A MESSAGE TO BLACK PEOPLE

WHERE DID WE COME FROM?

Did you know that the first anatomically modern humans lived in Africa around 150-200 thousand years ago? Scientific studies that include the study of ancient fossils and artifacts, geological evidence, language, and most recently, genetics, prove conclusively that black Africans were the first humans on Earth, and had given the human species all the rudiments of civilization long before there were other “races” on the planet.

Information like this becomes all the more important during this extremely critical period when African descended people all over the world, and especially in the U.S., are desperate to find something to connect to in a world that still refuses to recognize their full humanity.

Those early Africans lived in Africa for over 100,000 years before slowly migrating out of the continent and eventually populating the entire planet.

The humans that remained in Africa retained their dark pigment, while those who moved away from the tropics to a colder clime gradually lost their pigment and developed into the lighter skin peoples of the world, the Aryans, the Asians, Orientals, etc.

For many Africa descended peoples, especially those living in America who have accepted the Aryan telling of history, believing humans lived in Africa tens of thousands of years before their white Lord and Savior came to civilize them this may be hard to believe.

But facts are facts. And history is history.

Any true religion must be based on science, as well as myth. Otherwise, the head may comply but the heart will be compelled to question… even doubt.

During those thousands of years in the Mother Land, and long before any other “races” appeared on Earth, our ancestors had invented and developed many of the arts and sciences, social and political systems, religious rites and practices, and tools we still use today.

CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE ANCIENTS

Those ancient Africans spoke the first human languages, and the roots of those early languages can still be found in most languages throughout the world today.

They were the first to use fire. Many scientists credit this early use of fire as the crucial element humans needed to not only survive in Africa, but to leave the continent and colonize the entire world.

Our early ancestors invented tools such as knives, spears, bolas, hammers, bows and arrows, buckets, fish hooks, boats and paddles. They were the first to build dwellings (mud huts), make clothes, cook and preserve foods, ferment liquids, and develop medicines.

They organized the first family unit (the clan), invented math and science, chemistry, painting and drawing, and developed music and dance, sports and games.

Those invention, and others, led to the first human civilizations and the later development of the ancient African civilizations in Ethiopia, the Sudan and later Egypt.

The African development of science and mathematics later led to the knowledge necessary for the building of the famous Sphinx, the Pyramids of Giza, the magnificent Temple of Karnak, and other mind blowing architectural structures that still defy modern understanding.

Today, cutting edge technology like ground radar, satellite imaging, digital photography, and computer graphics are revealing many ancient African sites that have remained hidden for over 5,000 years. One only has to go online to You Tube or watch any number of National Geographical specials to see the works of our ancient ancestors right before our very eyes.

Still many, even among our own “race”, refuse to believe Black people could have created such powerful and influential cultures and civilizations. But, by refusing to believe our ancestors were capable of such achievements, we deny our own possibilities.

DEVELOPMENT OF ANCIENT SPIRITUALITY

The first religion on Earth was an African religion. This ancient religion, dismissively called Ancestor Worship by Aryan historians, was the perfect religious and natural belief system for an emerging and spiritual seeking species.

These ancient humans had always had a connection to Nature and the Universe. In order to survive they had to respect and honor their powers. They were the rhythm, the beat, the forces that guided their lives.

“Ancestor Worship” was humanity’s first discovery of its unbreakable bond with the departed. They longed to retain a connection to those who had gone on to that “other life”. They knew there had to be more to human existence than merely life followed by death. Surely, death did not end the dead’s connection to the living.

It was our ancestors’ first awareness of the human spirit. Our first recognition that the dead, who had served us in life, deserved remembrance and respect, and that we could communicate with the departed through rites and prayers.

Ancient African religion and spirituality was the model for all later religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.

Many of the prayers, spells, chants, and beliefs found in the Christian religion were found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead (the Papyrus of Ani). These religious texts were written more than 3,000 years before the Christian Era and served as a guide for African peoples going back millenniums. Many of the religious ideas and figures found in Judaic and Christian beliefs resemble those found in ancient Egyptian theology.

Why do you think that after thousands of years of invasions, slavery, colonialism, and oppression, Black people are still among the most religious on Earth?

