TOWARD THE DEFINITION OF AFRICAN-CENTERED MANHOOD

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  1. OldSoul

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    NOTES TOWARD THE DEFINITION OF AFRICAN-CENTERED MANHOOD
    by Larry D. Crawford (Excerpt)

    CONSCIOUSNESS: THE APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE

    It is impossible to separate the xenophobic (fear, mistrust, hate of that which is strange or foreign), racialistic socialization of Europeans that predates Western slavery or the unique indoctrination of Africans into global enslavement, colonization and ongoing exploitation in the capitalist world economy from the suppression of consciousness that maintains the Black community in a profound state of mental, spiritual and social deprivation.
    Outside of a blinding propaganda of patriotism infused through commercial media, one fundamental reason for the confusion over group loyalty is the intentional misrepresentation of the origin of racism in Western thought. Many African Americans and most Europeans believe that racism began during slavery and accept it as the impartial rationalization for the inhumane treatment of enslaved Africans. This is, of course, a purely economic argument. And economic arguments tend to lay the blame on institutions that have taken on lives of their own instead of investigating those who build them and at some level knowingly use them as tools for their benefit.
    Others argue that the origin of racism against people of color can be found early in the evolution of mutated Occidental philosophies. Whether you want to talk about two cradle, cold climate matched with harsh environment, displaced aggression, or fear of racial genocide through miscegenation theories, the assumption is that the systematic propagation of alleged racial differentiation championed by Europeans began long before they were invaded by Moors.
    Why are these very different arguments important? Primarily because they determine the action advocated and taken by Blacks to attain "equality" and control over their destiny when under the benevolent tutelage of racists. The locus of cause is of utmost importance. If you believe that racism is a byproduct of slavery, you will assume that economic parity, given concerted forthright efforts by the disadvantaged, (if you work hard enough and long enough), will produce racial equality. You will believe that the simple act of elevating individual incomes and wealth among the oppressed to the level of the oppressors will guarantee them the much needed love and respect of their reference group, the oppressors. Books like Volunteer Slavery and The Rage of a Privileged Class help reveal the fallacious and victim blaming nature of this assumption.
    If, on the other hand, you endorse the belief that European racist thought greatly preceded the enslavement of Africans in the Americas, then you come to a different understanding of the use of economic currency. And, consistent with this line of thinking, the only solution given the contemporary cultural context is to change the basic framework of rank-ordered, value-laden color hierarchies through which people have learned to screen every aspect of their worlds.
    Obviously, without a working appreciation of their heritage relative to the historically demonstrated intent of others, no distinct group of individuals within a pluralism can remain competitive and solvent. And the integrity of a group is the most meaningful indicator and determinant of this viability. Specifically, in reference to race, "integration is the enemy of unity because it requires the integrating group to be subsumed, weakened and scattered as a minority in a society in which the majority rules" Moreover,

    "INTEGRATION" and "AMALGAMATION OF THE RACES" are in fact exercises in fatalism and wishful thinking. Why? Because there was never a time in the history of man where the slavemasters of one group ever voluntarily let the other group become its equal under the same government while the slavemasters still remained in control.

    Consciousness is a state of mind. It is an evolution in thinking which is spontaneously induced through developing an appreciation of history as an interactive teaching process which helps people "anchor" themselves and their community in relative sociocultural context. Further, as against the Western conception of consciousness which embraces and advocates intellectualization for the sake of rationalizing a fabricated and despiritualized universal objectivity or simply as mental exercises, one of the fundamental tenets of consciousness in the African tradition is that it gains authentication and meaning only though practical and beneficial communal-oriented application.

    The rest: http://whgbetc.com/ifbm/afrikan-centered-manhood.html
     
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    Oldsoul,
    Great tread, I love the last paragrph of your post. It says so much in of itself.

    I totally agree, that it's not just economics as some wish us to believe. Buisness as ussual, Like most can't feel it in the air, nor on our skins.

