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Sawubona! It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted on the wordpress site; that is going to change however!

 

 Getting off the Treadmill and Moving into a Movement: An African-(in)-America(n) odyssey.

There is not a stark difference in the respective experiences of Africans in America and the African-American, formerly known as the American Negro. There are however, striking, if not
monumental differences in the respective perceptions of their role(s) in the given Euro-American society. Few people take the time to realize that these types of divisions exist (along with a multitude of others within the black community), and even fewer overstand the multilateral plights that ensue because of these ever-increasing sub-divisions that we perpetuate in our everyday lives. It is imperative that we overstand the origins of this terrible and self-oppressive pathology and reverse this trend in order to truly progress as a people.

The author is not going to spend fruitless energy debating the authenticity of the infamous “Willie lynch speech”, for that debate is neither relevant to this essay nor to actualizing our aspirations for liberation. He is however, going to use the concepts of this document as a foundation to show the reader how they have been implemented in this society. This letter comes into context as the primordial “smoking gun” and/or blueprint for the successful enslavement of millions African people during (and after) the trans-Atlantic slave trade and can be summarized in the following sentence;

“strip a people of their culture and then set and dictate a system of division on all levels of human interaction to those people until those divisions are embedded within their sub-conscious thought, and by virtue of time they will give birth to generations that slowly deviate from their original cultural, historical and humanistic selves”.

Numerous people have spent countless hours trying to prove or disprove the authenticity of the speech, but Regardless of what one’s opinion is of the speech in terms of accuracy; one who claims to be a scholar of the African world cannot legitimately argue against the reality that there has been a systematic tradition of the exploitation and subjugation of African people by Europeans. That axiom surpasses the academic rhetoric and causes one to look at society from a fundamental, if not elementary vantage; from which one sees that the very society we reside in today continues to purport this age old white superiority/black inferiority complex. Furthermore, the divisions that we as black people (in the aftermath of physical slavery) place upon ourselves, such as but not limited to: the color complex, the disconnect between the older and the younger generations, and brewing dissension for varying religious philosophies, are but mere tools that the ruling elite use to keep us fighting amidst ourselves while they continue to bear the fruits of our labor. None of the aforementioned divisions were created by our people, nor do they have any origins within our pathology; however, in contemporary times these same… afflictions have been perpetuated on our people by our people under the umbrella of white superiority. We kill ourselves with guns that we don’t manufacture, become addicted to and overdose on drugs that we neither produce nor import, we eat food and drink water laced with mind depressants and toxins (i.e.: fluoride and high fructose corn syrup) that we don’t inspect or question; yet we constantly inherit the destructive side-effects of the above mentioned.

We have been reared in a society that is severely handicapped for a lack general of knowledge about by our people about our people, and furthermore a lack of desire to obtain and implement that knowledge. This is by no accident. In the worlds of mainstream media and education; both culture and societal shaping mediums, we (Afrikan people) have been constantly and consistently regarded as a sub-human people; incapable of critical thinking concepts or holding positions of “importance” in Euro-American society. Our contributions to civilization (actually the birth of civilization) never seem to make it to the public arena. Our Great thinkers go unmentioned, and leaders omitted from the pages of special interest-funded history books. We are told the same stories during black history month annually, as if twenty-eight and one-quarter half-assed days are equal compensation for the daily terror that is being an African in America. We are a dark skinned people; we are inherently different from any other race of people on this planet, and by that conviction alone we are a threat not only to the Eurocentric paradigm, but the European Existence; and in their minds the reality of that serves as justification enough for their actions… That is why it is of the utmost importance to them that for them to remain in power that they continue to purport the aforementioned white superiority/ black inferiority complex at any cost (on a large scale: imperialism/globalization/neocolonialism). What they fail to realize is that (prior to the Europeanization of our minds) we have never been a divisive or vengeful, nor have we had the desire to oppress another people.

To begin to comprehend the magnitude and extent of this psychological impediment, Take a minute and flip through any English dictionary; look up the definitions of white and black. The connotations associated with both are conveyed in this quote by AFRO-Caribbean author Frantz Fanon,

“Moral consciousness implies a kind of scission, a fracture of consciousness into a bright part and an opposing black part. In order to achieve morality, it is essential that the black, the dark, the Negro vanish from consciousness. Hence a Negro is forever in combat with his own image.”

