Xenophilia [zen-uh-fil-ee-uh] noun
- 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
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.
A quick, succinct definition for xenophobia is “fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign”. This xenophobia manifests itself in the many instances of exploitation, slavery, colonization, land theft and eventual genocide that have been documented throughout history. Historically, this applies to the number one colonizers of the entire world, europeans, but is not limited to only europeans, as xenophobia is a hallmark of many asiatic groups, as well as other groups that inhabit places that are racially homogeneous. This xenophobia, and the accompanying arrogance which says that “everything that doesn’t look, think or live like me or us, does not have a right to exist”, will always clash with our penchant for xenophilia, which is interpreted by those who have the opposite cultural view as a weakness to be exploited. A great example, aside from the Afrikan Maafa, which is the worst, most horrific crime ever committed in human history, and an act that irrevocably changed the world, and is itself a fine, or perhaps the finest example of the dangers of naïve xenophilia, is Christopher Columbus’ reaction to seeing the native Arawak people, after reaching the area of the world now known as the Caribbean, or “the New World”, which he thought was Asia.
Here is his reaction, via an excerpt from “History is A Weapon”, by Howard Zinn, which quotes Columbus from his own journal writings:
Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:
“They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… . They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”
These Arawaks of the Bahama Islands were much like Indians on the mainland, who were remarkable (European observers were to say again and again) for their hospitality, their belief in sharing. These traits did not stand out in the Europe of the Renaissance, dominated as it was by the religion of popes, the government of kings, the frenzy for money that marked Western civilization and its first messenger to the Americas, Christopher Columbus.
Columbus wrote: “As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts.”
The information that Columbus wanted most was: Where is the gold? He had persuaded the king and queen of Spain to finance an expedition to the lands, the wealth, he expected would be on the other side of the Atlantic-the Indies and Asia, gold and spices.
Take note of how the first thing that one of history’s ugliest villains, Columbus, noticed about the native people that he encountered is how peaceful, giving, genuinely curious and utterly un-warlike they were, and how in the presence of absolute savages such as him and those of his ilk, these people are “food”, as the street term goes. He immediately took note of their friendliness, and his war-like mind, molded in the cold, barren “caves and hills” of Europe, immediately went to the place of thinking of how easily they and could be conquered, exploited and made into slaves for his and his people’s benefit, and their land could be stolen. This, in my view, all comes down to the climatic and environmental differences in which our racial personalities were forged. It was cold, harsh, and desolate with very few natural resources in the area of the world in which european/whites forged their racial personality. Since resources were so scarce, it was a constant cutthroat competition and struggle to be able to feed themselves and family. This forced the european to be on the constant lookout for new places to take over and conquer in order to be able to survive, and their mentality has never and will never leave survival mode, as their very genetic/racial survival depends on this mentality
This contrasts the warm and sunny climate, and peaceful environment with abundant natural resources in the areas of the world in which Black/Afrikan and other indigenous people’s racial personality was forged. In this environment, there was little reason to fight and compete with anyone else over resources, since you could literally walk around and bump into food sources. Sharing and communal living was the norm, as there was no shortage of anything that is needed for survival. Also since Afrikans are genetically dominant, the presence of others is not threatening to Afrikans on a genetic survival level, as opposed to genetically recessive groups who are constantly worried about racial survival. This forms what Mwalimu Baruti calls “irreconcilable differences” between the races, which will always be at the center of racial conflict between white and non white people throughout the world.
Our xenophilia is a terrific, noble trait to have in the sane, just world which was guided by Ma’atic principles that our ancestors created and inhabited. But in the world which is ruled by the predatory, evil and unjust system of racism/white supremacy, it can be a very dangerous trait to have, simply because history tells us that this trait has always, and apparently will always be used against us. It’s not a trait that we should lose completely, as that would mean losing part of what it means to be Afrikan and human, but it is a trait that must be monitored and used more cautiously and very discriminately if we are going to survive the war which has been waged against our very existence.
Brother Osei, 21st Century Race Man