Celebrating Life Now
Let me add here that i don’t think that there is anything inherently wrong with doing this. At the same time, however, i feel that, as a community, we must honor, celebrate and acknowledge those who have struggled for Afrikan liberation while they are here. History teaches us that, for the most part, Minister Malcolm was a pariah among many of his own people. Not more than two weeks before he was assassinated, Gil Noble says that his wife noticed Malcolm walking down the street in Harlem. Noble’s wife said Malcolm was completely alone. Now that is interesting. Indeed, a new, more appreciative generation has dicovered him and held him up as a sincere freedom fighter. But, the question that begs to be answered is “where were his people then, when he was alive?”
I will admit, Dr. Ben could ruffle some feathers with his scathing denunciation of “western religions” and their tendency to co-opt Afrikan spiritual systems, without giving due credit to the source. I once remember a discussion I had with a progressive sister. And when i cited one of Dr. Ben’s books in the discussion, her facial expression immediately changed. Inquiring why that had happened and what issue(s) (if any) did she have with Dr. Ben, the only thing she could raise was the print style of his books. Playing the role of psychologist, i finally got the sister to admit that her problem with him was the truths he revealed about Islam and it’s connection to Afrikan spiritual systems.
Zealouts need not apply. With Dr. Ben, you will either appreciate his lessons or assail him and them. So, if you are one of those that believe that your religion can do no wrong, steer clear. If, on the other hand, you are willing to approach this beautiful master teacher with an open mind, by all means, drop to one knee and soak in all that he has to offer you.
I love you, Dr. Ben. You have been instrumental in shaping and forming the love for and determination i have for Afrikan liberation. You have taught me (like you have taught hundreds of thousands more)so much by your selfless example. I adore your wit, your candidness, your humor, and your refusal to accept lies and hypocrisy as truth. And like Garvey, do not worry Great Tiger: you have left many, many cubs in the bush. And those cubs have left cubs. And those cubs are leaving cubs.
Now Get Up.
Tarikh Tehuti Bandele.
NYAME NNWU NA MAWU
“God Never Dies, Therefore I Cannot Die!”
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