In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,
“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
Below are mysteries which revealed themselves to me. I unveil them in a manner I hope to be revelatory. Please revisit and/or ask questions. This is for African Critical Thinking, Deep Thought, Intelligence and Wisdom, and Good Living.
The observations are “Targets are not necessarily victims”, “A Plantation of Plantations”, “Power can steer Passively”, “Ideology informs Relationships”, “Not a single greek is an Elder”, “Power is tied with Land”, “Systematic Problems have Systematic Solutions.”
Seven Pan-African Nationalist Observations to Facilitate African Critical Thinking
By Onitaset Kumat
Observation: Targets are not necessarily Victims
Translation: Wherever there is a victim, there is oftentimes a separate target. What appears to be senseless is oftentimes a war tactic which impacts many.
Why is this important?: To a large degree, responses from our people lack the depth of the situations with which we are responding. The classic ‘protest’ has no victims or targets for which one can expect a profound effect. For instance, the Public Fool System may garner a response from a victim to self-educate himself–which leaves the Public Fool System intact to multiply its victims and targets. Separately, in the example of so-called ‘police brutality,’ many put up placards in financial districts; a victimless and target-less feat that neither impacts police, the city that finances them, the culture of so-called ‘police brutality’ or the children of everyday whites (by comparison, most every Black child is targeted by ‘police brutality.’)
How can I apply this?: Wherever there is a victim, grasp where the target is. In any situation, understand what the target is. Do not simplify. When Eye Empress Sekhmet was arrested, don’t reduce her experience to ‘they targeting Black women,’ but grasp the entirety of her arrest to see the ‘political silencing’ afoot (and what in particular at that). Further do not look for contradictions amongst whites. A white militant against Blacks isn’t a target of white people’s in the same way a Black militant against whites is. When you grasp the difference between targets and victims, you can formulate more effective strategies–so that your actions or reactions are not without victims or targets. For instance, not shopping for one day has no victims or targets (it just pushes back earnings by a day;) likewise not showing up to work or school for a day is equally ineffective. Developing your own independent market, employment or school, however, not only removes you from victimhood or targeting; but done right, can make victims and targets of white people.
Observation: A Plantation of Plantations
Translation: A Plantation is a system of minority-rule predicated on violence which restricts the majority’s decision-making by limiting, among other things, education, maneuverability, options, wealth, occupations, independent time, information and, most importantly, independence. Most every white institution is a Plantation beholden to the Plantation that are the white Nations.
Why is this important?: Though plain as day, it’s completely missed that most everything in a white nation is controlled. Certainly, one has free agency to the extent that one can sleep where and with whomever one wishes–and other harmless tasks; and certainly one can skirt around the so-called ‘illegal’ domain for as long as one isn’t caught. However, there comes a point when one realizes that some significant and impactful activities need to be approved and permitted by white people. I.e. marriage needs to be permitted; vending needs to be permitted; horsepital visits need to be permitted; growing food needs to be permitted; traveling out of the country needs to be permitted; withholding a child from school needs to be permitted; living in a home needs to be permitted; owning a building needs to be permitted. Again, one can skirt around without permissions: Vend out your own products, squat in an abandoned apartment, sneak in and out of the country or not send a child to school. But this must be private (or organized)–or the consequence of violence is there: from imprisonment to the loss of one’s child, life, or one’s child’s life. And this limitation is ubiquitous to the extent that the Plantation of the job impacts the Plantation of the horsepital which impacts other Plantations and vise-versa.
How can I apply this?: As an individual, you can and can’t escape the Plantation. Simply slipping off a Plantation won’t necessarily garner you freedom; as the Plantations have settled in many parts of the world and they are ever-growing (so they will come for you.) However, organizing a separate system with other Africans removes Africans from the Plantation and, if they are prepared to deal with the violence, can assure Africans a lasting liberation. This is what is meant by “Maroon and Build For Self.”
Observation: Power can steer Passively.
Translation: Through the perception of consequences (be they rewards or punishments), people are often compelled to act according to an entitty, regardless of that entity’s interaction with said person.
Why is this important?: The classic example of Power steering Passively can be seen in urban life where so-called gang colors/parephenalia are largely avoided by non-gang members/aspirants. In most cases, gangsters never interact with those who avoid their colors to inform them the consequences; rather, rumor, gossip and reportings of the associated punishments steer the avoiders. This phenomenon, however, plays a role in Nationalism in general and european Nationalism in particular, where most Africans are made into cowards against white people, partially as becoming disregarded by the white Nation (whether unemployment, imprisonment, starvation, being brutalized and/or killed) is perceived as a punishment.
How can I apply this?: Oftentimes, it is asked of African Nationalists how Africans can come around to our side. Power can steer Passively. Attaining Power, which is the premise of Nationalism, is attaining Influence. From a Powerless perspective, there are no consequences, positive or negative, to unite with African people–however the Powerful perspective is opposite. With Power over consequences, unity among African people is much more possible.
Observation: Ideology informs Relationships
Translation: “A fish and a bird may fall in love .. but the two can not build a home together.” How you relate to a person should relate to how the two of you think. Granted, you may never know if another thinks like you (as they can deceive you and thoughts vary by person and time); but you can know if another doesn’t. Everyone has their respective roles to play and that role is best fulfilled when people ‘stay in their lanes.’