A DISCONNECTION FROM THE PAST

All intelligent people know that science tops myths, tales, and ethnocentric interpretation of human history. Those that do not are doom to wander through life confused and disoriented, wondering why it is so hard to find happiness and self fulfillment despite material gains.

It goes without saying that any “race” or group disconnected from its past while being denied the right to determine its own future will suffer both mentally and physically.

This is where we are today… a community disconnected from its historical culture. A community disconnected from its past. From itself.

Unlike other immigrant groups that have come to this country, Asians, Latino, Europeans, etc., only African Americans have been forced to abandon all but the most rudimentary elements of their ancestral culture.

Upon arrival as indentured servants, and later relegated to chattel slavery, Africans were denied almost anything that would link them to their home lands. The intent was to prepare them for a life of slavery and servitude and make them feel helpless and hopeless. To divide and conquer. To make them despair and accept the horrible fact that they would never return to their home lands.

Of course, during the ensuing years of slavery and segregation, it became imperative for Blacks to assimilate the White culture in order to survive and prosper.

But is this still necessary today? I think not.

If we are to answer the moment we must understand our past achievements, our unlimited potential, our unmatched talents and skills, and our potential for progress.

We can only do this by indeed believing we are somebody!

YES, BLACK LIVES DO MATTER!

Black Lives do matter! Now more than ever.

An as we continue to press for our black lives to matter to those who drive the engine of systemic racism, let us take advantage of these important and reflective times to make serious efforts to finally get our due. As long suffering people do we deserve any less?

The question we must ask after more than 350 years of mistreatment is are we willing to make the sacrifices necessary to finally gain the respect we’ve long sought? Are we ready to give more than lip service to this new movement around Black Lives Matter? Is it just a catchy slogan or a principle we’re willing to fight and die for?

Equally important, are we ready to accept the more encompassing principle that All Black Lives matter? All black lives that suffer under the yoke of discrimination, oppression and violence at the hands of Whites… or our own?

As a long time chronicler of the black experience in America I have seen, heard and experienced it all. From my humble beginnings on a rural farm to my career as a writer and journalist for various black and white newspapers and magazines, I have always sought to impart to people the unvarnished truth about race and racism in America. Rarely has the picture I painted been pretty but the narrative has always been brutally honest.

This is what we need right now. Brutal honesty.

This moment in the history of race relations is absolutely critical. We cannot afford to get it wrong this time when the ear of the world is finally attuned to the long and loud shouts of our pain and suffering.

NEW THINKING NEEDED

Four hundred years after our arrival on these scary shores, one hundred fifty years after slavery, and barely more than fifty years after segregation and Jim Crow laws, where are we as a “race”? As a community? As a united group?

Are we seriously ready to make the sacrifices that will bring us something different? That will finally bring us real and lasting gains?

Are we ready to stop begging Whites to love us? To accept us? To treat us like the human beings we are? Are we really ready to extricate ourselves from white dependency and look to our own culture to under gird our fight for equality?

We cannot out-white Whites. We cannot accept the culture and mores of our oppressors and hope to prosper. This has been proven over the four hundred years of our occupancy here.

That has been our principle problem and continues to be in 2020.

In 2020 we must ask ourselves some hard questions. We must hold up a truly self reflective mirror and be honest with ourselves.

We must ask ourselves if our protests have really gotten the ear of the power brokers in America… the only ones who can effectively dismantle the institution of systemic racism.

Let’s be honest. Has marching, boycotts, sit-ins, opt outs, or other forms of resistance led to lasting changes in our status? Has integration, busing, affirmative action, set-asides, buy black, or any of the varied and assorted strategies of the past brought us the two things we desire most… equal opportunity and justice?

And, of course, violence is never the right answer. That is a war we do not want and certainly cannot win. Throughout history violence has been shown to only beget violence. Anarchy only changes Masters.

TIME FOR NEW STRATEGIES

So, if we continue with the same strategies of the past, can we expect the results to be any different than they are today?

While some of us have profited from our past strategies, many of us have not. We are no where near to fulfilling the dream of Martin Luther King Jr or any of the legion of Black fighters, both male and female, who gave their lives and blood for the opportunities we do enjoy.

We are no where near the mountain top of our dreams and ambitions. No where near being able to use all the gifts and talents God gave us… gifts and talents our “race” was imbued with thousands of years ago when our ancient ancestors struggled to survive the African macrocosm, and bring civilization to the world.

