The ideology of the African Restoration Project (ARP) is Pan Africanism. We carry the torch of our ancestors so their work may not die in vain. We pick up where they left off so their spirit will live forever…we are one breath. Now with technology on our side we are able to rebuild the Black Star Line via social media, internet, air flight, and international businesses.
I would like to take this time to clarify something. When Marcus Garvey founded Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.), the sole purpose of this organization was “to unite all people of African ancestry of the world to one great body to establish a country and absolute government of their own”. He arrived at this conclusion because no matter where he traveled in the world he would see black people divided and suffering economically as a whole. His solution was to “Be Black, Buy Black, Think Black, and all else will take care of itself!”. What this means is, we must unite and focus on Black Economics if we want to be truly successful and accepted as a whole on the world stage. In today’s world what is known as the Back to Africa Movement does not necessarily mean to you have to physically “Move Back to Africa” if you don’t want to, but it does mean at the minimum you must reconnect with your mother continent and move as one spirit, and if possible help rebuild. We have invested so much in the Diaspora and have not seen a return on our investment. African Americans alone invested 400 years of slavery, another 100 years of humanitary and civil injustice in the US. African Americans gave America the boost it needed to get ahead of the game as a world power. According to Harper’s magazine (November 2000), the United States stole an estimated $100 trillion for 222,505,049 hours of forced labor between 1619 and 1865, with a compounded interest of 6 percent. That is just based on free labor alone, not to mention the long list of investments made afterwards using the surplus of money made from this atrocity. This money was used to invest in science, technology, world banks, the US military, the list goes on and on.
So in conclusion, to apply the “Back to Africa Movement” in today’s world, all people of African descent would need to obtain “dual citizenship” between their current location in the diaspora and a country in the motherland. We can also discuss sovereignty rights within the US similar to the laws Native Americans received as reparations, but that is another blog.
Much love for Operation Seek TK&L for putting this video together. Great work Fam!