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The Africans in Africa and the Diaspora; Similar Cultures, Traditions, Customs, Music and Dance - African Spun

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Cultural Power And Liberation

"While I am addressing a general audience, it is my highest hope that serious researchers will make a careful review of the references and selected bibliography. Special attention should be paid to those that point to documentation and descriptions informing us about our traditions. I am hopeful that these references will tease, enlighten, and heighten the interest of researchers so that they may be motivated to do the hard work of digging up greater details to illuminate traditional African aims, methods, contents, and outcomes."

Asa Hilliard

The Explosive and Awesome Music, Dances, Cultural Dress of the African people of Mzantsi, Africa And The Diaspora...

"Culture Empowers; Culture Liberates"

When I began posting , I decided to use some positive music from other countries with a sprinkling of South African African Music. I changed gears,and I started posting the cultural music and Dances of the "11 people" of South Africa: The "Xhosas". "Zulus", "Tswanas,". "Bapedi", "Shangaans", "Vendas", "Ndebeles", "Swazis", South "Sothos",The "Khoisan", and the "Colored Peoples" music/dance videos, and their cultural gabardine and languages.

One thing I have learnt about our culture is that we have been told, timex, that it is backward, barbarian, irrelevant and useless, and it does not fit the modern times, nor can it adjust to make us a better people. My posting it on this Hub is not the first time I have dabbled with this subject/topic, I have even gone to the extend of writing several Hubs about it. But recreating it on this Hub has been important because I can see or have been enabled and helped myself by experimenting first on the Face book, checked out the reaction of the readers(Globally), their comments, Sharing of the contents like Videos, African cultural histories and the depth of the geographic expansion, as to where many of these Africans are living(Because, mainly, because of slavery and other vicissitudes, that have caused social dislocation of the African People all over the world today.

What am I saying? What I am saying is that, presently here in our country, there is a paucity(shortage or lack) of reading material, or sort of a place where one can have a chance to read about one's own culture, traditions, cultural music, dresses, dances and different languages that comprise this culture.

We have been denied access to understanding our own particular cultures, traditions, customs, history, music, dances, traditional dresses, languages, sacred rites and practices by those who want to confuse us and keep us in perpetual ignorance and as slaves. We are easy to enslave because because we 'really' do not know much about our cultures, etc. Some of us do not really care.. Many have bought into being slaves of the present day South Africa and would not even care less about what I am writing about in this whole Hub

We are still suffering from the Apartheid Hangover(Setlamama/Babalazi), that even the Africans north of us think we are not 'really' Africans because we do not respect nor know and either understand ourselves, culturally, historically, customarily, traditions and the whole bit. Instead, we want to be Europeans, we want to behave like what we think Europeans are like-we are. We think that being European-like in our speech, dress and "fast Foods" and restaurant living-acquirement of the new technologies, foreign cars and suits, clothes and house-ware, is the way to go.

We even misunderstand that which we are copying and aping. We are seriously bad and poor carbon-copies of the masters who oppressed us that we seek to emulate to be and make pretend we are not Africans. We refer to our history, traditions, customs music and so forth as 'superstition', backward and dead/non-existent. This is brought about by pure ignorance and self-imposed amnesia on one hand(along with the amnesiac outlook that has been installed mummified in us by the Apartheid regime-on the other hand. We have still not yet sobered-up and we are heavily inebriated to the hilt!

We think that America and Europe/Japan and so forth are the epitome of modernity and civilization, as opposed to us with our supposedly and seemingly regressive and backward culture. This we have been taught in school and in life that we are a worthless people. Our children today, since they go to European private school(many of them, mostly go to poor public schools), where they are not really taught about themselves, and have begun to look at us(Oldies, etc) as dumb and really backward and useless people.

Even if we are their parents, relatives, and community-our kids and us are lost. We have sold our souls to a people who really do not care nor give a rats ass about us/ourselves, so long as they can keep us weak and ignorant, Thus, we willingly and vicariously imbibe our paltry wealth and abuse our own exploited labor, power and permit these Capital investors to keep us passive and scared,, and they could not care less for and about anything else.

From the days of the early struggles to now, our intellectual cadre has not yet realized what type of powers we are really up against and what their motives and what their modus operandi is. Instead, we end up joining our detractors in oppression and depressing of us/ourselves(Africans), Without even thinking about what we are doing-we conveniently forget and pretend that we are now living today, and the past does not affect us, since there's nothing we can do about it. This is where One of my battles with anyone who thinks like that begins, as the regurgitate such statements that I have been dealing with head on and opposed to, throughout this Hub.

So, to me, politics, which we really know nothing about, except regurgitate what we read or get from hearsay[Propagand]a on TV or radio, is how we approach and broach the political/cultural/historical subject -after having been subliminally seduced by contemporary media and its gizmos/techniques. And, also, having been taught a one-sided and falsified version of our African History.

