A Collection of Proverbs for African-Nationalist Conflict-Resolution

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“The seed includes all the possibilities of the tree.
The seed will develop these possibilities, however, only if it receives corresponding energies from the sky.” — African Proverb

Conflict between true African-Nationalists is a rarity; yet it is possible. Therefore African-Nationalists, particularly African-Nationalist leadership, need a tool to resolve conflicts. Our ancestors and ankobia have provided the wisdom. In the African Blood Siblings, if the conflicting individuals are unable to come to a resolution, the leadership must. The leader informs the membership of the conflict, shares in advance the following proverbs, formulates questions instrumental to the strategic advantages at stake and deliberates, with the membership, on resolving the conflict, ultimately judging the situation to advance our global restoration. Should a resolution entail the loss of a member, all members should be informed as to the justification, its relevance, its impact and its importance. All leaders are expected to strategically judge and effectively communicate the strategy upon request.

Too many African-Nationalist Organizations were destroyed internally. With faith, the African Blood Siblings presents this collection of proverbs to the world, in support of the strengthening of our institutions and other institutions at home and abroad.

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A Collection of Proverbs for African-Nationalist Conflict-Resolution
By Onitaset Kumat

“Race, Nation, Family, Community First.” — Onitaset Kumat

“What reveals itself to me ceases to be mysterious―for me alone: if I unveil it to anyone else, he hears mere words which betray the living sense: Profanation, but never revelation.” — African Proverb

“A counselor who understands proverbs soon sets difficult matters aright.” — African Proverb

“No discussion can throw light if it wanders from the real point.” — African Proverb

“I did not choose my community (society/race); it is the community that chose me by giving birth to me/by bringing me where I am. The community has responsibilities to me as I have responsibilities vis-a-vis to it. Discrimination is a disease.” — African Proverb

“Hold a true friend with both hands” — African Proverb

“Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.” — Marcus Garvey

“An ignorant man is always a slave.” — African Proverb

“The events which transpired five thousand years ago; Five years ago or five minutes ago, have determined what will happen five minutes from now; five years From now or five thousand years from now. All history is a current event.” — John Henrik Clarke

“Lies, however numerous, will be caught by truth when it rises up. The voice of truth is easily known.” — African Proverb

“Covet no land or riches that the Supreme Being does not naturally grant you.” – Brother G

“Whoever works without knowledge works uselessly.” — African Proverb

“I would never be of any service to anyone as a slave.” — Nat Turner(?)

“Be courageous if you would be true. Truth and courage go together.” — African Proverb

“When there is no enemy within the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” — African Proverb

“When you don’t know when you have been spit on, it does not matter too much what else you think you know.” — Ruth Shays

“To love the king is not bad, but a king who loves you is better.” — African Proverb

“If you want to know the end, look at the beginning.” — African Proverb

“You had better all die–die immediately, than live slaves, and entail your wretchedness upon your posterity.” — Henry Highland Garnet

“The cane used to beat the senior wife is waiting patiently for the junior wife.” — African Proverb

“When you were born she (your mother) made herself really your slave; the most menial tasks did not dishearten her to the point of making her say: why do I need to do this? When you went to school for your lessons, she sat near your master, bringing every day the bread and the beer of the household. And now that you are grown up, that you are marrying and founding, in turn, a family, always remember the care your mother devoted to you, so that she has nothing for which she can reproach you and does not raise her arms to God in malediction, for God would answer her prayers.” — African Proverb

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Hawks go away for the nesting season and fools think they have gone forever.” — African Proverb

“A matter dealt with gently is sure to prosper, But a matter dealt with violently causes vexation.” — African Proverb

“Instead of us airing our differences in public, we have to realize we’re all the same family. And when you have a family squabble, you don’t get out on the sidewalk. If you do, everybody calls you uncouth, unrefined, uncivilized, savage. If you don’t make it at home, you settle it at home; you get in the closet ― argue it out behind closed doors. And then when you come out on the street, you pose a common front, a united front.” — Malcolm X

“Anger does nobody good,
But patience is the father of kindness.
Anger draws arrows from the quiver,
But good words draw kola-nuts from the bag.” — African Proverb

“…education has but one honorable purpose, one alone, everything else is a waste of time……that is to train the student to be a proper handler of power.” — John Henrik Clarke

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blow, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” –Frederick Douglass

“If you do leave the principles of the community system, you become an errant and a deviant. The loss of one’s own rights of belonging to a community (society/nation) is maybe more harmful than an imprisonment for life.” — African Proverb

“When you teach a boy, you teach a person; but when you teach a girl, you educate a nation.” — African Proverb

“The family is like the forest, if you are outside it is dense, if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position” — African Proverb

“The Negroes, however, will not advance far if they continue to waste their energy abusing those who misdirect and exploit them. The exploiters of the race are not so much at fault as the race itself. If Negroes persist in permitting themselves to be handled in this fashion they will always find some one at hand to impose upon them. The matter is one which rests largely with the Negroes themselves. The race will free itself from exploiters just as soon as it decides to do so. No one else can accomplish this task for the race. It must plan and do for itself.” — Carter G. Woodson

