One of the earliest articles that I wrote about ADOS was an article in which I explained that ADOS seems to offer little more than creating more division among African people. Since I’ve been writing these articles I have received some backlash from people who support ADOS, which hasn’t surprised me. Morpheus Unplugged is among those who denounced me for taking the positions that I took. This is why it caught my attention when I saw that Morpheus recently recorded a video to address the recent disagreements between the ADOS founders Yvette Carnell and Antonio Moore, and Tariq Nasheed. In the video Morpheus raises some of the same type of concerns that I’ve been raising.
At 22:50, Morpheus says that Tone doesn’t understand white supremacy. To provide evidence for this, Morpheus discusses Tone’s position on interracial dating around 29 minutes in. Morpheus exposes just how inconsistent Tone and Yvette have been when it comes to race. What Morpheus is discussing can be watched in the video below:
Yvette and Tone have been very inconsistent about where they stand on racial issues. For example, Yvette also denounced Kamala Harris as being a raceless politician. So the ADOS co-founders can’t seem to make up their minds about the social construct of race.
Morpheus also goes to criticize Yvette for supporting Bernie Sanders in 2016. None of what Morpheus says is new. He knew all of these things, but, as he admits 33 minutes, in he still supported ADOS to “stay on-code”, despite all of his disagreements with Yvette and Tone. Morpheus says that he is bringing up all of these criticisms now because Yvette and Tone are not behaving off code. My question is when were they ever on code? The problem is that Pan-Africanists like myself and ADOS do not have the same code, so things that Morpheus was willing to ignore or overlook are not things that many Pan-Africanists are wiling to overlook because we have a much higher code of conduct and expect more intellectual rigor that what ADOS seems to think is on code.
Morpheus accused me of being an integrationist because I live in America. I suppose that argument could be applied to Kwame Ture, Marcus Garvey, Denmark Vesey, Robert Campbell, or any other Pan-Africanist/Black Nationalist from the Caribbean who lived in America. That’s how simplistic these ADOS arguments tend to be. Here is the Tweet below:
Firstly, I don’t have to lecture ADOS about being integrationists now because Morpheus just did an entire video proving much of what I have said about Yvette and Tone. I never even addressed Yvette and Tone’s position on interracial dating, so Morpheus is actually going above and beyond what I’ve done. Secondly, I have no idea what he means when he says I place the burden of Pan-Africanism on ADOS. I work with Pan-Africanists from around the world, which includes people in Guyana. Pan-Africanism is a global movement. But these people bring up the fact that I was born in Guyana because that’s really the only counterargument that they have. Caribbean people engage in the same nonsense. In a previous article I quoted the Mighty Sparrow, who dealt with similar nonsense when he spoke about against the PNM government in Trinidad. Sparrow sang:
All I asking is that you pay close attention to
The many problems we all face from dawn to dawn
You’re intelligent, I think, and you should face issue
But you behaving like a moron, cussin’ me for where I born
I mention Sparrow to show that the tactics that ADOS uses to create division are used in the Caribbean as well, so as a Pan-Africanist I understand that this division is a global problem. So Morpheus was upset with me for being a Guyanese, but failed to address any of my actual criticisms of the ADOS movement and now here he is recording a video in which he expresses similar types of criticisms towards ADOS that I have been expressing. For example, Morpheus explains that this is not a competition around the 48:50 mark. I already explained that ADOS was divisive because it’s part of this recent trend of competition among the social media talking heads. Again, this is not a new issue. These have been issues that are talking place in Black America, but so many in the ADOS movement overlooked these problems for the sake of being “on code.”
Morpheus argued that Americans are the pioneers of Pan-Africanism. I addressed that already in the article below, but this goes to show that the people who have reacted so negatively to my criticisms of ADOS only prove my point by exposing how little effort they’ve put into researching Pan-Africanism. They say things with little support. I have probably written more books on Pan-Africanism and African history than many of the people in the ADOS movement had read in their entire lives, and I do not say this to boast, but to point out just how anti-intellectual ADOS is.
Who are the True Pioneers of Pan-Africanism?
As I have said time and time again, the reason why I am writing these articles regarding the ADOS movement is because…
Morpheus took issue with my describing ADOS as a movement of talk, but at the heart of the dispute between ADOS and FBA is the fact that Tariq is holding his own separate conference from the conference that Yvette and Tone held. Unless I am misinformed, isn’t the whole purpose of these conferences to go there and listen to people talk? I don’t have an issue with talking per se, but ADOS has yet to lay out a plan of action, whereas we Pan-Africanists have been engaged in a plan of action for some time now. Morpheus says that the Pan-African movement has not produced tangibles, but the people of the Sudan who recently toppled a decades old dictatorship may feel otherwise.
Towards the end of the video Morpheus explains that ADOS can be twisted because ADOS is not accurate enough because it would include Caribbean immigrants, and we know that FBA is about exclusion, so much so that Malcolm X doesn’t qualify as FBA according to Tariq himself.
Morpheus admits that from the beginning he didn’t trust Yvette and Tone. I began writing these articles to expose a lot of the misinformation and falsehoods that were coming from ADOS regarding Pan-Africanism and regarding African history. I eventually stopped writing these articles because there was not much else left to expose about ADOS. Now it seems as though cracks are beginning to appear within the movement and that these people will begin exposing themselves. For example, in the video below Yvette decided to respond to Tariq by letting him know that Tariq isn’t being on code for not knowing enough. Yvette also mentions that she continued to support Tariq, despite being told not to, so it’s not as though Yvette wasn’t aware of Tariq’s personality.
I have been saying all along that the ADOS leaders (Yvette included) do not know enough, but I was criticized by many ADOS for saying this. Now that there’s competition and disagreements within the movement itself, it is interesting to me to see that people in the ADOS movement are saying many of the things that I’ve been saying.
Dwayne is the author of several books on the history and experiences of African people, both on the continent and in the diaspora. His books are available through Amazon. You can also follow Dwayne on Facebook and Twitter.