Recent social media polls conducted by the Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church with people of the African diaspora indicated that the majority feel that the African continent is the most disrespected compared to the continents of North and South America, Europe and Asia.
While some African nations face challenges such as poverty, conflict, and political instability, others have made significant progress in areas such as economic development, education, and governance. It is important to recognize the diversity of the African continent and the many positive developments that have taken place there.
That being said, there are some factors that contribute to negative perceptions of certain African nations. These include:
1. Historical factors: Many African nations have a history of colonization and exploitation by foreign powers, which has contributed to economic and political instability in some countries.
2. Conflict and instability: Some African nations have experienced prolonged periods of conflict and instability, which can lead to negative perceptions from outsiders.
3. Lack of development: Many African nations face challenges with poverty, lack of access to education and healthcare, and limited economic opportunities, which can contribute to negative perceptions from outsiders.
4. Media coverage: Media coverage of Africa often focuses on negative events such as conflict and poverty, which can create a skewed perception of the continent as a whole.
It is important to recognize that negative perceptions of African nations are not universal or justified. African nations have made significant progress in many areas and have much to offer the world. By promoting a more accurate and positive image of Africa, we can help to counter negative perceptions and promote greater understanding and respect.
Worldwide White Supremacy continues to affect the African diaspora domestically and abroad. White supremacy has had a profound impact on the African diaspora, both historically and in the present day. Some examples are slavery, colonialism, racism, economic exploitation, and cultural erasure.
The transatlantic slave trade was driven by white supremacy, as Europeans believed that they were superior to Africans and therefore justified in enslaving them. This system of forced labor had devastating consequences for African people and their descendants, who were denied their freedom, subjected to brutal violence, and stripped of their culture and heritage.
European powers used the ideology of white supremacy to justify their colonization of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Colonizers believed that they had a duty to "civilize" and "Christianize" the people they conquered, often through violent means. This led to the exploitation of natural resources, the suppression of native cultures, and the imposition of European values and systems of governance.
White supremacy has perpetuated racism against people of African descent, both in the countries where they were forcibly brought as slaves and in other parts of the world. This has taken many forms, from legal segregation and discrimination to police brutality and hate crimes.
White supremacy has also contributed to economic inequality and exploitation of people of African descent. In many countries, black people have been excluded from education, job opportunities, and financial resources, leading to persistent poverty and marginalization.
White supremacy has often sought to erase or marginalize the cultural and historical contributions of people of African descent. This includes the suppression of African languages, religions, and traditions, as well as the appropriation of black culture, inventions and accomplishments by white people without proper acknowledgment or compensation.
These are just a few examples of how white supremacy has affected the African diaspora. The legacy of these injustices continues to shape the experiences of black people around the world today and the lack of respect felt by the African diaspora.
Respect is an important aspect of any society or culture, and it is particularly important for African people to respect each other and themselves for several reasons.
Firstly, respect is vital for building strong and healthy relationships within communities. When people respect each other, they are more likely to work together towards common goals, support each other in times of need, and resolve conflicts peacefully. This sense of unity and cooperation is essential for the development and progress of any society.
Secondly, self-respect is crucial for individual well-being and success. When individuals respect themselves, they are more likely to pursue their goals with confidence and determination, and to make positive choices that benefit themselves and their communities. This can lead to greater opportunities for personal and collective growth and development.
Finally, respect for African people and cultures is important for promoting understanding and combating stereotypes and prejudice. By valuing and celebrating the diversity of African cultures and traditions, people can create more inclusive and equitable societies that recognize the contributions and worth of all individuals.
The Temple Code #4 of the Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church is Fairness. Members pledge to "be impartial in behavior without favoritism or discrimination, and advocate for the just treatment of others". Temple Code #5 of the Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church is Respect. Members pledge to "respect myself and others." Taking the pledge and joining the institution helps support fairness and respect that the African diaspora very badly needs.
Overall, respecting oneself and others is essential for promoting healthy relationships, individual well-being, and social progress, and is especially important for African people as they strive to overcome historical and contemporary challenges and achieve greater equality and justice.