Sunday, April 09, 2006

What Happened To Black Unity and Solidarity?

In present day it seems like only when Black people's way of life is threatened do we, as a unit, come together for a common cause and interest. I just don't get how we can go from having such a powerful, meaningful organization such as the Panthers in the late '60s early '70s who stood up against police brutality, put fear in the heart of every pig you mentioned the words "Panther Party" to, to where we are now. What do we have now?

We have Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton.These white folks don't take Jesse or Al seriously because they're not aggressive enough. They say just enough not to get white people scared! You gotta scare these mutha fuckas and make them feel that THEIR way of life is threatened . When they feel threatened by a Black man with power, they lynch him. Look at Tupac, Martin, Malcolm, Mumia (not gone yet), Huey (who by the way I think was killed by a drug dealer who cut a deal with the pigs). Anyway, I've digressed...

The masses of Black people don't stick together and/or stand for nothing no more and it sickens me. As we all know, IF YOU DON'T STAND FOR SOMETHING, YOU'LL FALL FOR ANYTHING. Where's the unity?!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Turn Off The Radio

Have you seen/heard the garbage they play on the radio and on BET & MTV nowadays? They call it "Hip-Hop" (scoff in disgust). Hip-Hop "was": Erik B. and Rakim, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Digable Planets, Public Enemy, Kool Moe D, Big Daddy Kane, Run DMC, the list goes on. Hip-Hop "IS": Mos Def, Common, The Roots, Dead Prez, Kanye West, Fugees. Hip-Hop IS NOT: Little Bother, Mike Jones, Slim Thug, Young Jeezy, 50 Cent & G-Unit, T.I. and basically everybody mainstream that's doing it big right now. It's not Hip-Hop; it's Pop Rap.

These Pop Rappers are "role models" to our children. They have power to influence young Afrikan kids and they choose to use that power to project this negative image to our children and the kids eat it up. Some may say that it is the job of the parents to teach their children that this kind of music isn't reflecting reality or positivity and I agree. On the flip side of that coin, look at who the parents are now; 16 year old Malika, 15 year old Dashonda, 17 year old Tamika. The generation gap is getting smaller and smaller as the teenage pregnancy rate in the Black community isn't even close to decreasing.

It has been my experience that one is influenced by their surroundings. These young brothas and sistas are bringing life when they haven't even experienced life yet! They have such a detached sense of reality it's a shame. The only hope for the hip-hop community is to expose them to their "True Identity". Make them see who they really are, Afrikans, and encourage them to be proud of their heritage. Teach them who to idolize and not to idolize. Teach them that everything the white man tells them is not true (schools, media, etc). Teach them that to be Black/Afrikan does not mean to be ignorant, ghetto, poor, ugly, etc.

Hip-Hop is powerful. Hip-Hop used to be a tool. It's a tool of revolution. You put the right message in enough of these songs and we might see a change in the Black community. Big time record executives don't want to hear that though. Why do you think REAL Hip-Hop artists like the above mentioned don't get the recognition and air play that they deserve? Think about it. Hip-Hop is now being used as a tool of self-destruction. After leaving the popular video countdown show 106 & Park, former co-host A.J. Calloway said, "We're so lost in the music, we don't understand the reality of what's happening day-to-day in our lives... All those institutions that are out to bring down Blacks don't have to work anymore because we're doing it ourselves... they're laughing at us."

We all need to wake up. Save the music; save our children. Surround the hip-hop community with this positivity and we can't go wrong.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

"The Unpopular Truth"

As I am writing this, I am in the middle of reading a very powerful book of poems writen by a brotha named Kirk Nugent from nj by way of Jamaica. Kirk Nugent is a writer, poet, and lecturer, who has performed on television and on college campuses. His poetry is a powerful display of emotion and truth. He asks, "If I speak the Unpopular Truth does that make me a liar?" A great poet for anyone who wants to expand their point of view. I am blown away by the views expessed in his book, "The Unpopular Truth", because I think just about every Afrikan in amerika can relate to 9 of every 10 poems in it.

If you love poems, you love reading , or you're simply Black and koncious, Kirk Nugent has written a book for you. "The Unpopular Truth". Get it now!

"His thoughts are what the world needs RIGHT NOW! Kirk's heart is definately with the community"- Gamilah-Lamumba Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz

Friday, January 06, 2006

Please Support the Cause

I'm currently working on a project that deals with education. The project is in its fetal stage at this point so as not to exploit my efforts, I must retain a position of confidentiality. What I will say is that my modus operandi is certainly of a positive nature. Once this venture takes flight, it will have a major impact on Black history in a way that you can only dream of. This project will require a lot of support and funding. I'm asking that you support the cause by donating as little or as much as you can (any amount is greatly appreciated) by clicking the pay pal icon on the bottom right column. In doing so, you will become a part of history. I will reveal details of my project once it begins to flourish. Peace and love! Thank you.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Being Militant

Someone once critisized my position of being militant by saying: Being militant in regard to race is missing the point...

