Pan-Africanism has its source outside the continent. Civil Rights movements leaders were connected to their African brothers and sisters and supported their journey of independence. White supremacy as a system is a universal reality and not only in the American or western context.

What we need now is a symmetrical form of solidarity. In doing so, we need to understand the local context in which oppression and marginalisation take place. Obviously, the Afro-American reality is not the Afro-European or African reality. Therefore, America is not the centre of the world. When we say ‘Black Twitter, Black Tumblr or even #BlackLivesMattter‘, we certainly don’t mean ‘Africa Tumblr, Afro-Europe Twitter of #AfricanLivesMatter‘.

Wayne Modest always talk about the second colonialism. Meaning that the American black discourse and reality has become a template for the black reality worldwide. This needs to be questioned. When Papa Wemba dies the world will not mourn the same as it would mourn for Prince or Michael Jackson. When 6 million people in Congo die and thousands of Africans loses their lives in the Mediterranean sea, there is no #AfricanLivesMatter or global outrage. There’s a power relation based on the geographical reality.

Where you stand defines the value of your life. Continental Africans who were always silent on racial issues in the Dutch context or on the human crisis in the Mediterranean sea, suddenly tweet and post on their Facebook #BlackLIvesMatter. It means that they somehow relate themselves to afro-American reality.

We need to stand in solidarity and deconstruct a system of oppression and inequality wherever in the world. We need to understand the local context, acknowledging that the Democratic Republic of Congo is not the United states. At the same time, we need to work together because there’s a lot that people on the African continent can learn from the Black (American) diaspora, without losing their own local reality.

Imagine a reality where the world advocates: African lives matter. People like Patrice Lumumba tried to advocate for this voice and in the context of Pan-Africanism. As mentioned, this Pan-Africanism had its source outside the continent, inspired by the Afro-American and Afro-Caribean discourse and engagement. We need a glocal symmetrical solidarity, where the BlackLivesMatter movement goes beyond the American reality. I am positive that this is going to happen, especially now are more connected than ever. We can easily share the local contexts and inspire each other’s trough literature, arts and music for instance