I know what I am going to say is polarizing and controversial but I could care less. I am being moved to make this statement. I am sick and tired of Black people in America being ashamed of ourselves. I am sick and tired of Black people in America neglecting our roots because we don't feel comfortable with it. I am sick of Black people in America wanting to be what we are not. That includes the so called conscious community. We are a sad bunch of ragtag talk alot do nothings that romanticize over things that can not get us from point A to point B. I started another thread about who and what are we in regards to our origins. That fact is we know nothing about our origins but ancedotal references given to us by our eminent armchair scholars. As we discuss nonsense, our very birthrights are being stolen and appropriated from under us by the ones many so called conscious people view as the enemy to African (Black) people. And we are ok with it because we don't give a ****. We want to be Moors, Muslims (Arabs), Christians (people of Judea) and Jews (Hebrew Israelites). The truth is over 80% of our ancestors came from the environs of the western coast of Africa. If you look at the cultural retentions we have maintained, the majority of them have their origins among the Wolof, Mande, Akan, Ewe, Yoruba, Igbo, Bakongo and Mbundu peoples. These were the primary groups of our ancestors. These people were NOT Moors, Arabs, Christians or Jews besides the Wolof who converted to Islam due to proselytizing missions in the 1300s and the Bakongo who converted to Christianity due to the Portuguese slave traders and imperialists. Even the Egyptian line is weak. What Egyptian cultural retentions do we have? As we pretend to be everything but who we are, white folks are ever increasingly attempting to be babalawos, aborisa, vodouisants and the like. White people are now telling Black people about African Traditional Religions. White people are now saying Vodou is European, rootwork comes from the Pennsylvania Dutch and are setting themselves up as the experts. Your own traditions you are giving to white folks because in our minds they are nothing but a regression of the high culture of Egypt and Kush. No one respects us because we don't respect ourselves. We think we know better than those ignorant pickaninnies that sacrifice animals and didn't build pyramids. We claim the whole world but ashamed to claim the homelands of our ancestors. Black folks... we are a perfect example of the saying "They forgot their history so they died." We wish to forget our roots for everything else and for things given to us by others. We can rationalize how ever we wish but again if you want to know your roots and origins look none other to the people our ancestors came from when they were brought over as slaves. Stop pretending Black people. Stop the self hatred and embrace your real origins. Anyone willing to prove that our ancestors were not Bambara, Wolof, Akan, Ewe, Yoruba, Igbo, Bakongo, Mbundu or any number of the surrounding groups feel free.