Why is this important?: Most every interaction is a relationship of sorts; but what ‘relationship’ usually connotates is ‘the intimate relationship.’ Here we often fail. Ideological discord in the home adds much to domestic problems, particularly when one party tries to convince or recruit the other to their ideology. Truly, either ideological discord should inform a person to not pursue intimacy or one should be informed to not pursue conversion of their partner; so that if one absolutely refuses to settle for an intimacy with ideological accord they can, and should, seek that accord outside of their intimacy. Of course, this applies to non-intimate relationships. I.e. as a Pan-African Nationalist, I do not relate to integrationists the same as I do other Pan-African Nationalists. The former relationship may be to invite them to programs; the latter relationship may be to co-manage programs. It is very important to allow people to disqualify themselves from your consideration; or else you end up with self-imposed unqualified relationships. To wit, the non-African and the African have no common ideology and thus should have no common relationship.
How can I apply this?: Firstly, cease and desist complaining over African leaders and celebrities. Instead, as an actor (or agent of change) yourself, understand that those with whom you disagree are either ideological opponents or, sometimes, prisoners of war (POW). With your understanding, critically analyze your situation then let their situation inform how you engage in warfare against the non-Africans. Classic example is Mugabe. Mugabe was a war hero in his youth. Today, the Chinese are running his nation and many would complain/criticize Mugabe for it. A deeper analysis however will reveal his hands may be tied; particularly if the people of Zimbabwe are not interested in going to war with China, which, judging by the amount of ‘Blasians’ in Zimbabwe, has a foothold notwithstanding Mugabe. Similarly, the local Black policeman can be an ideological opponent or simply a POW. Either way, let their ideology inform your relationship; so you don’t end up giving ideological opponents intelligence on your operation. Remember “Leave him in error who loves his error” or as an Elder would tell me, “Don’t leave people in total darkness,” so to say, you can leave them, but always give a little so that they may find their way out.
Observation: Not a single greek is an Elder
Translation: No non-African is Wise; ergo no non-African should be a leader. The phrase “Not a single greek is an Elder” was actually spoken to Solon, a european student to Africans. Solon was commonly referred to as one of the seven sages of Greece–one of the seven wisest people in europe. But when he went to Kmt, the Educator there told him that none of his people were Wise.
Why is this important?: The list of europeans who dismiss european thought as a sham is lengthy. These include, but are not limited to, the most intellectual of europeans. Such noteworthy persons as Descartes has said, “If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things,” and the even more explicit Wittgenstein has said, “At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded.” Deeper, even, the most celebrated european thinker, Socrates, is reported to have said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” If, in fact, the deepest thinking europeans dismiss european deep thought and ergo their capacity for leadership, it behooves African people to ignore it. To be sure, occasionally a non-African can do something right–even a broken clock is right twice a day–but something as complex as leadership can not and should not be given to a people who can never be Elders.
How can I apply this?: Take non-Africans at a grain of salt. Ninety-nine times out of one-hundred they are trying to deceive you (or each other). It’s upon you, as an African, to see how that deception is being played out. Oftentimes, it’s not obvious. In essence, however, always be circumspect and look at them in disbelief. Play it cool but be unconvinced.
Observation: Power is tied in with Land
Translation: Being landless is not only squatting, but it makes one unable to be self-sufficient or productive (as without land one is without resources.) Ergo, unless we as a people wish to be Powerful, Land Acquisition needs to be a priority; as a Race of Squatters who can neither Feed themselves or Produce their own goods is a bad rap for the Oldest Race.
Why is this important?: One time, I was informing a Brother on the street that with enough other Brothers and Sisters, we could organize a boycott against a million-dollar-a-day business district in our neighborhood. He refused, rebutting instead that “They feed us.” I wasn’t mad. Very few people would choose to fight if it meant that they will starve. The common parlance is “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” This plays into how Power can steer passively (see above.) Without Land, a movement is without Power. As those with the Land can steer the people from the movement. The goal then, for Pan-African Nationalists, is land acquisition and the protection of that land.
How can I apply this?: What’s interesting is that there are many ways to acquire land and to protect land. Normally, we think land acquisition involves purchases of land. That can happen. Although, purchased land is as unprotected as unpurchased land. Alternatively, however, one can actually acquire land very, very simply. I.e. by digging. Granted, it’s illegal to ‘dig’ say, on a sidewalk, in a street, in a home, and so forth. But along the theme of ‘critical thinking’ you must wonder why. Part of the reason for that pavement is for your landlessness. Of course, acting on this knowledge will require more than a sledgehammer or jackhammer. Either you must be willing to protect this exposure of land, or your community must be willing. For, this state is not interested in ceding Power (Land) to African people. If not organized, going the ‘legal’ route is less suicidal.
Observation: Systematic Problems have Systematic Solutions
Translation: An individual can not take on an Organization; only another Organization can. And individuals within the other Organization are not the sole problem. I.e. Mugabe can’t take on China and China isn’t in Zimbabwe because of Mugabe. It’s much more layered than that.
Why is this important?: We tend to scapegoat, not see the bigger picture, and go on personal crusades that are ‘work hard’ but not ‘work smart.’ When we grasp that problem solving on a grander scale goes beyond the individual, we can ourselves go beyond our individual shortcomings and rise to organizational strength. In other words, no one white person can oppress over a billion Africans; but organized they sure do. If they are not working alone–why are we?
How can I apply this?: Organize, organize, organize. Organization doesn’t just multiply one’s output, it exponentiates it. An even fight between two men becomes a massacre when it’s two men against one. A skilled researcher all alone would be leagues more informed in a research team. A protest of one person pales to the protest of twenty. The business wherein one man markets, produces, field tests, and distributes doesn’t compare to the business where each man has his role. Obviously, many of us prefer to be ‘leaders’ over ‘followers;’ yet as is said in Africa, ‘he who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk.’ Setting aside ego for the goal at hand is among the noble commitments we can make; and if we truly seek Power, Land, Liberation, Self-Determination, accepting a Role in an Organization geared toward those goals will be our smartest attempt toward it.
Seeker, I am grateful for your readership,
I go in peace