I write and teach because those are my gifts. People today seem to prefer visual stimulation such as videos & television over reading & research because we're more entertainment oriented than intellectually interested. They often make videos their main resources for what they consider infallible scholarly or spiritual information. Great things do often come by that medium, but the scholars you parrot and meme also wrote books and research papers to be read. The old saying of, "If you want to hide something from a (black) person just write it down or put it in a book", didn't come about without merit. It's not actually talking about a complete absence of reading but an apathy towards investigative study in one's reading to discern truth.
The "pimp preacher" who preaches a false gospel and the "pro-black conscious scholar" full of fiery rhetoric are the same, but they approach the assisted dumbing down and misdirection of the Black Community from opposite ends only to meet in the middle. One comes to you with a Cross as a false representative of Christ and others come to you with Ankhs or Crescent Moons as the ultimate messengers of "Pro-Blackness" but they all lead you NOWHERE. They are "Pied Pipers of Babylon" babbling on and misleading others into mental captivity, economic enslavement, social mass confusion, physical exploitation, and spiritual destruction while making a profit off our emotional vulnerability. We shun or crucify the true "watchmen" who are authentic messengers and genuine scholars in preference for these "dumb watchdogs" who tantalize us emotionally.
ISAIAH 56:10-11 (KJV); "His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 11) Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter." #WATCHMEN
Being "pro-black" does not necessitate being anti-white or otherwise, but should mean putting the concerns of the Black community as a top priority to improve the quality of life within it as a whole without hating others. The "Pro-Black/Afrocentric/Conscious Community" has become like a circus that fails grossly in realizing this while railing in futility against religions they incorrectly see as Eurocentric, but ignore the fact that Afrocentric & Asiatic religious persuasions along with Atheistic sciences did absolutely nothing to prevent our enslavement, aid our subsequent freedom from slavery, nor have improved our current conditions. In fact, those ideologies enslaved us first and for longer. They also contribute even more to our disenfranchisement and discombobulation.
The manner in which most pro-black or "conscious" philosophies are used is more divisive and counter productive to the Black Community than they are helpful. They have in effect become defacto pawns of the very practice of "white supremacy" they claim to be so adamantly against. We give false accounts of our history the same as the white washing scholars we accuse, but justify and accept our biased versions as absolute truth because it is done in a blathering of "black rage" with no thought of the consequences. This reminds me of dogs chasing their tails, or in this case "tales", in an endless circle of nonsense rather than focusing on how we can all get a bone. It has become nothing more than an exposé of Negroes trying to be deeper than they can actually swim and drowning without ever being able to come back to the surface to take in "the air of balanced sense".
We embellish ourselves in Pan-African fantasy that romanticizes Black History while demonizing others as inferior for having copied and stolen from Africa to create their cultures. Let's assume it's true that other cultures all over the world are guilty of this. What does that do for you? How does it help the Black Community by incessantly repeating this like a mantra? It does nothing for me except says that other folks used our stuff better than we did and then used it against us while we have wasted time talking about what we did and what they did to us with it. We proudly boast of how mathematics came from Africa and the Greeks took credit for it, but what else have we done with it besides continuing to make our claim to fame the Great Pyramids?
The pyramids of Egypt stand as historical monuments and literal burial sites for the ancient Pharaohs, but were not meant to be tombstones for Black genius and Afrocentric ingenuity as we've made them. We claim the foundation for modern science came from Africa and the Europeans & Asians took credit for it, but what else have we done with it? White & Asian folks have built entirely new inventions and industries such as automobiles, computers, and other types of useful technology while we wax nostalgic about what was done in the great way back yonder of Kemet. George Washington Carver, a brilliant black man, invented "peanut butter" but where are the black owned peanut butter companies? We buy "Skippy, Jiff, and Peter Pan" or some other brand without a second thought about it and are content we can claim "the great black peanut wizard" long gone by.
