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Once upon a time there lived a brave warrior woman of the Ashanti Empire in West Africa, Queen Nana Yaa Asantewaa I. Appointed as Queen Mother of Ejisu by her brother, King Nana Akwasi Afrane Okpesi, this 60 year old grandmother became Commander-in-Chief of the Asante army who fought in the sixth and final war against British colonialists. Her fight consisted not only of the freedom of the Ashanti people from European invaders, but for the very essence and personification of their people past, present, and future: the Golden Stool. This is her true story.
The true story of Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta, England's African Princess, is a fascinating one. Rescued from certain death, she is transported to England where she thrives under the protective wing of Queen Victoria. The Princesses regal manner helped her gain the favored attention of the royal court. She was popular, she had few enemies, she was celebrated wherever she went, and she enjoyed a life of unusual privilege in her adopted homeland.
Her Majesty Queen Ranavalona I of the Kingdom of Madagascar was considered a crazy, bloodthirsty tyrant. Whatever your opinion of her after reading this article, one thing we can all agree on is she was an uncompromising monarch. During her entire reign, she successfully staved off British and French colonization with her dainty iron fist in an effort to protect the dynasty she ruled from those invaders. A monumental feat in and of itself.
The world of Egyptian royalty that Hatshepsut was born into was one of the elite and privileged man has ever known. Never before and rarely since has any group of people wielded such all-encompassing power. The lifestyle they created for themselves was one of spectacular grandeur.
Every nation, I believe, has someone who rises from the ashes, overcomes tremendous odds, and gains the strength of character to reach dizzying heights of success. It's well known that the majority of Africans forced into bondage, and their descendants, experienced severe economic and social limitations that continues to linger to this day. But there were a few of the enslaved who were allowed access to resources and tools they used to pull themselves out of miserable conditions. Brazil produced one of these amazing people.
Many accounts say Hatshepsut was brilliant in her role as Regent of Egypt. Fate and heredity may have brought her the job, but it was natural talent that brought her success. There's much debate, though, as to whether her woman's touch changed the way Egypt was ruled.
One curious thing about Hatshepsut's reign, is how she presented herself to the public in statues. Only the smallest fraction of the Egyptian citizenry would ever had seen Hatshepsut in person. For most of them, the only real glimpse of what she looked like would come from statues of her. Curiously, she often chose to present herself in a masculine way.
Her name was Hatshepsut. Over 3,000 years ago she did the unthinkable when she defied convention and had herself crowned a Pharaoh of male-dominated Egypt. This daring power play brought her control of the richest and most powerful country on earth.
Pharaoh's word was law. The idea of democracy or group rule would have seemed absurd to the ancient Egyptians. As part God ruling on this earth, the Pharaoh could dream and be quite sure that those dreams would come true. Hatshepsut's dreams involved growth; she was a builder. 3,000 years after her reign, structures she constructed still stand and still impress.
White supremacy is a worldwide business and, like any other business, it works on profits and losses. White supremacists know the cost of doing white supremacy has gone up. They can no longer get away with showcasing Joe Louis and Lena Horne like they did years ago. They have to have millions of African people to showcase. This is one of the first elements used to cause maximum confusion of it's victims.
Rome's hold over its far-flung provinces weakens. In North Afrika, it faces a new and fierce challenge: Islam. The Arabs, noticing the weakness of the Romans in North Afrika, began to court the favor of the Afrikans. Arabs convinced the local Afrikan population to join in the struggle against a common oppressor. They also convinced many of them to abandon their traditional beliefs and pledge their allegiance to Allah. The Afrikans assumed that by supporting the Arabs, they would get the Romans off their back. They were right.
The system of racism and white supremacy seems to be something many people in our post-Obama world can't help but deny. They wonder, "How can there be racism when we have a Black man as President of the United States?" The question appears valid. It's a question that's used to validate the notion that power and privilege were tossed aside as soon as President Obama was sworn into office.