    AXE! Corvo
     
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    It makes me wanna holla. It makes the danger of christianity even clearer. My stepfather was on the threshold of consciousness, having accepted the truth that we are the original peoples of the Earth. He was struggling to fit his christianity into this knowledge, sometimes trying to fit this knowledge into christianity and finally having to withdraw from the conversation. He had even come to the conclusion that God being God has no chosen people. not Israel or anyone else. Then it was pointed out to him that the Bible says otherwise. He now preaches that we were cursed by Noah. It saddens and angers me. How can you reach consciousness if you hold a book over all reality? Can't even conceptualize any kind of reality without consulting that book? That this book was forced on us by slave masters escapes them.

    Why do I bring this up? Because as I read what you have posted here and think about sharing it with the men in my family I am keenly aware of the impenetrable barrier that shields their minds from these truths and rocks them back to sleep even as consciousness tries to awaken in them.

    I am heartened by one historical fact: that all new ideas follow the same course. First they are ridiculed. then they are violently oppressed. then they are accepted as self-evident truth.
     
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    "Obviously, without a working appreciation of their heritage relative to the historically demonstrated intent of others, no distinct group of individuals within a pluralism can remain competitive and solvent."

    oh really? :eek:hmy: & precisely what group is this "obvious" to? & it's "obvious" b/c.....???

    not only don't i think it's obvious, i don't even think it's valid. if thats tru, that really left the 1st inhabitants on the planet (Africans) in a real bind.

    i luv it when ppl attempt 2 giv a statement they wish 2 b accepted w/o question instant credability by preceeding it w that word.

    Obviously, it doesn't work
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    Brotha Alkebulan,

    I am not sure I follow what you mean here. Are you saying the first people of this planet had no appreciation of themselves? With whom were they integrated or what dominant society did they bow down to?

    I won't argue for or against what has been said without considering your insights on the matter. But first I need you to elaborate on those insights.

    peace,

    Da River
     
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    "one of the fundamental tenets of consciousness in the African tradition is that it gains authentication and meaning only though practical and beneficial communal-oriented application."


    taking care for our people, is fisrt. in as practical and as equal as we can do so!
     
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    That's so true. To achieve African consciousness we must abandon the western concept of ragged individualism. As long as we are satisfied with out own progress we will suffer what Henry James called the Terrible Aloneness far worse than any white man has ever felt it. We simply cannot afford it.
     
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    pardon my tardiness n answerin u please sistah River - i didn't c ur ?

    Obviously, without a working appreciation of their heritage relative to the historically demonstrated intent of others, no distinct group of individuals within a pluralism can remain competitive and solvent."


    no, i'm not suggesting the 1st ppl didn't appreciate themselves. but what that statement suggests, f i'm inperpreting it correctly is, people cannot be competent (to compete with others) nor solvent (able 2 carry their own weight n society - i'm guessing thats what he means, as opposed 2 ability to pay off their debts) UNLESS they understand & appreciate their past in the context of the intentions of others toward them. i beg to differ. and, further, i meant to suggest, thou i wasn't clear about that, f thats tru, how could the 1st ppl on the planet - which happened 2 b africans, manage to accomplish all they did, without having any previous group w which to compare themselves?

    so, in other words, i take exception 2 his premise. but even mor, i think it's intellectually disingenuous of him to claim that that is OBVIOUS, when i suspect he knows very well it's highly questionable. if i'm wrong & it is obvious, to whom is it obvious? i would also like to kno, precisely, how & when did it become obvious?

    things that r obvious shld b easily agreed upon by a majority of ppl capable of making observations. 4 ex: it's obvious that the author is highly intelligent, cogent, & articulate. those things r obvious. much of what he has written is not. thats all i was saying sistah.

    i appreciate ur takin the time 2 read my post :lift:

    i hope i answered ur :?:
     
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    Hey brotha Alkebulan,

    Actually. in my writing classes I advise my students not to take anything as a given as this author has apparently done. I tell them once the paper leaves their hands it is on its own. They will not be there to explain what they meant to the reader. I think the author could have avoided this situation by saying something like "It's difficult for a people to be competitive and solvent in a pluralism if they have no appreciation..." And then went on to explain the exact relationship between appreciation of one's past and economic well being. If I give it some thought I can see how one thing could precipitate into other things which will eventually lead to such and such situation. but it's not a straight cause and effect relationship, there are many exceptions and no it is not obvious.

    That's another thing I teach my students to anticipate and make room for exceptions. I would not debunk the author based on this one discrepancy unless his whole argument hinges on it and he failed to elaborate.
     
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