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A Tale of a People Who Struggle
5/8/2013 2:23:15 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali 

Living in the world of today brings many contradictions to the forefront of conscious thinking, especially to the “his-torically” oppressed “colored” populace. One of these contradictions is that everything is morally A-okay in the political land of milk and honey, better known as the bald eagle west.

In the arenas of advancing ethnic divisions, which make up the greater American landscape, Black Americana stands out “his-sorically” as a lingering symbol of injustice and inequality towards its cultural folk. The world of racial harmony has always seemed to be at a politically incorrect opposite posture whenever it came to people of the pronounced African Diaspora.

Being that as it may, Afro-Americans living in the West have always struggled to maintain a sense of common decency and respect within themselves while laboring in and under the i cloud of democracy. Many times, if the truth be told with an unafraid voice, this has been done at great odds and peril to its overall existence.

I, too, am a proud son of the African-American experience, and I’ll forever proclaim that “Black is Beautiful.” It’s for that posture that I love the fact that there have been many, many ebony heroes and sheroes of color, who’ve stood the test of time and fought in the name of struggle to survive in this democratic country.

Being called “negro,” with the small “n” and other infamous labels over the centuries of miseries gone mad, has been a little too much for some good old “colored” folk of today and yesteryear to handle when it came and comes to rejecting colonial insensitive labeling of their ethnicity . It is and has been a struggle for some of our folk to handle because denial of the reality that institutional mis-education and systematic bigotry destroys more than a person’s will to survive.

This subliminal rebuff destroys his or her soul own sense of inner dignity with no residual benefits to be democratically seen. Sometimes, being “Black” in the land where equal freedom for all, in every aspect of the concept, is touted like air to the wind and can be more than the average non-thinking “colored” soul can handle or adapt to.

As I’ve said before, being “Black” in the politically “his-storically” atmosphere of the current politically correct culture has never been an easy assignment for the self-denier of African identity and awareness. Hidden racism in this country is not a tacit quality of independence and free thinking. Sometimes, you can’t deny what is real even though it may lie underneath the rug of outspoken egalitarianism.

I’m an intense thinker and many “colored” folk (and others) know that I speak to the issue of freedom and liberation for all oppressed “hue-mans” of the world. I have to tell the tale of my people who struggle for respect, freedom, justice, dignity, and righteousness.

Black Americans have for over four centuries been struggling for their share of American universal equality and the rights to be treated as equals in the parlance of “hue-man” brotherhood and sisterhood. My people are forever loyal to that aim because the desire to be respected runs “our-storically” through their veins.

The desires of my people’s struggles reflect what is in our hearts, minds and souls. We are committed to being a part of the “his-storical” American concept of freedom, justice and equality for all at any cost.

When that doesn’t occur, as it hasn’t been for many of Africans “his-storically” in the Diaspora, America forever suffers due to the impact of lingering institutional discrimination. Again, racism and bigoted intolerance are tragic maladies which is a sad story of intolerable realities affecting all Black and other ethnic “hue-mans” living in the caldrons of the United States of America.

Permeating stinky racism is like experiencing an invisible sense of a dreaded cold during a winter’s night when the “hawk” is out there and you can feel it, but you can’t “see” it. In many ways, that’s what it feels like to be victimized person of color existing in a land where “the hawk” of malodorous racism can be realistically felt, but politically it’s not supposed to be seen.

Please never forget that thought. I never will, and I sincerely hope, pray and trust that you won’t, especially if you’re of color and feel a sense of respect to what your ancestors had to deal with. We, collectively, have much to remember about what being “Black” was about “back” then, so we should view its “intrinsic meaning” of same in the ever-present here-and-now.

I’m not forgetting that as I continue, because today’s Black reality is a frightening wake-up call to any consciously aware soul among us. We must stop those self-defeating things that are ravaging throughout our somewhat distant local and disconnected national communities.

To that end, we must encourage the understanding that attaining a “proper education” is a must for our youth in order to be a vigorous part of today’s utopian American ethnic salad bowl. This is a must for our survival long term as a respected and viable American community, because everyone of us in Black America has a vital role to play in the liberation of our people’s escape from self-hatreds, cultural ignorance and crippling economic despair.

That includes removing ourselves from any private unproductive mind-sets and all inner negative anti-cultural deterrents like which keeps us further behind the respectful wall of “hue-manistic” ethnic achievements. We must learn to love one another.

Also, we must always remember that “A Tale of a People of Who Struggle,” both past and present, should live in our conscious psyches and mental spirits. Others of other ethnic cultures may say “Never again” when they’re told to never forget the atrocities done to their people and rightfully so, but so should we.

No one should to remind us of that, and that’s why I’m, respectfully, reminding you at this moment. So, you must say, “Never Again,” to what’s been done “his-storically” to you via systemized mis-education and through our self-defeating thoughts of ethnic shame.

I say that to you with love and admiration, because we must be universal seekers of learning all about the truth of “our” people’s legitimate heritage. That’s the least you and I (and others) can do as we seek to resurrect our noble heritage and live to tell “A Tale of a People Who Struggle.”

“Black is Beautiful,” and to that end, I’ll do my part and I trust that you’ll do likewise. Remember those who came before us and what they sacrificed to make it better for us.

For today and always, I’ll say, “Never Again!” Let’s remain united in the search for learning the truth about “our-storical” greatness, and making America a better place for all “hue-mans” to live, including us. And, that’s, “As I See It.” 

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