The problem is that you are not very good at calling out what you call “racial identitarianism” because you let your emotions get the better of you. And you are doing it again here. Most African nations had laws, although they were not necessarily written down. In fact, even African societies which had written languages (such as Nubia, Axum and Mali) still didn’t write down laws and enshrine those laws in documents, but laws existed nevertheless. Dahomey didn’t have a Supreme Court, but there was a council which advised the king and approved of his decision to change laws in Dahomey. Under Gezo’s rule a great deal of legal changes took place in Dahomey, so it was not as though laws in Dahomey were static and unchanging. In fact, Dahomey’s participation in the slave trade required restructuring Dahomey’s laws in a manner that gave the king greater military control so as to conduct slave raids. I can point to other examples of a functioning legal system in Africa as well. In some parts of West Africa, slaves did have rights and if those rights were violated they could go before a chief or some other authority to plead their case.

Burning people alive in Africa is actually a function of the fact that the traditional laws in Africa were eroded due to colonialism. In Dahomey, and much of West Africa, chiefs handled theft cases in their courts. Typically, thieves in West Africa were made to pay a fine. In other cases they were enslaved. Burning thieves alive in public only really started in West Africa after colonialism because there are no local mechanisms to punish thieves. Very often the political officials are just as bad as the thieves are, so if it was left up to them thieves would always get away with theft. For that reason, citizens have decided to handle matters themselves because there is in no system in place to deal with petty theft.

You claim you have engaged in African studies, but I really am not sure what you studied because I get the impression you don’t know very much about African history or even contemporary issues in Africa. If it’s fine if you don’t, but you shouldn’t behave so arrogant and at times even self-righteous considering how much you still need to study before you can properly engage in discussions of this nature. Calling people out on the internet is pointless if you aren’t informed on the things you are trying to call people out for.

I don’t recall saying anywhere that I am pro-segregation. I simply don’t believe in trying to impose my views on people like you are doing. Like I mentioned already, I recognize that differences among people exist and that bringing people together doesn’t necessarily mean that pretending such differences don’t exist. And comparing me to Richard Spencer is a huge exaggeration, but that is your emotionalism again. You are trying to compare Pan-Africanism to Neo-Nazism, but I think you would agree that Pan-Africanists do not have a history of genocide like Nazis do. So that comparison is ridiculous. Malcolm X (who renounced the Nation of Islam’s doctrine about whites being devils) is not the same thing as Hitler and Walter Rodney (who promoted racial unity in Guyana) is not the same thing as Josef Mengele. So please educate yourself more on these issues before trying to have discussions about these topics.

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

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