LOOKING INTO THE MIRROR, THE BLACK WOMAN ASKED, “MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO’S THE FINEST OF THEM ALL?” THE MIRROR SAYS, “SNOW WHITE, YOU BLACK BITCH, AND DON’T YOU FORGET IT!!!” 1987-1988. Photograph. Aint Jokin’, Los Angeles. Carrie Mae Weems. By Carrie Mae Weems. Web. 17 May 2013.
Simply put and briefly stated, the present state of affairs on every level for the African-Americans in this country is due to miseducation. Carter G. Woodson says it best in his relevant book The Mis-education of the Negro. In general, African American people are profoundly ignorant about their historical greatness and the significance of their culture. We need a Sankofa Revival. Sankofa is a word of the Twi language that translates as “Go back and get it”. There is much for us to reclaim. Too many of us think there was nothing worthwhile before slavery and the need to look back is unnecessary. In his book Know Thyself, Nai’m Akbar writes:
“The proper education of the African American should offer the transmission of acquired immunities. We should study detailed stories of the Ashanti people of Ghana who resisted their colonization and tricked the British when they sought to steal their Royal Ornaments and symbols of power. The stories of many slaves who resisted their enslavement must be told. The victor of Cinque on the Amistad and the struggles of Nat Turner and Denmark Vessey must be celebrated as a means of transmitting our immunity to oppression…..The challenges brought by Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Paul Robeson and the many others who defiantly resisted the perpetuation of European American control over African-American life should be catechism of each generation of our young people.”
If we do not know or care to know and understand our history as African-Americans the intent of the system of white supremacy has succeeded in our lives. Our lack of unity, self-hate, cultural shame, rejection of African spiritualty and thought are all symptoms of disease that only an intellectual immunization can cure.
When we are truly well mind, body, and soul we will unite as a people—edifying each other and strengthening our communities while educating our own about the greatness of ourselves. This means having an allegiance and unwavering commitment to each other. We will exude self-love embracing every aspect of our bodies in their natural state. Our spiritual disposition will be secure thus eliminating the need for organized religion. African-American men and women will fearless lead, protect, and support one another. Finally, our life style would willingly embody the honorable habits and practices of our ancestors who lived in a state of wellness and productivity that few have ever known. Yes, I know it’s the 21st century and not the 17th century. However, the imperative necessity to reconnect with the timeless wealth in our African culture will help us to be the best version of ourselves—both individually and collectively for today and tomorrow.
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