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It is projected that by 2005 500 thousand barrels a day will be exported out of Sudan.

At over $50 a barrel on the open market, we are talking about $25 billion a day,

while millions go hungry, while Sudan is portrayed as a beggar nation



President Omar al-Beshir

Do You Know This Man?

Is He Africa's Saddam Hussein?

By Rudolph Lewis


Abu Gereis was a friend of mine. I met him while attending LSU in Baton Rouge. He was part of a group of Sudanese Muslims. I was in my forties then, and he in his early twenties. Abu was studying to be a pharmacist, but more adventurous, than scholarly; more humorous and fun-loving than prayerful and droll. He quit Louisiana at the time I returned to Virginia. We partied in Atlanta and Charlotte. 

He drove up from Carolina to southern Virginia and my family home at Jerusalem. I showed him our piney woods and small farm fields and our country church (outside and in), introduced him to my grandmothers and drove my VW bug up to Baltimore for him to see and get to know the rest of my family and friends. And a bit of Baltimore downtown.

I lost track of Abu. The last I heard of him he was in Iowa having fun with white girls.

I still have a photo of him at my house on State Street. He laughing with his pretty smile, a very attractive boy. There were discoveries, as well as fun-loving adventures, in our relationship. Abu and I talked about religion and color and African identity. We both agreed that there had been race mixing in northern Sudan and that accounted for the variations among he and his Sudanese friends -- differences in texture of hair, flare of nostrils, and complexions. 

One of them had a Turkish male ancestor. Abu was clearly a Negro boy, though not a blue black Nubian, Ethiopian Sudanese. He could have been my cousin, though he a Muslim and we Christian culturally. He was a rather secular Muslim, one who did not do the five prayers, but drank and smoked. And he did not just do it behind closed doors, hiding from the pious.

We shared other personal ordeals. He told me about his medical problems, a problem with his brain; he got pains in the head and blacked out and he had been to specialists in Egypt. But since he came to America and having women freely he had not suffered from his condition. He had come here to study in that the other recourse was the military and he had no interest in religious ideology or military conquest. He just wanted to be and he didn't want to return to Sudan.

That was twenty years ago in the mid-80s, in the good ole days of the wellness of Ronald Reagan, Yevgeny Yevtushenko in Satchmo Park and Mikail Gorbachev behind the Wall. That was in the backwater days of Sudan's Pan-Arab identity, the early beginnings of the north-south conflict of Muslims against Christians and "animists." Trained militarily and ideologically in Egypt Omar al-Bashir came to power through a military coup, arresting and imprisoning and murdering all opposition.

Under President Omar's leadership millions have been killed and millions have been displaced, hungry, diseased, and exposed to harsh elements both natural and human, insidious and violent. And tens of thousands murdered by President Omar's Janjaweed thugs on camels. Numerically and statistically, President Omar has caused more destruction and fatalities that Saddam's crimes pale in comparison. 

Why was the harmless priest President Aristide abducted at gunpoint  from his office in Haiti and sequestered in Central Africa? Was that some kind of voodoo craft and design, Bush the designer and Colin Powell, his high priest? But here we have a head of state, President Omar, responsible for genocide and our rhetoric avoids demonizing him as we have done to Aristide and Hussein. There is something wrong with this picture. And it ain't in Denmark, but in Arabic Khartoum and also Christian America. 

American leadership responsibility for ignorance  and suffering cannot be escaped in our fears for personal security. Globalization should be good for all of us, not just 300 billionaires.

Ask any black high school kid where Africa is he couldn't tell you nor which way to go to get there. If you don’t won’t anybody to see you doing wrong, keep it in the dark. And that’s the thing except for the boys on the corner in defiance, getting jailed and killed.  Most have no idea whether Africa is a continent or a country or whether Egypt is in the Middle East or in Africa. But that would also be true of the average American adult kid, too, hating gangster rap and Abu Grahib. 

And I wouldn't doubt the statistic that most black professors at well-endowed institutions could not tell you who President Omar is. A man killing black folk left and right, like mowing down locust. Nor Kwesi Mfume, the head of the NAACP. For him Bush is the villain, only. And, that is what I find so irritating, those who are most informed, fail to see the worst, escaping victim identity.

Just the other day, a conscious black poet defends the sterility of the Furious Flower conference in the mountains of Virginia and its talk about the clitoris; he tells me the problem in the world is Bush and Chaney. We all recognize freedom of speech and that people are free to do whatever turns you on in a democracy. No doubt. But should not the black intelligentsia be intellectually aware of black suffering and respond fully? Women and children are not only losing clitoris, but losing the entire body and soul. Being personal and political is not sufficient, a little substance, please.

Know about President Omar, killing millions, displacing millions. Don’t that count for something? Let us allow that Iraq is a tragedy and that tens of thousands of Americans and Iraqis have sacrificed their lives for corporate oil and greed.

Has Afrocentricity silenced us? Has our romantic obsession with the past blinded us with that which is before our very present eyes? Do we know anymore with our hearts and souls what racial oppression is? Do we feel how class attitudes have hardened hearts, darkened souls, made us timid?

But here is a black man in President Omar who sees the world through Pan Arab eyes in the largest African nation and our best writers and artists are not outraged in the telling fact that his murderous genocide by the millions continues and not one diplomat to the United Nations is asking for this genocidal maniac to step down from his office. 

Why? Simply, President Omar is willing to allow non-Africans nations and corporations to loot the wealth of 40 million Sudanese, for the glory of Islam and Arabism.

It is projected that by 2005 500 thousand barrels a day will be exported out of Sudan. At over $50 a barrel on the open market, we are talking about $25 billion a day, while millions go hungry, and the country of Sudan is portrayed as a beggar nation depending on American and European subsidies to feed the displaced people of Darfur. How can we not know who President Omar is?

Folks, this man does not love black people. Aren’t you appalled, disgusted, fighting 1960s mad and you don’t want to take this kind of evil no more? If not, why not? Can you say "neocolonialism"?

Black People SCREAM!!! This man is no Abu Gereis. . . No Mandela, Nkrumah, nor Mbeki. We need an all-tribes conference, call for it today in Sudan. Call for a secular state where all religions, cultures, languages, and traditions are defended and protected. Let’s look upon President Omar as what he is a SUPER SADDAM.

We must demand that he step down or pay the penalty of being condemned like Charles Taylor and Hitler as war criminal and satanic. Our changing American presidents will not make Africa safer or more prosperous as long as corporate power and greed hold sway and African politicians become Western or Arab and vacation in Florida, Italy or Paris, or Saudi Arabia. Here’s indeed globalization as its most selfish and destructive.

Today’s African American politics must remove the racial blinkers and seek higher ethical ground in defense of black liberation.

posted 11 October 2007

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