I am reminded of my favorite line from Sankofa where Mutaburaka says “the snake SHALL eat what is in the belly of the frog.” That statement was about the slave master, but let me invert it, to us as a people. We complain about the diet and what we get from eating the frog. But if we do not want to eat what is in the belly of the frog, then we must develop our own diet that does not include eating frogs. Adding Elijah Muhammad’s point. If you give the people clean water to drink, they will drink it when they thirst, but if they have nothing but dirty water and nothing else, they will drink THAT out of their thirst. It is our obligation to provide the clean water and the “antifrog diet”. Right now, we have collectively failed confusing the paralysis of analysis (King’s language), endless critiques, and the imaginary idea of unanimity with revolutionary activism.
The most dangerous teaching we ever accepted was that our destiny was in the hands of others and that the responsibility for addressing it should rest with others. I am focused on us and what we do, not on what others say and do. I recognize the power of others and use diplomacy and other implements to contend with that, as we always have, but I believe ultimately our fate is in our hands. That’s what makes me fundamentally different than most of us, who get really occupied with the system. This year, Afrikan people in the US alone will possess close to $2 trillion. Our economic fortunes in my mind, depend on what WE do with that money. Do we invest, do we build for ourselves, or do we spend it and more than that with others. All economic discrimination aside. My argument is that if we do the right things with $2 trillion, we do not have to care what happens with government shutdowns, welfare, etc.. But, if we do the wrong things, individually and collectively, we will HAVE to be concerned with all of that and the affairs of others towards us. It is a choice. The first is snake diversifying the diet. The second, is putting salt on another frog.