Militancy, as I express it, is persistent resistance and rejection of ideas/"isms"/"Schisms/"ologies"/actions that have not and do not serve my self-interest in seeing, believing, expressing or manifesting Africa/ns rising -self included. "Stubborn" would be a lighter term. An example of my militant rejection includes anything "of" and supporting the current world order. Any suggestion, thought or action that is inconsistent with my ideals, goals and aims (Africa/ns rising) -I 'militantly' reject. That includes white supremacy, exploitative plutocracy (gov't and industry working together to achieve/maintain social and economic dominance), 'pan-ignorance' and African self-hate which is a symptom of 'pan-ignorance'.While I am comfortable with being called "militant" in my ways, thoughts and actions, it is but a characterization used to politely suggest by the accuser that I am not "going along," or submitting to "foreign" concepts and programming that serve to defeat my purpose. If that be the case, I wear the "label" proudly.In manitaining "natural" order, I militantly defend my natural right to invoke the first law of nature which is self-preservation/self-determination, an inseparble symbiosis. To this end, I am willing to take "mili-tary" (violent) action in righeous self-defense.

In summary, I am militant about re-establishing and maintaining 'natural order', which is a Risen Africa/ns caring for and being reverent of our Divine Host/Mother "Earth," fulfilling the plan for this Creation. Existing as the Most High Creation, this is my purpose at this time, in this Creation. This is my mission and I am militant about it. Peace!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Prime Example of a Mis-Educated Negro

The Assimilated Negro: The Benefits Of Converting From A Negro To An Assimilated Negro

After reading this blog entry, I was immediately reminded of a book I once read, "The Mis-Education of the Negro" by Carter G. Woodson. This book breaks down the brainwashing of Afrikans in amerika and the "Negro education" throughout our existence in the western hemisphere. I will give you excerpts from the book which apply to this "assimilated Negro" character: "The same educational process which inspires and stimulates the oppressor with the thought that he is everything and has accomplished everything worth while, depresses and crushes at the same time the spark of genius in the Negro by making him feel that his race does not amount to much and never will measure up to the standards of other peoples. The Negro thus educated is a liability of the race.

The difficulty is that the "educated Negro" is compelled to live and move among his own people whom he has been taught to despise... this has been his education and nothing else can be expected of him... If the "educated Negro" could go off and be white he might be happy, but only a mulatto now and then can do this."

It is not assimilated Negro's fault he thinks this way. He is a victim of psychological slavery and he's not alone. It is up to these psychological slaves themselves to expose eachother to "the information" and obtain knowlege of thyself. Once exposed, he/she will begin to see the world in a whole new light. Things he/she once saw as acceptable before will suddenly seem outlandish and vice versa. This information is not hidden. It's there for anyone to grasp but one's will to learn must be eminent.

Can Black People Be Racist?

The question was asked in a forum that I frequent. Can Black people be racist? While this topic can go in many different directions, I think I (with the help of some of my comrades in the Assata Shakur forums) can end the "race" debate with this particular post.

From my experiences, I could answer the question with a simple "yes". However, that answer would be an uneducated one and extremely skin deep (no pun intended). Let’s go beneath the surface. To answer the question at hand, we must first ask: "What is racism?" Racism, very simply, is the ability to affect the lives of those for whom you have prejudiced beliefs. Institutionalized racism, which is what exists in the U.S., is where the power of the entire structure of the society supports and backs racist beliefs. Meaning that the housing, education, jobs, health-care, economics, environment, and criminal justice of African people are all negatively impacted by white racism (1). To be a racist, Black people would have to be the group that has authority over other people's living conditions: employment, legal situations and such. When one group of people have divided the power of a ‘united’ (and I use that term very loosely) country amongst themselves we see the emergence of "supremacists" (2). With that being said, in what way do the prejudices of African people affect the lives of white people? (1)

Prejudice and racism are two clearly different entities and people tend to confuse the two. Prejudice, by definition, is basically a biased mind based on unfair opinion. Prejudice can apply to anyone because for the most part, prejudice ideas are fueled by experience. Therefore, it is not fair to prejudge any one individual.

Knowing that dogs bite does not make me prejudiced against dogs because I know they have the potential to harm me by biting, and to be careful of them (3). Applying this to whites metaphorically, ignoring the experience of whites and their tendencies to inflict harm (in whatever form) upon Africans would be ignorance (3).

