Listen Siblings, I come in peace,
“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind …” — Marcus Garvey
From this passage of a speech came Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” lyrics:
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,
None but ourselves can free our minds.”
While neither are the direct inspiration for the following allegory, the message remains the same: there are things that you must do. You must become active and engage with the minds of our people because the repercussions otherwise is a continued slavery. You must rally with twenty community members to build an African Blood Siblings Community Center for your Community’s consciousness development. You must read these articles, write comments on these articles and rally for these articles. You must subscribe, share and love. You must.
The Allegory of the Steering Wheel
By Onitaset Kumat
Buckle your seatbelt. We’re on the road and I am driving. Look at us accelerate from 0 to 50 in short order. What was without walking distance becoming close then far, the noise of the engine loudly roaring in our ears. What is my enemy?
Here we are, two Africans riding in this vehicle crafted by a European with oil secured by Asians. The materials for this experiment, from the metal, to the rubber, to the oil, all from our native Africa. But within this car, with just the two of us, what is my enemy?
We are zooming down this stretch of a road and whether we are speaking or distracted is immaterial. You see the bend in the road and I see the bend in the road. We are quickly approaching an important turn but my hand is off the steering wheel. What is my enemy?
All this time going down this path, distracted or not, we safely rode without concern for steering. This road here was built for our ride. But now ever rushing to the time to take action, my hands-off approach to the wheel draws upon you to act lest both our lives are lost.
You act. You hold up my hands and instruct me to turn this contraption from its fatal path. Onward, you’re watchful in your seat guiding the two of us through the winding road ’til we reach that healthy destination for which we embarked. So what was my enemy?
Ignorance? No. All of us are ignorant in some respect. More importantly, “NEA ONNIM NO SUA A, OHU (he who does not know can know from learning.)” Ignorance is an enemy easily conquered with a ready master, as shown by your aid in this trip.
So, what was my enemy? My enemy in this false scenario is your enemy in your whole life. And this newsletter, like you have in the scenario, serves to make you overcome that enemy at least for the healthy destination of Prosperous, Independent African Communities. This newsletter observes your fatal path and guides you from a certain crash to becoming a Pan-Africanist leader. You are to build African Blood Siblings Community Centers to address the enemy of your whole community; the enemy of our race. So why should you subscribe our whole race to this newsletter? What is this enemy the African Blood Siblings sacrifices time and energy in struggle to overcome? What enemy is even in the way of our race’s attention, donorship, and general liberation? What is the enemy that kept my hands off the steering wheel as our lives were in the balance? What is this enemy that makes us so helpless? Bad habits.