I firmly believe we have "Pied Piper Syndrome" in the Black Community. We seem to love being led by the sound of charismatic voices regardless of how many lies they tell or how much substance they lack. We do the same thing with music and bump to the funky beat while the empty words mesmerize our minds into a tailspin of stupidity, but "that's yo jam!" Any philosophy, religion, ideology, or otherwise can be seen as lies or false if those proclaiming it are living in abject hypocrisy and stark contradiction to it. Everyone isn't living foul or running game, but the good ones who are living honest and doing righteously don't seem to often get the same respect as the bad ones folks seem to prefer just like worthless lyrics covered over by a nice beat. Like mice hypnotized by the sound of the melody many of us blindly follow these pro-Black "Pied Pipers" going nowhere but in circles while feeding their narcissistic egos, funding their financial schemes, and making excuses for every wrong they do or lie they tell.
ANYONE WHO WORKS AGAINST BLACK UNITY, NO MATTER IN WHAT WAY, IS AN "AGENT" OF WHITE SUPREMACY. AN AGENT ISN'T ALWAYS A NON-BLACK PERSON BUT CAN ALSO BE PRO-BLACK, AFROCENTRIC, KEMETIC, ISLAMIC, CHRISTIAN, HEBREW ISRAELITE, ATHEIST, OR ANY OTHER BELIEF WHO DIVIDES MORE THAN UNITES BY ENDLESS DEBATE OR SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION. ANY INDIVIDUAL AMONG US WHO PUTS THEIR PERSONAL AGENDA ABOVE THAT OF THE COMMUNITY'S COLLECTIVE GOALS, OR PROMOTES THEIR PERSONALITY AS PREEMINENT ABOVE THE IDENTITY OF THE PEOPLE IS A SELLOUT AND AN ENEMY OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY. THEY ARE ONLY OUT FOR THEMSELVES AND USING BLACK PAIN, SUFFERING, DISAPPOINTMENT, PRIDE, AND EMOTIONS AS A TOOL TO MANIPULATE & DECEIVE BLACK PEOPLE FOR THEIR PERSONAL GAIN REGARDLESS OF THEIR RELIGION, EDUCATION, CELEBRITY, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, OR FINANCIAL STATUS. DO NOT TRUST THEM.
Make no mistake, many of these so called "Black Conscious" leaders are just a different kind of "pimp pastor" from the bad Christian ministers they often condemn. They're doing the same things from a different angle, and they are religious too no matter how much they say they're not. Their followers are the same as the Christian followers they ridicule. They talk in the same sermonic tones but from a different platform and call it "scholarship". They have the same narcissistic pride but drape it in red, black, and green rather than honorific titles with a little African, Islamic, Kemetic, or Hebrew dogma sprinkled on top. They misuse women sexually while manipulating others mentally, and use their charisma to take advantage of the community financially. These "Black Conscious" messengers are the flip side of the same coin, but because the false preachers have been at it longer and repeatedly exposed it makes it easier to use condemning the "preacher hustle" to hide their own "Black Conscious Pastor hustle".
I don't like debating or arguing religion as it relates to Black Empowerment & Unity because I feel it's a divisive filibuster of any such conversation and a distraction when it comes to those issues so I try to avoid it. I'm very capable of doing so if need be but I prefer not to. However, I do vehemently dislike the exclusion of strong Afrocentric Black Christian voices from conversations on Black History and community building. It's disingenuous to allow scholars of opposing beliefs to speak without challenge on a belief they often express abhorrent disdain for, such as Christianity, and aren't true learned scholars or historians of as they're often falsely presented to be. They give inaccurate & biased information to the masses that increase the divide within the community. You don't bring in a plumber to talk as an expert on electrical wiring but you get a certified electrician the same as we should do if we want a fair and honest presentation of any view that is a part of our community representation.
I'm a proud Christian Black Man as well as theologian, and not because I was brainwashed by "the white man", but because I have a life full of real experiences with God Almighty. I'm not going to denounce my faith, and I'm not confused by a "false white Jesus" either. I do not attend nor subscribe to the conventional traditional Sunday morning church hijinks, but I don't condemn those who attend a traditional setting. Most of the time they're condemning me because I don't join them, I'm Afrocentric, Pro-Black, and because I don't talk like their pastor. My money comes home with me and goes into my community where it can actually do some good other than go to a charismatic spiritual leader or community activist so they can buy a new Cadillac. I still pray, read my Bible, evangelize, and fellowship with other believers. I'm not the only one like this, but there are many of us who practice the tenets of our faith and also seek to uplift & empower our people for positive advancement.
Everyone has freewill to choose their own path, and we'll all be judged accordingly to truth. If we never unify in principle we'll remain defeated as a people. One's Religion or life philosophy is personal and should be applied to your behavior if you are what you say you are. If people aren't telling you the truth then they're lying no matter how holy they seem or how Afrocentric they sound. If I extend a hand to take you out of the ocean with sharks but put you in the river with crocodiles you're still going to get eaten up and I really haven't helped you at all. You can play chess with all types of differently designed pieces but the game is still the same. A half truth is still a whole lie, and you need to double check the part you have to be sure or you may end up only hearing a remix of the same false message to a different beat. Pursue the colorblind truth and let truth color itself in rather than let others fill it in just because they talk a good "game".
So called "Black Conscious" folks need to stop talking so much about how Black Christian preachers hustle folks on Sunday when they don't say anything about how these dishonest RBG Negroes hustle them Monday thru Saturday. Hypocrisy is hypocrisy no matter how you dress it up, and a hustle is still a hustle whether it's dressed in a Sunday morning suit wearing a cross or in a dashiki wearing an African ankh. ~ Brother I.J. West