But without ones consciousness awareness and being cognizant of how one's culture empowers and liberates one, we are supinely prostrated like cadavers on the operation table being torn apart at will, with us having no say nor action against what is happening to us. 'Dying [brutally] and Supposedly Peacefully', a la Malcolm.

This then, brings me back to the purpose of why I posted am writing this piece. Before I started posting these cultural musical/dance videos, I posted an article I wrote about "Cultural Wars"-anyone can go back and re-read the piece, which were the first cultural videos I have posted thus far, on this Hub. What I did with each posting, I gave a brief historical account of the nation(not 'tribe'). In some videos I erased the word 'tribe", but was not entirely successful with some of the articles) Nonetheless, I was trying to augment for the lack and paucity of reading material by giving a brief historical account of each of the 11(eleven) peoples of Mzantsi.

I did not include the Boers and other people, they have their own people who can do and have done that work. My interest is in the African people whose music, cultures, dance and so forth that has been distorted and not talked much about-and that which I have posted above, is my way of using historical and cultural pedagogy to heighten the conscious awareness of Africans in South Africa and Africans globally. This means, I have collated videos and historical records to begin to give us a fighting chance by knowing each other-enhancing and propagating our culture, future and autonomous African history and freedom and independence in our midst, etc..

What am I talking about or saying? We are not different from each other as promulgated by the Boers and their learned minions. Africans of South Africa are really and basically one united nation. If you get a chance and look at all the cultural videos I have posed here, one can begin to discern a common pattern. The Tswanas, San, Xhosa, have the same vibe in the step.dance technique; the Bapedi/VhaTsonga/Shangaans, have an admixture of both the Batswana/Xhosa/San dance and technique.

The Basotho are unique but the same as everyone else(Acapella-wise and women's ululating,if one were to watch the women's "Mokgibo"(akin to the Xhosa's Mtjitjimbo) and the Men's Mohobelo, although the line of the Basotho men is makes them unique in their presentation one can also look at the Xhosas, Mtjitjimbo and to "Xhentsa" as being the self-same techniques and dancing styles of each of these groups. Most of these groups use hand-clapping and rhythmical foot-stomping with effect and in tandem with the drum and melody, the Bapedi are more vigorous, along with the Shangaans, Venda and Ndebeles. The Drums Feature all over the music and dances of Africans in South Africa, Africa and all over the world[Diaspora]

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Now, All these ten people, have cultures that form a confluence around the drum, hand clapping, synchrony of men ,women and children(see the Batswana women, Xhosa women and other videos of women in the collection below, musicality, variegated and diverse but same dance that in fact speak for itself as of one people).

The "Colored people", one should read the historical piece I gave on their Culture, but that too, emanates from the Africans of New Orleans, which is entirely another topic and subject-and the word or term 'Coon', elsewhere as it's viewed as a derogatory term, and the Colored People in the Cape say that this is not done nor meant in the American context of the word-(next time for that). We are different because the White people say so. I say we are the same and unified because our culture shows and informs me so… And as an African, I say so.

We are one and the same because our culture shows and informs us as so, if you begin to read the historical record I have posted along with watching the videos on dance and music-see also the traditional garb. If we look at each and … of them one by one, the Swazis are the same with the Zulus(Dance and, technique and music). It is also a huge and large diverse culture, from South Africa and will also delve into Africa and throughout then explore the African Diaspora. But it is One African Culture... It is also a hugely and large diverse culture, from South Africa into Africa and throughout the Diaspora. But it is One African Culture...

The Bapedi and Vendas and Ndebeles fall into one group, dance-wise, musical and style-wise(which defines their diversity in common cultures than differences), then you have the Batswana, Xhosas, and San, who, if you watch the San videos, they have the elements/cultural style that are found in the Xhosas, and Zulus(foot thumping-and the Zulus connect to the Bapedi and Shangaan in rolling and stomping the ground hard, and vigorous dancing techniques, and so on; So does one get that same sense of oneness once one begins to look at this culture wholly and holistically. Their bodies are used as percussion and where percussive shells of innovative rhytmic texture utilized as a means of backing up their hand-clapping, singing, dancing as they perform their traditional acts/dances and customary practices.

The posted videos and histories below are testament and evidence that we have never been "Tribes" but one nation of the Nguni/Bakone, if we so wish to see and think ourselves as such,, that it is no ones business but our prerogative. Because we have no ready-made material that puts our cultures, customs, traditions, history, music, dances, traditional dance and so forth in a good and concerted and intelligent light , we have to create one and invent one for ourselves-also elaborate on the cultural elements that are still in the mix and with us.

