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A Change Has To Come
Published:
2/11/2015 5:42:12 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali


Black History Month is now in full swing in many sectors of America with renewed vigor and august momentum. I hope that you're participating.

This is quite a special time of the year for the descendants of Africa scattered throughout the United States and beyond. It's about remembering and honoring our great ancestors with timely recognition and solemn respect, because it really is about loving "our-story" without shame and disguise.

I could never be so proud of the fact that I am a Black man, one who loves learning and telling the truth of the beauty of the African-Americans' struggles and accomplishments here in the bald eagle's mythological landscape until I feel like I'm possessed about doing so. In many ways, I don't really care though because I'm in it "For the Love of 'Our-Story.' "

I sense that you know that the Black man's and Black woman's legacies in this nation is forever tied to fighting racial oppressions and bigoted hurdles throughout the long "his-story" of this potential great nation. These ebony soul folk have been challenged (and blessed) by the Most High Alone to focus their present perspectives about who they are under the royal banner of ancestral African unity for the longevity of their noble heritage.

That task is not something that most aware minded "colored" folk should let slip by their ever-present conscious state of being. For them, their and their other Afro-kinfolk's collected struggles should never, ever be forgotten. That would be a sin.

Sadly, the psychological and psychological agonies of prejudice and bigotry have haunted the minds of many Afro-Americans descendant folk, with, sometimes, no visible end in sight. If it were not "For the Love of 'Our-Story'" and faith in God Alone, I wondered what would keep most of us on the path of utopian unity and wishful inner ethnic cooperation without falling into despair.

The African-American quintessential presence in the United States of America is a significant strength of battling against the odds and making it in spite of the torturous and horrendous "his-storical" indignities done to them. Think of what these ebony souls have had to endure if you dare.

From the gruesome and hellish slave ship rides during the Middle Passage to the vexing strange fruits concepts of Black men of hanging from the mystical Southern Poplar trees, Black "Our-Story," in part, is what, in many academic corridors that drives most dutifully conscious God Alone "colored" souls to say vehemently and poignantly, "Never, Ever Again!" All of this, and so much more, is a part of the Black man's and Black woman's realistic stories of living in the present day America we call home, for better or worse.

That brings me to a quotation our boxing champion, Jack Johnson, said about dealing with and being Black in America. He uttered, "I know the bitterness of being accused and harassed by prosecutors. I know the horror of being hunted and haunted. I have dashed across continents and oceans as a fugitive, and have matched my wits with the police and secrets agents seeking to deprive me of one of the greatest blessings man can have--liberty." His views are very much a part of "our-story" then and now, even to this very day.

In certain not-so-unfamiliar norms, many Black folk and other ethnicities of color probably feel the same way Mr. Johnson did in his day and time. He was born in 1873 and died in 1946, and I wonder how many of our young folk realize that even though this is the 21st century, nothing much has changed.

Black folk, along with so many other ethnic "colored" folk of "hue-manity," have had to deal with so many expectations in their democratic sojourns to promised equality, alleged freedom, civil rights and supposed justice in the Americas of their dreams hopes and nightmares. This too, sadly again, is a part of "our-story" as it relates to yesterday's American "his -story" and, yes, it still resonates clandestinely today in many sectors of this nation's employment venues, housing arenas and educational systems.

Brilliant law professor Derrick Bell, who was born in 1930, said something that resonates in my head as I write. He said, "Black people will never gain full equality in this country. Even those Herculean efforts that we hail as successful will produce no more that temporary 'peaks of progress,' short-lived victories that slide into irrelevance as racial patterns adapt in ways that maintain white dominance. This is a hard to accept fact that all history verifies. We must acknowledge it, not as a sign of submission, but as an act of ultimate defiance." Hmm! That's powerful.

From the frankness of a former boxing champion to the articulate words of a scholarly law professor, "For the Love of 'Our-Story' " indicates that if you don't understand the political and economic challenges of uplifting our Black selves, then when will we get it together as a productive and viable segment of American first-class society. To love one's true culture is not anti-anything, but rather it's knowing and teaching our true story.

Everyone systematically does it in the fabric of this now, present tapestry called "The American People," but for the best of me, it seems that Black folk, especially, always have to be included piece meal in the process, if you know what I'm talking about. Please don't forget the thoughts of Mr. Johnson, the fighter, and Mr. Bell, the lawyer professor. If you don't, then you'll know that "For the Love of 'Our-Story'" demands that all African-Americans need to face up to the reality that nothing changes for the better unless we do it now. For today, and always, "Happy Black 'Our-Story' ", and that's "As I See It."
 

Visitor Comments

Submitted By: Doug Saint Carter Submitted: 2/12/2015
Pursuing racial unity so we may achieve a "Color Kind America," will bring about the change you desire faster than you could ever believe. Where Is Love


 
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