In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,
“What your responsibility as a leader yourself–though you did not know this before–is to tell each Black person that we all watch and learn from each of us and if we embrace our destiny as leaders of our race–each of us individually–our race can be lead justly.” — Onitaset Kumat
In my dialogues, Heywood represents the Occidentalist African. This practice dialogue was written for feedback for the ABS television program. With the feedback, I developed better dialogues and quality programming. The four articles after this one represent the improvement. Many of the ideas were improved upon too (it’s no about “White Systems” but “White People.” Nevertheless, TV programs in Brooklyn are not enough for reaching Communities internationally. Take the advice above and become a leader: rally around building African Blood Siblings Community Centers. Write for more information.
Practice dialogue for TV episode–feedback
By Onitaset Kumat
Heywood: Black leadership holds Black people back! Black leadership impedes the progress of Blacks! Black leadership opposes Black ascendance. If Black people want to rise–If Black people want to succeed in America–If Black people have any semblance of a desire to go higher–Black people will drop Black leadership where they lay! The problem of the modern Black man and woman revolves around the Black man and Black woman’s failure to discard its leadership!
Onitaset Kumat: Noises rise from you, Heywood. Of what do you speak?
Heywood: Onitaset Kumat, Black leadership frustrates me to no end. Black leadership has failed us too much. How much power do we endow them for them to be so powerless for our cause? Black leadership helps Whites more than they do Blacks. These empowered Whites go on to terrorize us and these Black leaders disempower us. This, this, this frustrates me! I fume!
Onitaset Kumat: Calm yourself.
Heywood: This issue breaks down to this: Black people need to do away with Black leadership.
Onitaset Kumat: Oh dear me, young Heywood. You could not be any more wrong. Firstly, what you call Black leaders are followers and what you call Black followers are leaders; truly the true Black leaders need to step up and identify the false Black leaders for what they are.
Heywood: What? What? What? Let me get this straight–you say that the Black leaders are followers–what does that mean?
Onitaset Kumat: It gladdens me that you asked. What do you perceive to be a Black leader? Someone Black standing on a podium before a crowd? Do you define Blackness beside from skin color?
Heywood: Should I? Yes, anyone standing before a podium leads. Therefore anyone Black standing before a podium leads.
Onitaset Kumat: Is that the case? But question–to where do they lead? If a boy follows a balloon what leads the boy? The wind or the balloon? The highest force or the most visible? What is the leader–the Balloon? Does a Balloon lead or does the wind lead the Balloon? That said–what of these so-called modern Black leaders. Are they forging their own ideologies forward, like Marcus Garvey did, or are they simply listening in on the power structure for how to mislead Blacks. That question answers itself. Black misleaders are followers. For in order to be a leader, you need not be the most visible force, but the highest. And Blackness–while having a visible aspect–also has a xenophilic aspect–something loss on Black misleadership which, like it’s White parentage, is Xenophobic. Therefore, Black “leaders” are Black misleaders and truly followers of White supremacy.
Heywood: Fair point! What then of this Black followship being actual leaders? That’s hard to swallow. Do you mean that Black followers have an impact on what these misleaders do?
Onitaset Kumat: Black followers have some sort of impact, sort of, but that was not at all the point. Riddle me this–remember primary school?
Heywood: In bits and pieces. Why?
Onitaset Kumat: Do you remember being ‘shy’ in class? For instance, you were not sure whether you should act just then or now? Do you remember looking around class to see what you should do?
Heywood: Yes. I remember this phenomenon well and I have a tale for it’s occurrence in University. One time in a course of African History, I meant to correct the teacher on his foolish statements concerning Africa’s lack of history, but looking around, and touching eyes with other students, I found that I didn’t have the nerve and I let the injustice go uncorrected. I regret that moment.
Onitaset Kumat: Excellent point, Heywood! What do you regret?
Heywood: I regret that I did not speak up. Some students I knew were uncaring, but others had the look of concern. Many wished to speak and many more wished for another to speak but it seems none of us gathered the courage; for whatever reason, maybe too many were seemingly unconcerned, maybe we were not confident, maybe the teacher was threatening–who knows? But I regret that I did not speak up.
Onitaset Kumat: This analogy gets better and better. You see Heywood, terminologies complicate. Suppose that thirty people in the class of two-hundred were ‘concerned’ as you say–then thirty people looked at you as a leader and then the other 199 students. Isn’t that the case? Further you looked at 200 people to lead you. In essence, each of you were followers in that you looked to others as your leader, but none of you were not leaders. Do you see the point? The liberation of Black people deals with the Zeitgeist of Black people. What does each of them communicate to one another about their impression of what they ought do without an explicit leader. How do the masses mood? Certainly, one of you could have spoken, and the rest would agree that, that one ‘lead’ in the sense of ‘preceding’ but you see truly that, that one spoke first because that one saw that you all wished to speak. In this sense, the Black followers as you make them out to be are the actual, true leaders of Black people.
Heywood: On point, Sir. Then the matter of the true Black leaders exposing the Black misleaders solves itself.
Onitaset Kumat: Nearly. Your opinion of the failure of Black misleadership resounds in Black people. What your responsibility as a leader yourself–though you did not know this before–is to tell each Black person that we all watch and learn from each of us and if we embrace our destiny as leaders of our race–each of us individually–our race can be lead justly.
Of course, let us not forget that the capacity for leadership falls into the thralls of Philosophy. Without a Philosophy, it’s unclear whether actions will benefit us. As a start, we need to identify Black misleaders as followers of White supremacy then toss them. As a simplistic viewpoint, we need to identify the nuances of White supremacy and reject it. But on a whole, we ought embrace an ethical Philosophy and pursue that course toward our liberation. Only then can we guarantee not only an end of our misfortune but an end of misfortune.
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