This is what I am doing with the postings and the article I am onto now. Our culture is still in its somewhat pristine and original form, So that, this article is original because it is addressing an original reality-Our cultures, customs, traditions, practices, scared rites, language, music, dances and our traditional wear, languages, communities-thus making the writing thus far: Original. If we understand, control own and disseminate our culture ourselves, we are empowering ourselves and liberating ourselves at the same time. Enabling us to see the African people in the global mode of Marcus Garvey

"No Community That Has Lost Its Intimate Connections To Its Wise Elders Can survive"

"Africans around the globe have faced oppression for more than 2000 years. This oppression has intensified in the last 400 years. Africans have faced the unique terror of oppression and have worked and fought to recreate and control their own socialization process. The mission of a quality, African controlled, socialization process is more than a basic response to oppression. It is also a fundamental path to promote healthy individual and collective development, while preventing cultural and national genocide.

"Africa is the Mother of civilization, and the land where the very foundations in socialization practices were laid; influencing cultures all over the world. When Europeans, Asians, and members of most major religions traveled to Africa, they found fully functioning cultures of people who were in control of their own destiny. Unfortunately, the mission of the outsiders was, typically, to steal the natural resources and/or people, to control the land, and to dominate and control the people. Up to the writing of this Hub, the mission of the descendants of these outsiders is the same. [Control and enslave the indigenous mentally, spiritually and economically or otherwise.]

"To justify the brutal greedy, and inhumane behavior directed at Africans, oppressors instituted and fostered slanderous propaganda campaigns to paint a picture of Africans as cultureless, ignorant, and evil people. These campaigns included diverse international codes, messages and signals which were used to produce the same result; the full scale degradation of African people wherever they exist in the world.The goal was and is to encourage everyone, but especially Africans, to resist Africa and never speak about European Imperialism against Africans Around the world.(I have already had responses of this type on my response column, here on HubPages and various Social Media)

"Fortunately, there are Africans around the world who act in defiance of the numerous institutions and individuals committed to suppressing all traces of African consciousness. These Africans stand tall and continue to teach speak and act in truth. Discourse and active organization strategies intended to lead African people to command their own socialization process,

Africans must build and improve upon distinct African indigenous traditions. Numerous documents and oral histories outline the vast traditions which were practiced by our African Ancestor and passed down through the generations. We must critique these traditions and, when needed, improve upon them so that they will address the contemporary challenges that Africans face around the world.

"We must also understand that our indigenous socialization practices can help us clarify our purpose and vision as an African family. Today, as we continue to face the culture wars against African people, we must not surrender or neglect our vision of an appropriate destiny that derives from who we are as a people. It is a vision that point to our survival and maps the steps that lead to a reclamation of our African culture and power.

There is no need to struggle to change the minds of those who make a personal choice function as an individual and not as a member of an ethnic family; with the obligations that family membership entails. But we do need to be clear about who chooses to be in the family and who prefers to be an individual or just "happens to be Black." Understanding this distinction will clarify the kinds of expectations or challenges which might be posed by certain people. It will help us to know who will be an advocate for African liberation versus who will be an opportunistic individual.

"One of the greatest obstacles to African people's clear vision and health growth as a people is the lack of unity. Africans were tortured and killed for practicing traditional religion, speaking traditional languages, using African names, and more. By the time Africans had gained a semblance of freedom to reclaim traditional practices,

Anti-African propaganda machines had already succeeded in enforcing a mental disengagement between Africans and anything African. The lingering result has been metal and social confusion, which has prevented Africans from being themselves. The result has also been that Africans are unable to unite and work to achieve true freedom. This lack of unity is in direction rejection of indigenous African principles which promote a strong sense of community[unity, interdependence and togetherness].

Asa cautions:

"Restricting one's identity to physical characteristics is equal to acquiescing to the European domination strategy of ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide. People often confuse "race" with ethnic and cultural identity. When we see people who look like us, We assume that they all regard themselves as members of the African Ethnic family;

"In addition to being Black. Many Africans believe that our only real struggle is to join the mythical "mainstream" as individuals. While we, as Africans, may have individual distinctions connected to religion, class, nationality, etc., We must be careful not to allow these distinctions to divide us in the name of service to oppressors.

"Who will make an unapologetic commitment to the Africa family? Even as oppressors work to represent Black or Darker skinned people of the world as being inhuman spirits in need of domination, sensible people know that we are all members of the human race. Still, the fact that many people prefer to pretend that 'darker' humans are not the ones who continue to catch the brunt of oppressive laws, behavior, and overall exploitation do not change the reality.

"It is by design that today, many Black(African) people around the world, cry that they do not want to be culturally connected to Africans. "Color me human and do not separate me" is the shallow cry of those bent on perpetuating a mythical "colorless" yet firmly European orientation; as if to suggest that claiming, respecting, and using one's indigenous tradition is anti-human.

