“Our people are very serious about not being very serious. Meanwhile white people are very serious about playing hardball against us. And this hardball is called genocide.” – Dr. Kamau Kambon
In a world where the system of white supremacy is the dominant social, economic, political and religious system, distractions, diversions and carefully planned confusion abounds. The white supremacists have constructed many barriers of protection for the system of racism/white supremacy. One of the main barriers of protection is a thick web of nonsense, which is designed to drain your time and energy. This is accomplished by way of misinformation disguised as truth, and diversionary tactics disguised as constructive activity, which is designed to give the appearance or illusion of constructive action against racism/white supremacy to those who have not developed a discerning eye for such tactics. The purpose of this is to keep those who have the willingness to counter racism for the purposes of eliminating white supremacy off of their mission, making this already gargantuan assignment that much more difficult. In this environment, it becomes paramount to attack the work of eliminating white supremacy with a degree of seriousness and discernment, in order to ensure that those whose mission it is to take you off of your game, so to speak, have no chance of being successful.
When I write about the importance of attacking this problem with a high degree of seriousness, that is not to discount the importance of laughing, occasional joking, relaxation and the occasional respite from doing the work necessary, which can be mentally and spiritually draining. In fact, those things are necessities for preserving sanity and having a balanced life. The importance of Black mental health cannot be overstated due to our continued existence within a system that is dependent on driving us all insane in order to further perpetuate the system. But it is to say that we should be very determined, persistent and consistent in finding solutions to the world’s foremost problem concerning Black people. It is to say that many of the time wasting traps that eat up the majority of our free time, energy and resources, that we engage in when we (many of us) are not busy working for our enemies to feed, clothe and provide shelter for ourselves and our families/loved ones, must necessarily either be discarded or greatly reduced in favor of serious work and study to eliminate the problem. One of the greatest factors that impact our fight against racism/white supremacy in a multitude of ways is the concept of time. The amount of time that we have been subject to the oppression of racism/white supremacy is considerable in relation to the life span of the average person.
The longer the time is that we remain subjected to this system, the more entrenched the system becomes into the minds of Black people, as well as the minds of the whites who practice racism/white supremacy. The longer the system remains in place, the stronger the toxic and deadly idea becomes in the minds of the people that since this is the current social, economic, political and religious system, and no one who is currently living has ever lived under a different system than the system of white supremacy, it is probably the most correct system. Also, the longer this unjust, evil system stands, the weaker the concept that there may be a more equitable and just system that can be practiced becomes. The longer white supremacy is the dominant system, the further the delay of the practitioners and the beneficiaries of white supremacy receiving justice and sanctions for their crimes committed to the world and the stronger the idea that we should just “forget about it” becomes in the minds of Black people, as well as the whites who this idea would greatly benefit. This idea becoming further entrenched in the minds of the victims of this system, Black people, is essentially a death sentence for the race.
This is why it is more important than ever before to use our free time studying, speaking, writing, acting and working within the community in a serious, purposeful manner. Simply put, we no longer have any time to waste. Time is of the essence, and time will not under any circumstances wait for any man or woman. We are in the most urgent situation that we could possibly be in. It is now at a point to where all Black people who agree that the system of racism/white supremacy exists (and in my view you would have to either be mentally deficient, or willfully and maliciously dishonest to deny the existence of the system), who have an understanding that the only people who would naturally be the most willing to dismantle the system are the victims of the system, and have pledged to do their part to end the system must use all of their free time constructively. Even the relaxation time that you would allow yourself, when properly used, would be constructive as it would serve as a “recharging of the batteries” in order to do the necessary work more effectively, constructively and seriously.
It is my experience that when one gets serious about eliminating the problem of racism/white supremacy, that other people who may be in your life who do not understand the urgency of the situation will deliberately bring more distractions to halt the constructive change in your use of time. It behooves all who are on this righteous path to greatly limit our interactions with those who are not bringing anything constructive in the form of stimulating conversation, discussion or information, or a willingness to collaborate on constructive projects, producing constructive material, kwk. The era of silly, non-constructive Black people, overly preoccupied with entertainment, social media shenanigans and nonsense must end soon, and the era of the Blackman and Blackwoman who are serious about liberation for Black people, eliminating racism/white supremacy and producing justice must begin now, and not a minute later.
Brother Osei, 21st Century Race Man