The idea that race accounts for innate ability is the creation of white racists. I would suggest you look up Carl Von Linnaeus (1707-1778), Fredrich Blumenbach (1752-1840), both "scientist" if you could say that with a straight face, and Thomas Jefferson and nearly ALL the designers of the American system. If you can find for us where Africans have erected scientist to prove their prejudices and political and social leaders to implement and design societies around that "science" then we can give you some room (1) to assert that Black people can be racist.

I refuse to be conditioned to believe that an African person could ever be 'racist' against another ethnicity. Erasing prejudice amongst Africans is more critical to the uplifting of Africans than worrying about whether some non-African thinks we can be ‘racist.’ That's rhetorical nonsense that leads nowhere, and I don't care whether a non-African thinks that they're not racist. Our goal is to limit opportunities for non-Africans to EXPRESS and ACT ON their opinions about us as Africans. At the end of the day, that is what truly matters to me. We don't have the power to control anyone's impression or attitude about us. We can work to limit their ability to make us suffer the consequences of their thinking (3). Worrying about "racism' is a distraction. Concerning ourselves with how we can use our person-power to change our experience and improve our communities does more to disempower racism and racists than engaging in name-calling. We know what the game is, and as long as we play games not of our creation or control, we'll never step up to our own. Take your ball (African agenda), and start your own game (African liberation). The racism game is tired (3).


Bibliography
1. Assata Shakur Forums- Comrade Tehuti-4
2. Assata Shkur Forums- Comrade Nesayem
3. Assata Shakur Forums- Comrade Creators College

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Educate to Liberate

In light of the ignorance pandemic in the urban community, I feel it’s necessary to stress the importance of educating our children on the TRUE HISTORY of this country and most importantly the history of Afrikans both brought to the stolen land and in the Mother land. I say the "true history" because the history curriculum in amerikan schools and what is known to be truth are two different things. The modern day amerikan-history textbooks that our children refer to as gospel are merely a fiction BASED ON A TRUE STORY. Not only is much of the information in our kids’ text books inaccurate, misleading, and distorted versions of the truth, but many events and important figures in Black history are completely omitted from the pages of "history".

It’s imperative that we teach our children about figures like Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldrige Cleaver, Assata Shakur, Marcus Garvey, and a litany of other memorable Black freedom fighters. What did these people go through? What were their struggles and why is it important? This is what we need to be teaching our children. Every generation is directly effected by the actions and exposure of the one proceeding it. This being the case, it’s of the utmost importance that we start NOW! Much of the youth of today, many of who are procreating prematurely, have a detached understanding of reality and of their surroundings; thereby indirectly and subconsciously passing down to the next generation the ignorance of an enslaved mind. Black youth of today shun ideas such as revolutionary change because they don’t understand it, nor do they comprehend its importance. Most don’t want to understand it and it’s down right shameful. This is what the power structure sets out to do: to obscure the minds of people to the point that they cannot think for themselves. At this point the amerikan government is winning the war of the minds because the most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.

Truthfully speaking, (and I’m being completely unbiased here) if you ask a white history teacher, or even a Black teacher with an enslaved mind for that matter, about Huey P. Newton or who was the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, he/she will give you a twisted explanation; something along the lines of the Black Panther Party being a violent, racist, or anti-white radical organization which couldn’t be further from the truth. They’ll tell you that Huey P. Newton was a vicious, racist "gangster" contrary to the fact that he was actually a very educated, articulate and intelligent civil rights leader who picked up the gun (compliant with American constitutional rights) to defend Black people against police brutality that was so prevalent in the ‘60s and ‘70s. This misconception of Black freedom fighters comes from overblown media coverage which painted horrible pictures of our leaders who had the combination of brains and guts to organize, mobilize, and ultimately challenge the power structure of oppression and brutality. The media is the most unreliable source of facts when it comes to history--- Black history, anyway.

In order to rise above oppression, we must strengthen the backbone of the Black amerikan family by educating families on everything from our constitutional rights as amerikans (and exercise them to their full extent) to our lost history which isn’t taught in any school. Once we begin to educate ourselves on true Black history and expose a lot of the lies and distortions that make up the amerikan-history text books, maybe some of us will break out of the chains of psychological slavery. Maybe then the overall quality of life for Black people will improve, influencing more positive actions and mentalities; thereby producing more positive role models for our children. It all starts with the children. In order for this to work, Black people must all be on the same page and exhibit concrete commitments to freeing our minds. It’s worth repeating: concrete commitments! Then and ONLY then will Black amerika be taken seriously and begin to see results of liberation, political revolution, and overall equality in amerika.