Anyone who watches CNN, Fox, MSNBC or any of that rubbish thinking they are going to hear in any depth the perspectives of those who are the VICTIMS of Eurocentric tyranny is smoking crack. The majority of the world’s people are invisible unless they are in the sights, often literally the GUNsights of the Western world. Western media is little more than a narcissistic vehicle for whatever Western corporate plutocratic ideologies exist at the moment. It is tv where the entire world sits down to watch the politics, ideas, and perspectives of elite Europeans and their associates.
For all those fake gangsters “ready to die,” let’s be real, You and I were dying the minute we were born, literally. So you been dying every day just like me. The most you can do to me, your people, or yourself is just speed up a process that is gone happen anyway. Someone who pours a cup of water over an already raging waterfall or throws sand in the desert ain’t really doing nothing. And certainly ain’t standing up for no manhood or showing courage.
Naw son, you can’t be a gangster AND a revolutionary at the same time. A gangster is ready to die for himself and his selfish interests and maybe those of his crew. A revolutionary is one who intends and prepares to live but is willing to die to preserve life for the whole of his people. If you are taking the life of your own people you are not a revolutionary at all, but one of the ones the real revolutionaries must ultimately work to eliminate. Learn the difference. There is a short time to do so.
It’s easy to die. Just stop breathing and start bleeding or maybe get bitten by a tiny mosquito you can’t see with some virus that slowly turns your internal organs to nothing. Your body is nothing but dust and destined to dust, and as you know even a good breeze can handle some dust. But living your spirit IN that body of dust? THAT son, that there requires a REAL man.
Malcolm said life was the best gift you had. He said preserve it, protect it. But he also said If you HAVE to give it up (notice the forced nature..not voluntary) die not for your oppression but for the defense of your helpmate that God gave you as you respect her, for the defense of your children whom you take care of, for the defense of your economics and education and healthcare and societies which you help to build for yourself and your people. And if you gone do none of that or provide any help to those that do try , then go ahead and die but don’t take those that have potential to do so WITH you, cause we need them and God sent them to us for His purposes among the people and not for your selfish destruction.
The wild animals and beasts of the field kill all the time, only the beasts among men kill themselves for sport and honor rather than due cause or necessity. Are you a man, youngsta or a beast? You decide. And if you choose to be a beast, let me hit you with a reality breakthrough, it’s not poverty or racism or your hood or your crew or your gat or God that made you one. It’s YOU son and when hell greets you, it’s only gone be you in your paltry, failed defense.
Real old school soldiers and brothers like me? We seen a lot of hell among our people trying to help ourselves and help them and other humans in the process. That’s why we don’t want to send them there, see them go, or go ourselves.
If the living live for death, and for the dead, and fight for the dead, then who will fight and live for the living? Let the dead bury the dead, my brother, my sister, and let us today you and I agree to LIVE and honor life. And die as we must one day, but FOR life and not for death itself. For if we die for death, we have only died. But if we die for life indeed and its right to exist and its right to a humane standard of quality among our own and others, we have not have truly died at all.
I might like you, die tomorrow. And if you don’t change your hellish mentality, I might very well die at one of your hands, my own brother or sister. But I assure you while I might die tomorrow, and certainly will die one day sooner rather than later, I will live forever because I lived for life to begin with. And if you don’t understand what I just said, you might spend what time you have left trying to find out my meaning rather than bringing mayhem among your own people.
This just a news flash for all the brothers and sisters currently spending cash on a host of get rich relatively quick schemes running through our neighborhoods. Okay, I’m on let you in on the secret they ain’t gone tell you. The guy or girl that got you to buy their seminar on how to make a million bucks or attend their conferences or purchase their videos and book series made a million bucks by finding a million people like you who wanted to make a million bucks. Just think about it and then call me in the morning when you sober up from the cognitive intoxication. In the meantime, don’t expect me to join you in the collective delusion. I love you but I am chronically allergic to bullspit.
If we was to put half the work and effort and resources some of us put into this stuff into real economic development and entrepreneurship…well you know the rest. See the “get rich quick” scheme actually slows down your economic progress because you divert your startup resources to the people selling you the scheme. Since they are already rich, having bilked a bunch of suckers like you already, they good regardless. Meanwhile you spend so much money paying for their advice on how to make money that you have no money left to invest to make money. Instead of the “get rich quick” schemes, or even the idea of getting “rich”, how bout we focus on the “get financially stable” scheme where we learn about basic capitalist economics and how to use financial instruments, info you really don’t have to pay for. If you become stable, you have money to invest, and as your investments pay off, you can then get more comfortable. But you can never make money by consumptive spending. That is called the pyramid scheme and no matter how you run it, the money flows mostly to the top. It’s the “trickle down” economic theory where the poor are supposed to get rich as they make the rich richer and the US itself already proved that’s some nonsense. The folks selling ya’ll this whack ish is already comfortable because they got you out working for them.
