I did point out that I have no prophetic gifts. I write books because I tried to do something more useful and failed. Since I've been trained to write, I do that as a defense against total despair. And seeing people like you, who are actively engaged in trying to salvage pieces of our wrecked lives, gives me hope that after all we are not alone.
America is a young dumb country and it needs all kinds of help. America is a dumb puppy with big teeth that bite and hurt. And we take care of America. We hold America to our bosom; we feed America, we make love to America. There wouldn't be an America if it wasn't for black people. So you have some dedicated black Americans who will die a million deaths to save America. And this is home for us. We don't know really about Africa. We talk it in a romantic sense, but America is it. And so, America is always going to be okay as long as black people don't totally lose their mind, cause we'll pick up the pieces and turn it into a new dance.
.. Anyone still attempting to argue that Ebonics is a problem for black students or that it is somehow connected to a lack of intelligence or lack of desire to achieve is about as useful as a Betamax video cassette player, and it's time for those folks to be retired, be they teachers, administrators, or community leaders, so the rest of us can try to do some real work in the service of equal access for black students and all students. (15)
Many of us do not know it, but African people have thousands of years of well-recorded deep thought and educational excellence. Teaching and the shaping of character is one of our great strengths. In our worldview, our children are seen as divine gifts of our creator. Our children, their families, and the social and physical environment must be nurtured together. They must be nurtured in a way that is appropriate for a spiritual people, whose aim is to "build for eternity." What a pity that our communities have forgotten our "Jeles" and our "Jegnas," our great master teachers. What a pity that we cannot readily recall the names of our greatest wise men and women. What a pity that we have come to be dependent on the conceptions and the leadership of others, some of whom not only do not have our interests at heart, they may even be our enemies. Some actually seek to control us for their own benefit through the process of mis-education.
African communities have been identified by a shared belief in several key elements: 1. The belief that the cosmos is alive. 2. The belief that spirituality is at the center of our being. 3. The belief that human society is a living spiritual part of the cosmos, not alien to it. 4. The belief that our people have a divine purpose and destiny. 5. The belief that each child is a "Living Sun," a Divine gift of the creator. 6. The belief that, properly socialized, our children will experience stages of transformation, moving toward perfection, that is to be more like the creator ("mi Re" or like Ra, in the KMT language, meaning to try to live like God).
I am an African. I am also American, but that's my national identity. My ethnic identity is African.I may have in the past described myself as black, but that just refers to my phenotype and does not indicate, include my ethnic identity. I am phenotypically Black. I am perceived by others as Black. And that's fine. But ethnically and culturally, I am African.
There are a series of processes that I call the "Dynamics of Domination." In order for one group of people (in this case Europeans) to control an African population, it was necessary, first, to erase African memory. To erase or to suppress memory is a psychological operation which disables anyone as an individual who has memory. The memory of one's group history. When a group loses its historical memory, its disable. Secondly, to suppress the practice of African culture. Third to teach white supremacy. Fourth to control the institutions of socialization, to prevent African people from educating their own children, and from sending their own messages through the media, etc. The control of wealth. And finally physical segregation. These are the historical activities that Europeans engaged in, in order to conquer the Continent, to enslave people, to practice segregation.