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Never Forget Who We Are
1/28/2015 5:20:34 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali

Someone recently asked me why I always seemed to be writing about one aspect or another of Black culture to the degree(s) that I do. I listened carefully as a local soul brotha inquired about my continued over the years journalistic references to "our-storical" themes.

First, in response to this soul brotha's genuine and rather candid inquiry, I must say frankly that I'm an unashamed lover of ethnically being who I am.

Never ashamed of being an African-American, I also am totally aware of what I'm writing about and, as such, I write from the strength of not hiding behind the veneer of someone's other ethnicity which would make me deny who I am.

Living in the America that I know, it is a separate and unequal structural work in progress in so many political and economic norms of systematic existences.

That view is traumatically extended from my mind with a pragmatic understanding that no matter what the cosmetic cliche of national equality for all being is theorized to be, it still feels like, if you're of color, the American dream of freedom, justice and equality is not an overall realistic inclusion for some of America's so-called minority "colored" ethnicities.

I'm just being real as citizen of color and by mentioning that I need to let you know that I don't espouse hatred of anyone. No, no way is that what I feel in my soul about the America I'd like to see it become because, in my heart of hearts, I know that I live in (potentially) one of the greatest nations on the earth, but we've got some lingering concerns that need to rectified if we are to be who we are.

Oh, by the way, hatred isn't where I'm coming from because ,again, that's not my spiritual bag nor is it my religious philosophy. I believe in common respect for all of God Alone's "hue-man" creations, and I also believe that hatred is a waste of positive energy exhibited in all the wrong directions.

And while saying all that, I can speak honestly about not living in a fantasy dream like "poly-tricksical" world of being politically incorrect and not facing up to the realities of understanding that in some all-too-many instances, many American minorities (still) encounter hidden racisms and bigotries that some "colored" folk would pretend doesn't exist.

Yes, they do exist in several not-so-clandestine elements of our country's ruling political, business, employment and educational corridors, even if it's disdainful to image in the 21st century to think that such moral atrocities still exist.

Things like those poisonous conditions, which destroy every segment of "hue-manity" having respectful pride in his or her and others' creation by God Alone, makes me never forget something that late honored historian, John Henrik Clarke, said and that was that "History is a clock that people use to tell their time of day. It's a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are and what they are." Do you get it?

I hope that you do understand the underlying symbolism of what that great scholar meant for all "colored" folk in creation. That obviously includes my soul brotha who approached me, and he's the reason why I'm addressing his inquiries the way that I'm doing it today with no negativity intended and, hopefully, he understands that.

Respectfully, I love you my soul brotha, because you and I have to have a better comprehension of why the Most High Alone created us and others into various nations and ethnic groups and as selective individuals in the first place.

We were all created for a spiritual definitive purpose to be at peace with one another, so think about closely about what I'm putting forth before your and other "Charleston Chronicle" readers' eyes and minds today as you and they read further.

Now that you've done that, I want you to check out my next Black "our-storical"thought with even more scrutiny. Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, one of "our" past great intellectual thinkers and civil rights activists, once said, "Negroes must eventually surrender 'race' solidarity and the idea of American Negro culture to the concept of world humanity, above race and nation. This is the price of liberty. This is the cost of oppression."

If you have your thinking cap on and you're not sleeping through a catastrophic academic relapse, then you should clearly recognize that the descendants of the Motherland need to now gather together and start rebuilding a basis for unity and love of self, just like all other nations and ethnicities apparently do.

To my inquisitive soul brotha, that includes me, you and all other Black folk, who may not know,or recognize, the dire divisional dilemma that some of us face in denying the reality that disunity and self-hatred of self keeps us from knowing who we are.

Until that happens, I believe we've got much work to do including you, me and all other concerned "colored" folk who aren't asleep when it comes to understanding the importance of possessing authentic spiritual knowledge and sound cultural unity?

I'm sincerely trying to do the best that I can as an informative writer and motivational thinker by presenting the best info that I can to you by keeping the goals of African- American unity, mutual respect for all and spiritual cohesiveness in the forefronts of our thoughts.

Do you fathom why I write the way that I do now? I hope that you do because, sadly, if you look at the general conditions of some of America's vast " colored" minorities, it looks like it's shaping up to be a continual permanent "his-storical" second class citizenry on the horizon for many of them.

Am I blind to what I'm sensing, or is it that the fabled American Dream will always escape you know who in a continual systematic design? Hmm!

"Thinking requires discipline," and as the beat of oppression unfortunately continues in not-so-subtle ways as was brilliantly alluded to by the late Dr. DuBois, I ask my soul brotha and you to "Never Forget Who We Are."

I also ask you, the reader, if there is any semblance to what Dr. DuBois saw and said about Black oppression during his lifetime that you can possibly relate to what's going on today.

If you, and the soul brotha and others can and do by reading this article as a mnemonic that we need to be unified in our collective struggles, then "We Haven't Forgotten Who We Are."

To the greater aim of acquiring legitimate knowledge of self, spiritual unity and universal peace among us and the rest of "hue-manity," that's, "As I See It."


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