Listen Siblings, I come in peace,
“Social good is what brings peace to family and society.” — African Proverb (KMT)
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a statement that means blind experimentation is better than learned prejudgment. In nature, it means to disbelieve history and turn your back on predators, consume poisonous substances and adventure unprepared. It’s worst fault is its usage in race relations. Dr. Chancellor Williams did the research on over five-thousand years of world history, concluding that every African civilization was destroyed by European or Asian influence–every one, large or small (See here: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/excerpt-from-the-black-world-at-the-crossroad-in-the-destruction-of-black-civilization-1974-by-dr-chancellor-williams/ ) Now we are taught to not judge some books by their “covers”? Madness. Let this be the death of that phrase in our communities. Recognize the need to create an African Blood Siblings Community Center then write the ABS. We’re ready to respond. Subscribe, share, love.
The Allegory of the Book Cover
By Onitaset Kumat
On a normal afternoon, a Brother told me, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I looked at him like he had two heads. We were face-to-face with a crocodile and I had no idea why he would say that. He explained, “You can’t tell if a crocodile will bite you until he does.”
Of course I knew better. I told him, “I know he won’t bite me, because I’m not going near any Crocodile. I’ll judge this book.” And out of courtesy I reminded him, “You’ll be wise to do the same.” Sure enough, you won’t find any Crocodile scars on my person; though that Brother has already been digested and what follows digestion.
When I am on the streets, the same sort of claim is heard. “You can’t say that about White people. Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
I just sit back and laugh. How in the world can a people without Prosperous, Independent African Communities still believe that you can’t be prejudiced?
I mean I know that Europeans told us not to be prejudiced. I was in your classroom, raising my hand saying “Prejudiced thoughts are wrong” and getting 90s and 100s on tests designed to make me love them and hate us: I have been through mis-education right beside you.
But what I want you to understand is that I have been through dis-mis-education as well. See–if mis-education is interracial education; dis-mis-education is intraracial education, where you learn to, no pun intended, ‘dismiss’ interracial education.
But you do not dismiss it like “Oh it has to be wrong,” you dismiss it because you learn that it is wrong and never toward your purpose. A lot of us never got to “dis-mis-education” which explains why most of us daily repeat one error or another. It’s hard for instance, to go into an African neighborhood and not see us lined up empowering a non-African people. Every day! Every day we empower a non-African people at our own expense. Every day! Most all of us want a “Prosperous, Independent African Community” yet every day we disempower that prospect, empowering instead a “Poverty-stricken, Dependent Mixed Neighborhood.” How can a people do that every day? No Intraracial Education–no dis-mis-education–no African Blood Siblings Community Center.
So let’s look into this claim, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” What does that mean exactly? If you do not judge a book by its cover, you must judge it by its content. So suppose that you are purposed toward creating something and books are your resource to learn how. When a book comes into your possession but looks unrelated, what do you do? Read the book. Which seems fine, you read a book. When you come to a next book, you ignore the cover’s similarities and you read that book too. And you repeat this over and over. So what did you do in the end? You read a lot of books. Some of it was repetitive. And when a new book comes to you, what do you do? If you read enough, you technically already know what’s in the new book–in previous books you cross-compared paragraphs, underlined sentences, schematized ideas, and now know for instance that topics vary by title, author, images, table of contents, indexes, bibliographies, reviews and so forth. But with all that you learned, you ignore that. You lie to yourself that you don’t know if this book will be helpful for what you’re looking. Then you read that book too. If it was helpful, congratulations. If it wasn’t, you wasted time. Most times, without prejudice, you will waste time. That is most times this allows you to “Learn for Learning’s Sake” rather than “Learn to Create;” though you always had a purpose to create.
On that we look into “Don’t judge a book by its cover” as applied to non-African people. What does it mean exactly? First a background: Over 99% of African people are ultimately dependent on non-African people, meanwhile less than 1% of non-African people are ultimately dependent on African people. Background in place and understanding independence to be equivalent to liberation and dependence, enslavement, you want to create Prosperous, Independent African Communities. But what’s not judging a book by its cover entail? Seeking help from non-Africans, the people on whom you are dependent, for your own independence! This we have been mistakenly doing for years. Kwame Ture and Charles Hamilton had put it this way “In order to find the effective solutions, one must formulate the problem correctly.” The problem is no Prosperous, Independent African Communities. So obviously, it’s wrong when we go without our race to achieve racial independence. Alton H. Maddox says it this way, “[Our people] are always knocking on the wrong door, talking to the wrong people and asking the wrong questions.” But not prejudging means that you would question European people as to their helpfulness to your liberation. Or you will study the diverse details and make analysis therefore. For instance, a European in the Klan has to be completely studied as to whether his individual ideology is compatible with your liberation. Of course it isn’t. But then you must look at individual progressives, liberals, conservatives, intellectuals, feminists, apathetics and just about every European. Now you’ll look into divers examples, see great differences and diverse opinions, certainly. But even when you do not find anyone who is challenging the above background, what must you do with the next European? Study her. Finally, you reach the end of your life and you created nothing–you just know that some Europeans are overtly against your liberation and some are covertly, but you can not make a statement on all of them. And what ultimately happens? The next generation inherits the same fate. You can’t pass on any knowledge because you’re only “Learning for Learning’s Sake” and not “Learning to Create.”
So ultimately you are not prejudiced. Whoopty do! How did that uplift your race? It didn’t. This is why you need to re-learn how to prejudge. Because just like that man became Crocodile food, you are enslaved. And only through intraracial cooperation will you be liberated.
“Judge a book by its cover.” Not every African is in her right African mind, no. But a right African mind entails knowing the non-African mind won’t liberate you. I hope that you see this and we can count you among our liberators. Re-learning racial prejudice is the foundation for re-learning intraracial cooperation.