"As people play the shallow 'color' game, African people, on the continent, are in dire economic and political circumstances. Africans remain victims of foreign powers who operate only in their own self interest. Even as European nations unite to assist each other, African nations have an impaired position in the world. This powerlessness has a direct effect on all Africans in the Diaspora who often see no special relationship to continental Africans, and are not advocates for them. The alienation of Africans from other Africans has enormous consequences.

No matter where Africans are in the world, our circumstances are basically the same. Many of us are waiting for a magic program, a great, and a charismatic leader, or European institutions to lead us to the "promised land." The reality is that there is no chance that anyone other than Africans will act to move us from the bottom of the heap. But as we move in the direction of liberation, who will accept an identity with African people, without apology?

"Those who benefit from the oppression of Africans understand that cultural disorder and family disunity facilitate the process of domination and control. This approach is used around the world, and it represents the process where-by Africans adopt any means available to surrender their African culture."

"The task of reclaiming even a portion of the best indigenous socialization practices in Africa is enormous. The continent of Africa is some 11,608,000 square miles; twenty percent of the earths land. Over 853.6 million(Censors as of July 29, 2012) African people populate the continent. Add Africans in the diaspora and that brings the total of Africans in the world to more than a billion and a half. Africans speak at least 1000 different languages, practice a variety of rituals and traditions, and foster distinct cultures.

"But even with the variety on the continent and in the Diaspora, African posses many basic cultural connections that extend beyond individual, tribal distinctions. They include similar socialization practices, rituals, and perceptions of community, the Ancestors, and God(In both the Western and African interpretation.

Dr./Prof. Asa Hilliard

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How Do We Pass Our Cutures, Custom And Traditions From One Generation To Another

"Intergenerational Cultural Transmission"

We learn from Asa Hilliard"

"A core part of our mission today is to study and transfer the valuable information about our cultural traditions to our people. This will serve, in part, to reconnect many Africans who are far removed from our ancient and traditional Intergenerational Cultural Transmission Practices. Traditionally, our socialization was under the independent control of knowing and/by wise African elders transmitting practices.

"Traditionally, our socialization was under the independent control of knowing and wise African elders, who were legitimate representatives of the African community. While many people are exposed to all sorts of propaganda via television, radio, and to all sort of propaganda via television, radio, newspapers, But few of us have been exposed to the wisdom of elders right in our own communities; let alone the wisdom of those who practiced our best traditions We have lost our understanding of the indispensable role that control of the socialization plays in our survival and destiny and thus, we have failed to ensure proper Intergenerational Cultural Transmission efforts.

"We have a vital responsibility to our children and to our community for intergenerational cultural transmission. Our survival and our enhancement as a people are dependent upon our embrace of this responsibility and our release of total dependency on European system. We must mobilize to think and to act to restore this vital function of Intergenerational Cultural Transmission education and methods to all our communities.

"We must study our African indigenous traditions in order to understand and to evaluate our cultural, situation now. Many of us remain African at a deep structural level. A study of our traditions will reveal that they rival any tradition past or present, and that we have valid options for world view, values and practices, which are suitable for us today, with appropriate modification.

"We must be assertive in countering denigration and defamation, which charge that African people have no meaningful traditions to recall. We, as a community, must rescue and reconstruct the most viable elements of our powerful African indigenous socialization systems. We cannot avoid it. We cannot delegate it.

"Years ago, Carter Goodwin Woodson [1968] warned against an oppressor imposed miseducation. that alienated us from our people and traditions. W. E. B. DuBois skillfully outlined the details of the "double consciousness" that causes African people to see themselves through the eyes other people(1969).

He understood that European hegemony is established through miseducation and alien cultural socialization. Some oppressed people join with their oppressors to make the European system of oppression more efficient, becoming agents in the oppression of Africans, as was true of some of us during the slave trade, who betrayed their own people (Armah, 1979). As we see happening here in 'South Africa, the ANC has becoming very efficient at maximizing the Multi-corporation's and foreign governments' investments more high/viable by oppressing their own people

"Africans must meet , study, write, and produce. THERE IS NO SHORT CUT! We must go through the Door of No Return, transforming it to the Door Of Return, reconnecting to our traditions and propelling ourselves forward in a direction of our own choosing. We must reclaim our continent, our Culture and Ourselves."

"While African culture has been stolen, Europeans have forced and infused a generally unhealthy culture upon Africans. As Africans have adopted this alien culture, it has had negative consequences for our mental power, cultural power, physical power, and for the natural resources in the land of our ancestors. In order to survive and keep a minority of people on the planet living a wealthy life, Europeans determined that Africans and the threat of African power had to be neutralized at all cost. Cultural Terrorism was exercised to create disorder , confusion, and dependency among Africans.

"No matter where you live in the world you cannot escape the history and legacy of the oppression of Africans. The patterns of oppression are seen in every facet of our society. Oppression and its consequences are, in part, the result of our ignorance of the power of African Socialization Traditions.

