Bang! It was a shot heard around the world. The Battle of Adwa was a seminal moment for all people who have tasted the bitter pill of oppression and a warning for their oppressors. For the first time in modern history, an “African” nation refused to be defeated by a European imperial power. Instead of giving their hand to invaders, Ethiopians routed them in ways that reverberated globally. On March 1st, 1896, Ethiopian jegnoch (warriors) felled Goliath and defiantly stood up to aspiring colonizers. Italians entered Ethiopia boasting veni, vidi only to exit before they could say vici by a united Ethiopian military who put aside their differences and said embi (no) to subjugation.
Though Ethiopians were proud of their victory at the Battle of Adwa, the people who were impacted even more were the sons and daughters of former capital prisoners who were snatched away from their homes and turned into property by human traders. As a first generation immigrant from Ethiopia, I often note that I will never understand the full scope of anguish borne by “African-Americans” and the descendants of America and Europe’s holocaust survivors. Generations of systemic racism, outright terrorism and social exclusion has left a deep imprint and an enduring pain in the hearts and psyches of countless millions who trace their ancestry to the continent that was once called Ethiopia before a concerted campaign of horror was purveyed upon the continent that conceived humanity.
Less than a decade after Abraham Lincoln supposedly “freed the slaves” by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, life for “black” people throughout America and the Caribbean returned back to status repression. The little freedoms former slaves were given were quickly snatched away as penal codes and insidious sharecropping agreements indentured freedmen and women back into a life of force bondage. The glint of optimism that arrived after the Civil War ended quickly faded as the shadows of oppression cocooned “Africa’s” stolen children into the abyss of bleakness.
Where hope faded, the audacity of Ethiopians at the Battle of Adwa buoyed the spirits of “black” people throughout America, the Caribbean and beyond. Within short order, Ethiopia became a beacon that shone a light of defiance for all people who chaffed underneath the boot of colonial tyrants. Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston and countless intellectuals were...continued...
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I think this author needs a little bit of history lesson and research how His Ethiopia was made, so that he can make his claim and reclaim accordingly. Other than that, the wish and any dream about Ethiopia is in the hands of new generations; not the old generations