By Hakim Abdul-Ali
An old Afrikan proverb states, “Until the lions write their own history, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” That’s a remarkable truth within itself, and its a prompting wakeup call to me as it should be to the senses of any aware Afro-conscious and all other well meaning folk of color, who are seeking knowledge of self while living in the throes of hidden racism.
Seemingly, the impactful essence of that proverb is something that has always been stuck in my subliminal mindset because of the reality of understanding supremacists’ prejudices towards people of color. Living in the “his-storical” realms of educational miseducation and institutional bigotries in this nation, as most Black and other ethnic folk of color have in colonized apartheid America for over 400 years, has left a yearning in the hearts of most folk of color for true freedom, justice and equality at all costs.
Continual living in and under centuries old habitually undisclosed and undiagnosed patterns of American apartheid has left many oppressed folk of color anesthetized to the invented viruses of “hue-man” ethnic racist supremacies. This is a known fact all over the world that you can’t disguise by pretense, denials and pseudoscience.
Objectively thinking and telling it like it is, it seems that everything in this country is only valid and acceptable in America if it only comes from the Euro-centric dogmas, myths and orientations. No one can deny that because it’s a bona-fide fact of life that most things related to other ethnic, religious and cultural customs, other than those of European origins, are considered weird, taboo, foreign, savage and dangerous.
Being of color, and knowing this firsthand, I believe that’s the seminal way or manner of how a large majority of the so-called “American People,” whoever and wherever they live, are taught and are supposed to “patriotically” think and act. All of this occurs openly while hidden racism, ethnic prejudices, class divisions and religious intolerances abound by untold detrimental degrees in the self-proclaimed land of the free and the home of the brave.
Living in this potentially great land of ours, where the pristine words of The Constitution are supposed to hold sway, I wonder, as I wonder, if some of these so-called “American People” of today really understand that they live in an oxymoronic, hybrid world of conflicted ideologies. From Charlottesville, Virginia, to Portland, Oregon, and all points in between, the America of today has an escalating problem with racism, ethnic supremacy, diversity and inclusion, and it’s apparently not getting any better.
Before I go any further, let me proudly proclaim that I’m a conscious brother of color, who loves the Creator Alone, my religion, ethnicity and, yes, my country. I believe that philosophy should be adhered to by every American, no matter who they are or what they believe in as supposedly guaranteed by The Constitution, but I wonder whether all of “The American People” really, “really” know, “his-storically” speaking, that the rule of equal inclusion probably never included some of them.
If you’re of color and still have to deal with racism, injustices, discriminations, inequalities, bigotries and the like, you may even wonder if the heralded Constitution really, “really,” included, or includes, you or other ethnic folk who look like you. It’s an uncertain reality that should serve as more than a wakeup call for the oppressed and suffering masses of the USA, as well as to the exacting and privileged elite.
If institutional racism is as American as apple pie, then at some point in time we’ve got to face the adjacent fact that discriminations of all kinds are literally destroying us all within the confines of misplaced patriotism. The overbearing mores of American white supremacy does exist in every corridor of the USA’s business, education, housing, political and employment sectors, and it’s a very much preserved way of life, sequestered in the initial and not-so-hidden racist establishment of our land for a select “his-storical” ethnic grouping.
So, I’ve wonder why, in many sorted instances, why it doesn’t seem strange to, or bother, some of today’s politically correct “American People” to not question for whom does the flag really, “really” stand for if the author of the “Star Spangled Banner,” Francis Scott Key, was known to be an open racist, bigot and an avowed preeminent slave owner? Don’t be uptight with me because you may only know of or were only taught to sing or mimic two of its three verses without comprehending his entire message.
Hidden deep in the third, and oftentimes, unsung third verse of the “Star Spangled Banner” is what Mr. Key’s thoughts “really” were concerning about folk of color. This verse says this:
“No refuge could save the hireling/slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave/
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave/
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
When was the last time you or other Americans ever heard that verse sung, along with and to include with first two, in your indoctrination learning processes? I, again, wonder why some folk will not weigh the fact that slave ownership of any kind is totally objectionable and should be inherently questionable to today’s alleged liberated, unbiased and politically correct Americans, especially now knowing of Mr. Key’s racist background.
Learning the whole truth about the nation’s miseducation process and this poem turned song, named the national anthem more than a hundred years ago, doesn’t change the fact the poem/song is still clearly racist and offensive to all sensible and aware Americans of all ethnicities, even to this very day. Some folk of “The American People” may want to deny this and remain in their comfort zones of closeted “his-storical” racism and colonial bigotries, and believe me, I really, “really,” understand that (and them) all-too-well.
As a spiritual thinker, who has spent a lifetime in researching and collecting things about global religions, cultures and ethnicities, I’m always looking for genuine data, or reliable info, to confirm authentic “our-storical” issues in order to substantiate truths about or invalidate any and all “his-storical” inaccuracies and mythological faultinesses concerning us. I sincerely suggest that you do the same.
Remember that the ancient Afrikan proverb stated, “Until the lions write their own history, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” I trust that you really, “really” comprehend something from knowing the difference between a lion and a hunter. Which one are you? For today and always, that’s, “As I See It.”