By falsifying African history, culture and records, and even claiming it as its own, Europeans have elevated themselves. This meant that African values, culture, philosophy, etc., had to be put down. This meant that anything African had to be attacked, and that Africans had to be socialized to resist anything African.

Asa observes:

"With many Africans having left their culture, we have been tricked into using the European 'racial' identity model, a model that places all of the emphasis for defining identity on the contemplation of pigment and other aspects of phenotype. When we become preoccupied with our "racial" or phenotypic features, we fail to consider sufficiently our vast cultural wealth which connects us to Africans around the world.

The lasting challenge that we face is the absence of information and understanding of African culture. This has been by design. The enforcers of an oppressive system work to create cultural disorder among the oppressed. In particular, they suppress the value of t other cultures while glorifying and fabricating the history of themselves. They understand that the resulting disorder will make it impossible for the oppressed to be truly independent. Fanon made some interesting observations along these lines:

"The unilaterally decreed normative value of certain cultures deserves our careful attention....The enterprise of deculturation turns out to be the negative of a more gigantic work of economic, and even biological enslavement... The doctrine of cultural hierarchy is thus but one aspect of a systematized hierarchization implacably pursued. ...For its systems of reference have to be Broken. Expropriation, spoliation, raids, objective murder, are matched by the sacking of cultural patterns, or at least condition such sacking. The social panorama is destructed; values are flaunted, crushed and emptied.

"...The lines of force of force, having crumbled, no longer give direction. In their stead, a new system of values is imposed, not proposed but affirmed, by the heavy weight of cannons and sabers.

"...This culture, once living and open to the future, becomes closed, fixed in the colonial status, caught in the yoke of oppression. Both present and mummified, it testifies against its members. It defines them in fact without appeal. The cultural mummification leads to a mummification of individual thinking. The apathy so universally noted among colonial peoples is but the logical consequence of this operation. As though it were possible for a man to evolve otherwise than within the framework of a culture that recognizes him that he decides to assume

"...Thus, we witness the setting up of archaic inert institutions, Functioning under the oppressor's supervision and patterned like a caricature of formerly fertile institutions."

Lord McCaulay's Address To The British Parliament on 2nd Fe., 1835

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Bridge: Notes On the Transmission Of Culture, in Words and and Visuals/Images

I posted the pamphlet above to bring to the attention of the readers of this Hub how serious a problem we have today in South Africa and the Diaspora at large. I took this From a post posted on the FB… I thought this might get to the heart of what we have been talking about on Nigeria and South Africa and all the people's who are still mentally chained and physically/culturally incarcrerated....

Below then, is the dialogue this engendered Facebook, and I had to post it.. I will not use the full names of the people, but will post what they said, and my replies to their points and questions...

"Intergenerational Cultural Transmission"

CT: Another copy of the FAKE Lord Macaulay address to parliament wings its way around the internet, gathering the "mentally chained", "culturally incarcerated" and "totally ignorant" in its wake.. Thus is fulfilled the latter day prophecy: "If you write it and place it on the internet, they will believe it".

Ixwa:

If something rings true to our African total decrepit experience and dysfunctional existence, then this article truly magnifies our present defunct existential reality.. This has nothing to do with the Internet- It has all to do with waking "My African people" in South Africa to a reality that they are so oblivious to and are in fact perfectly described by an article written in 1835... No Sir.. This is our present and contemporary reality here in Mzantsi(South Africa).... So, if you write it and place on the Web, and it relates to the contemporary rotten conditions we find ourselves in, it is therefore relevant... Fake to you, but really real to us, here and now!....

SR:

In other words CT, if you write it and put it on the internet, and it suit our cause, we will use it. Finally one honest campaigner of a cause. Ixwa.. are you not concerned about the veracity of the information you use to further your cause?

Ixwa:

I think if you lived with us here in the Ghetto, you would not need such because it is what we live. Our people speak a lot of English(aping the British and American accents in the process); my people here in Mzantsi look down upon our 11(eleven) different African languages; and now, like Whites, regard them as dead and useless languages; they feel and think that English is better than their own languages; they worship and extol the virtues/values of Europe and America and have no more their African Self esteem; they have currently lost and ignore if not deride their own culture in favor of the Europe modal; they tell you to your face that our culture is dead and irrelevant, and the way to go is being British(European or American).

You should have seen my deluded and dysfunctional people during World Cup 2010-we were an embarrassment to the world and we were shunned by our government in service of the Imperial Corporations, governments and agents. No Ma'am, what one reads can be anything(as Goebbels the minister of propaganda once said, propaganda should not be a lie and cannot be a lie, but it must be something that puts people into action). What I have posted, although written in 1835, is what we are experieincing since emerging from the iron boot and clutches of Apartheid(which is still operational as I write this to you).

