Listen Siblings, I come in peace,
“The White man speaks with a forked tongue.” — Native American Proverb
Last month, a White couple told me “This land is your land, this land is my land” while they held the deed for “our land” in “their hands.” In the Brooklyn Public Library, White Librarians treated me as Property and denied you and I the right to read a book all while speaking with a forked tongue. An 18th century European woman Madame de Stael, speaking of European men, wrote “The more I see of men the more I like dogs.” My incident in the Brooklyn Public Library makes me say “The more I see of Europeans the more I like dogs.” This controversy involves John Edward Bruce of whom this whole month will honor. Help make him and the African Blood Siblings household names. Write, Underwrite and Rally. Subscribe, share, love.
“The More I See of Europeans the more I like Dogs”
By Onitaset Kumat
In 1913, John Edward Bruce started the Loyal Sons of Africa. It’s Organizational Structure and Field of Influence were Parallel to the African Blood Siblings’. For instance, the Loyal Sons of Africa sub-organizes into units of between 10-20 members with a Captain while the African Blood Siblings sub-organizes into units of 13 members with an Ethical Philosopher. The Loyal Sons of Africa and the African Blood Siblings also both involve themselves all over the globe. More, the Founder of the Loyal Sons of Africa, John Edward Bruce, was a Militant Black Journalist who expounded Philosophically whereas the Founder of the African Blood Siblings, Onitaset Kumat, is an African Ethical Philosopher who maintains the Newsletter. Obviously, I needed to research John Edward Bruce.
Neither the internet nor another Library were of use, so I searched the Brooklyn Public Library’s catalog, read that they had The Selected Writings of John Edward Bruce: Militant Black Journalist in their catalog and visited the Library to read the book. The book was in storage (not on the shelf so I had to make a request to a Librarian), counted as reference (couldn’t be circulated) and was in good condition (hardly touched). I was very likely the first person to request the hidden book since the 70s. Diligent, I sat for hours in the Library copying several passages into my notebook, finally leaving the book on a table (as I am supposed to), hoping to return to check my reprints against the print.
I never checked my reprints. After a month, I returned to the Library to again read the book. Library Protocol demands that I go to a Librarian, ask them to send someone to retrieve the book from storage, then wait twenty minutes for the book, read it, leave it on a table, and go about my business. I did all of that last time. This time I had trouble. The nosy Librarian paused over “Militant Black Journalist.” She then informed me how she never heard of John Edward Bruce, adding him to the “billions of people” she believes she never heard of; and as if I could care less, after she ordered the book, she asked me to return to her, bringing her the copy so she and her superior can read it and determine if it’s suitable for circulation (as if she’s doing me a favor by reading the book before me!) Knowing she would not take “No,” I told her “Yes” then took a seat. She immediately and suspiciously left her desk; replaced by her Superiors: A White man and another woman.
In the Brooklyn Public Library, after you request a book, you wait in a particular section to be notified on an eraser board whether your book arrived. In the usual time, I was informed that my book was not found. I then went to the desk where I ordered to inquire. The White man started out explaining to me how books are often lost, sometimes missing for years without the Library’s knowledge. Were I less privvy to Europeans, I would smile and go about my business. Instead, understanding “How do you know when a White man is lying? If his mouth is moving,” I explained to him how I had it last month and left the book in the Library. He quickly ran out of excuses. Of course, the White man doesn’t stop lying when his mouth stops moving. He lies with his legs too. So this White man seeing that I am unsatisfied with his lies, decides to entertain my inquiry, look the book up in the Catalog and physically lead me on a pretend search over by the shelves. When we returned, he suggested I go to another Library. And get this: the next day, the very next day, the book was removed from the Catalog. Try to find it here: http://brooklyn.bibliocommons.com/search?t=author&search_category=author&q=John+Edward+Bruce&commit=Search
Fortunately, I had already copied several passages from this book, and John Edward Bruce was President of the Negro Society of Historical Research when Arthur A. Schomburg was the Secretary, so not only can I share with you his words, but his words are also the largest collection in the Schomburg Library, the largest library concerning African History in America, so if someone else is interested, he or she can recopy passages too.
However, what’s interesting is how John Edward Bruce himself informs this conversation:
“But we know the altruistic aims of the Anglo-Saxon peoples in the countries of black, brown and red men; they are to control the natural resources of those countries and enrich adventurous White men, anxious to become multimillionaires by exploiting these darker races and their wealth-producing products.”
This comes from a piece addressing “The White Man’s Burden,” the poem the Europeans still teach us but after its release in 1899 was addressed by this “Black Militant Journalist” who called European “altruism” what it was: A deceptive tool to empower Europeans and enrich their exploitative brethren (they don’t show us this response in school!) What’s interesting is that the European Librarians have the same Altruism. Their books are not there to empower African people, their books are there to empower Europeans and enrich those who can use our knowledge to exploit us. In the 1970s, Black Nationalist thought could have been exploited to enrich us. Ergo it was in their collection. Yet that I ordered the book near the end of 2012, its purpose in the Library was no longer beneficial to Europeans, thus the book was removed and removed quickly (The next day!)
In another essay John Edward Bruce wrote the following:
“A little self-examination and a great deal of observation ought to convince us that it is impossible for the impossible to happen and in a way that will inure to the benefit of those who suffer wrong because it is impossible for white men who love money and power to deal justly, to love mercy, and to walk uprightly before God. Don’t deceive yourselves, friends, for we are sitting on the edge of a seething volcano. For 40 years I have studied the white man from reading and by contact, and to employ the language of Madame de Stael, “the more I see of men, white men, the more I like dogs . . ..”
The African Blood Siblings tells you, it’s not just White men, their women are just as bad too (the White woman triggered the missing book.) But don’t take this as an entertaining piece, or only as a documentary piece, take this as a rallying piece. Do not just sit there understanding that Organization is the key to uplifting your station, understanding that you are not a part of an Organization and understanding that the African Blood Siblings is looking for membership, and not make the effort to uplift our people. Do not let your Oppressors continue unchallenged. Write, Donate, Hand out Flyers, Join in African Empowerment. But don’t just sit there. I was mistreated, you were mistreated, but let’s give to our posterity good treatment, a treatment only afforded of an organized endeavor, from an organized people, with an organized mission! Let us uplift ourselves!