We are portrayed only as the comedic relief, the entertainers, or the criminal so that we only see ourselves as being the comedic relief, entertainer, or criminal on a conscious and sub-conscious level, or to again quote Fanon,

“A feeling of inferiority? No, {it is} a feeling of nonexistence. Sin is Negro as virtue is white.”

We reside in an environment in which we indoctrinate ourselves with the reality of media perception and allow the ideals instigated by it to manifest in our surrounding environment.We get the vast majority of our information, education, food, clothing, pathologies, behaviors, perceptions of beauty, likes, dislikes, and are governed by the same people and concepts that have oppressed our people (and the world) since their inception…This applies to not only the experiences of the African in America, but also in neo-colonial Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin and South America ; Yet we never ask where these ideals and concepts are coming from, nor do we ask what is the purpose, or bigger picture of these ideals and concepts? Too often we simply oblige for the sake of false comfort and temporary acceptance by our peers. This is why as brother Samori Sekou Camara states,

“The essence of power resides in the hands of those who control reward and punishment. In this society, Afrikans continue to be rewarded for exhibiting anti-Afrikan/[pro]European characteristics.”

We celebrate European Holidays, send our children to European Schools, Work in European Corporations, partake in European rituals, celebrate and worship European Gods, think European features are superior to African features, and even go by a European calendar without question because we haven’t organized and collectively sought, or attempted to actualize our aspirations for liberation, and therefore truth, on our own terms. The solutions are there, as are the people necessary to lay its foundation; for our identity has never really gone anywhere; we just have been trained for so long not to recognize it and/or demean it.

The point the author is attempting to make here is that assimilation within the euro-centric/American society is not conducive for any people that are not European (even for Europeans that’s not a beneficial system), and in actuality it is a detriment to the aspirations of a people who claim to desire true freedom. No matter what face is put on white power… if it acts like white power, works with white power and perpetuates the ideologies of white power; it is inevitably, white power. European concepts cannot be used to solve African issues, for the collective mentality of the European as it pertains to the African race is inherently oppressive and fundamentally corrupt. It is paramount to overstand that this pathology is not only detrimental to African people, but on a larger scale the world…Multi-national entities based on these Euro-centric concepts, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United Nations (U.N.) continue to systematically instigate conflict and administer poverty to our people across the Diaspora, but because we feel as if we need these entities to have even the opportunity to move forward, or that there is no other viable option, (such as ourselves), we inherit the necessity to depend on people who have oppressed us to do for us what we can, must, and should be doing for ourselves. Separation from institutionalized oppression and a correlating implementation of a sustainable, self-dependent system is what leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Patrice Lumumba, Huey Newton, Malcolm X, Toussaint L’Overture, Kwame Ture, and Mangaliso Sobukwe overstood. The concepts of Self-Determination, Black Nationalism and/or Pan-Afrikanism were all born out of our people recognizing the need to re-establish a uniform framework in which we could break free from our oppressors and create an environment that is conducive to the holistic progress of our people. Take a second to contemplate what we lost because of integration in the decades that followed the passage of the civil rights act of 1964. Scores of black schools lost teachers and in turn students who we’re under the belief that white institutions were so much more superior to their own, that when the opportunity presented itself, they went for it without regard for what they could potentially lose. But as James Baldwin aptly noted,

James Baldwin
“Public education is indoctrination if you’re white-subjugation if you’re black.” This is but one of the many examples that embody the truth that “change, isn’t always progress.” Being pro-black, or being for the advancement of one’s own people is not being anti-white, anti-American, or anti-anything, it is however, the direct determination of a people to take back control their collective mind, body and spirit, for the benefit of the world.

In these times it is critical that we instigate a new movement, a new system in which our people overstand the necessity to participate in Sankofa, and furthermore work consciously with the intent to actualize that in which we so desire; collective prosperity, cultural awareness and appreciation, and global tranquility. We have to reform our value system, and take the steps necessary to correct the way we treat ourselves and each other and not stand for anything less. We are kin, we are a family, a unit, and most importantly a state of consciousness and that cannot be overstood enough. As Kwame Ture often stated… we must “Organize, Organize, organize!” We can no longer wait for the unification of a society at the expense of the liberation of a people.

