Take a meditative moment and look deeply inside of ourselves as a people.The 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.
Day 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.
The 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
institutions, and religious
What 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.”
We 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.
The 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.
One place we can examine
this ancient Kemetic wisdom is in a book entitled, 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 mouth.
one says I shall be rich by such means, [he]
she will eventually have
say my means entrapped me.”
This passage continues:
one says I will rob another, he will
end up being robbed himself. The plans
men and women do not always come to pass, for
in the end it is the will of
which prevails. Therefore, one
should live in peace with others and they
come and willingly give gifts, which
another would take from them through
Written 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.
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.
As 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.
As 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
and Health, like
the Sun Forever.”
I 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
We 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 our
Columnist, Conrad W. Worrill, PhD, is the
National Chairman Emeritus of the National Black United Front (NBUF). Click here to contact Dr. Worrill.