Albert Russo
"Art is but a moment of happiness, it is like a lightning of bliss cleaving the never-ending horrors of our world."

Black African lives matter to me enormously

Black African lives matter to me enormously, and so do black lives everywhere.

I should remind my readers that I was born in the DR of Congo and raised in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, until I left the Black continent to study in America at New York University. To my Congolese, Rwandan and Burundian brethren and sisters I am and remain an African. My books are studied in African universities, among others, in both English and French. That I am a Jew and that the color of my skin is pale has never been in question. I still speak some Swahili, after all the decades spent in Europe, in the US and in Israel.

There is an American organization called Black Lives Matter (BLM). While I support their struggle against the ongoing discrimination African-Americans still face, I strongly refute the ideology that is behind it. For it is terribly biased, purporting to defend the ‘poor’ Palestinians, it flaunts its vicious racism toward the Jewish people and Israel. Theirs is the cheap propaganda spread by the likes of the Hamas terrorists of Gaza, the Hezbollah of Lebanon and the murderous regime of Iran’s Ayatollahs which considers women as sub- human and homosexuals as animals to be slaughtered.

Do you remember how gleeful the ‘poor’ Palestinians and most of the Muslim populace around the world were when New York’s twin towers were destroyed?  They were dancing in the streets and feasting the event distributing candies. I hope that you didn’t lose any relatives or friends in that disaster. Among the thousands of dead and injured were people of all colors and creed.

Now, BLM folks, either your ideologues are extremely ignorant or they refuse to face some facts. Go back to the History of slavery, let’s say in the last millenium. There was the horrendous human trade perpetrated by European colonialists, with the help of tribal chiefs, from the Black continent to South and North America. Then there was – there still is nowadays, unfortunately, like in Mauritania and other Muslim countries – the just as cruel human trade of Africans, mainly from Central Africa, to the Arab lands during the period of the Ottoman Empire. Zanzibar, which is advertized in lavish colors as an authentic resort, has been the scene of atrocious suffering during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. More than four million Congolese were dragged there in chains – hundreds of thousands of them died during the trip, before those who survived were shipped to the Arabian peninsula.

That second part of the story is too often neglected, especially in America, why is that, BLMers? Are you all one-eyed? Arabs in general despise black people, they consider them as the underdogs of the continent. Ask the elders in Central and Eastern Africa what their opinion is of that Arab slave trade, in which their ancestors have been treated like cattle. Look at how brutally black migrants are treated today in North Africa. Some of them, Somalis, Eritreans, in desperation, have fled to Israel, where they pose serious problems, inasmuch as the country has been trying to integrate hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the last decades.

BLMers, you are all for boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israeli products. I’ll prove to you how ludicrous BDS is and how gullible you are. To apply this to the letter, you should stop using cell phones, computers and scores of Israeli-made medical and scientific equipments, for without them, you would be forced to live like people in the Middle Ages. The same goes for many of the drugs you swallow, prescribed by your doctors.

Take the example of that Palestinian-American student, Lara Alqasem whom the Israeli Court of Justice has decided that, in spite of being a vocal BDS supporter – so much said for calling this democracy an apartheid country -, she could remain in this country. How absurd it is that she should want to study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Why doesn’t she boycott that Israeli Institution of Higher Learning?

You probably also ignore the fact that Israel and most of the countries of Black Africa collaborate in economic, agricultural and scientific projects. You would be laughed at by their populations.

Strange that you don’t apply BDS toward the criminals who are killing so many compatriots in Syria, Yemen, Irak, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. Your brains must have a hell of a lot of loopholes. Goodness gracious, you BDSers are so full of contradictions, one wonders whether you know what you want in life, or where you are heading to.

And I presume that one of your mentors is – no, not the wonderful Martin Luther King or the incredible Nelson Mandela – Louis Farrakahn, who calls Jews termites. I would be honored to be associated with the termite Einstein was, or Freud, or any of the Jewish and Israeli Nobel prize-winners who work to better the lot of human beings anywhere on our planet. No, really, you respect that guy who seems to have inherited his genes from the dinosaurs ?