“Even The trees weep for those who don’t know their roots.”

-Tafari Melisizwe

The Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dwellers) Movement began in Durban, South Africa, in early 2005. Although it is overwhelmingly located in and around the large port city of Durban it is, in terms of the numbers of people mobilised, the largest organisation of the militant poor in post-apartheid South Africa. Its originary event was a road blockade organised from the Kennedy Road settlement in protest at the sale, to a local industrialist, of a piece of nearby land long promised by the local municipal councillor to shack dwellers for housing.

The movement that began with the road blockade grew quickly and now includes tens of thousands of people from more than 30 settlements. In the last year and a half the movement has suffered more than a hundred arrests, regular police assault and ongoing death threats and other forms of intimidation from local party goons. It has developed a sustained voice for shack dwellers in subaltern and elite publics and occupied and marched on the offices of local councillors, police stations, municipal offices, newspaper offices and the City Hall in actions that have put thousands of people on the streets. The movement also organised a highly contentious but very successful boycott of the March 2006 local government elections under the slogan ‘No Land, No House, No Vote’. Amongst other victories the Abahlali have democratised the governance of many settlements, stopped evictions in a number of settlements, won acces to schools, stopped the industrial development of the land promised to Kennedy Road, forced numerous government officials, offices and projects to ‘come down to the people’ and mounted vigorous challenges to the uncritical assumption of a right to lead the local struggles of the poor in the name of a privileged access to the ‘global’ (i.e Northern donors, academics and NGOs) that remains typical of most of the NGO based left. The movement’s key demand is for ‘Land & Housing in the City’ but it has also successfully politicised and fought for an end to forced removals and for access to education and the provision of water, electricity, sanitation, health care and refuse removal as well as bottom up popular democracy. In some settlements the movement has also successfully set up projects like crèches, gardens, sewing collectives, support for people living with and orphaned by AIDS and so on. It has also organised a 16 team football league and quarterly all night multi genre music competitions.

The best way to make direct contact with Abahlali baseMjondolo is to send a letter to:

Abahlali baseMjondolo
Kennedy Road Informal Settlement
286 Kennedy Road
Clare Estate
4138
Durban
South Africa

 

For more information on this, go to http://www.abahlali.org/

 

Please inform people about this!

 

-Hotep

Hotep Family! Much love and respect to you and yours!

May the Amadlozi continue to protect and guide us through these tumultuous times!

This weeks post is going to be relatively short, just some words from Brother Mumia Abu-Jamal; political prisoner and utter genius!

FREE MUMIA!

 

Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal examines the Obama candidacy from a Black nationalist perspective. (the “ours” in his title refers to African American people. Posting a point of view does not imply Kasama’s endorsement of those views. (Thanks to Iris for suggesting this post.)

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

With the attainment of the required delegates to claim the Democratic Party’s nomination for U.S. president, Sen. Barack H. Obama (D. ILL.) has written a new page in American history. For by so doing he succeeds where Channing Phillips, Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, Sr., and Al Sharpton could not – by gaining the necessary delegates to demand nomination. Of course, there have been numerous Black candidates for president, but these have been third party efforts designed more to raise issues, to organize or protest than to actually win elections. Some of the best known have been Eldridge Cleaver (former Black Panther Minister of Information), Dick Gregory, Dr. Lenora Fulani, and the former congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney.

But this is a different kettle of fish, for Obama’s candidacy is the closest to make it to the winner’s circle. What also distinguishes Obama from his predecessors is he doesn’t come from civil rights, Black liberation, socialist or anti war movements. (He often remarks at speeches, “I’m not against all wars, I’m just against dumb wars.”)

Indeed, although his detractors may try to paint him as a leftist liberal this is hardly true.

On issues both foreign and domestic he would’ve been more at home in the Republican Party of his senatorial forebear, Edward Brooke of Massachusetts. For though he is Black by dint of his African father, he has studiously avoided Black political groups in his long, harrowing climb to the rim of the White House. He has studiously avoided the very real and long standing grievances of Black America. In fact, he tried to run a ‘post-racial’ campaign until Sen. Hillary R. Clinton (D.N.Y.) (and her rambunctious husband, former Pres. Bill), brought race front and center during the Super Tuesday February primaries, by trying to pigeonhole him as ‘the Black candidate’. This primary wounded Obama, and as he won in the delegate count, he also lost a number of primary states, such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, which are necessary for a win in November.

