Black People : What Cultural Rituals do black people need to create? (brainstorming session)

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  1. skuderjaymes

    skuderjaymes Contextualizer Synthesizer MEMBER

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    This is a brainstorming session.. it's about just presenting your ideas..

    Every group of people need rituals to commemorate important events and happenings and to communicate important ideas and information to the next generation.. Black folks in america are no different.

    One of the weaknesses of cultural criticism aimed at black folks is that many suggest that we abstain from participating in traditional american cultural rituals like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, etc.. but they seldom have any suggestions for what to fill the voids created by the proposed abstinence. And also, I happen believe that their are certain pitfalls involved with defining your cultural traditions in terms of what you "don't" do.. ie.. we don't celebrate christmas.. we don't do thanksgiving.. etc... The communication of what you don't do includes the thing you don't do... and so you are spreading the negative ritual along with the positive.. So, in the spirit of postively defining our own cultural rituals under the umbrella of defining our own cultural aspirations, I have a couple of questions..

    What American cultural rituals.. major and minor.. should black people replace (ie.. Christmas.. Halloween.. Easter.. BET Awards.. etc.. ).. and what should they replace them with?

    Because abstaining while the entire society around you is particpating takes a tremendous amount of effort.. and it can lead to a feeling of cultural impoverishment.. where the kids feel like, "man.. we don't get to do nothing"... or "we don't never do nothing".. So.. all that said, what rituals do black people need to create? And when should they be held? And why?
     
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    An interesting question, and I have just the answer. I was blessed to read some Jackson last night, so I came across a passage from Volney, a European yes, who presented quite the wonderful understanding of the Zodiac. It is through the Zodiac, and the one on the continent, heck the one for Meroe, which we here in America ought acknowledge. Here is Volney's account:

     
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    My living room,
    my sister's living room,
    my parents had it in the family living room since I was 10,
    the lobby of Restoration Plaza
    , the lobby of building of the civil service job where I work,
    my local post office,
    the main Metrotech building lobby downtown Brooklyn

    all have this around the week of December 26;
    [​IMG] So really what is the need to reinvent the wheel?



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    A refocus on property is what's needed.
    How to acquire, hold on to, and respect one's property and that of others.
     
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    Creating some kind of annual ritual where we take time to show
    reverence for grandma and grandpa. The elders.

    Don't eat pork and haven't for many moons; could not stand chit'lens.
    Having said that:

    How'bout taking one day in the year dedicating it to the
    swine, for if it wasn't for the pig, many of us black folk
    would not be here. Then the next day, especially for those
    who don't do pork like myself, drink some herbal concoction
    to cleanse the body of the swine. A ritualized cleansing fast
    of some kind.
     
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    We do have a day dedicated to the Swine; April 15th
     
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    Oh yeah?

    What do you call this day?
     
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    I call this the day we should really make Black by making it the real Black Friday;


    For instance what is we Occupied Black Friday, across the 50 states, and
    really made it Black!

    As in we refuse at least (75% of our 34 million regardless of economic status) to shop for that entire weekend, or spend a dollar outside of Black shops and stores?


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    now you would not call Tax Day/ Swine Day? April 15th????:confused:
     
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    Ankhur.. I spent some time framing these questions in a particular way.. I'm asking folks to give me their ideas for what kind of rituals black folk should create.. that's the question.. I don't need yo chiming in after every post with your implied objections.. I read your response about Kwanza.. ok.. thank you.. now please back off and let other folks give their ideas without challenges from you.. Brainstorming is about creating an environment where folks feel comfortable enough to share their ideas.. What you are doing with your "Why recreate the wheel".. and "we already have that" responses is poisoning the environment.. and I would appreciate it if you stopped. You are free to open your discussion and voice your opinion over there, but please allow this thread to develop without your policing and pessimism.. thanks.
     
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    ok.. that's the need.. but how to translate that need into a cultural ritual is the question. What kind of event would you create to communicate this refocus on property?
     
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