“Do not repair another man’s fence until you have seen to your own.” — African Proverb

“There is no medicine for hate.” — African Proverb

“Within the community there are all alliances: community righteousness, marriage alliances, affiliation, friendship, relationship; there is no antagonism. It is pleasant to live within a community, for in the community, in the African concept, indeed your pain and pleasure are shared, your joys are doubled, even tripled. The community, your community as well as my community, is your place of joy, love and life.” — African Proverb

“He who injures another brings injury upon himself.” — African Proverb

“Hate the evil which a man does but do not hate the man himself.” — African Proverb

“He is a heathen who bears malice.” — African Proverb

“Seek to be part of a brotherhood, sisterhood, or group, for we accomplish more together than alone.” — Brother G

“Those who make or accumulate their wealth by robbing, exploiting, and plundering the innocent, ignorant, and helpless of humanity, are worse than murderers and hardened criminals; they are fiends, and should be outlawed and ostracized from society, caring not how munificent their after gifts and philanthropy to care for those they have already morally destroyed or harmed.” — Marcus Garvey

“The community is not hostile to a stranger. The community welcomes all human beings as long as they do not dare to interfere with its basic social practices/principles.” — African Proverb

“When the rat laughs at the cat, there is a hole.
The rat has no power to call the cat to account.
The rat does not go to sleep in the cat’s bed.” — African Proverb

“The evil doer is ever anxious.” — African Proverb

“Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it political? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you love yourself others will hate you;
If you humble yourself others will love you.” — African Proverb

“The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.” — Marcus Garvey

“The greatest weapon the colonial powers have used in the past against our people has always been his ability to divide and conquer. If I take my hand and slap you, it might sting you because these digits are separated. But all I have to do to put you back in your place is bring those digits together.” — Malcolm X

“When the fox dies fowls do not mourn.” — African Proverb

“It is unfortunate that we should find ourselves at this time the only disorganized group. Others have had the advantage of organization for centuries, so what seems to them unnecessary from a racial point of view becomes necessary to us, who have had to labor all along under the disadvantage of being scattered without a racial aim or purpose.” — Marcus Garvey

“He who goes with a wolf will learn to howl.” — African Proverb

“Every man’s character is good to his own eyes.” — African Proverb

“A person who puts the interest of the individual before the interest of the group can be bought. Get rid of them.” — Ramisous

“Disobedience is the father of insolence.” — African Proverb

“African people need to stop shouting ‘nationtime’ until they are clear about the responsibilities of running a nation.” — John Henrik Clarke

“Freedom should ever be potent to repeal and annul the decrees of oppression, and repel the oppressor. The instant a person is claimed as a slave, that moment he should strike down the claimant. The natural rights of man are the faculties of option, heaven bequeathed, and endowed by God, our common Father, as essential to our being, which alone distinguishes us from the brute. The authority of the slaveholder ceases the moment that the impulse of the slave demands his freedom, and by virtue of this divine attribute, every black is as free as the whites in Cuba, and I will resist this night, and henceforth every attempt at infringement on my inherent privileges.” — Martin Delany

“In worshiping one’s own wealth one loses rights and social enjoyment of his/her community. Mûntu, the human being, is fundamentally a social being and, as such, his assumed private rights are very meaningless before the social and collective rights. A shared wealth procures more internal happiness.” — African Proverb

“You condemn on hearsay evidence alone, your sins increase.” — African Proverb

“It is not proper for those living near the riverbank to wash their hands with saliva.” — African Proverb

“A man’s disposition is like a mark in a stone, no one can efface it.” — African Proverb

“The maintenance of Order in our bodies, our spirits, our culture, our society, our lives as Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut is absolutely dependent on us embracing Divine Hate just as strongly and equally as we embrace Divine Law (Love).” — Odwirafo

“When the community leadership looses its direction, the community is oppressed. There is only the leadership and its direction that should be blamed in any social, economic or political crisis. One spits only at the leader.” — African Proverb

“Charity is the father of sacrifice.” — African Proverb

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” — Maya Angelou

“The Negro in his present plight, however, does not see possibilities until it is too late. He exercises much “hindsight,” and for that reason he loses ground in the hotly contested battles of life. The Negro as a rule waits until a thing happens before he tries to avert it. He is too much like a man whom the author once saw knocked down in a physical combat. Instead of dodging the blow when it was being dealt he arose from his prostration dodging it.” — Carter G. Woodson

“He who waits for a chance may wait for a year.” — African Proverb

“He who forgives ends the quarrel.” — African Proverb

“Have no tolerance for evil and injustice, so that you will forever be known as blameless.” — Brother G

“Boasting at home is not valor; parade is not battle; when war comes the brave will be known.” — African Proverb

“It is vain that we talk of being men, if we do not the work of men. We must become valuable to society in other departments of industry than those servile ones from which we are rapidly being excluded. We must show that we can do as well as they. When we can build as well as live in houses; when we can make as well as wear shoes; when we can produce as well as consume wheat, corn and rye―then we shall become valuable to society.

