The NCC Saga: “Rallye and Petition”

The NCC Saga: “Rallye and Petition”

By N Oji Mzilikazi

April 28, 2014

A “Rallye and Petition” email from an ad-hoc group of concerned citizens interested in preserving the Negro Community Centre (NCC) building in Little Burgundy, and soliciting input and support for a monster rally on Saturday May 24, 2014, is currently in circulation.

As much as I would like to see the NCC preserved, I find the desire and intent to make the NCC a cause célèbre to mobilise the community around to be ill-conceived, a knee-jerk reaction, and misdirected.

Are we never going to accept ownership for our self-oppression through organizational infighting, incompetence, sins of omission and commission, and our penchant to recruit, empower, and recycle egotistical, selfish, poorly-educated, visionless, and untrained soldier-leaders to lead troops on the front line of a war in which Blacks are attacked on all fronts, and we are perennially victims?

No wonder we  die from self-inflicted wounds.

There were no calls for a rally or petition when Centraide withdrew its funding from the NCC over issues of accountability and transparency. There were no calls for a rally or petition when the door of the NCC was locked in 1989. But now that bricks are on the street…

 

Pimping, Misrepresenting Resistance

Pimping, Misrepresenting Resistance

By N Oji Mzilikazi

Originally published in the Montreal Community Contact Volume 23, Number 18 September 7, 2013

The Bhagavad Gita, Hinduism holy book, opens with two armies just about to battle, and Arjuna, expressing trepidation to Lord Krishna – he doesn’t want to fight – his uncles, his cousins, his brothers; his relatives are in the opposing army.

Lord Krishna then asks Arjuna to which class does he belongs. Arjuna replies, “The warrior class.” Lord Krishna then tells Arjuna to do his Duty – Fight!…

 

 

 

Thanks Tyrone!!!

By not “Taking care of business” we contribute to lingering plight of “blackness.”

THANKS TYRONE!!!

By N Oji Mzilikazi

Originally published in the Montreal Community Contact Volume 23, Number 11 May 30, 2013

Even though no person is the standard upon which his or her race, ethnicity, or religion is to be judged, slavery’s imposition of cultural singularity upon Blacks, the monolith narrative, in conjunction with the legacy of racial criminalisation; tainting all members of the race with the crime of an individual member, have Blacks living in “non-Black” countries weighted with the burden of race.

Thus, when accomplished and successful Blacks, Black professionals, Black role models, Black leaders, and Black politicians engage in wrongdoing, make an ass of themselves, are obstacles to progress, or the Black criminal is front page and/or makes the evening news, members of the race are prone to experience psychological dislocation – to cringe, feel shamed and ashamed — tainted by the infractions of a complete stranger…