THE CIPHER…(CHAPTER VII)


THE SUN IS SETTING WITH A DEEPLY ORANGE TINGE GIVING INDICATION OF THE BARELY BEARABLE TEMPERATURES IT HAS BEEN EMITTING UPON THE EARTH FOR THE PAST WEEK.  THE YARD IS VERY ACTIVE.  EVERYONE IS OCCUPIED WITH SOMETHING.  THERE ARE THOSE PLAYING BASKETBALL, SPADES,SOCCER,AND LIFTING WEIGHTS. EVEN THE RAPPERS ARE RECITING THEIR VERSES TO THE HUMAN SYNCOPATED BEAT MADE BY THE MOUTH AND CHEST.  BUT KARIMBE’S EYES ARE VERY MUCH ALERT TO EVERY MOVEMENT.  HIS EARS ARE PICKING UP EVERY SOUND AS HE MAKES HIS WAY TO THE MEETING.  HOWEVER, HE FOUND A MOMENT TO STOP AND BRIEFLY LISTEN TO ONE OF THE RAPPERS.

WHEN THE REVOLUTION COMES.  SOME OF US WILL PROBABLY CATCH IT ON T.V. WITH CHICKEN HANGING FROM OUR MOUTHS.  YOU’LL KNOW IT’S A REVOLUTION BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NO COMMERCIALS.

WHEN THE REVOLUTION COMES…

WHEN THE REVOLUTION COMES…

PREACHER PIMPS WILL SPLITS THE SCENE WITH COMMUNION WINE STUCK IN THEIR BACK POCKETS…FAGGOTS WON’T BE SO FUNNY THEN, AND JUNKIES WILL QUIT THEIR NOD AND WAKE UP WHEN THE REVOLUTION COMES.

KARIMBE SMILED AS HE CONTINUED ON

WHEN KARIMBE APPROACHED THE WAITING MEMBERS, HE GREETED THE INKOTANYI(THE INDEFATIGABLE ONES), THE SECURITY WITH THE MOZAMBIQUE SALUTATION…SELAM NNA WADADA(PEACE & LOVE).

UPON SEEING HIS ENTRY, UMOJA CALLS THE MEETING TO ORDER, AND KARIMBE TAKES HIS PLACE AT THE FRONT.

MWEUSI MTU, KARIMBE (BLACK MAN, WELCOME).

KARYBY, KARIMBE…THEY RESPONDED.

I DON’T HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT THE MBWEHAS HAVES STRUCK AGAIN.  THEY HAVE TAKEN DOWN ANOTHER OF OUR YOUTH.  THIS IS NOT GOOD.

THE REASON THEY FEEL PERMITTED TO COMMIT SUCH ACTS IS BECAUSE WE ARE TOO DIVIDED AS A PEOPLE.

WE MUST ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION AMONGST OURSELVES.  SECULAR THOUGHT, ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR IN AMERIKA, IS SELF DEFEATING AND COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE.  WE MUST ADOPT AND ADVOCATE A MORE NATIONALISTIC APPROACH BUT MORE SO IN A NON-TRADITIONAL METHOD.

I ASK YOU, NDUGUS…HOW CAN WE EXPECT TO EFFECTIVELY ENAMEL AND PREPARE OUR CHILDREN TO RESPOND CONSTRUCTIVELY TO BEING CALLED—“NIGGER”, AND RESPOND INTELLIGENTLY WHEN A PROFESSOR, OR ANYONE ELSE SAY, AFRICANS AND OR AFRICAN AMERICANS HAVE MADE NO SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO CIVILIZATION, IF NOT BY KNOWING OUR NATURAL HISTORY?

HOW CAN WE EXPECT TO ACHIEVE UNITY, THE PREREQUISITE TO EMPOWERMENT, IF NOT BY SHARING OUR NATURAL HISTORY?

I TELL YOU, PRESERVATION OF BLACK CULTURAL INTEGRITY, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF BLACK CULTURAL DISTINCTIVENESS.  THESE TWO ELEMENTS OF BLACK NATIONALISM ARE INDISPENSABLE FOR A PROGRESSIVE BLACK POLITICKS.

WHILE KARIMBE WAS SPEAKING TO THE GROUP, HE WAS BEING WATCHED FROM A TOWER ACROSS THE YARD.

NDUGUS…BLACK NATIONALISM IS THE BELIEF THAT BLACK PEOPLE SHARE A COMMON CULTURE AND WORLD VIEW.  HAVE A COMMON DESTINY AND HAVE HAD A COMMON EXPERIENCE; SLAVERY,OPPRESSION, COLONIALISM, AND EXPLOITATION.  RACIAL SOLIDARITY IS PERHAPS THE MOST BASIC FORM OF BLACK NATIONALISM.  PRESUMING NO MOVEMENT, PROGRAM, OR IDEOLOGY, IT IS SIMPLY A FEELING THAT BLACK PEOPLE, BECAUSE OF THEIR COMMON DESCENT, COLOR, AND CONDITION, SHOULD ACT IN UNISON.  A HIGHER AND DIFFERENT LEVEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS IS CULTURAL NATIONALISM, THE VIEW THAT ALL BLACK PEOPLE SHARE A COMMON LIFESTYLE, AESTHETIC, AND WORLD VIEW, OFTEN EXPRESSED IN A DISTINCTIVELY BLACK IDIOM IN LITERATURE, ART, OR MUSIC.  RELIGIOUS NATIONALISM, A SPECIFIC COMPONENT OF CULTURAL NATIONALISM IS THE BELIEF IN A SPECIAL BLACK RELIGIOUS COSMOLOGY, INCLUDING THE IDEA THAT THE DEITY IS BLACK. THE HIGHEST EXPRESSION AND FORM OF BLACK NATIONALISM IS PAN-AFRICANISM.  IN ITS BROADEST SENSE PAN-AFRICANISM IS THE BELIEF THAT AFRICAN PEOPLES SHARE A COMMUNITY OF INTERESTS.  WHETHER THEY ARE IN JAMAICA, BARBADOS, THE UNITED STATES, UGANDA, NIGERIA, SWEDEN, OR SPAIN, BLACKS MUST UNITE IN A COMMON STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION.

NDUGUS, THIS IS NOT A WORLD IN WHICH THE WEAK, THE IGNORANT, NOR THE FAINT-HEARTED CAN EXPECT TO SURVIVE WITH DIGNITY INTACT.  SO, WE MUST TAKE AN UP FRONT POSITION AND MAKE A POINT BLANK DECISION.

ON THAT NOTE, I”LL END BY SAYING, TO REJUVENATE OUR CONSTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR, WE SIMPLY HAVE TO RECLAIM OUR NATURAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE AND INCORPORATE IT INTO OUR DAILY LIVES.

JAMAA YANGU!

JAMAA YANGU!  THE GROUP RESPONDS.

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