The Myth of Race?

 

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Did You Celebrate Independence Day?

Frederick Douglass rhetorically asked, “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.”  

Some may say as citizens of this county we should be glad to be in America. Why not celebrate the 4th of July! We have freedoms in this country that citizens of other countries are not allowed to excercise. Do we ALL have the right to freely walk out those freedoms? America is the greatest country in the world! If that is your argument some may say how did this so-called greatness come about? Our free labor helped to make this country “great”. Does the free labor of Africans then gurantee freedom for us in this country now? If America is so great why is there a rallying cry to make America great again? If we as African people were worse off then in America than we are now, what is the hope to return toward?

W.E.B. Dubois spoke about the struggle we have with being African and African-American. Everyone else came to this country as immigrants except us. Given our present struggles to survive and thrive in this country and our  history in how we came to this country should we really celebrate the 4th of July–Independence Day? Whose liberty are we celebrating?

As we gathered for  barbecues and “picnics” did the origin of the term, practices and its meaning even cross our minds? We are told that slavery is in the past and we should forget about it. How can we forget something we have not recovered from?  We have a personal responsibility to participate in our own liberation by first understanding the impact of the past so that we can live without shackles in the present.

As our country rejoiced yesterday over its freedom from British tyranny, WE as African (Americans) are continuing to suffer in this country under the oppression of racism and inequality. Amos Wilson helps us to understand that when we truly know history what we consider to be accomplishments in politics, economics, and family today has been done by us before in the past. He further suggests that there seems to be a bar on how high we are allowed to rise as African-Americans in this country. Frederick Douglass asked, “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” I ask what to the African-American, is your Fourth of July? It is a complicated question but it must be honestly contemplated answered for yourself?

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Pictures of Revolution

Scene from Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation: The story of Nat Turner’s Rebellion

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“I heard a loud noise in the heavens, and the Spirit was loosened, and Christ had laid down the yoke he had borne for the sins of men, and that I should take it on and fight against the Serpent, for the time was fast approaching when the first should be last and the last should be first.”–Nat Turner

Scene from American history when Patrick Henry said: Give Me Liberty of Give Me Death

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On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry sounded one of the most famous calls to arms in American history. During a meeting of the Second Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church in Richmond, the 38-year-old lawyer and politician gave an impassioned plea urging the Old Dominion to form militias to defend itself against the British. Henry’s brief address—which closed with the incendiary line “Give me liberty or give me death!”— swayed the Convention in his favor, and his words became a rallying cry during the march to war that was soon to begin.  

Other than one being a movie scene about history and the other being a picture of history that captures the moment, what is the difference? Is there as difference? What was the outcome of each? How are we affected by what happened then today? Does what happened then even matter today?

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My Authentic Truth: If we do not know what happeded behind us we will not truly understand what is going on around us–neither will we be able to effectively influence the future.

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TIME: According to Muhammad Ali

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

What are we doing with the time we have been given? Are we good managers of our time? Do we even care? Do we have a sense of urgency about life? Maybe its right to relax and take life as it comes. Muhammad Ali shares his  interesting perspective about time and what motivates him? What motivates your usage of time? Is it fear? Faith? Societal demands?  Listen to the short video then express your authentic thought about time.

Authentic Thought:

It is best for me to be motivated by forces greater than time: universe, law of attraction, ancestors, purpose, wellness. In time and circumstance I use the information and resources I know best to determine what is right for me. Personal goals, love of self, and respect for others are always influencing factors. Nonetheless, seizing the moment for what I’m drawn to keeps me from living in the sinking sand of regret.

Peace and love,

Dr. Free

Let us learn to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Riddle: What never stops once it starts? 

 

 

 

What Is Man

POSITION 1 

MAN IS ENERGY & MATTER

I remember learning about energy in science class in middle school. I was taught matter existed as all things whether living or non-living as three states–solid, liquid, and gas. Further, matter was anything that had mass and occupies space. I was also taught that all matter has energy. Do you remember that lesson too? Below there is a short adult version of the lesson.

POSITION 2

MAN IS A LIVING SOUL SEPERATE FROM GOD

Well, the preachers at church do not talk about matter and energy. The Christian doctrine teaches that all living things came from God and were created by the anthropomorphic hands of God. God made man from the dust of the earth and then breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. The preacher didn’t say anything about energy. Now here’s the quandary, the scientific teaching about energy can be proven. However, I can’t prove the preacher said about Adam, Eve and the illustrious rib. I must believe it all by faith. Simply defined faith is a belief that something is true– not based on rigorous proof.  As a Christian I had to believe that this creation story was truth even though I had no evidence to prove it. I now understand that when we know belief and faith are not necessary.

Further the Bible teaches we exist in three parts: mind, body, and soul. I can prove the body exists. I see it and touch it. Further, although I cannot touch my mind. I do accredit certain abilities to its existence. My mind has ability to judge, imagine, be aware, perceive, and remember. Nonetheless, there are some people who give those attributes to the soul. But what is the soul or spirit? How do you know you have one? A brief Christian explanation is below. How much of the explanation can be proven without the Bible?

The preacher in the video said to follow the Bible which he describes as the word of God. Well, what happens when the Bible is not your final authority.  What if you don’t believe the Bible is not without error or inerrant? Is the Bible the only space to find the “submitted” truth in the video? What if you understand the Bible as allegory, proverbs, symbolism, myth, and imagery containing truths but hold that the Bible in and of itself is not true? The truth should be able to found elsewhere right or wrong? Is the truth of an infinite omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God limited to a few to record in one book?

