Obianuju Ekeocha — Why American Politicians Are Using Kente Fabric As Prop?

Using other cultures’ symbols without a proper understanding of their meaning is not always a good idea. If you are lucky, you’ll only make yourself look stupid. If you’re less fortunate, you’ll offend some people. But, if luck has totally left your site, you’ll be seen as foolish and offensive to many people.

Africans, you’re so cute!

Published by Obianuju Ekeocha
on Jun 9, 2020

Nigerian author and president of Culture of Life Africa — Obianuju Ekeocha — criticized the use of Kente fabric by Democrat Party leadership as

some kind of placating sign or symbol to show that they are not racist, and they are together with black people.

And then she scalded them for simplifying African tradition.

Excuse me, dear Democrats. In your tokenism, you didn’t wait to find out that this thing that you’re hanging around your neck is not just some African uniform — it’s actually the Kente material. The Kente belongs to the Ghanaian people, mainly the Ashanti tribe. Excuse me, Democrats, don’t treat Africans like we’re children. These fabrics, and these colorful things that we have within our culture and tradition, they all mean something to us.

She also used some humor to make her point.

There is more Kente fabric in this picture than at a Ghanaian traditional wedding.

Obianuju Ekeocha

Commenting on photo-op by Democrats on Capitol Hill.

Dear Democrats. It’s NOT that simple.

Kente is made by the Asante and Ewe peoples and is the best known of all African textiles. Kente fabric has its mythology and related superstitions. In kente cloth, colors are significant, conveying these meanings (MORE):

  • Black — maturation, aging, intensified spiritual energy.
  • Blue — peacefulness, harmony, good fortune, love.
  • Gold — royalty, wealth, spiritual purity.
  • Green — vegetation, planting, harvesting, growth, good health.
  • Grey — healing and cleansing rituals; associated with ash.
  • Maroon — the color of mother earth; associated with healing and protection from evil.
  • Pink — associated with the female essence of life; calmness, sweetness, tenderness.
  • Red — political and spiritual associations; bloodshed; sacrificial rites and death.
  • Silver — serenity, purity, joy, associated with the moon.
  • White — purification, sanctification rites, healing.
  • Yellow — preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility (yolk of an egg).

It would be interesting to know what the colors of kente scarves worn by the Democrats during their photo session do mean and if any of that colors represent silliness.

The last thought.

There’s one more detail about the Ashanti tribe that Democrats didn’t know about, and very few people bother to mention. Members of the Ashanti tribe ware major slave traders in West Africa. So there is a real possibility that some ancestors of people whom SOH. Pelosi and Sen. Schumer wanted to honor by wearing kente scarves, were sold into slavery by those who created kente cloth tradition. But that is a different story…

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