The More You Look | Google Solitaire

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This is one of my favourite games to play. I enter ‘Google solitaire’ into the Google search tab, and this game pops up right away.

One thing that I have found uncomfortable though, in the spirit of Black history month, is the image above. First, one is asked to choose their preferred difficulty level, and the image comes up.

Am I insane or something to have given this a thought in the first place? Why is the white figure ‘easy’ and the black figure ‘hard?’ 

Some people don’t see colour – of their own volition since they are not colour-blind – so let’s switch it up a bit. If we were to make the white figure ‘hard’ and the black figure ‘easy’ instead, would that be okay? Oh, wait! Yeah, in another semi-racist sense, a lot of people would like that.  

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Control-versy

ControlversyEven among three friends, a friend could turn the second friend’s back against the third friend, and the third friend’s against the second. It’s not impossible to report that someone has done something they haven’t done, or they mean something they don’t mean, by changing the narrative(s) to suit one’s interest.

Public and private interests have used controversy as a means of control many times in history- turn the light-skinned blacks against the dark-skinned blacks, turn the Caucasians against the Africans, by pushing a narrative that promotes one as the enemy and the other as the protagonist, especially in the media. Call it “control-versy”. What does it all result in? Xenophobia, discrimination, racism, hate, irritability, and fear.

That way, the people turn against one another, not the elites who really are in power, the 1% who have 99% of the wealth on earth (while many starve to death; isn’t it a shame?), who would take jobs to other countries (rather than create employment in both countries) so they could pay the barest minimum to their workers, who are more interested in gaining more wealth, more power and/or more fame, to suit their interests.

How much money is enough money? If your goal in life is to make $1 billion, if you can’t really think beyond the fact that life is futile, you will die at the end of it all, and the well-being of the people that are not in your position matter too, matter just as much, you would discover that the $1 billion would not give you as much satisfaction as you hoped after a while, so you’ll begin to seek means of making $2 billion, even if it means cheating others, destroying the lives and withdrawing the comfort of your fellow human beings, and directly/indirectly controlling others, while portraying a “good man” narrative.

Two “powerless” black and white members of the working class turn against one another, because one thinks the other is responsible for his unemployment, and the other for his oppression. While they do so, the person who is really responsible for their problem, who has pushed the narrative that the white is superior and he ought to fight for “his place” over the black, or that the black should not be hired because he is not trustworthy (and so the black is forced to do illegal things for survival) is sipping a well-made smoothie in Sun Valley or Cancun, living his best life.

Control-versies are created and promoted everywhere, even in entertainment, to keep the people busy, to get people riled up against one another, while ignoring the real issues, the real factors, and the real actors. It’s a crying shame.

Pro-Black Should Not Be Anti-White, and Vice-Versa

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More time should be spent uplifting ourselves and one another, as Africans in and outside Africa, than on tearing other people down.The latter should not even be done at all. If injustice is committed against people of your race, face the black person or the white person or whatever person(s) that is responsible and criticize them violently. Don’t attack the whole race.

We were called “monkeys” and “apes” in the past, and the weakest comeback would be creating an Instagram page to inform the world that white people’s skins stink when they don’t have their baths, and whites and blacks should never intermarry. The door! 

More hate between the races is created for followers and likes, and also to seem “woke”, when those “pro-Black” pages are published. Ankh symbols, numerous pictures of Nefertiti and Pharoah (who were Black, yes, but Moremi, Kurunmi and Jaja of Opobo- who were direct ancestors- are never mentioned).

There’s so much richness in the Yoruba and Igbo and Hausa and Ashanti and Tiv histories and cultures, to mention a very few, that have not been adequately explored and discussed. 

Also, those pages tend to be against the Christian religion. All religions have their elements of truth to them but they all have their strengths and weaknesses. That you “worship” Jesus and you eat children shouldn’t make me hate Jesus, or that you worship Allah or Ifa and you rape rams shouldn’t make me hate them. You are not the totality of the religion. 

If you don’t like Jesus, or Ifa, face and honour the ones you like, and uplift them and yourself. Osun olomo yoyo, Oya ayaba Sango, Yemoja-Olokun-Olosa, Esu laalu ogiri oko, Sango (kawo kabiyesi o), Ogun alagbede, Osanyin, Ifa asoro dayo, to mention a few, and all the ancestors (iba e, iba e, eni to nu) are there. Who cares if Jesus was white, black or grey. I embrace all religions; it’s not a competition. 

Afrofuturism should be embraced and more time should be spent fostering love and growth only, rather than ruining people’s healing, spreading hate among the races, and bringing some people down to make some others better. Pan-Africanism must be done correctly.