Back then, European countries owed the United States money for helping them during WWI. White people in Mississippi, fed up with us demanding our rights, petitioned the federal government to make a move that they thought would solve the nation’s race problem AND its debt problem.
What was this “brilliant” idea?
Europe would pay us back with land they colonized in Africa instead of money. Then the U.S. could ship Black people over there. Voila! The race problem would be solved!
White voters easily passed the proposal. But there was just one small problem.
Nobody consulted our people! When Black people in Mississippi got the news about this stroke of white genius, most of us did exactly what a situation this stupid calls for. We laughed our asses off and continued fighting for our rights!
Sure, some Black leaders have argued for “Back to Africa” movements – but on our own terms, not as collateral for a loan.
White foolishness then is just as it is now. How we achieve our liberation is up to us, not them. Above all, white people’s antics will NOT stand in the way of our freedom. And that’s no laughing matter!