On an econ tip this e-va-ning peoples so bear wit me cause I don’t think we get dis. Here we go. Now let’s pick somebody. Okay Mike J the world’s greatest basketball player. I remember when signed a $25 million per year contract with the Bulls and everyone’s eyes popped out of their heads. He clearly was going to make more money over the life of that contract than Afrikan people could imagine. But set this on your dome. The Bulls owner during the Jordan heyday realized more than 1 BILLION dollars annually from the team. So after 10 years of wear and tear on his body and mind, and hard labor on the court, Jordan could realize about a quarter of a billion and maybe another billion in endorsements. Meanwhile the team’s owner who did not touch a basketball, can’t shoot or dribble was going to realize at least 10 times that. My point? Do not be OVERLY impressed by how much the system is willing to pay you or some other economic slave (yes I said that, I am partially one too. Any job you HAVE to do that you do not control makes you an economic slave for that portion of your labor) for your goods or services. Understand the difference between wage value and entrepreneurial value. If I am willing to pay you a million dollars for a year’s work, I am calculating that you are worth at least 2-3 times that. The million is your wage worth and the slave is ALWAYS thinking of himself or herself ONLY in terms of their wage value to someone else. The free man or woman is always cognizant of their entrepreneurial value to THEMSELVES, that is, how much those willing to pay them REALLY think their labor is worth. And as a result of considering the latter, they are always seeing any wage arrangements as vehicles and stepping stone for moving towards entrepreneurship and realizing that REAL value for themselves and through them, for the masses of the people.
Get rich quick, get po’ quick. A fool and his money are SOON parted. Build an infrastructure for wealth creation which ain’t necessarily easy or quick, but can be readily done by anyone with effort, and then you stay relatively stable for a lifetime and maybe even have a little something to share with you lineage coming after. As I used to say the shortcut begins with the neck. The point for those that didn’t get that is that there really is no shortcut to long term success but commitment, faith, and hard work. Everything that tries to short circuit that approach, either fails or leads to other problems. Slavery made massive profits for a few, so did the railroads, so did the oil industry, so does professional sports. But if you study you know not ONE of these was built by one person overnight but by groups of people over half a century or more who built a structure. The people who profit today from these systems may LOOK like those who got wealth easy, but that is only because the foundation for their present wealth was laid by those who came before them. Similarly, if Afrikan people are to have a future of wealth and financial stability, they must prepare not only for themselves but for the future and preparing for the future is not about getting RICH now, because in this society getting RICH usually means SPENDING it, which is not preparing for anything but future poverty. The truly rich, retain not only the majority of their wealth, spending only their interest, but they also retain systems for wealth creation that succeed them. The Merck family was an immigrant family that made drugs. There is nothing about them that inherently made them superior to the brother on the block working in the same industry. The problem is that HE unlike they, does not understand wealth creation or retention. They will be wealthy and their companies will likely be long after he is dead and gone. His wealth will be fleeting, at best his lifetime, and may in fact be the reason he becomes dead and gone quickly.
And let’s be real. Three of the biggest German immigrant families were involved in drug production and distribution. The only reason we don’t call them drug dealers is that they had enough money to buy off politicians and lobby to have their drugs legalized and their system of distribution legitimated in what we call the “pharmacy.” Once in power, they then declared all drugs other than the ones they made and made money off of “illegal.” Of course the stuff they made and make today is not necessarily safer or better, just legally sanctioned. When the street drug dealer begins to make the transition from black market pharmaceuticals to understanding that he or she is a true businessman who is using the same skills they could use to form and cultivate a legit business in concert with others in their community, we will be on the road to revolutionary change. Same for the would-be gangsta, the community warrior and soldier in the enslaved disguise of Eurocentric brainwashing. And if we had REAL leaders rather than people making money off our collective destruction, they would be about this “conversion” process.
But they get paid to sit idly by while we die and they do their jobs all too well.
The challenge in Eurocentrism is that what should perhaps be viewed as the mere creative license afforded an artist to render an image or story in any form they choose, has imposed upon it this whole philosophical and corporate context of marketing and creation, which instills all the biases of society and imposes them in the form of obligations on the artist and artisan and threatens them with the idea that they will be able to create what they wish but not be heard. So many in the face of that capitulate. The true artist has the courage to resist, even if it costs them greatly financially and in terms of social status, and it often does. It’s one thing to make a “white superhero” “black” or a “male superhero” “female” as an artistic matter. Tragically, it is so much more that must be done to have the Eurocentric audience accept those artistic reformulations as in fact equal to the previous, more well –known renderings without specifically genderizing or “racializing” them. For me the question is less whether such figures will find a niche audience, they will, as well as a host of those fickle curiosity and novelty seekers who will “peek” to see “how are they going to do that.” My question is that is there ever a point where the “female” superhero is just that a superhero or whether a “black” superhero is ever just a superhero?
