I want to dedicate this piece to examining and analyzing the monumental importance of developing a racial code of thought, speech and behavior, in terms of how Afrikan people deal and relate to ourselves, each other and our enemies. I believe that this concept is an integral ingredient to the liberation of Afrikan people. A code of conduct would help build up trust within our race, as a lack of trust among Black/Afrikans is a significant barrier to liberation. A code would in theory guide us in our actions and behaviors when it comes to dealing with racial issues i.e. dealing with living under the system of racism/white supremacy. This is important because in Amerikkka, regardless of what those who want to keep the guard of Afrikan people down may say, racial issues are the foremost issues that will ever be faced by our people, as this country was literally built, and the social order is maintained, by and through racism/white supremacy. But without a code of conduct, and people who are dedicated to living by said code, It is my assessment that liberation will always be just beyond the grasp of the Afrikan. The significance of developing, maintaining and faithfully operating within a code in this environment cannot be overstated.
Before we go on, let’s define exactly what a code of conduct is. According to Wikipedia, a code of conduct is described as, “a set of rules outlining the social norms, rules and responsibilities of, or proper practices for, an individual, party or organization. Related concepts include ethical, honor, moral codes and religious laws”. It goes on to list the definition provided by The International Federation of Accountants in its 2007 International Good Practice Guidance as, “Principles, values, standards, or rules of behaviour that guide the decisions, procedures and systems of an organization in a way that (a) contributes to the welfare of its key stakeholders, and (b) respects the rights of all constituents affected by its operations.” Although Wikipedia has proven to not be the greatest source for information, I believe this to be a sound enough working definition for the topic at hand.
Living under the system of white terror/domination, the practitioners of said system practice a code without even having to think about doing so. In fact all racial or ethnic groups who are seriously vying for power tend to operate according to a certain code, one that is conducive to that groups survival and sur-thrive-al, i.e. winning the race race. It is not necessary for everyone within that group to love or even like each other, although that is optimal. As long as those within that group “get on the same page” when it is necessary to do so, the code will always be quite effective. The code is often the very thing that bonds these groups together and keeps the culture intact, functioning for the benefit of the people within that culture. It also allows for communication in which only those who are within that culture are privy to, in terms of language or even non-verbal communication. This is a great benefit in times of war, which Black/Afrikan people are unquestionably in.
In many cultures in which following the code is important, and in fact might be the difference between living and dying, there are also dire consequences for not following the code. These include financial/economic consequences, physical consequences, or even social consequences, i.e. getting shunned and “kicked out of the race”. For many tight knit communities, getting socially shunned by those who would and should naturally be your allies is a fate worse than death. The consequences of not following the code should, in my view, be just as valuable as the code itself. Unfortunately, in regards to Black/Afrikan people there are very few consequences for anyone who does not follow a code. In fact, within the system of racism/white supremacy, there are nothing but benefits for not following and rejecting a code, and doing what is commonly referred to as “cooning”.
By acting in an extremely individualistic manner at the expense of the Afrikan masses, you put yourself in line to be rewarded by our enemies (europeans or whoever else) , which is often the goal in the first place. And if the play for the proverbial “butter biscuit” does not work out, or the treats simply run out, it seems as though we as Black/Afrikans are far too accepting and accommodating of their full re-entry into our society, so that they can continue to infect our people with their tainted mindset. The activities that I am referring to include being specifically and overly critical of other Black people in front of enemies, fighting with other black people, being intentionally divisive along gender lines, skin tone lines, age lines, bickering between the Diaspora, the Diaspora vs the Continent, kwk, airing out internal racial issues in front of whites, lying to Black people on behalf of our enemies (you see this a lot in religion and politics as well as the mis/dis-education system), and telling on other Black/Afrikan people in order to gain favor or just out of spite, i.e. “snitching”. All of these things erode the trust within the race and must stop immediately.
In pt. 2 we will analyze several ideas from Black/Afrikan minds from the past and present on what exactly the Black/African code of thought, speech and conduct should be. Through the exploration of these ideas and some critical thinking, I will determine what I personally think would be most effective and constructive in terms of establishing a code that would be most conducive to the success, survival and revival of the Black/Afrikan race.
Brother Osei, 21st Century Race Man