While we talk about what "was", seemingly almost all the time, we lose focus on what "is" and what needs to be by trying to rewrite the past and eliminate anything in our present that we deem not black enough to be carried over from it. The irony of this is that we hold on to past negatives taught to us by slave masters and try to make them legitimate parts of our cultural heritage and history such as racial slurs like "nigger or nigga". I've seen some among us even try to make it honorable by saying it meant "king or god" in ancient Africa but completely ignore the fact that what they call "the white man's religion" (Christianity) was in Africa long before Europe or that Christ was dark skinned. Ask white racists when they used "nigger" on our slave ancestors or against us now what they mean? We try hard to make sense of nonsense when it suits us and are blind to our own hypocrisy.
If your "truth" or spirituality is egotistically intellectual, always nostalgic, racially biased, or symbolic and cannot effectively translate into practical use then it is false and worthless. My faith works for me which is why I'm sticking with it, and not wasting anymore time trying to convince those who reject it or me because of it. I no longer spend a lot of time defending my position to unbelievers who turned from the faith or only study to try undermining the truth because it disagrees with them. I'm not accountable to them. You must recognize distractions for what they are and blind hatred for what it is so you can avoid it without being sidetracked from the goal at hand or your purpose. Every battle isn't yours to fight, and every battle isn't worth fighting. I'm learning better.
2nd TIMOTHY 2:23-26 (KJV); "But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24) And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will."
*DON'T MISTAKE THE ABOVE SCRIPTURES AS PORTRAYING "MEEKNESS" FOR "WEAKNESS". MEEKNESS IS GREAT HUMILITY WITH STRENGTH UNDER SELF-CONTROL. IT DOES NOT MEAN BEING PASSIVE, BUT MEETING CHALLENGES OR HOSTILITY WITHOUT LOSING CONTROL OF ONE'S SELF. BEING "GENTLE" DOESN'T MEAN ALLOWING OTHERS TO WALK ON OR ABUSE YOU. IT DEALS WITH YOUR APPROACH TO PEOPLE WITHOUT INITIATING UNJUST ACTIONS OR ANSWERING SUCH ACTIONS WITH THE SAME UNGODLY SPIRIT, AND ALWAYS LEAVING A SPACE FOR FORGIVENESS & CORRECTION.
I believe one's religion is personal but can be shared without giving demonstrative misinformation to slant things to gather support, or without having to insult those who don't agree with you about it. You have the right to intelligently defend your beliefs when attacked, or take a public platform to encourage those of like faith with the truth. My community activism doesn't conflict with my faith, but my faith obligates me to serve my community to help improve the conditions therein by all available righteous means at my disposal. We waste too much time fighting one another in the Black Community over trying to prove "pro-black superiority" in areas on which we aren't being fought against by those who exploit and oppress us through "white supremacy".
Your faith or personal spiritual philosophy should govern your moral compass without conflicting with your community activism or undermining the unity of the supposed superior intellectual & advanced civilized community we brag of that doesn't exist. Many of us love posting what seems to be an endless number of memes claiming to be "kings, queens, and gods" along with a bunch of video links of scholars proclaiming the greatness of Egypt and the "genetic superiority of melanin". Most doing this can't educate or mentor others because they don't have enough longevity to have actually proven the information for themselves. Neither do they understand how to unite for control of the economics and politics in our community or are even working towards that.
Why do we keep chasing phantom debates that do nothing to improve our situation? Why is violence among us so frequent but largely unaddressed in comparison to how quickly we come together against white on black violence by the authorities? Why do we keep tearing each other down over personal religious differences? I've been called more racial slurs by my own people than by anyone else because of my choice of faith. No one is as creative or colorful when it comes to tearing down their own that I know of more than we are in the Black Community. All this does is create "rubbish" which makes more of a mess and causes setbacks that hinder our progress. You can't build better if you keep dwelling in the worst. How can you clean up a mess if you are constantly a mess?! We must unite to clean ourselves up or we'll just be exchanging dirt back and forth. ~ I.J. West
NEHEMIAH 4:10 (KJV); "And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall." #RUBBISH