Politics is the art of making people believe that they are in power when in fact, they have none. It is a measure of how dire is the hour that they’ve passed the keys to the kingdom to a Black man. As in many American cities, Black Mayors were let in when the treasuries were almost barren, and tax bases were almost at rock-bottom. With the nation’s manufacturing base also a thing of history, amidst the socioeconomic wreckage of globalization, with foreign affairs in shambles, the rulers reach for a pretty, brown face to front for the Empire. ‘Real change that you could believe in’ would be an end to Empire, and an end to wars for corporate greed, not just a change of the shade of the political managers. That change, I’m afraid, is still to come.”

Op3n your Mind

“There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people.”

-Fannie Lou Hamer

Greetings Afrikan family across the Diaspora! I speak with you in good health, great spirits and with liberation on my mind. I hope all is going well with you and yours, and that you are living in peace, love, and harmony with your higher self!

Ase!

I Started working at a Afrikan apparel/art store that recently opened in my area, and I must say, the potential of the store is sky high, (that is of course, barring the impending staged economic collapse of the American dollar, which will in turn be replaced by the Amero…which will replace the Mexican Peso and Canadian Dollar as well because all three nations have lost their sovereignty due to the formation of the North American Union by the neo-Nazi Illuminati, or ruling elite as a stepping stone towards a global one-world government.) so I’m pretty excited about that. It’s a beautiful thing to actually have the opportunity to present our people with aspects of our Afrikan culture and observe their reactions to things…eerily familiar to the inner self, which is evident by the sense of excitement and curiosity generated from just a few words about what “this” or “that” is…Just beautiful… We all need take the time to get back to ourselves…our roots, our Afrikanness; physically, mentally, spiritually, and above all, collectively! That’s what the movement is really about, bringing about a new paradigm, a progressive change in consciousness for the benefit of Afrikan people across the Diaspora! That Revolutionary love! 

But I’ll keep this week’s message brief, for I also have a question for anyone willing to answer!

As I stated earlier, the store in which I am working has only been in business for about three weeks, and I want to bring in some more things to promote collective growth amidst our people! I have some ideas of what I want to bring in, but I figured I should ask the people as well!! so In your comments, please leave any suggestions you think we should consider to bring into the store, and why!

Thanks! and Hotep!

::Read.Research.Redistribute.Repeat::

Video of the Week:

Amerikkkan Blackout by PRESIDENTAL CANDIDATE Cynthia Mckinney

(but remember… presidents are (S)elected)

“The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed. Idleness is its rust. Unless it will up and think and taste and see, all is in vain.”

-Robert Townsend

 

Hotep family across the Afrikan Diaspora! I hope all is well with you and that you are finding/living truth in everything you seek! I hope love is pulsating through your consciousness, you know what I’m talking about! That revolutionary indigo soul love!

 

Recently, I’ve felt as if my creative juices have been on a temporary hiatus… I haven’t written any new poetry… or any essays in the last two weeks or so… which is very uncharacteristic of me. But I know the Amadlozi will speak more truth through me when necessary…I have however kept up on my reading (Deep Star Beginnings: The Genesis of African Science and Technology by Charles Finch, and Ready for Revolution by Kwame Ture… and went and checked out an audio book entitled The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur  by Daoud Hari, a Zaghawa translator from Darfur. Its amazing thus far! Darfur is not a thing of the past, and that is something that we need to realize! Always make certain to stay abreast on what’s going on within our communities across the world! And read, read, read!!! Here are the four R’s for building Afrikan consciousness:

 Read…Research…Redistribute…Then repeat.

