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Speaking to a Listener's Heart
9/2/2015 4:23:19 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali

Everyone in creation is different, and I'm sure there's no argument on that issue. Life is what it is, and the ethical diverse "hue-man" creations in it are who they are, no matter what they call themselves.

Some "colored" folk see and view things differently than others. I guess you can that's natural because of where we've grown up or were raised, and that's why it is said that "people make the world go round."

As a result, there are so many shades of looking at things until it's not funny to witness how some folk look at each other with and from divergent religious, cultural and political perspectives. That's the way that I tend to interpret the various "colored" souls of "hue-manity" and their views and takes on life and creation. They make the world what're is. It's a fascinating voyage in my view, as a Black man, to scope the sociological rifts and spiritual dimensions through the annals of recorded time and existence in order to follow "hue-mankind's" thought patterns. I do that with a listener's heart to what is real and what is fake.

In doing so, honestly speaking, I realize that "some" ethnic folk have not told, or written, the truth about some other folk in their/those folks' dealings about certain cultures of other folk who they came in contact with or conquered. I trust that last statement isn't too complicated, and that it makes sense to you with a listener's heart.

I believe that when you seriously take the time to investigate the story behind some folks recorded "his-story" of who "you" are, maybe, then you'll know that it's time for you to educate yourself about "our-story." That's work of a highly disciplined origin that many ethnic folk of color don't have, or quite frankly, don't care about, even to this very day.

It's sad to the bone of ignorance today some "colored" folk don't want to study "our-story," but the truth is the light. If you're of color, and that includes every living soul in creation, "Are you listening to what I'm saying, or are you merely passing away the time of day day flipping through the pages of life deaf, dumb and blind?" I'm not trying to be a jerk by saying that, but in the some cultures, especially in my own African-American community, there's not a lot of emphasis spent on really, really looking at the lies that have been written, told and broadcast about Africa and her descendants.

I say that with a heavy heart because, after all, Africa is the mother of all nations and most "his-story" books, even today, don't teach or proclaim that undeniable fact. That's why I've been on this mission at various periods of writing for "The Chronicle" of always consciously keeping certain prevalent Afro- educational reminder themes before you and others of Africa's immense importance.

I do that because I'd like to think that I'm "Speaking to a Listener's Heart," one that cares and shares the love of "The Motherland's" unspoken greatness and authentic brilliance. Africa has to be looked at in righteous hindsight terms and with respectful foresight parameters because she is "the mother" who birthed the rest of the world by God Alone's decree. I love to study African History, and I once was told by a teacher who I studied with in New Jersey, that "The African race (and its history) is like a rubber ball, the harder you dash it to the ground, the higher it rises." If you are reading this with a objective listener's heart, does that make sense to you?

It does to me, just as it did way back in the '70s when I first heard it. It, somehow, helped me realize so many things about how the enduring Black folks' spirit everywhere allowed them to be able to survive tragedies like The Middle Passage, etc., and thrive in bigoted foreign environs of the West and elsewhere. I was told that also by this teacher that "it's better for the eyes to die than the heart." I never lost sight of that expression because without putting your all into any and everything, all you have is wasted energy. Its meaning is deep.

Maybe, just maybe, that explains why some of us in this country and beyond are as passionate about acquiring legitimate "our-storical" knowledge of self and some others prefer artificial and systematic "his-storically" penned views of "The Motherland." I'm "Speaking to Your Listener's Heart" when I offer that because the truth is the light. Do you agree? Listen, there are so many woes affecting the African descendant family worldwide presently until I shudder at what happen to us to put us in this trick bag called slavery and it's brutal residual aftermath. Think about that with a listener's heart as you speak to yourself about being Black and proud today at the same time.

That's what I'm doing now as I write this article because a proverb from Africa says, "There are three friends in this world: courage, sense and and insight ." Think about that while speaking to your conscious heart? Sometimes, we who are living today, forget that smiling faces sometimes do tell lies. The racist "his-tory" books of twisted deceptions, including in all formats, never were written by true friends of or respecters of The Motherland and her descendants. They were calculated lies!

I'm "Speaking to Your Listening Heart" when I say that because time is too precious to not know the truth about who we are. Be a friend to the African heritage that runs through your veins if not presenting existing in your minds. Study the legitimate facts of "our-storical" being without hatreds toward no one, because the truth shall set you free. Speak to your heart constantly with "sense, insight and courage."

Never lose faith in yourself and hope in fellow "hue-mans" in the cause for truth, justice and freedom the natural way. Live peacefully and patiently in the world knowing that another African proverb that states "Real brotherhood is never bought nor sold" universally lives on fragrantly in the hearts of true freedom seekers.

"All Lives Matter," including Black folks too. I utter that sentiment while "Speaking to a Listener's Heart." Is your heart listening? I hope so because the spirit of African consciousness heals. For today and always, that's, "As I See It."


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