But what is more important to me is how do we respond once we realize what has happen to us? Do we point the finger at or blame each other? I have been apologized to by at least two Afrikan continentals for, I guess, what they perceive as a betrayal on the part of Afrikans getting involved in the European or Trans-Atlantic slave trade. I am always confused by this apology—it is as if they are apologizing for the misdeeds of some of their ancestors, forgetting that those involved in the “misdeeds” were my ancestors too!
The only thing I am obsessed with is the acquisition of authentic Afrikan power, which must be Afrikan centered and Pan Afrikanist (inclusive of all Global Afrikan People). I remember how China and the Chinese were viewed historically by the West; they viewed them as a culturally inferior, superstitious and subservient people. Then came the Chinese Revolution led by Mao. It was a period marked by violence, cultural upheavals, dogmatism, and authoritarian rule. The West was extremely critical of China but the Chinese Revolution paid them no mind as Mao made tremendous efforts to rid China foreign indoctrination. Today China is a world power with the ability to protect its people and most importantly, its sovereignty!
Afrikan people will have a greater struggle than the Chinese in regards to regain our power in the world. This is because the continent of Afrika has more vital resource than China, making Afrika much more vital to foreign economies. You can be certain that Arabs and Europeans (and probably even our recent Asian “guests”) will die fighting to retain their Afrikan interests. The way of life of Europeans and Arabs has for centuries been tied to Afrikan exploitation, which has included both the exploitation of human and natural resources. Also, and perhaps more important, outsiders have been successful at taking advantage of our natural disposition—our sense of universal humanitarianism. They have been able to use it against us, having us believe that when to act based on our agency and in our interest, that we are acting against others—that we are being racist! They have also been successful at creating a masterful propaganda campaign that has convinced us that somehow because we have a different worldview, and phenotype, that we are somehow less than other humans beings. The overall effects of their anti-Afrikan indoctrination has made us anti-Afrikan too! We do not trust or believe in ourselves. We do not to act in our racial best interest.
The consequences of centuries of religious and racial chauvinism directed at Afrikan people has led to what I characterized as our underdevelopment. This underdevelopment is unnatural and something externally imposed. It is a by-product of enslavement, colonialism, neocolonialism, racism and white supremacy. And no races have suffered like the Afrikan race and it has produced self-hatred, inferiority complexes, post-traumatic slave syndromes, and a myriad of other psychologically debilitating conditions. All these things we must overcome. But if we are to return to ourselves as history has shown we are capable of, then things are a bit more complex. Stay with me.
According to Afrikan thought, the “person” must experience a natural development that only culture can spark within the “individual.” It transforms the person into a human being. This is the purpose of the various initiations in Afrikan society. This is also the reason why Afrikan societies were able to maintain a strong ethical foundation. Culture must provides an inner/emotional strength that will elevate the person's general functioning, increasing his or her empathy and selflessness. It is the creation of the communal person not the individual. Such as person in order to live in a community of persons must develop an inner quality, unity even, that allows one to live a more balanced life. So we have an even greater task before us. If we do not reintroduce this worldview orientation then all we will actually achieve in our restoration, is remove our underdevelopment, and not address this internal, human development, and as we result all we have done is reinvent ourselves as versions of Western man (or any culture that does not integrate the self with the world.) This lack of self development I characterize as undevelopment. We don't want to remove our underdevelopment yet remain undeveloped.
Culture in the Afrikan sense serves as the art and science of creating human beings. When Afrikan people display undevelopment, it is because some one or thing has infringed upon our culture. Undevelopment is directly relate to living with Afrikan cosmology, when is what in turn produces an authentic culture.
As a result of imposed cultures and cultural fragments or remnants of Afrikan traditional cultures, our children presently grow up with empty, borrowed, or aliening rituals. The rites of passage that once tested their mettle and helped to integrate their being thus developing discipline, character, and providing the inner meaning of their customs, are absent or have become mere imitations of what once were. Rather than produce humans who manifest the potential for self-mastery, beings who can offer legitimate leadership and serve as examples of human potentiality, we now simply produce Western-style automatons. This has occurred because our traditional systems, which once formed the basis for viable culture, have been bastardized, fractionalized, dismantled, disrupted or destroyed. We must reconstruct (and upgrade) our historical educational systems and knowledge base in order to create human beings and authentic leadership. Once we create human beings, we can extract genuine leadership from their ranks. This leadership must possess self-mastery, and be rooted in cosmology. Gone will be the materialistic, self-centered, dissociated person the West identifies as a human being. Then and only then will Afrikan power be restored.