I think back to that question I got from a young Euro-American woman in college. She came to me with what was her a serious and perplexing question and one she thought I needed to be concerned about. She came as a friend, a colleague, a fellow social justice advocate and she said I see you in Afrikan liberation type organizations and mainstream (read “white”) organizations..when you grow up (implying a maturity I did not yet have in her estimation since I had not decided), are you going to be a “black” leader or a “real” leader? I’m sure either answer would have been fine for her, but she was literally the first person that made me realize that there was such a question. And somehow I HAD to answer this, whether I gave her a personal response then and there, or not. And so the tragedy of Eurocentrism is whether “female Thor” will ever be “THOR” or “female Thor” in perpetuity and so on. And “female” Thor without it ever being said or needing to be said, is alternative Thor. We still know who the “REAL” Thor is.
I say this as a person who has apparently inadvertently engaged in torture of my fellow Eurocentric brothers and sisters, consistently doing things out of the box that didn’t go with the narrowly defined categories of what I was supposed to do and be and think and even worse, I showed no sympathy for the psychological trauma shown on their faces when they realized I neither cared nor completely understood the idea that my humanity was somehow a “problem” to be solved.
A sister elder of mine shared with me recently a rant that I have often gone on about our own people, especially the young, and their lack of real historical knowledge and understanding about themselves. Here’s the basic scenario:
She was in a Family Dollar around 6PM and heard a young Afrikan male (looked to be around 17-18) sharing with a young lady “they worked me like a slave!!!”
My sister… elder described herself as “speechless.” I would describe myself as wanting to seriously smack a fool, but if I did that every time I heard this, I wouldn’t have enough bail money.
No matter how hard you work and believe me, many of us work seriously hard and in difficult circumstances, as long as we earn ANY wage at all, have ANY kind of humanity or citizenship within the context of that labor, and if we can go to some place we call home at some point end of that long day, then we will never know what it is to work like a SLAVE. I am even leaving out the violence, rape,kidnapping, mutilation and other “extracurricular” aspects of THEIR daily work environment. Simply working hard for low pay is NOT being worked like a SLAVE. Even being an actual indentured servant is not being a SLAVE.
I think back to what Malcolm X said about the word revolution and how most in the movement in the 60s throwing that world around would be a lot more hesitant to use it, if they actually understood what it means.
Eurocentric conservatives fail miserably at understanding the fundamental principles of sociology, tending to see society as little more than a multiplicity of totally self-responsible and autonomous individuals and believing for the most part in the notion that economics alone is the arbiter and a rightful one of human social relationships.
Eurocentric liberals, while deeply aware of sociological issues and desirous of collective progress, fail at history, because their recommendations for positive sociological change inevitably are rooted in the same Eurocentric ideologies, processes, and institutions that have historically failed to have either an interest in or ability to, advance social justice and which actually create and maintain the status quo.
It is not ENOUGH to merely make a moral appeal against oppression in the absence of real social, political, and economic power which can compel those who oppress to listen. In the absence of those latter elements, the moral appeal will not be heard. Those drunk with oppressive power must be forcibly sobered up before they can be reasoned with.
Eurocentric “Platonic” love: Many people use the abstract Platonic idea of love to get closer to you with the knife. One must have the spiritual gift of discernment to avoid that. Sometimes the person most fervently pushing a rhetoric of love is lying in wait for you to sleep. A wolf does not come in wolf’s clothing, it would be too easy for the sheep and shepherd to sniff him out. Love is actuated in action, not in words.
If the ONLY info you have on the “world” is CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, you really don’t have a clue about what’s going on in most places and what you DO “know” is heavily distorted and filtered through Eurocentric interpretations.
One of the greatest strategies of Eurocentrism was instituting the rhetoric of a “free” press under plutocracy. Since “press” is actually based on those who can afford to pay for its creation, and who then control it for the cultivation of personal and collective profits, it is not “free.” The overwhelming number of “official” media outlets in the globe are controlled by a handful of companies and we have been brainwashed into thinking that a “free” press.
You TRULY learn about a social issue when you meet or encounter in some other way, the human beings who are living within that social reality, talking to them or listening to them talking about their real lives in their own narratives. That is the ONLY way that the complexities and subtleties of their conditions will make sense or put you in a position to engage and help THEM make effective changes in that condition.