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A Mantra for My Folk
2/10/2016 3:26:28 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali 

It's that time of the year again in America when Black folk chime in on the celebrations of their heritage in a manifest happening called Black History Month. If ever there was a time for such recognition, it is today because with the illuminating reality of "Black Lives Matters," and with what's gong on in many troubled sectors and dark quarters of this land, we are facing an ever-present state of trauma upon the mind-seats of many of the diverse, concerned and aware "colored" citizenry of this potentially great nation.

And with that being an unquestioned political given, I can't help but (still) shout out proudly that "Black is Beautiful." It's a mantra that needs to be heard, remembered and lived with pride, even in theses difficult times, by the ebony souls in this country and beyond, but in some cases, I don't think some ethnic Americans and others get that message clearly. Do you? I hope so.

Now, let me remind you that I know that by using the term "mantra," I'm very much aware that it is a Sanskrit word meaning a sacred message or text among many other usages that the word may imply. I'm not a Hindu or a Buddhist, l'm a Muslim, but, respectfully, I'd like to use that word in its overall goodness to say something especially to Black folk in this country and to those who live elsewhere throughout the globe.

My eternal amalgamated message during this celebrated month and throughout the rest of our "Black 'Our-Story' Year" is that "Black is Beautiful," and I don't want you, particularly if you're of color, to ever forget that. Also, please know that the initial people of creation were created by the Most High Alone on the land mass the "his-storians" call Africa.

Never forget that reality, even though some folk live in permanent states of denials. I hate to say this about some of us, but some misguided ethnic folk forget that fact and are trying to deny their own heritage by blending into this and that. Sadly, you objectively know what I mean as you see too, too often today, that many disillusioned "colored" folk are trying to distance themselves from being a associated with "The Motherland" of all "hue-man" creation.

Respectfully, I can't go that route because I'm proud to be who I am, and that is that I'm a notable being of distinction created by the Creator Alone to worship Him Alone. So are you. The racial appellation of "Blackness" may not actually fit me in definitive authenticity, but, for now and forever, my Afro-association by birth defines me as being a brother of heritage.

I'm humbly proud to be called Black, without invisible shame or lame excuses, because I know that being Black here in the Americas and in other corridors of the world comes in many tints, shades and colors of the "hue-man" spectrum until they are all beautiful in my eyes. I don't know about your Afro-tinged family, but mine resembles the colors of the true ebony family mind-set, and they are beautiful.

Black folk are certainly my folk and, yes, they are all prepossessing, complete with unique personalities, distinct body shapes and different facial features. They are all attractive in my eyesight because "Black is Beautiful," and "their lives matter," not only during the month of February celebrating Black History Month here in the United States of America, but throughout the spacious earth during all the times of the year.

Getting back to the word mantra, I am reminded that it is usually any repeated word or phrase, but it can also refer more specifically to a word repeated in meditation. Maybe, as I thought about and am writing this article, I am subconsciously "meditating" on thoughts of Mother Africa and her descendants who are literally scattered all over the world. Africa is everywhere.

I truly pray for unity of my African brothers and sisters everywhere, and I also pray that we stop the ruinous natures and end the senseless killings that plague many of our youths' self-destructive thoughts for the worst. Like I said previously, "Black Lives Matter," and that's more than a political reference "As I See It." It's time for Africans to unite.

If Black Lives, no matter where they reside, are to have a shared sense of peace, love and equality throughout the universe, then global apartheid, known bigotries and systematic police brutalities, for examples, must be dealt with on a massive scale. These epidemics, among calamitous others, have to end here in this country in order for "the land of the free and the home of the brave" can become a living reality for all.

The intercontinental climates of covert and overt discriminations must be urgently addressed because at the root of it all in America and beyond, including Europe and the Arab world, the ugly stigma of racism is still alive and well in so-called politically correct segments of today's progressive and democratic societies. Tolerance and respect can eradicate ignorance and stupidly if the maxim of peace and the motto of brotherhood for all are practiced with sincere goodness of the heart and soul.

"My Mantra for My Folk," and all others, during Black History Month is simply to "wish for others what you desire for yourself." Hopefully, that's inclusive in the catchphrase "Back is Beautiful," without boundaries or limitations, so lets make peace and unity comprehensive buzzwords for action in making our communities and nation a better place to live, and that's "As I See It."

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