This is the purpose of this blog. To spread some of the knowledge and wisdom I learned from researching thousands of years of ancient and world history. Thousands of years of not only Black history, but human history.

While growing up in the racist south and dealing with the daily indignities of being a black boy in a White man’s world, I decided never to accept my lot as a second class citizen.

I just wasn’t willing to accept being a pariah in the nation of my birth. Why should I? God made me too. My fore fathers and fore mothers fought and died for this country in so many areas and in so many arenas. Their blood, sweat, and tears stained the fabric of the American flag they were forced to honor and venerate.

I resisted racism because I could never see myself living and dying without having the opportunity to be the best I could be.

We need new strategies for the 21st century or we’ll still be marching and protesting in the 22nd century. We new strategies if we want our black children to grow up in a world where they’re finally appreciated and allowed to participate fully in the dream that is America.

This new strategy must begin with us recognizing our own shortcomings and inadequacies… our own sins and pathology…. our own mistakes and missteps.

We are nor perfect… not by any stretch of the imagination. Sometimes we are our own worse enemy. Our disunity, our distrust, and our jealousies of each other have long been a road block on our road to justice and equality.

We cannot expect others to respect us if we don’t respect ourselves.

WHO ARE WE, REALLY?

This new strategy must start with recognizing we are not helpless. Far from it. Our resources are greater than many sovereign nations. Our talents and abilities boggle the imagination. Our culture has changed the world and is imitated in the most faraway places. Some of the greatest men and women to trod this soil have been Black.

We are not wards of state. Dancers without rhythm. Orphans without a home. A people without a history. A community without a culture.

We must stop begging for love and acceptance from those who will never love or accept us.

We must erect new strategies based on our own culture and self worth.

These new strategies will be explained in detail in forth coming posts, but it must start with our recognition that only we hold the key to our salvation. It must start with the recognition that at this time we are not whole. I mean, how can we be whole when everything has been taken from us since our arrival here in America… our culture, our ancestral names, our religion, our history, our self worth, and many of our accomplishments.

How can we be whole when we are separated from the culture that created and sustained us? We are like babies taken from our mothers in infancy. How can we expect to be happy and well?

This blog won’t be for everyone. There are those who still refuse to believe we have a history and a past different than what has been painted by our oppressors.

A CALL FOR NEW LEADERSHIP

So be it! The time for being ignorance of our past, our potential, and our very future is long past. We need people of intelligence and means to step forward to chart a new path for our liberation.

There have been many names for this group. They were called the “Talented Tenth” by the famous Black leader W.E.B. Dubois. Many others have seen the need for those at the top to advocate for those at the bottom. For an upper class of Blacks to put the interest of the entire community over their own personal interests.

This is a form of altruism that not many of us can understand or muster, for altruism is the mark of a superior being. It is the key to our survival as a “race”.

Today, we would see these people as our successful black celebrities… entertainers, artists, athletes, business owners, civic leaders, skilled craftsmen,and others.

Our ancient ancestors built their first civilizations around such people. They called them “Elites”, meaning they were people with vision, intelligence, and selflessness. People whom God had put on earth to lead their people to a higher plane of humanity. A higher level of spirituality.

We have many of these people among us as we are beginning to see, but we need more from them. We need more from you. More from me. More from all of us.

In closing, if you a newcomer to this blog, please bear with me. I have been writing two blogs, “The Coming New Age” and “Black Talking Points” for several years. I recently closed out those two blogs to concentrate on this new one because I sincerely believe we must reconnect with certain aspects of our long lost culture to move forward in this century.

In the coming days and weeks I will be adding posts to this blog and look forward to going on a long journey with you. A journey of amazing discoveries and provocative truths. A journey of love and respect for my people… who are my heart and my soul.

No, we cannot go back to what we were, nor should we want to. The past can never be recovered but it can be instructive. It can educate us and teach us new paths and new strategies.

But we must discover what aspects of our own culture we can repossess in these trying times, while understanding no community or group can prosper without faith and pride in its own beginnings. We must carve out our own place in the universe. Leave our own legacy for our descendants.

I come forward to tell you we have a history. We have a past. We have a future.