"Know the world in yourself. Never look for yourself in the world, for this would be to project your illusion."
-Kemetic Temple Adage
But it is not the racial heritage that is important in my view; it is the worldview and culture that matters. So for example, despite Tertullian being Afrikan, he nevertheless embraced the Greek worldview and was one of the staunchest misogynist in the ancient world. Even though Akhnaten was Kemau he still rejected his ancestral tradition in an attempt to be inclusive of non Afrikans in the new Kemetic empire. So it is not a question of race or color but one of living according to the proper worldview, and that is a worldview based on cosmology and not philosophy. (It could probably be argued that Akhnaten is the world's first philosopher and not Thales.)
For the record, I am a student of Diop; Dr. Ben and Dr. Clarke were my earliest teachers; I live as a Kawaidist cultural nationalist (Seba Maat Karenga); and have studied most of the works of Ra Un Nefer Amen. This does not mean that I will not occasionally disagree with an idea or two of theirs. But it is hoped that as I grow, that as we grow (in knowledge) our differences will be cosmological and not philosophical. Cosmological differences use Maat as their basis of knowledge and not simply human intellection devoid of Maat. As a simple example, a philosopher might argue that the world is locked in a struggle between “good” and “evil.” A cosmologist using the body as a microcosm of the world or existence would determine that the philosopher's ideas are inaccurate (for several reasons, which I will not addressed in this article). That there is neither an internal battle within nor an eternal battle without the body between “good” and “evil” forces; therefore, there is not such battle outside the body, i.e., in the world. That the body, life Nature, has both forces that together act reciprocally to sustain health, to sustain life. In the case of bacteria and cholesterol, we know the “good” ones outnumber the “bad,” and that one's health is directly related to maintaining their inherent balance, Maat by another name. Therefore it is maintaining balance that is the key to existence. Consequently, balance becomes the organizing principle in human life in the cosmologist's eyes and not winning some supposed battle of “good” over “evil,” the likely objective of the philosopher. If the latter is also reminiscent of the religious practitioner's attitude or view point, it should be, since religion is always undergirded by an implicit or understood philosophy.
No my folks, we lose site of the issues when we narrowly focus on race, without regard to worldview and culture. It's time to embrace our own unique and special way of seeing the world—if it was good enough for the people of ancient Kemet, Wagadu (Ghana), and the countless other high cultures still to be discovered, then it is good enough for us! And for the record, if you want to give me a label, I'm not a philosopher but a "cosmologist."