Colonialism in Perpetuity
African national flags – those rags with blinding bright colours – are a symbol of European colonialism in continuity in Africa, and deserve no RESPECT at all. To respect these rags – to show respect for these rags – is to pay respect to European colonialism and its evils in Africa. In fact, it is, perhaps more out of ignorance than a conscious act, to validate European colonialism, its evils and subsequent legacy in Africa. It is also to validate the point that post-so-called ‘independence’ African perspective to sociopolitical and other important matters on/of State building and national development are heavily European (colonial) inclined and normative.
FACT: The national flag concept, at least in the African context, is a European colonial concept, introduced by the European colonialists. The national flag concept in Africa is a concept with African blood on it – deeply rooted in and imposed by the wanton shedding of African blood. The national flag concept in Africa, symbolises the blood shedding concept to impose one group’s will over a people with the intention to subdue and ultimately subjugate them.
There’s plenty of historic evidence to attest to genocides committed on the African communities (peoples) by European colonial powers (forces) in Africa in their determined pursuit for wealth and to expand their colonies and colonial influence on the continent. European colonial history is full of such evidence.
Flags, signs of conquest
Flags were used as a sign of conquest of the African land and people by the European colonial powers and colonial forces. The conquest mostly came as a result of and meant the destruction of African lives; in fact, after “genociding” local communities. There’s no – or hardly – a peaceful conquest; as there’s no – or hardly – a peaceful revolution.
Conquests and revolutions are, by their very nature, destructive because they aim at – and their objective is – destroying and replacing the existing order. A conquest without complete destruction of the existing order is not a conquest; it’s a takeover. Likewise, revolution without complete destruction and replacement of the existing order is not a revolution; it’s a continuation of the same existing order but with different administrators. This is, in fact, what has been the fundamental failures of the many so-called Anti-European Colonial African “revolutionary” movements. They all, without exception, took over the colonial systems – administrative structures, economic structures, and carried on with and ran the same systems that were designed to work against them and their interests. Put simply, they won the victory to board the colonial bus, and the wheels on the colonial bus rolled on, round and round. They are still rolling on, round and round in Africa!
European colonialism and its barbarism in Africa is celebrated.
Each time any African so-called national flag is raised and African nationals stand to attention, in respect for that piece of rag with blinding bright colours; European colonialism and its barbarism in Africa is celebrated. Yet, every African country has one of these so-called national flags – introduced by their respective colonial masters and owners of these African countries; subsequently, which so-called post-independence African governments inherited from their colonial masters at the dawn of their ceremonial “independence” and have since maintained to date and take such misplaced and uncritical pride in.
It’s a shame to see how African countries, governments and their officials and some uncritical and indoctrinated Africans display and/or wave around these European colonial symbols of evil – of European barbarism in Africa – with such pride. Displaying and/or waving around these rags with blinding bright colours everywhere, as a national symbol, with pride. Even going as far as making it a mandatory requirement to display these rags or paint their bright colours on their facilities, homes, et cetera. It’s European colonialism in Africa, and in the African mind (psyche) in perpetuity.
Interestingly, Africans and African countries – these colonial constructs still very much under the yoke of European colonialism with their so-called African “heads of State“, these agents of colonial and western interests – claim to be “independent“.
European national flags are historically a cultural symbol
It’s worth noting that European national flags are historically a cultural symbol deeply rooted in and a reflection of – and inspired by – national culture. This is why they are, rightly so, national symbols and a symbol of national pride.
African national flags are a colonial imposition
Whereas European national flags are historically a cultural symbol and national pride; to the contrary, African national flags are a colonial imposition: an adaption of colonial heritage. Little effort has been made, since so-called “independence“, by many African countries and their successive governments to adapt them to – and have them inspired by and deeply rooted in and thus reflect – African national cultures.
Where changes of national flags have taken place in African countries; it has always and largely been motivated by the ambitions of the people in government – usually a few powerful individuals. And in some cases, the ambitions, wishes and dictates of a single individual, usually at the top of the power structure; which is a pyramid of power. Such governments or a few powerful individuals who control governments by and through the monopoly of (the use of) weapons and armed forces – major instruments of power and violence – use national flags pretty much the same way and in the same spirit as the colonialists did: to demonstrate and showcase their own conquests.
Consequently, some African national flags are, in fact, more of government flags – or personal(ised) flags, depending on who controls the government, than they are a national symbol. Because, in many parts of Africa, when some governments come to power or some people take over the government, usually the first thing they do is to change the national flag to their liking; to fit and reflect their own power conquest and subsequent ambitions for national (life and) direction.
It’s for these reasons, I (personally) have no respect, don’t even pretend to show respect for these African national rags with blinding bright colours. They mean absolutely nothing (to me) because they don’t represent me or anything about me. They have no value whatsoever to me, except that they are a painful reminder of European colonialism, its evils, devastation in Africa and on the African communities. They are a symbol of continued oppression, repression and colonialism in Africa by Africans in charge – the western (colonial) agents who replaced and continue to represent the colonial chiefs, governors. They call themselves Presidents, ministers and, in that quintessential Orwellian speak, “leaders”.
And no, I am not disrespecting African countries or their governments. I am deeply convinced and thus believe, that there are many, far better ways in which we, as Africans, can show our national pride, inspired by – and deeply rooted in and reflective of – our cultures.
It’s ironic that Africans, African governments and their overfed, overweight, many fat officials bang on about with their criticism of European colonialism; yet have done nothing at all to decolonise their ways, their thinking, mindset and actions. Instead, they have done and keep doing everything to maintain, protect, defend, perpetuate colonialism; everything about colonialism what it stood for, its interests and values (value system) while bragging about and, sadly, celebrating fucking so-called African “independence”
By and large, African countries have almost no national cultures. What many African countries claim as (their) ‘national‘ culture and what their governments (officials) demonstrate in and during national celebrations or to foreign officials, is in fact colonial culture with shades of their long lost (indigenous/traditional) cultures. For instance, many African countries have no recognisable national dress (code); just as many are losing their languages in preference for foreign (colonial) languages. They justify this, otherwise national shame, as “modernity” or “development” – euphemism for “westernisation“; and, pathetically, “African ways of doing things“. This explains why nationals from the so-called former European colonial powers in Africa have no trouble finding themselves at home, comfortable in their colonies in Africa; because it’s an extension – the African extension – of their cultures.
African national flags ought to be boycotted because they are a deplorable painful reminder of the evils of European colonialism in Africa. And to respect them, to take and demonstrate pride in them; is to pay hommage to the destruction and evils of genocide by European colonialism in Africa and on African communities.