I write this article for all oppressed people globally and the endless nations who have been victimized by western imperialism and hubris. Though they killed our forefathers and subjugated our ancestors with brute force, they cannot stifle the will of the people and they cannot invert justice in perpetuity. By they, I do not mean to paint with a broad brush nor in any way ascribe the sins of a few unto the masses, those who have and continue to commit atrocities are few and they victimize people from their nation as they persecute billions globally. In time, the truth comes out and those who are celebrated as heroes by way of state propaganda and indoctrinated education eventually get exposed for the mendacious monsters they truly are.
One hundred and fifty years ago, a once emperor of Ethiopia and a king who was a hero of the masses was driven to death before his time at the hands of the British crown. For having the audacity to send a letter to Queen Victoria demanding justice for his nation, Ethiopia was invaded by the United Kingdom and a once real life version of Robin Hood was shortly thereafter felled. Atse Tewodros II, born Kassa Hailu, was a man leagues ahead of his time. He unified Ethiopia by sheer will and in the process stood up for the people who were being oppressed by the covetous and disjointed nobility. The age known as Zemene Mesafint, the age of princes, was thrown into the ash heap of history by Atse Tewodros as he united Ethiopia and delivered the people from the hands of the powerful.
A divided Ethiopia was being eyed by colonial powers in Europe; leaders in England, France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain and Italy were licking their chops to get at Ethiopia. These axis of European evil already brutally bludgeoned the continent we now call Africa as industrial pigs fattened their wallets by destroying millions of lives. It was Atse Tewodros II who saved Ethiopia from a fate of being a clientele state of the Europe—his effort to consolidate Ethiopia as one nation gave birth to the Battle of Adwa. The war of 1896 in Adwa was a classic example of how unity can defeat tyranny; Ethiopians were able to give would be Italian colonizers a shellacking and sent them back to Rome packing. As the Italians came with arrogance saying “veni vidi vici”; my ancestors had other plans and responded as only lions of Judah could with a collective “veni vidi embi (no)!”
Atse Tewodros II paid with his life in order to keep Ethiopia safe from the clutches of colonial despots a generation before Adwa came to fruition. When he demanded that the British stop meddling in the affairs of Ethiopia and that we be treated as equals, the Brits unleashed their military might against Ethiopia. Though Ethiopians were fierce fighters and many fought to the death at the Battle of Magdala, their valor was no match for the technical superiority of British weaponry. The kings of Ethiopia, Atse Tewodros included, trace their lineage to King David by way of King Solomon and King Sheba, alas biblical history would not be repeated in the 19th century—the King David of Ethiopia was eradicated by the British Goliath. History records that Atse Tewodros II committed suicide in Magdala rather than face capture by the British military.
And this is where the second act of imperial treachery takes place. Colonizers kill twice; the first is to kill heroes, the second murder is when they co-opt the narratives of people they kill in order to further the interests of the victors. Ever since his death, Atse Tewodros II, who is beloved by millions of Ethiopians, has been maligned by western educators and colonial propagandists as a tyrant and an unstable butcher. This is done on purpose; the powerful do not want the masses to get a whiff of leaders who actually stand for the people. We have been trained and programmed to accept injustice and to see all who have a seat at the table of power as anti-heroes even as they are presented to us as champions of the people.
Atse Tewodros II disturbed this narrative; he took from the powerful in order to give back to the huddled masses. This is why his soldiers were willing to go through the fires of hell at his command. It was his kindness and his care for the multitude that turned a once desperado into the greatest emperor of Ethiopia. Colonizers could not abide this truth about Aste Tewodros II, so one book after another, written by interlopers and university mercenaries, was used to assassinate the character of a king the British already murdered through their heinous intervention. Bullets kill once, but words commit a holocaust against a people and justice forever.
For years, I simmered and my blood would boil when I Googled “Atse Tewodros” and saw the first and second page populated by propaganda and outright lies written by non-Ethiopians. This is the pernicious face of rank paternalism and institutional repression that is part and parcel of the Corporate State Media and the public education system. One liar and fabricator of history after another is deployed by the moneyed gentry in order to steal the history of nations and to keep the masses in the perpetual darkness of ignorance. A people without a sense of self and a knowledge of their history soon perish and become property of the state. This is why the powerful have gobbled up one media entity after another; we are in another Zemene Mesafint where dark princes and nefarious pricks are colonizing all of our minds and our ability to pursue our God given rights of self-determination.
But a people united can call the bluff and rebuff the ill intentions of colonial plutocrats. About a month and a half ago, I wrote an article about Atse Tewodros II (The Quintessential Jegna of Ethiopia) which has been shared by over 2,000 people since the day it was published. The topic of Atse Tewodros II is very personal to me, I am his grandson five generations removed and I was named after the jegna (hero) of Ethiopia. I wrote the article inspired by a song Teddy Afro released paying homage to this once emperor and lion of Ethiopia (Tikus Teddy). I was blown away by the level of care and ownership a lot of Ethiopians displayed as they used social media to reclaim our history and shared the article globally to counter the lies of western propagandists. Collective action enabled us to tell our story instead of having our history told to us and for us by outsiders and colonial educators.