Apartheid showed and taught us that we are nothing but slaves; sub-human; blubbering adult children who should be marshaled by their(Boers)'don't spare the rod' mentality and 'don't spoil the child'(meaning Africans) mantras). We have lived this and seen it and to everybody's amazement, are still living it as I speak to you. What is there to verify when it is the exact replica of our total collective African experience today?. We do not have that luxury to pick and choose issues, here. We have just enough time to try and wake if not counsel our people about what is happening to us, is akin to the proposal of Willie Lynch's advice to the slave owners of his day.

Google Willie Lynch and read his proposal. That, even if verified, is the concrete and lived experience of Africans in the US in particular, and elsewhere in general. What this White man has said above, is our actual lived existential experience and reality. We have lost our culture, customs, traditions, history, sacred rites and practices, our languages, oral history and tradition, music, dances, traditional garb and our self esteem. Is there no wonder that this article resonates with my people in South Africa and many other oppressed people all over the world.

Unless what he is saying above, the author of this piece, does not resonate with you.. To us, it helps our people to begin to reassess their present 'here and now' without making choices as to whether what this guy is saying has any veracity. Sorry Ma'am, we here in Mzantsti(South Africa) it is not verifying what is being said above, but identifying it in our present decrepit existence, bleak and barren, thus drawing sustenance from it to move our Struggle forward with a better understanding of our present dehumanized 'truly dominated nation' and beingness.. Hola!

SR:

I'm not too good at reading long messages, I usually read the first and last sentences. For me, your last sentence speaks loudly.

CT:

So, Ixwa.. Here is a piece of free advice you would do well to remember: Lying about your enemy turns that enemy into a mythical being. Your fight will then be, not against the real enemy, but against the mythical being you have created in your mind. There is one thing I know for certain; you cannot defeat a mythical being.

Keep it real, my brother. Know the enemy against whom you fight. Never be afraid to accept that some of the problems against which you fight have not been created by the enemy. Blame your enemy for the ills he has committed. Blame yourselves for all other ills. Too often we give the enemy more credence than he deserves. That is what happens when you fight against mythical beings.

Finally, stop eulogising about that which you have lost. Accept your current state and determine in your mind where you wish to go. Equip yourself and march towards your goal with purpose and determination. South Africa has lost a lot under white rule. You and your fellow countrymen now have a great opportunity to build a new South Africa, for the benefit of all citizens.

Ixwa:

We learn from Asa Hilliard"

"A core part of our mission today is to study and transfer the valuable information about our cultural traditions to our people. this will serve, in part, to reconnect many Africans who are far removed from our ancient and traditional intergenerational cultural transmission practices. Traditionally, our socialization was under the independent control of knowing and wise African elders transmission practices.

Traditionally, our socialization was under the independent control of knowing and wise African elders, who were legitimate representatives of the African community. While many people are exposed to all sorts of propaganda via television, radio, and to all sort of propaganda via television, radio, newspapers, few of us have been exposed to the wisdom of elders right in our own communities; let alone the wisdom of those who practiced our best traditions. We have lost our understanding of the indispensable role that control of the socialization plays in our survival and destiny and thus, we have failed to ensure proper Intergenerational Cultural Transmission. .

Ixwa Continues:

I think you are not well informed about South Africa, and you are falling into the danger of being irrelevant. You really do not know us(here in South Africa, except, what you read, form your former White masters/writers.). I am not here assisting no enemy, but am living a nightmare that is so well encapsulated and seriously characterized by the posted caption. What you fail to understand is that we do not live what you/we read, we live what we experience. You are not even sure what you are talking about when you say we have a great opportunity today, me and my country men. That's your wish, but it does not jive with our reality.

By the way, we in South Africa do not need your patronizing attitude and talk-down, which makes you be like all the detractors of Africans here in Mzantsi, as we call it here.. You do not seem to know who you are fighting against, yourself. I do, and I am just from some heavy-duty fights and things you will never be able to survive, as you try to push on a pointless diatribe above.

Let me tell you something,.. When we fought the Boers in 1976 to begin to overthrow the Ruling White folks, your 'type' was nowhere to be seen nor found... and by the way, we do not solicit your advice nor input, we are doing our thing. We do not have a government, as in Jamaica, whose governments are beholden to the International Monetary Fund and Large corporations/foreign governments.. You are in no better condition, if you are in Jamaica, as we are here in South Africa.

You keep on indirectly pretending to attack your imaginary enemies, whilst you attack them-a Maverick... well, we deal with our present conditions and we are not complaining to anyone, least of all you, but are working on Conscientizing and waking up our people from the doldrums of present-day oppression depression, suppression and stress.. We lead the world in AIDS, we lead the world in alcoholism Dysentery, Cholera, TB, Car accidents, Rapes, murder, Hypertension, Sugar Diabetes, Pink Eyes, you name, we Africans suffer from it...

