current crisis in America and the world requires that we as African
people take a deep reflective look at our condition in light of the
streams of violence in our communities.
in and day out we can observe the increased number of African people
killing each other, mentally and physically abusing each other,
stealing from each other, being dishonest with each other, and the
list goes on and on. These negative incidents occur, in part, because
segments of the African community in the United States are
disconnected from the moral and ethical traditions that have
characterized relationships among African people in the past.
problem with segments of African people in this country being
disconnected from the great contributions of African people to the
civilizations of the world has resulted in far too many of us
believing that the current situation we find ourselves in cannot be
changed. Many African people believe that the condition of African
people in America is permanent and there is nothing we can do to
change our circumstances. Therefore, this disconnected group of
African people has chosen the easy road. They travel on the road of
cooperating and collaborating with the forces of white supremacy who
continue to demonstrate they will do any and everything in their
power to keep African people in this country, and the rest of the
world on the bottom. This has resulted in many African people in
America (and the world community), developing a “bottom
mentality.” In other words, many of our people buy into
whatever the white supremacy forces feed us through the media,
(mis)educational institutions, and religious institutions.
we are constantly being fed is that we are on the bottom and we will
remain on the bottom. What the white supremacy forces offer
individual African people in America, is that as an individual you
can get off the bottom if you join us, if you “pull yourself up
by your bootstraps.” Never mind your group, your family and
your cultural ties, “there is nothing that can be done with
those people. Join us and everything will be alright.” If you
join us, “you can obtain a good job, buy a nice house in a good
neighborhood, buy a nice car, take nice vacations, and some of you,
whom we chose, can even live with us.”
were not always like this as a people. We did not have a “dog
eat dog” mentality and this is what we must examine as we
continue to struggle to overthrow the system of white supremacy and
its impact on us as a people.
Creative Force of the universe has endowed us with the capacity to
make great contributions to the world. A simple inspection of the
ancient Nile Valley civilization of Kemet (Egypt) should inspire all
African people to respect their history and to hold themselves in
high esteem. Kemet and the Kemetic people, our ancestors, were the
creators of math, science, architecture, writing, governance,
astronomy, astrology, medicine, art, and so much more. The Kemetic
people amassed great wisdom that was left as instructions written in
Medew Netcher (Divine Speech) or what Europeans call hieroglyphs.
place we can examine this ancient Kemetic wisdom is in a book titled,
Selection From the Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt. The
Husia gives insight into how our ancestors viewed life, death,
human relations, marriage, parenting, use of power, God, family, and
the standards of moral and ethical conduct. Reading these spiritual
texts elicits strong feelings in and for African people in a most
profound and spiritual way. Peruse these words from The Husia: The
Book of Ptah Hotep:
not terrorize people for if you do, God will punish you accordingly.
anyone lives by such means, God will take bread from his or her
one says I shall be rich by such means, [he] she will eventually have
say my means entrapped me.”
one says I will rob another, he will end up being robbed himself.
plans of men and women do not always come to pass, for in the
it is the will of God, which prevails. Therefore, one should live
peace with others and they will come and willingly give gifts,
another would take from them through fear.”
about five thousand years ago, the wisdom of these words of
instruction should cause African people to reflect on their
significance as we struggle to create a greater good for our race.
The wisdom of our ancestors should give us the inspiration to
rededicate ourselves to the continued struggle for the liberation of
African people worldwide.
a race of people our survival and development is dependent upon each
other. A greater responsibility is placed upon those of us who
proclaim the African Way after the ravaging of African
civilizations, African culture, African minds, and African lands.
I have repeated many times in previous columns, we have a
responsibility and a duty to our brothers and sisters to build
institutions based on African spirituality, ethics, and morals, and
give back that which the Creator has given us, “All Life,
Power, and Health, like the Sun Forever.”
urge all African people to take a meditative moment and look deeply
inside of ourselves as a people. Let us restore what the ancient
Black people of Kemet called Maat: Divine Order, Harmony,
Balance, Truth, Justice, Righteousness, and Reciprocity.
had, and lived by Maat before the coming of Europeans. We must
return to the ways of Maat so we can survive the white
supremacy genocidal onslaught. We must look deep into ourselves! And
as our respected ancestor Dr. John Henrik Clarke often said, “If
we did it once, we can do it again!” In view of what is
happening in the world, we must never lose sight of who we are and