Little did I know that this article was fast climbing up Google’s algorithm based on hits and velocity of impressions. Yesterday I Googled “Atse Tewodros” and I was shocked to see that the article I wrote about my forefather was not only on the first page of Google, it was the second link listed right below the Wikipedia entry. The Quintessential Jegna of Ethiopia jumped over article after article, many of which were written by British sources—one which is derisively titled ‘Mad king Tewodros’ of Abyssinia. Not content with having once silenced Atse Tewodros II, these pilgarlics are intent on erasing his entire legacy. The British not only buried Atse Tewodros II, they also kidnapped his son Alemayehu Tewodros and kept him as a political prisoner and a personal spoil of war of Queen Victoria. Where they stole one branch, they left behind another; the other son of Atse Tewodros, Meshasha, flourished in the court of Emperor Menelik and from that lineage (Atse Tewodros family tree) this letter is written and is being delivered to Queen Elizabeth II by way of a website dedicated to reclaiming our history from colonists.
As I mentioned earlier, when I say “they”, I don’t mean to impugn the character of all British people, collective judgement is a moral failing. I reserve my condemnation for those who enriched themselves at the cost of my nation and billions of people globally. The same way the spirit of Atse Tewodros lives through us, so does the vile spirit of Queen Victoria. The 21st century colonizers are now globalists, from the branch of Victoria emerged a lot of incestuous inbreeds who are destroying this planet through their despicable greed and gluttony. They have managed to kneecap the entire continent of “Africa” and reduced my birth land Ethiopia into a clientele state of globalists.
A nation which has an abundance to feed the entire continent and natural resources to enrich the masses is instead left as a charity case as globalists steal our resources and then make it seem like they are benevolent giving us back pennies on the billions. What is being done to Ethiopia is being done to America and to EVERY nation globally. As the children of Ethiopia cry, the children of Americans cry too. But my father God in heaven made a promise to us and to all globally who suffer under the hammer of globalist greed and imperialist hegemony, a time will come where we will unite as a people universally and throw off the yoke of these oligarchs. They better be careful, people only take so much oppression before they wise up and rise up. It is best to stop oppressing the masses before the masses turn to the playbook of the French Revolution and make basket cases of the gentry. As John F. Kennedy once said, “those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.”
To my fellow Ethiopians and those who refuse to be subdued by imperial mendacity, I ask you to summon up the spirit of Adwa once again and say embi (no) to globalists and colonizers the way our forefathers once did. We showed them a bit of what we can do, at least on this day, for this one moment, imperialists will not be able to hijack our story and our culture in order to fit their colonial narrative. We are a people whose history goes back three thousand years, they have tried for centuries to erase our significance as they renamed the continent to diminish us, re-branded a biblical river named Ghion to the Nile river, and now have placed a demonic pentagram on our sendek alema (Biblical Nation). But truth eventually finds its way among a million lies,what is done in the dark always gets exposed by God’s light.
I ask all of you reading this, do not give your hands to these lying pundits, vacuous politicians and duplicitous professors. Employed by the money of the elites; their job is not to edify us, their job is to destroy truth and bury us in perpetual ignorance. We have the power to say embi (no) to these plutocrats and the demagogues they deploy, for heaven’s sake use social media to get out these type of messages and articles in order to reclaim our history instead of tweeting about #NationalSelfieDay or using Facebook to take selfies of your food! They have been colonizing us for years and leaving our people broken and burdened by grief, for once can we colonize them back! How about you use social media today with the spirit of Adwa and spread this article along with #JusticeDelivered and disperse this article EVERYWHERE and defy the same elites who have been using triggers to silence our ancestors.
Let me end this letter on this note, to my fellow Ethiopians and oppressed people globally, this is the reason why I started the Ghion Journal. In the column of the oppressed I include the British citizenry and Europe as a whole along with the rest of humanity. The battle is not nation versus nation nor is it about identity versus identity. The battle, since the time of Iyesus, has always been about the powerful versus the powerless. We can let the money of the powerful keep us perpetually oppressed or we can band together to say embi (no) to the neo-colonizers who are bleeding all of our hopes and our dreams.
One man armed with truth and nothing else can defeat the lies of a thousand armed with millions at their disposal. One man when joined with millions is able to expose the lies of the powerful and reclaim history from the hands of imperial hyenas. This is not about me, though by necessity I am forced to write most of the articles on the Ghion Journal, slowly I’m adding new writers and contributors to the team so that we can have a media owned by the people instead of submitting to the Corporate State Media. The killed the messenger 150 years ago, but try hard as they might, they could not kill the message. The spirit of Atse Tewodros II lives in all of us and it can now be found on the first page of Google #JusticeDelivered
“Justice is revenge.” ~ Saad Hariri
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Teodrose was born in Ethiopia the same year Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by the communist Derg junta. The great grandson five generations removed of Atse (emperor) Tewodros Kassa II, the greatest king of Ethiopia, Teodrose is clearly influenced by the history and his connection to Ethiopia. Through his experiences growing up as first generation refugee in America, Teodrose writes poignantly about the universal experiences of joys, pains and a hope for a better tomorrow that binds all of humanity.
Teodrose has written extensively about the intersection of politics, economic policies, identity, and history. He is the author of "Serendipity's Trace" and newly released "Soul to Soil", two works that inspect the ways we are dissected as a people and shows how we can overcome injustice through the inclusive vision of togetherness.
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