“CONSCIOUS” and “WOKE”….WHAT DO THESE TERMS REALLY MEAN?

Abibifahodie,

As far back as I can remember, I have considered myself as a person who is very aware of racism/white supremacy, social prejudice, and the evils that have been perpetrated onto Black/Afrikan people through the largest crime committed in human history, the maafa, which dispersed us into many of the disparate locations that we now refer to as the diaspora.  The term that has been popularly used to refer to a racially aware person of Afrikan descent is “conscious”, which is defined in this context as being awakened to racial injustice and white supremacy.  The newer, trendier term for this type of person, that is now in use for the social media, hashtag generation is “woke”, which is essentially a synonym for “conscious”, in the general sense, as well as within this context.  The term “conscious” is a term that I have accepted for myself throughout the years, without closely examining what it actually means in a deeper sense to be “conscious”, as well as examining the “conscious community”, who positions themselves as the flag bearers for consciousness within the larger Black/Afrikan community.  So exactly what does it mean to be “conscious” or “woke” in 2017?

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THE PALE FACE OF TERRORISM

ter·ror·ism  ˈterəˌrizəm  noun

the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

“Watchlisting Guidance: National Counterterrorism Center 2013 Publication,” It states that:

 “TERRORIST and/or TERRORIST ACTIVITIES” combine elements from various federal definitions and are considered to:

1.14.1 involve violent acts or acts that are dangerous to human life, property, or infrastructure which are violations of U.S. law, or may have been, if those acts occurred in the United States, and

1.14.2 appear to be intended—

to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping, or hostage-taking.

Abibifahodie,

Amerikkka… despite its “war on terror”, a laughable farce of a term, is home to some of the oldest terrorist organizations in existence.  Organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, and other scattered “right wing militias” (white supremacist paramilitary groups) essentially only exist for terroristic purposes.  A database compiled by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute says that out of 201 incidents that could be classified as terrorism between 2008-2016, those committed by “right wing extremists” (code word for white supremacists) outnumber those by so-called “Islamicists” (those who whites want to make the face of terrorism) by nearly a 2-1 margin.  According to the report, right wing/white supremacists account for 115 cases, “Islamicists” accounted for 63 cases, and “others” (so called “left wing” groups, animal rights activists, so-called Black Lives Matter activists, kwk) accounted for 19 cases.  Nearly 1/3rd of those committed by so called “right wing extremists” resulted in casualties.  The Department of Homeland Security issued a report which gave the statistic that white supremacists were responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000-2016, more than any other domestic terrorist movement.  But although these statistics, taken and provided by whites themselves, are as clear as day, the mainstream media, which functions as the propaganda arm of the system of white supremacy, are often very hesitant and unwilling to label these incidents as terrorism.  In fact, in Feb 2017 under the administration of white supremacist in chief, Donald Trump, the government and national law enforcement organizations declared that they would would no longer target white supremacist groups, under a program called “Countering Violent Extremism”, and would instead focus all of their attention on Muslim groups, and that they would be changing the name of the program to “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism”.

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XENOPHILIA: BLACK/AFRIKAN KINDNESS, A WEAKNESS?

Xenophilia [zen-uh-fil-ee-uh] noun

  1. an attraction to foreign peoples, cultures, or customs.

“We are a xenophilic people, genuinely curious about and embracing of strangers.  We have never had to learn ho to get along.  That is our natural way.  We have never feared or hated those with whom we have no familiarity.  We do not judge without knowledge.  We wait for people to show themselves.  We have always felt that prejudice is beneath us, a detraction from our humanity.  Xenophilia is one of our most prized reputations.  This is how we have always been” – Mwalimu Baruti

Abibifahodie,

Regardless of what popular, politically correct, “we are all one”, “kumbaya, my lord” style sentiments that are floating out there may say, there are many, very crucial, cultural personality differences between racial and ethnic groups.  These differences are very real, and they without a doubt in my view, contribute mightily to the racial tension or “cold war” that defines our very existence.  One of those character traits, which differentiate Black/Afrikan people from other racial and ethnic groupings, which undoubtedly contribute to the unenviable position that Black/Afrikan people occupy on the man-made racial and socio-economic hierarchy, is Black/Afrikan people’s penchant for xenophilia (which was defined in the introductory paragraph) toward other cultures.  This aspect of the Black/Afrikan cultural personality, under normal, human living conditions would and should be considered a good thing.  It is a testament to our humanity, our hospitality, our natural warmth as a people, and our giving, and forgiving hearts.  But, as the tagline of this blog declares, we are at war for our very survival as a people.  We are at war with a people, whose cultural traits in terms of how they relate to others, are marked by a deep seated fear, for both genetic annihilation, as well as reprisal for the havoc that they have wrought, and cultural xenophobia.

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REPARATIONS: HOW MUCH CAN YOU PAY FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF A RACE?

Abibifahodie,

The issue of reparations is a topic that has been at the forefront of the Black Liberation struggle for decades.  It is a rather tricky and delicate subject for our people, with a few legitimate sides from which the subject can be approached.  On one hand, the fact that Black people have never received any measure of compensation for hundreds of years of forced free labor under inconceivably brutal, oppressive and inhumane conditions, as well as the absolute hell that we have gone through in this wicked land that we have been kidnapped and brought to, is something that absolutely should and must be addressed.  The Black/Afrikan race were/are the victims of the worse moral and human rights crime in recorded human history with the Maafa.  And it is also a crime that the perpetrators (europeans, arabs and all of their other collaborators) have never had to pay for in any way shape or form, either financially, physically, or in any other way.  The approach by the offending party has been to arrogantly go on about their business, dismissively mocking us for what they have done, while minimizing their crimes.  Clearly there is an outstanding financial, as well as spiritual debt that has yet to be paid, that has accrued massive interest.  But on the other hand, there is a part that feels as though any amount of money that can be paid and accepted by the sons and daughters of enslaved Afrikans, the inheritors of this oppression, would be letting our enemies off cheap, regardless of the number.  Exactly how much is enough money to pay for the enslavement, suffocating subjugation and ongoing genocide of an entire race, the Black/Afrikan race?

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