Martin Luther King Jr had a dream; Ali made it a reality… he lost his world heavyweight title and won the whole world with his belief, charisma, and policy…
This is a man’s world, this is a woman’s world, but it would be nothing, nothing without any plant or animal. You see man made restaurants for us to dine in; we made alcohol to get us through stress and for pleasure. We made cloths to keep us warm; we made houses for shelter, like birds make their nest. It is really a man’s and a woman’s world, but it would be nothing, nothing without meat, dairy products and vegetables or grains.
In a world where we seek to dominate each other, exploit one another, and where there is the desire to better oneself by any means, it is of little surprise that most of our favourite sports originate from these basics fundamentals of life.
It is indeed on a French channel that Malians in the country and throughout the world were informed about what was happening. It was also the French army and police who managed to coordinate the operation so that some hostages were freed.
Shakespeare himself could not have imagined better scenario; with the head of State enjoying himself at a football match, while his people in the capital city of the country was bluntly being massacred by those he once financed and supported against a foreign regime.
In his book “Je suis”, Bakary puts the blame on the institutions; but not only. What makes his message quite unusual is obviously that the responsibility and ineffectiveness of the people from the suburbs and deprived districts of the Paris region, is not spared …
This is indeed a Whiteman’s world, but it would be nothing, nothing, without a black or a brown man.
The assimilationist campaigns from the colonial and imperialist eras have finally led to the permanent establishment of a French Muslim community whose presence and cultural expression is now perceived as challenging French cultural identity and values. In May this year, France was once again pointed out and condemned by the UN for its political stances that aim at curtailing the cultural expression of its ethnic minorities and particularly the Muslims. “What are the origins of the islamophobic positions held by French politicians and the mass media?” What are the political decisions that finally led to a form of “apartheid” opposing those who define themselves as “Charlies” against those who do not?”
Here are some interesting questions that this essay will have the opportunity to discuss.
Unlike their White counterparts, Black artists and creators are scarcely – not to say ‘never’ – given the possibility to use public funds to tell the stories experienced by their people through slavery and colonization. In other words, the black man’s story still remains a Whiteman’s tale.
Police violence, in France today, seems to be only perceived as a serious issue when the victims are whites; just like in 1939-1945, when the whole world suddenly became conscious of the devastating consequences of racial and racist theories after some white people had for the very first time experienced what they usually and commonly inflicted to black and brown people.