Thank you for your comment Ah Kua. I wouldn’t say that Pan-Africanism failed necessarily because the Pan-African movement was deliberately sabotaged in the 1960s and 1970s. I also wouldn’t say that black communities around the world are isolated. There are numerous Pan-African organizations operating around the world such as the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, Africans Rising, the Emancipation Support Committee, and the Federation of Afrikan Liberation. There are also Black Lives Matter chapters in Brazil, so Pan-Africanism isn’t a utopian goal. For many of us in the Pan-African struggle it’s something that we are actively engaged in right now, so we don’t see it as a far-off thing.

Togo’s problem is directly connected to the problem of African Americans. As I explain in this very article, the American government is taking resources and giving it to the regime in Togo. The ADOS movement is concerned with tangibles, but many haven’t made the connection that a major reason why the American government doesn’t provide tangibles for poor and working class African Americans is because the American government is busy spending trillions of dollars to support its imperialistic policies, which are often aimed at African people around the world. In the 1960s Malcolm X spoke about how American taxpayers were made to finance the oppression of the Congolese people and that has not changed. African Americans are still being taxed to support the oppression of people on the African continent.

Aside from that, there is also the fact that many of the activists who are involved in the struggle in Togo are Pan-Africanists who are engaged in other struggles as well, so it’s not as though Togolese are only focusing on their own issues. Many of the activists in Togo recognize that Togo’s struggle is connected to the larger struggle of African people around the world. So as I said, there is a very real Pan-African struggle which some of us are actively engaged in on multiple fronts because we recognize that this is all interconnected.

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

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