And yet, your type tell us we are complaining, while we are facing GENOCIDE, today here in South Africa and we are now known as a dysfunctional people, who have been sabotaged in our education(which is terrible)-and we still live with Apartheid, for it is the one that is controlling our present African-supposedly-ruled government. I am not eulogizing nothing, but am pointing out to the fact what we have lost, and are now working on replacing "OUR" Culture, Customs, Traditions, Scared and traditional practices, languages, music, dances and traditional dance.

At least, for us, we know all about these, and are in the process of recovering and reconstructing them,... Maybe you have no culture to speak of, I and our people 'Do/Have, and we will fight for its resetting and recovery, and we do not really need your advice nor comment at this juncture and you are not doing anything here to understand where we coming from. You are very condescending about a people's culture, history, custom, traditional the the whole bit, that you carelessly say things by being ignorant, and think you have said something..

What do you want us to equip ourselves with, Europeanese(-ism?!), Well, we know what we are doing and are doing it without your cajoling us as you have negatively done above.. You really do not know us nor our goals, that is why you think you have said something above, but in reality, you are not saying anything.. You really do not know what we have lost under White rule, and are still loosing still under White/Black rule today...

At present, Sir, no African of South Africa is benefiting anything from the present government, except those willing to lick the government's asses, who are clearly controlled by Europe and the USA. How can a victim blame themselves, as in what way, form or fashion in such matters and realities? We should not blame the White man - you must have missed the memo, You are on the track that is very ebullient for the oppressors, and you are cheering-leading on what they have done, which is still operational here in South Africa, Jamaica and globally.

If I was you, I would not be as brash as you are beginning to sound, and sort of stand-offish, condescending and patronizing as to what the Whites have done to us... I would not be surprised if you are white, the way you are talking down to us. Well, we are nonplussed; your chirpy comments and snide remarks assailing us, only makes us stronger, and we would like to have your type here in Mzantsi, maybe we might show you things that you are ignorant of.

You are gushing with poisonous exuberance and are negatively zestful in your comments against us. Well, after all the time in our struggle, nothing like your diatribe rattles us, or stymies, nor neither flusters us about what we are doing.. And by the way, we are doing it, and what have you done for your people, except, I guess? Offer apologia for your former masters. The article above, in effect, is a clear testament as to why we find ourselves in the position we are in.

Apartheid has rationalized our suffering to your type, that you think that NOW THAT AFRICANS IN SOUTH AFRICA ARE FREE, THEY CAN THEREFORE LIVE HAPPILY AFTER, AS IN A CINDERELLA STORY... You do not know us, and you need to come here in my country to begin to know what you are talking about.. For now, you know "Nothing"; Zilch; Nada.... about the country of South Africa and its people except what you read, Carlton... You do not even know what my name means, and how can you tell us anything, sir.....

What suffering we have here in South Africa, it seems you are lost to it, as it is there in USA, Jamaica, South America.. and you do not really know in what world were in and you're living in or are existing in? At least we know that we are poor and suffering, whilst you are wearing your rose-colored glasses in looking at life, we see it in its raw reality and are dealing with it, and not sticking our heads in the sand like an Ostrich thinking that we have hidden ourselves from our present reality..No! We are at least cognizant of our reality and are dealing with it.. What about You?...

GH:

He didnt go to Bombay or to the Indian citys that i went, never seen such poverty, which City dont have poverty, i sail to South africa and saw poverty and richness, in the "so called great America, i lived and saw poverty .. Poverty is a human element .

SH:

"First of all thanks to you Ixwa, salute for bring this to our attention. And i feel Sandra, you are just being stubborn and conceited in your misinformation. I am having an anxiety attack just reading this because I can help how my body feels to know I have been misled. I can't think straight - went to tell my mom about this piece of document and my voice just a crack under the tears that running on the inside.....We need to fix Africa-Jamaica - fast awareness is the best weapon.

"But we also have to put that with being a missionary for our own cultural values. Saying "you don't read long messages", just proves your level of ignorance and the conceitedness of it. I might be bashing but thats not my real intent... I wish for us to educate Jamaica and stop taking our discussions only to groups. I am a promoter here in Jamaica and I am seriously considering stopping in some sense as I can no longer promote certain material.

"Yet, to shun my brothers for their misunderstanding, I feel is not the way. So i will be considering an approach that seeks to educate my people around me in a way that eventually makes them see the need not to go in that direction.

GH... were you around in 1835?. A lot as changed since then. plz don't let this be a butu hard head discussion. where is the call to action here. one bag a lipping like a chat alone unu love chat and express unu english thought so proud linguistics.....kmt..

GH" LOL sometimes i feel that i was around, however regretful they still fool them self regarding human conditions, what amazes me is the amount of talent and richness in many of these countrie that have such a large poor community .