The way you behave, BLMers is shameful, you are the last ones to wish for a peaceful solution between Israelis and Palestinians.
First try to find peace in your own minds and stick to your rightful struggle, for there is still so much to be achieved. Don’t waste your energy and hazy thoughts on a subject you know so little about. And stop being crusaders of a lost cause!

About the Author
Albert Russo who has published worldwide over 85 books of poetry, fiction and essays (35) and photography (50), in both English and French, his two mother tongues, and sometimes in Italian, (Italian being his 'paternal' tongue) - he also speaks Spanish and German and still has notions of Swahili -, is the recipient of many awards,such as The New York Poetry Forum and Amelia (CA) Awards, The American Society of Writers Fiction Award, The British Diversity Short Story Award, The AZsacra International Poetry Award (Taj Mahal Review - US$ 500), the Books & Authors Award, several Writer’s Digest poetry and fiction Awards (winner and finalist), aquillrelle Awards, the Prix Colette and the Prix de la Liberté, among others. His work has been translated into about 15 languages in 25 countries, on the five continents. He has co-published Gaytude with Adam Donaldson Powell, which won Best Gay Book in the USA. Albert Russo’s major books are the AFRICAN QUATUOR (AQ), his memoir CALL ME CHAMELEON (CMC), his humorous ZAPINETTE Series (Zapy), GOSH ZAPINETTE, the first ever series of global Jewish humor, his books of stories and of poetry encompassing 40 years of writing, entitled: THE CROWDED WORLD OF SOLITUDE, vol. 1 -CWS1 (the stories and essays) and THE CROWDED WORLD OF SOLITUDE, vol. 2 (the poems) CWS2 + the two big books dedicated to his beloved mother Sarah Russo (SR) + about 50 books of photos. His definitive biography penned by the Norwegian African-American writer, poet and artist Adam Donaldson Powell, UNDER THE SHIRTTAILS OF ALBERT RUSSO was released by l’Aleph (November 2017), Wisehouse Publishing. A humanist with roots in Central, Southern Africa, and the Mediterranean, he has been acclaimed by James Baldwin, Edmund White, Martin Tucker, Douglas Parmee of Oxford University, Joseph Kessel, Pierre Emmanuel, both of the Académie Française, among many other literary authorities, as well as by his African peers, Chinua Achebe among them. Albert Russo was also a member of the 1996 jury for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature which often leads to the Nobel Prize of Literature. Latest Prize: Best 2013 Unicef Short Story award in defense of childhood worldwide, for Revenge by proxy / Vengeance par procuration.  His 50-odd books of photography have garnered awards in the USA, UK, Russia, France, etc. Some of his work has been exhibited in the Louvre Museum, at the Espace Pierre Cardin, both in Paris, in Times Square, New York, at the Museum of Photography in Lausanne, Switzerland, in Art Berlin, in Tokyo, in Moscow, etc. The former Mayor of the Big Apple, Mr Bloomberg, has lauded his two photo books on Paris and New York. Some of his novels and memoirs have also been filmed in English, with videos 90 and 100 minutes long. Latest award: I have just received the following award. "Dear Albert, It is with great pleasure to announce that you have been selected as a Book Excellence Award Finalist for the following book: 'GOSH ZAPINETTE! the first ever series of global humor’ (770 pages). There were hundreds of entries from around the world and 'GOSH ZAPINETTE! the first ever series of global humor' was selected for its high-quality writing, design and market appeal. Congratulations. The Book Excellence Award Committee.” The Book Excellence Awards Advantage. More than just an awards competition, the Book Excellence Awards provides authors and publishers with extended support and resources on topics such as publishing, marketing, writing, publicity and social media. The Book Excellence Awards is a smart investment on your publishing journey and the results and benefits will last a lifetime! Literary website: www.albertrusso.com - "Art is but a moment of happiness, it is like a lightning of bliss cleaving the never-ending horrors of our world." Albert Russo “Inspiration is like delicious food that your taste buds remember, or a perfume you have long forgotten and whose whiff suddenly brushes your nostrils again, giving you pangs of nostalgia.” Albert Russo
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