SWITZERLAND IS THE CHOCOLATE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
..but Switzerland doesn't have a single cocoa plantation...
That statement changed my world.
Could we just start all over > make 2024 the year Zero?
And, it was a short hop, a matter of months from hearing former African Union [AU] Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Arikana Chimhombori-Quao point out the incongruence between shiny packaging wrapped around the most delicious treats on Earth and reality and a hunger to find out what other great marketing coups I'd spent a [very long] lifetime eating up. The chocolate is from Africa.
Cell phones and the internet had already introduced me to the name Osius and the biography of a young southern European noblewoman's advantageous marriage leading to a request that her husband's uncle (by a nephew's marriage) creating a document that allowed the couple and. their uncle's church to ravage the Americas to the south. Her step-granddaughter would use the same playbook to ravage the Americas to the north.
Until a year of Dr. Chihombori-Quao's greatest hits, Professor Patrick Lumumba, and President Nelson Mandela's pre-presidential interview with Ted Koppel convinced me for humans there are only two options on Earth...colonizer or colonized...and everything else, family, morality, money, countries, religion, education, entertainment and games are tools for colonizers to maintain everyone else as colonized.
Reading the very difficult (meaning heartbreaking) Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz' An Indigenous People's History of the United States, sent me over the top. And I only got 2/3s through before having to return it to the library.
How, exactly had a ragtag group of former mercenaries along with a planter class who hadn't lifted a finger since they left England paid for a revolution that defeated the greatest powers on Earth?