Saturday, February 14, 2015

WHY YOU SHOULD BE SCARED OF WESTERN SCHOLARS!


If you are to be scared of anyone in the 'West' then you should be scared of university professors and scholars. The university system is set up in a manner that seems to suggest that everybody is wrong but nobody is wrong; something is wrong but nothing is wrong; we're equal but no we're not...we know but we don't know...I'll praise you in order to undermine you; I'll smile at you but who told you I even like you at all?...

I'm not scared of the Racist with a gun, a knife, a bible...or a Racist CEO of a company! I'm scared of the western university professor writing books and articles; who sets curricula, advise the politicians and capitalists. They are the ones who determine where our sun sets! They determine whether you'll be stopped by the police, or whether that little 'white' kid will call you a nigger, or whether or not kids starve in Africa. But then...but then...they'll be the very same people trying to devise methods to prevent what they started!

Afrocentric scholars like Dr. Ben Yochannan, Cheikh Anta Diop,George James wrote extensively about Egypt and Africa...The 'west' simply dismissed their works as 'myths'  of Africans, with no history or contribution to western civilization, trying to make themselves significant by inserting themselves into the achievements of the West through Egypt! They were Africans so no one took them seriously! But when Martin Bernal (who is not African) published the 'Black Athena' it became really heard to ignore a European's voice of an Ivy League school, who made some of the very same claims that were made by Dr. Ben, Diop, James and others.

The emotional response to Martin Bernal's book would convince you why programs asking you to feed hungry African kids will continue to share air-time with programs asking you to contribute towards saving animals from extinction!

'Black Athena Revisited', a rebuttal to Martin Bernal's claims about the 'Afroasiatic' origin of Greek civilization betrayed the 'objective' nature of western scholarship! Hasty dismissiveness and scholarly emotionalism appalled me! The more I read classical and historical texts, the more I see that the perception of the African person in North America has never changed since the 17th century!

What we see now in North America, which seems to give us an impression of equality is what late Derrick Bell calls Interest-Convergence. Being harsh on the African is bad for business but not 'objectively' bad!

ON CULTURAL IDENTITY & BELONGING

Dear Melbournians, the South Sudanese people to be precise. Do you think we have seen it all? Do you think we have seen that: I mean in the aftermath of yesteryears, in regard to our culture and the notions around identity and belonging? Do you think we have seen the true reaping of what we sowed years ago? Do you really think so? After all, did we really sow anything like seeds and that there’s something to be reaped? Did we really live it out well to be seen today?

I am sorry to have bothered you, my potential readers, with questions regarding our social, economic, and political location in our host society: Australia. I think we have not seen it all and as a whole: The idea that people are bound by certain values and beliefs of significance to them. This requires cooperation and role-specific obligations on the roles of every man and woman across a given people and their society.

TOLERANCE & INCLUSION


While it is possible for us to racially discriminate or judge people we know, the chances of judging people we know diminish significantly the more we know them. An easy example of the importance of understanding others is the attitude people develop when they want to harm others or when they want to deny them something valuable. Essentially, before you fight someone, you insult them. Insults are attempts at diminishing the value of people, an attempt at estranging them, as Toni Morrison argued in The Origin of Others. It is easy to discriminate against strangers or make others strangers or dehumanized in order to discriminate against them.

Transformational Leadership, Inclusive Institutions and Service Provision

Leadership, given what is happening now in South Sudan, and generally in Africa, fascinates me. And it fascinates me not in a good way but because of the sociopolitical and socioeconomic ills facing the African continent and most of the so-called 'Third World.' To me, South Sudan, now, is a classic case.

Rebellion by disaffected politico-military leaders and repression by the government of South Sudan in Juba have stunted institutional development and leadership growth. This has made service provision almost irrelevant as political survival has taken primacy and supremacy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

‘Black’ as an Identity Oversimplification and Mockery

Black as a universalized cultural identity of the African Person (AP)* is a residual effect of slave and colonial mentality; a racial/race paradigm. It is a malady I call, conservatively speaking, stuck-in-the-past syndrome of color constraints. Black could be an on-the-street ‘social identifier’ of race figures not a meaningful phenomenon of deep cultural identification on a universal scale.