Let’s connect for a minute. As we begin to realize that the Afrikan Diaspora is in shambles and appears to be on the brink of total chaos, we must kick into crisis mode and take drastic measures to even begin to reverse the cycle. There are a number of us out here fighting this fight, wanting desperately to save a race – past, present and future… There are a number of selfish members of the Diaspora who know that there’s a problem, but don’t appear to care. No diss, but the proof is often in the actions, or should I say, lack thereof.
So, coming from a place of solidarity, I choose to begin a new life by wholeheartedly embracing the Nguzo Saba – the 7 principles of Kwanzaa.
So, let’s back up a bit: What is our Common Denominator? Nothing more, nothing less than the textbook definition: a belief, attribute, etc, held in common by members of a class or group. When we talk of the Afrikan Diaspora, the so-called one drop rule, or melanated people, we bring to focus a plethora of individuals who have been deliberately and systematically torn apart and pit against each other (Willie Lynch style), mis-educated, incarcerated, and exploited. But, there is hope. One step at a time, one day at a time, we push on until we succeed.
It begins with admitting one thing – those of Afrikan descent are forever linked by that common denominator alone – we are now living the reality of a brutal past, an oppressed present, and a chaotic future. But again, we can get out of this mess.
As we continue to grow, we have to live a compassionate life of understanding, collective education, self-expression, belief in one another and the future, financial empowerment, and a mighty strength from a higher power, ancestral guidance, and an awakening. In other words, embody the 7 principles of Kwanzaa. So let’s get to it my people. The world is waiting for us to rise, and we shall.
As-Salaam-Alaikum – Hotep