyanese born Pan-Africanist, author, and law student.

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