Is truth ever isolated to one place? Can’t truth be cross referenced. What other evidence supports the statements in the video above? Truth is truth no matter what it is and where it is? Truth is timeless. Are we incapable of knowing truth or hearing from The All,  The Creator, The Source today in the same way that Biblical authors of the Bible supposedly did long ago? They were indeed murders, adulterers, thieves, liars, and hypocrites like so many of us. Are they any better than us? Are we less eligible to be vessels for knowing the truth?

POSITION 3

MAN IS A SPIRITUAL BEING

When speaking about African Spirituality in antiquity John Henrik Clarke stated:

There is a reality that existed Pre-God.There was a time when man thought of a force in the universe presiding over the universe and while he meant God he did not use the word God and had more spirituality before he consistently used the word God. He used the God force and the God concept without using the word. The African meant the same thing and ultimately western man interpreted it as meaning the same thing.

Clarke is submitting that we were spiritual beings before there was a necessity for religion. There was a time when there was no religion on Earth. Humanity and living things existed. This time predates the Bible by thousands of years. What was the explanation for the origin of life then?Is this pre-God era the same position mentioned in first video on the post with semantic differences? Master Teacher Anthony Browder gives an explanation.

Master Teacher Anthony Browder states:

Religion is a way of binding back to that which holds you together.Binding back to whatever creative principal you believe in. Religions are all made by man.And are essentially man’s attempt to find a system to relate to something greater to them. Spirituality on the other hand, speaks to cultivating a greater relationship with this force that permeates everything throughout the universe. You can’t contain it. You can’t out a picture on it or label on it. It is and it’s a matter of understanding it in its pure essence.

Browder further has stated: 

We are spiritual beings living on Earth having a human experience. That we are in fact capable of manifesting aspects of the Neter Ru within ourselves so that we could become creators here on Earth. Man and woman had a direct relationship with the Creator. Man and woman was never separated from the Creator. This relationship always exist within. As long as you maintain your connection through ritual, through diet, through exercise– You will always be able to express your relationship to the Creator by the things you created. All of life is ritual…spirtuality held a person cultivate their humanity.

What’s your position? Why? Maybe you embrace a portion of each position. Do you have more questions now than answers? What factual evidence do you have to prove your position? What do you know and what do you believe? There is a vast difference between knowing and believing! 

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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Acquiring or Awakening

True teaching is not the accumulation of knowledge it is an awakening of consciousness which goes through successive stages—African Proverb

We live in a society where education is highly esteemed. In fact, most who have earned a degree consider themselves well-educated and prepared to enter the work force with an advantage.  There are others who proclaim that they owe their total level of success to their education. However, at present many students who spend thousands of dollars to earn a degree—thousands to learn—cannot find adequate employment after graduation while a mountain of student loan debt accrues with interest daily.

What does it really mean to be educated? Are training and education synonymous? Does spirituality play a part in education? Is spirituality separate from education or is it an integral part of the educational process? Is education about acquiring information or awakening the genius or knowing within? Maybe education is about synthesizing the knowledge we gain then applying it? What influence does cultural expectations play in the role becoming educated–especially in the United States? Must one abandon their culture to meet educational standards? Is a satisfactory education based on societal needs, cultural needs, or individual needs within a cultural context? Are we born with everything we need to know nestled in our DNA and spirit or should all that we need be downloaded through a laborious process called learning?

 

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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Being Black in America

 

Being Black in America has different meanings for different people—especially  Black people in particular. The varied perspectives are a direct result of our enslavement in this country and the strides we have made to endure its rippling racist after effects on this continent.

During my journey I have found that for most Europeans or Caucasians being Black is limited to what they learn through media that’s often saturated with propaganda and stereotypes or discover in passing. Recently, I have heard everything from “I am not Black, I am American” to “I represent the new Black.” Some Black people sincerely have a love for Africa, their sun kissed skin, coiled hair and robust history. Additionally, for some of us, family support, education, and financial privileges have helped to find a successful place in America.

On the other hand, some Black people assimilate, doing everything (sometimes subconsciously) to change their appearance so that it’s more European than African with hopes of avoiding oppression. They are embarrassed by Africa and what they think it represents to the world. Further, conformation is usually necessary in order to meet professional European expectations in the work place. Surprisingly, some of us don’t seem to have a problem at all. Is it because ignorance is bliss?  Let’s consider these two questions.

(1) First, is it possible to proudly be both Black and American?  W.E.B Dubois acknowledges the reality of the struggle when he coined the term double consciousness to define the inner conflict experienced by subordinated groups in an oppressive society.

(2) Secondly, does new Black suggest there is an old Black that needs an upgrade? In this twenty-first century is there a right and wrong way to be Black in America? What’s the right perspective?

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My authentic thought:

My eyes are wide open. Actually, my vision is clearer now than it has ever been in my life. Walking in denial about the struggles that come along with being Black in America does not change anything. Just because a person does not acknowledge the struggle or believe the struggle exists does not mean it’s not so. However, as frustrating as circumstances become at times, I recognize I must be patient and compassionate with my Black brothers and sisters. The behavior that results from our present state in America is not entirely our fault. Racism is systematic. The oppression comes at us incessantly from many directions and our response to the oppression manifests in myriad of ways.

Therefore, we have a personal responsibility to do what we can to find peace. It is also important to look inward to get to know self and do what we can to evolve in spite of it all.

When the courage comes look backward at history. Then you can understand what is going on around you and know how to navigate the way forward with determination and power.

In love and peace,

Dr. Free

 

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