I, and I assume many of us who consider ourselves “conscious”, “woke”, race first, or any other term synonymous with understanding the system of racism/white supremacy, and who are dedicated towards creating a system of justice, and nation building, often try to picture within our imagination exactly what that nation would consist of. Exactly what would freedom look like for the Lost Children of Afrika, who have been kidnapped and enslaved, then beaten down, physically, mentally and spiritually, but who still remain standing? Visions for this quasi-utopia will vary, but if they are truly dedicated to the liberation of Black/Afrikan people, and ending psychological and systematic racism/white supremacy, then there are more than a few ideas that I suspect many would have in common- no enemies (racists, whether suspected or confirmed/white supremacists) living within, no remnants of the enemy culture that was weaponized to enslave and oppress, then grafted onto us, kwk. But then a sobering thought immediately comes, and it a painful thought. And that is the fact that the world that we are working towards creating, we more than likely are building for those who have yet to be born to enjoy, because there is a distinct possibility, that regardless of how determined and relatively successful we are, we will more than likely not live long enough to truly see the fruits of our work.
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Being a conscious, race-first Black/Afrikan man or woman in the 21st century within the system of racism/white supremacy, which places a target directly on your back is, to say the least, very challenging. It can be lonely, mentally taxing and depressing when you feel as though you see and have the courage to speak and act on serious and important issues concerning the condition of Black/Afrikan people, and the system of racism/white supremacy that everyone else can see, but refuses to acknowledge due to fear, apathy or whatever other reason. It can be heartbreaking when you seek out and come across information that the great Dr. Kamau Kambon calls “life saving information”, you excitedly and eagerly share with those around you, and get at most a shrug of the shoulders. It can be extremely frustrating to find yourself, as perhaps the only “conscious” person in a room full of Black people, having to try to sell liberation to the people for whom liberation is most desperately needed, our own Black/Afrikan people. This is doubly true if you do not have a solid support group of people who are like minded to exchange ideas, plan and strategize with, or an experienced elder figure, who understands the psyche of Black people and has experience dealing with the difficulties of working for Black liberation. In these environments, “standing on your square” and “holding the line” without getting discouraged can be very difficult. But these are the environments when remaining consistent, persistent and resolute are the most effective
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fore·sight ˈfôrˌsīt/ noun
the ability to predict or the action of predicting what will happen or be needed in the future.
The importance of being able to tell which direction something or someone is heading, as well as being able to assess whether it is going in a harmful or beneficial direction, and if it’s coming from the enemy it more than likely is going to be harmful to Black people, and being able and willing to cut it off and destroy it completely before it can gain traction is extremely crucial to our survival in the current era of refined and extremely deceptive racism/white supremacy. Black people have the ability to be exceptionally intelligent and creative, as evidenced by our many contributions to the arts, mathematics, science, architecture and civilization itself. But one of our biggest weaknesses historically, as well as currently seems to be our lack of foresight. Our lack of foresight is a huge hindrance for Black/Afrikan people, because without the ability to read and react to what is coming before it arrives, Black people will perpetually be in a defensive position, only able to react to what has already been done. This is truly dangerous, because once something harmful has been inflicted on a people, and it finds its way into the culture of a people, it becomes increasingly more difficult with time to uproot it from within that culture.
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This is in response to the recent rash of articles, written by Black people, which presents the absurd idea that Blackmen, are the white people of Black people.
Attacks on the Black male image are to be expected by our open, natural enemies, but nothing compares to the damage done and confusion caused when the Black male image is under attack by other Black people. A recent article on a so-called independent news site called Blavity written by a Blackman named Ryan A. Sorrell asserts that 99% of Blackmen are sexist and misogynist (I will not link to the article, but a simple google search should find the article), while the website Madame Noire, well known as a hub of Black feminist/anti-Blackman activity, recently published a piece by a Blackwoman named Veronica Wells, which proclaims that Blackmen are not just “harassers” of Blackwomen, but should more accurately be labeled as “terrorists”. Most notoriously, an article on a website called Very Smart Brothas, which is a part of a white owned “Black” website called the Root, written by a Blackman named Damon Young, declares that “Black Men Are The White People of Black People”. While I take serious umbrage to every one of these articles, I would really like to analyze Damon Young’s piece in particular, because I think it perfectly sums up the illogical mentality of a very sizable amount of arrogantly confused Black people.
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