 We must make the pursuit of knowledge popular again amidst our Afrikan youth! We have to have book clubs and study groups that instill self-respect, self-love, community love, community improvement, and of course, Pan-Afrikan philosophy. We must refresh ourselves with truth of Sankofa; because the state of our youth will always dictate the direction of our movement, and therefore by necessity, it is vital that the mindsets of our collective youth are at the forefront of our concerns! You can never be too young to lead a movement! Too brothas and sistahs out there that come across this post; if you haven’t already, it is time to take action! There are plenty of sources out there for us to grab from in order to formulate these book clubs/ study groups!! All we need is the people! On Tell-LIE-vision all we see are comedic and/or ignorant interpretations of who we are (with the exception of very few shows), for the sole purpose of keeping us entertained and benighted… not educated… not informed on the issues facing our communities and how to solve them…but entertained… Tell-LIE-vision professes nothing short of overt exploitations and covert oppressive ideals of and towards our Afrikan people via promoting self-hate ideals, and stressing individual fame instead of community gain…ultimately for the goal of keeping us separated and ignorant of what we really need to be doing in order to get back to our roots, our afrikanness…Brothas and sistahs… its time to take hold of our own destiny reject the European paradigm totally and unequivocally, and it must start with our youth! Each one teach one, then teach someone else! We have got to put the remote control down and let go of the cauldron of elementary lyrical content known as gansgta rap/mainstream rap! We need to support artists who consistently make a conscious effort to put out positive music only and the same goes for any other professional realm; if you are not re-investing in the Afrikan community or working towards the improvement of the Afrikan community, then you will no longer be privy to reaping benefits off of our back…at all.

Spread the message Afrikan people, it’s time to awaken and rekindle our fire…time to take out our drums and play…play…play… as we collectively build our mind, body and spirit. It is time to awaken and reclaim who and what we are…because we represent the last universal axiom; only temporarily captivated by this earthly ignorant bliss.

Ase.

Saul Williams

 

“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”

-El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X)

Hotep brothers and sisters throughout the world! I hope you have found, and continue to strive for peace, love, unity, and balance in your lives! Greetings and thanks to the Amadlozi (Zulu for “The Desired One’s) as always…Ase.

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to come across the new Zeitgeist documentary entitled “Zeitgeist Addendum.” Great stuff. This is the 3rd documentary done by these guys (“Zeitgeist” and “Esoteric Agenda”), and I definitley reccommend that you watch them when you get the chance! You can find them on Google Video, Veoh, and parts of it on Youtube. I’m also going to post “Zeitgeist Addendum” at the bottom of this post for your enjoyment :).

To make a long story relativley short; we have got to stop supporting the system that has oppressed, and continues to opress us. Humanity is to live in harmonious unity with the each other and the earth, but here in Amerikkka and other parts of the world; due to among other things the physcological/cultural genocide known as the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade, the implementation and perpetuation of the white superiority/everyone else inferiority complex, capitalism, and materialism… not only our our Afrikan kin across the Diaspora still enslaved (weather it be physically, mentally or both)…but the majority of the worlds population is as well!  We have to take back what is rightfully ours… our minds and our lives!

After watching “Zeitgeist Addendum,” I posted a comment on facebook in which it states “Don’t support the system…Boycott money :),” to spark some conversation amidst myself and and some of my friends…and some people took heavy offense to that statement. Now no disrespect to any of my friends in which I’ve previously mentioned…but their responses we’re exactly that of a mainstream-media oriented, group think type of ideology. This monetary system was built to fail! Because this is what a central bank is and how a central bank works with the fractional reserve system:

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Welcome!

Welcome to “Dakarai”, the Pan-Afrikan Media Portal, Brought to you by Active Influence! 

Greetings to you brothers and sisters! I hope all is well with you! Before I begin, first and foremost I must  extended my deepest gratitude and respect to all of the elders and ancestors of our people…Without their love, determination, wisdom, and knowledge, we would not be here… May they bless, enlighten and protect us, and continue to bless, enlighten and protect our future generations. Much respect to the elders and ancestors… Ase.

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Who we are:Founded by Chauncey Hanshaw in Feburary of 2007, Active Influence is an ongoing project to  continue the work of Marcus Garvey, El Haj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), Kwame Ture, Huey P. Newton, Martin Luther King Jr., Shirley Chisholm, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Assata Shakur, and numerous others, towards the unification of the Afrikan Diaspora; this is known as Pan-Afrikanism, and we are totally committed to the Pan-Afrikanist cause. We are united students of life, we come in all ages, and from a plethora of backgrounds but we come together. Ranging from musicians and poets, to track stars and graffiti artists, Active Influence is full of diversity, but unified around a common cause; to help bring unity to our Afrikan kin across the globe in from a Pan-Afrikanist vantage.

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