YES, WE CAN: SOMEONE FROM KENYA CARED ENOUGH TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
We hear a lot of cynicism from our young people these days: Voter turnout for the 18-24 crowd in recent Canadian federal elections has been around 25%. We hear a lot about conspiracy theories amongst our youth that they see on the internet. The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, the Free Masons, The Trilateral Commission, The Bilderberg Group, The Council on Foreign Relations, etc… Young people seem thoroughly convinced that no matter who you vote for, nothing is going to change, so why bother?
One man from Kenya thought differently, and changed the world. On the eve of the British withdrawal from his part of Africa in the 1950s, he saw a crisis looming: When the British Empire was to inevitably withdraw from his country; his people were going to be left with no skilled professionals to run it, and, worse yet, no university to train any.
He took the initiative, and came to the United States of America. There, he met many people, including men and women who would eventually be instrumental in leading what would become known as the Civil Rights movement. Some of these people were very ordinary, but very upstanding Christian men and women, who helped him raise money to bring young men and women from East Africa to the U.S. to study.
One of the methods that they used was to enlist the help of three very prominent African-American personalities: Jackie Robinson, the baseball player, who broke the colour barrier in pro baseball, Harry Belafonte, the singer, and Sydney Pothier, the actor. They wrote a letter, asking for money for these young people to study in the U.S. All three signed, and, to make it more legitimate, they put the stamp of the United Nations on it.
Not surprisingly, the American public sent in lots of money in the mail. This same Kenyan man, who’d started all this, eventually met Senator John F. Kennedy, in the days before he became President. Senator Kennedy was so impressed by this man’s desire to improve himself and his people, that he put him in contact with the man who ran the Joseph Kennedy Foundation. This organization managed money that J.F.K.’s father had put aside from his business fortune to be used for philanthropic ventures.
The Kenyan man’s venture was given a check for 100 000$ by the Kennedy Foundation. Now here’s where the story gets really interesting. Because of this, many young men and women from East Africa were airlifted to America to go to university. One of them was a man by the name of Barak Obama Sr., President Obama’s Father.
Because Barak Obama Senior was able to go to university in America with money from the Kennedys, Barak Junior was born in the U.S.A., grew up prosperous, became himself well educated, and went on to hold the highest public office in his country, becoming the first African-American to do so.
This is because one man from Kenya back in the 1950s decided that he was going to do something about what he considered to be an unjust and desperate situation in his country. No multinational corporation or elite conspiracy stopped him from achieving his dream. Multinational corporations and rich elites with their armies don’t always change the course of history: People change the course of history. And the word ‘democracy’, if you haven’t forgotten, comes from two Greek words: ‘Demos’, meaning ‘the people’, and ‘kratein’, meaning, ‘to rule’. Therefore, long live the Rule of the People. I’m sure that man from Kenya would agree with me, wherever he is.