Black People : We Need To Stop Beating On OurSelves!!

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  1. anAfrican

    anAfrican Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    <whew!>Valid topic and something does need to be done.

    But it ain't solely about African Women, nor is it soley about African Men. We can be "right" while living anywhere on this planet! It's the "being influenced so heavily by this society" that is doing the damage!! The only thing "this society" is about is subjugating every living thing on this planet to the benefit of white people! And they so messed up, they don't even extend this to all of their own! It ain't really about African folks, at all! It's about the "societal constraints" imposed from without our community .... Such as it is. (Unfortunately, the biggest indicator of the damage is your automatically "questioning" my usage of the GLOBAL, COMMON IDENTITY "African"! Fine, somebody else named the continent; whatever. TODAY, that continent from which we all originated is called AFRICA. When we pull it together, we can change it if we want to. NOW, TODAY, we need the Unity of a SINGLE COMMON GLOBAL IDENTITY.)

    It's as plain as the nose on the Sphinx:

    "Heck no! Let all them SuperHuman Africans get their head on straight??? Are you crazy?!! They'd take the world back away from us!! Keep the communities (such as they are) messed up and at each other's throats. Keep each side blaming the other! And above all else; KEEP THEM FROM BEING EDUCATED! Keep them opiated with the silly notion that they can gain economic or political influence! Keep them arguing over silly stuff and if it looks like they might be gaining some sense, send in the counter intelligence folks to counter their intelligence! Keep them "living for the AfterLife' and not in ThisLife! Cheap drugs, lots of liquor stores, let them play ball all the time and get 'em to thinking that they are gonna go someplace with the money they get. <snicker> (But make sure they can't form their own league, or it's "game over" for sure!) And just when they look like they about to try to do something with that "wealth", "influence" and "power"; frame 'em for something ... Make something up if you have to!"

    And you know it's true!

    We are NOT "insane"!!!!! We are severly traumatized, and all the stuff mentioned throughout this forum are just signs of that. And like any trauma survivor, the Healing Starts WithIn. While it is all well and good to know about how we did things before, we need to be concentrating on some NOW. Not on the outside; on the inside. We have to find that Human Heart and Spirit that lurks within. It's the piece that keeps us putting up with the crap for one more day. It's the piece that keeps us, sometimes, from just slappin that danged peedub when it needs to be slapped. It's the piece that just keeps us hangin on and hangin in.

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    is the glass half empty or is it half full?

    we can always say that black people are this and that.
    many have made a career out of doing that.

    but we could say that if you consider what black people worldwide have been through, the fact that there is any of us at all who are still up and fighting is a heck of a thing.

    i wonder why none of the critics ever take this approach?
     
  3. anAfrican

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    because emphasizing our true strength would not allow them to do all that they do?
     
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    I agree. Sometines its about looking for a new way to fight, with our minds and w/unity.
     
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    How can you make a balance between constructive criticism and seeing the black community through white supremacist lenses?
     
  7. anAfrican

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    that's prolly gonna be a tough one since we are all educated in a white supremist educational system!
     
  8. Wisdom7

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    In my opinion, maybe we should decide to stop viewing the black community through white supremacist lenses.

    I came across a black author for children's books. I'm going to post her link once she updates her site, but it's books teaching black children about our kings, queens, the meaning of Afraka (how it was spelled before "Africa)

    She breaks up Af(flesh) Ka(soul) Ra (sun) Meaning flesh and soul of the hidden sun.

    I love the two books I saw of hers, because she has poems of kings and kings and mentions who they were, what they did and thows in titles like "Bling Bling" as in the true bling blingers.

    She tells us/the children, not to view ourselves as slaves, but as people who were "enslaved".

    She mentions how it took 36,000 vogages to get us here and how meany people were killed and how 10 million survived. In her eyes we were 10 million strong and as decendants we are New Beings - Nubians, surviors and the "flesh and soul of the hidden sun."

    She has question and answer pages, crossword puzzles etc., Her books are beautiful and deep enough for children to understand.

    Basically, she talks about our history with slavery, kings and queens in Africa, the pyramides etc., and implements that with today and a new mindset.
     
  9. anAfrican

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    oh, hey! i can get behind that one! the sun hidden in our flesh and soul!! Af-Ra-Ka. most excellent!

    yup! if/when i have reason to refer to that era, i, too, refer to our Ancestors as "enslaved Afrakans", rather than "american slaves"

    ok, you've sold her; who is she? (would her name be "janet" by any chance? from somewhere in the uk?)
     
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    Hi AnAfrican,
    She goes by Mrs. Evelyn and she's in Ohio. She is also a tutor for black students. My friend told me that she has a website that is being updated and you can order the children's books called "Nubian Slatelets" I've only seen two of them and I couldn't believe how positive and beautiful they were. Its a way of teaching the kids their legacy without feeling like victims.

    She goes into the importance of how powerful our words and what we name ourselves. They are just truly beautiful. She has poems, quizzes, crossword puzzles, stories.

    So through her she saying to see ourselves as survivors and descendants of the 10 million strong who made it through the middle passage. I'll let u know when I get her website information.
     
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