HOW CAN AN INDEPENDENT BLACK STATE SUCCEED?
How can an independent New Afrikan state succeed today against the power of the United States, which destroyed our earlier states? Today We have not only our basic human right to political self-determination, a matter of common sense, but the international law is on our side. The international law supports our right to an independent New Afrikan nation-state. We are not United States citizens now and cannot be until and unless We have exercised our right of choice. Before you can exercise this right of choice you must know that you have it. We are persons whose ancestors were kidnapped to these shores and held here against our will. Once freed We, as kidnapped people, possess- and still possess- the right to choose our political future. Whether to be U.S. citizens, whether to go somewhere else or whether to build our own independent nation-state right here and be citizens of it. For the most part, our people have never been taught about this right of choice, about our right to self-determination and We have not had the opportunity to use it.
Remember that the basic reason that any of us should vote in U.S. elections is to protect ourselves and have some say over the tax money which they take from us. But voting does not make us U.S. citizens—-even though the state governments make us swear that We are U.S. citizens in order to vote. Such duress never results in a valid act. We have, above, all a right to a voice over the use of our tax money, taken from us without right, and a right to protect our persons by any means necessary. Even being born in the United States does not make us U.S. citizens. The reason is that, unlike other people, our foreparents did not come here voluntarily; their were kidnaped and brought here by force. They were held here by force. Therefore, common sense and the international law both stand for the fact that Indians and the descendants of Afrikans held as slaves still have the right to choose their political future. The kidnapper the colonizer, cannot make that choice for us. That right, of choice, belonged to our foreparents and, since none of them was ever allowed to exercise it, it now belongs to each of us.
We have four natural choices: (1) to go back to Afrika; (2) to go to some other country; (3) to be a U.S. citizen, and (4) to be a citizen of the still-not-free New Afrikan nation-state.
The main international law agreements which support our right to choose and our right to have an independent New Afrikan state are these:
1. United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 1514, dated 14 December 1960: “The Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.”
2. United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 1541, dated 15 December 1960: “Principles which should guide members … under article 73 of the Charter.”
3. United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 2625, dated 24- October 1970: “The Declaration on Principles of International law.”
4. The Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which went into force internationally in 1976 and was ratified by the united States in 1992.
But We all know that the international law, while it is a great help to us, will not ALONE win our independence. Independence will be won ONLY by our own determination, courage, struggle, and Imara. (“Imara” means steadfastness and persistence, in the Afrikan Swahili language.)