“Society is a hard-hearted affair. With it the helpless may expect no higher dignity than that of paupers. The individual must lay society under obligation to him or society will honor him only as a stranger and sojourner.” — Frederick Douglass

“Patience is the best of qualities; he who possesses it has all things.” — African Proverb

“If one does good, God will interpret it to him for good.” — African Proverb

“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“The coming year is not out of sight, let us be up and work.” — African Proverb

“Holding your tongue only gets your hand messy.” — Onitaset Kumat

“Malice is consuming. Malice and misguided frustration creates a low vibration. However, Hate is effortless. Hate is light. To reject/hate disorder is to free your spirit from its burden. Your immune system destroying cancerous cells is not burdening you—it is freeing you….” — Odwirafo

“There are three friends in this world–courage, sense, and insight.” — African Proverb

“A person prepared beforehand is better than after reflection.” — African Proverb

“The day on which one starts is not the time to commence one’s preparation.” — African Proverb

“Nobody is twice a dunce.” — African Proverb

“The community leader is a dog’s head; everybody knocks upon it. One only spits at the leader. A true leader is an object of critics.” — African Proverb

“The consummation of conjugal union is the best security for political relations, and he who is incapable of negotiating to promote his own personal requirements might not be trustworthy as the agent of another’s interest; and the fitness for individuals for positions of public import, may not be misjudged by their doings in the private affairs of life.” — Martin Delany

“If the concept of community is annihilated/destroyed, the world is destroyed. If principles, concepts, norms and values that make world communities alive are violated, weakened or completely destroyed, the human being will easily destroy his world.” — African Proverb

“The actual sight of a first-class house that a Negro has built is ten times more potent than pages of discussion about a house that he ought to build, or perhaps could build.” — Booker T. Washington

“Trade is not something imaginary or descriptive, but something real and profitable.” — African Proverb

“Love is one thing, knowledge is another.” — African Proverb

“No race or people can well survive without an aim or purpose.” — Marcus Garvey

“Events within the community are not a rarity. Human community always has problems to confront. Life within the community is a perpetual debate. To be a community member is to be ready to confront problems.” — African Proverb

“Treat your guest as a guest for two days; on the third, give him a hoe!” — African Proverb

“Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden.” — African Proverb

“Kill a warrior during skirmishes at home, you will remember him when fighting enemies.” — African Proverb

“One is expected to show fidelity and loyalty to one’s people.” — African Proverb

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.” — Marcus Garvey

“The friend of a fool is a fool. The friend of a wise person is another wise person.” — African Proverb

“Be a community teacher/leader in order to know what goes on within the community. The real wisdom of a society and its very basic needs are only known by those who mingle with the reality of people’s daily lives in that society.” — African Proverb

“Where there is the community djinn (leadership), there is the center of the community. Societies like people have their hearts.” — African Proverb

“Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.” — African Proverb

“It should not to be taken for granted that people automatically grow and develop into responsible, community-oriented adults.” — Manu Ampim

“Any people who will vote the same way for three generations without thereby obtaining results ought to be ignored and disfranchised.” — Carter G. Woodson

“When a person hates you, he will beat your animals.” — African Proverb

“Non-order is the balance of Order while disorder/evil is the perversion of Order.” — Odwirafo

“Quick loving a woman means quick not loving a woman. (“Marry in haste and repent at leisure.”)” — African Proverb

“A bird walking nevertheless has wings.” — African Proverb

“Ordinary people are as common as grass, But good people are dearer than the eye.” — African Proverb

“Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail” — Marva Collins

“Speak truth, do justice, be kind and do not do evil.” — African Proverb

“A man falls into the traps he sets for others.” — African Proverb

“Faults are like a hill; you stand on your own and you talk about those of other people.” — African Proverb

“The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people” — African Proverb

“If you offend, ask for a pardon; if offended forgive.” — African Proverb

“But gradually, with patience and hard work, we brought order out of chaos, just as will be true of any problem if we stick to it with patience and wisdom and earnest effort.” — Booker T. Washington

“He who travels alone travels fastest
He who travels with others travels farthest” — African Proverb

“We must organize to secure uniformity of utterance and action among the darker races and to meet organized wrong with intelligently organized resistance.” — John Edward Bruce

“Don’t condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just show them the clean glass of water that you have. When they inspect it, you won’t have to say that yours is better.” — Malcolm X

“The Neophyte must (I) control his thoughts (II) control his actions (III) have devotion of purpose (IV) have faith in the ability of his master to teach him the truth (V) have faith in himself to assimilate the truth (VI) have faith in himself to wield the truth (VII) be free from resentment under the experience of persecution (VIII) be free from resentment under experience of wrong, (IX) cultivate the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and (X) cultivate the ability to distinguish between the real and the unreal (he must have a sense of values).” — George G. M. James

“When the ax entered the forest, the trees said, “Look, the handle is one of us!” — African Proverb

“Defend Maat, Defeat Isfet.” — African Proverb

“Lust or Malice is one thing, and ignorance is another.” — Onitaset Kumat

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