I have a Deal
This text is based on “I have a dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968) delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D. C. On August 28, 1963. His text is universal and eternal.
Five decade ago great Africans in whose symbolic shadows we stand shout for the Independence Proclamation. This momen-tous creed came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro inhabitants who had been seated in the shame of withering economic non-consideration. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of slavery, captivity, and colonialism.
But one generation later we must face the tragic fact that the Negro Africans and Diaspora are still not free. One generation later the life of the Negro Africans and Diaspora is still sadly crippled by the manacles of ignorance and the chains of economic oppression. One generation later the Negro Africans and Diaspora live mostly below the threshold of poverty in the midst of a vast continent of potential prosperity. One generation later the Negro Africans and Diaspora are still languishing in the middle of global economic society and find themselves in exile in their own flourishing civilization. So we have written this today to dramatize an appalling condition.
In a sense we have written from our God’s living revelation about our continent to cast a wealth. When the gods, prophets, and messengers of our religions told the magnificent words of the Laws of Creation, they were telling a promissory pledge to which every human was to fall heir. This pledge was a promise that all believers would be guaranteed the inalienable revenue sharing for their contribution to wealth creation, heydays, and the pursuit of God’s Will.
It is obvious today that Global economy has defaulted on this promissory pledge insofar as its poor believers are concerned. Instead of honouring this sacred obligation global economy has given the Negro people as natural believers a bad wealth which has come back marked “insufficient develop-ment”. But we refuse to believe that the god of simple Love is corrupted. We refuse to believe that there is insufficient development in the great subsoil of this continent. So we have written to cast this wealth — a wealth that will give us upon demand the riches of affirmation and spirituality in simple Love. We have also written these hallowed books to remind Global economy of the fierce urgency of SHARE. This is no time to engage in the luxury of copping out or to take the exciting drug of Afro centrism. Now is the time to open the doors of informal business opportunities to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift continent from the quicksands of economic non-consideration to the solid rock of common wealth.
It would be fatal for the global economy to overlook the urgency of the moment and underestimate the determination of the Negro Africans and Diaspora. In these ending times the Negro Africans and Diaspora’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating new world of affirmation, revenue sharing, and equality. Twenty-first century is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro Africans and Diaspora needed to blow off steam and will now content will have a rude awakening if the global economy returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in global economy until the Negro Africans and Diaspora are granted devoting revenue sharing. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our global economy until the bright day of simple Love emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the new initiation which leads into the Black Kingdom of simple Love. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be victims of painful past. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for affirmation by drinking from the cup of war and terrorism. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high nobleness of competition and affirmation. We must not allow our traditional cults to degenerate into spiritual violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting mystical force with soul force. The marvelous new personal accomplishment which has engulfed the Negro Africans and Diaspora community must not lead us to distrust of all economically dominant people, for many of our asian brothers, as evidenced by their quote here in these words, written to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their affirmation is inextricably bound to our affirmation. We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the commitment that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of economic revenue sharing, “When will you prevail?” We can never prevail as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of jobbing, cannot gain experience in the skill of the career path and be the asset of the major companies in the economy. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro Africans and Diaspora’s mobility is from a homeland poor neighborhood to a broad suburb one. We can never be satisfied as long as Negro Africans and Diaspora in homeland cannot trade and Negro Africans and Diaspora in the western cities believe they have nothing from which to trade. No, no, we are not satisfied, and will not be satisfied until simple Love cools down like calm water and leans intention like a mighty stream.
I’m not unmindful that some of you have been reading this out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have to overcome past from narrowing debt. Some of you have to overcome from competency areas where your quest for affirmation left you battered by the storm of collusion and staggered by the winds of enterprise discrimination. You have been the warriors of tradition struggle. Continue to walk with the faith that unearned struggle is not an achievement.
Go back to Africa, go back to the West Indies, go back in the Caribbean, go back in Oceania, go back to the slums and neighborhoods of northern cities knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not follow the patterns of the unfair competition.
I say to you today, my friend, that in spite of difficulties and frustration of the moment I still have a deal. It is a deal deeply rooted in the global economy deal.
I have a deal for our efforts that this continent will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “Each Human is important to God.”
I have a deal for our efforts that on the Caribbean islands the sons of former slaves and the son of former slave owner will be able to sit down together at the table of common wealth.
I have a deal for our efforts that even in the homeland of Africa, an overexploited land sweltering by the heat of economic non-consideration and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of affirmation and simple Love.
I have a deal for our children that their efforts will lead to a continent where they will not be judged by the dogma of their religion but the deepness of their spiritual accomplishment.
I have a deal for our efforts.
I have a deal for our efforts that every destiny should be exalted, every block and spell shall be healed, the rush place will be made calm, and the corrupted place will be made clean, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to my Ancestors. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the block of happiness a vital force of Life. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our continent into a beautiful symphony of common wealth. With this faith we will be able to walk together, to work together, to struggle together, to pay our debt together, to stand up for affirmation together knowing that will be dominant by our efforts.
This will be our effort results when all of God’s children will be able to dance with a new meaning “Independance chacha tozui e; O Kimpwanza chacha tubakidi; O table ronde chacha babagner o; O upanda chacha tozui e”
And if global economy is to be a great system, this must become true. So let affirmation flow from the prodigious Zulu kingdom. Let affirmation flow from the mighty Empire of Mali. Let affirmation flow from the heightening Congo Kingdom. Let affirmation flow from the Ashanti empire.
Let affirmation flow from the memory of Ethiopian Kings.
Let affirmation flow from the memory of Egyptian and Nubian.
But not only that; let affirmation flow from the memory of Haïtian liberator.
Let affirmation flow from the memory of resilient African slaves.
Let affirmation flow from new leaders, communities, and wisemen. From every hedge of material possession let affirmation flow.
When we let affirmation flow, when we let it flow from every village, every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up our efforts when all God’s children, poor men and rich men, market financier and economist, believer and nonbeliever will be able to join hands and dance in the word of the African Nation chant:
“Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo” (Lord bless Africa. Let its horn be raised).
Le petit prophète du sud rajouta, posant sa main sur le sol puis la mettant sur son coeur: “I’m black like the sand in my hand but I’m in the heart of God.”