Ixwa:

Not to push my luck any further on this Wall, I would like the Administration of this Wall to also post some cultural musical/dance videos of South Africa's 11 people, along with some Reggae, maybe this will help make aware the folks on this Wall what is happening in South Africa, especially when we talking "Culture" of Africans of South Africa. Jonkunu, Patois language,and the grammatical structure of Patois and drama of the culture of the Carnivals of the Caribbean-is akin to and has African written all over it

Not forgetting the colors the people wear as their gabardine, are very much alike between the Jamaicans and the eleven(11) African languages grammatical and syntactical structure in every which way they are spoken here in South Africa.. This is for another topic. We are one, and one love.... I hope I get that permission, it will add to the Afrocentrism of Jamaica and South Africa, and the commonness of the cultures will soon become apparent once one sees it...

SH:

I WANT TO LEARN ALL ELEVEN LANGUAGES.... i will be an advocate for it been thought in schools..

Ixwa:

I hope then you will not mind if I post some cultural videos of Africans of South Africa, and it will be interesting to note that your green, black and gold colors are also our colors-We have a lot of South African Reggae artists-Lucky Dube is one of the many- and we live, love and listen to all sorts of Reggae, and I have studied a lot of Jamaican life and all that it has to offer. My foremost Master Teacher is of course, Garvey, and touring the world and the US, I have lived with and hung out with Jamaicans(I love Patois). There are many Jamaicans here in South Africa and they are refusing to leave because South African Climate is similar to the one of the Jamaican Island in all aspects and respects.

We are one, and one love, as I have stated, is not merely an aphorism, but a reality... Learning our languages here in Mzantsi will require you to choose one, for now. Most people want to learn Zulu-which is cool, but there are also the "Basotho", BaPedi", BaTswana, amaShangaan, amaXhosa, amaVenda, ama-Ndebele, amaSwazi, The KhoiKhoi and The San and lastly the Colored people.

Now, each language has its own pronounciation, nuances and accent. But they are all the same at a much more deeper level, which is what the Apartheid monsters tried to divide and conquer Africans at. So, whenever I speak to you, I will choose either Zulu or Sotho for the word you use in English, for instance, you wrote - "I want to learn all eleven langages, I will be an advocate for it being taught in schools. " Okay, now, in Sesotho language of the Basothos you would say: "Ke Batla(I want) ho ithuta(to Learn) 'Dipuo'(languages) tsa batho(of the people) ba mashome a le mong'(of the eleven people).. Nnna ke tla ba motsamaisi(I will be an advocate/transmitter) hore ho rutwe(to be taught) dikolong tsa Jamaica kaofela(Of all the schools in Jamaica).

Now here is the complete sentence of the the Basotho as written above and not broken: "Ke batla ho ithuta Dipuo tsa batho ba mashome a le motso o le mong. Nna ke tla ba motsamaisi hore e rutwe dikolong tsa Jamaica kaofela". (I want to learn al the 11 languages, and I will be be the transmitter of such a cause in all Jamaican schools)

We use vowels as in a, e, i o, u sounding like - ("a"-"Ah', "e"-'Eh, i(as the 'i' in "ink"), o(as the sound of o in the word "boar", and 'u' as the u in "you"). We do not use these vowels as they are used in the English 'a' (Ah), 'E'(as 'e' in sleaze), 'i' as in I am), 'o' as the first 'o' in 'onto') and 'u' as in you/or saying urdu).. That is how the British speak, but the one I described above, is how we and the Jamaicans who speak Patois/Spanishuse our vowels..

I hope this helps somewhat.. I hope you get an idea, at least we are telling each other relevant things about our languages. You can write and interpret Patois for me, and I will deduce from it our language systems, grammar and syntax showing that it is the same, and even the thought patterns of both Jamaicans and South Africans are the same.. I can prove it, and I will do so in the future, or transcribing from Patois to one of the languages here in Mzantsi(South Africa.. SH.. Heitah!

SH:

ok sounds great ....because i notice very little support for it on google translate..

Ixwa:

Because we have never been listened to, asked about our languages and even bothered about. But I hope it gave you some idea as to what it is that makes us Africans as opposed to Europeans. Also why we want the return of our cultures, customs and traditions without let-up-it is because we realize it is who we are. It might sound great, but it is real, too.

The accents one hears when you visit our countries, are a conglomeration of all these languages which gave birth to a language called Kasi(Township Slang)-that is another story and another fascinating language, which incorporates not only the local mother tongues, but also foreign words, like the one I use, "Hola! at times i will say "Heitha" which both mean 'Hi' There/Okay, etc here, or some form of of acknowledgement or friendly greetings. Nothing that is African original is really supported by Google, you will get it from people like me and many others who have time to do it, and they are there..

WFD:

First of all i would like to say thank u so very much, Ixwa, for bring dis to our attention and allowing us to know so much about our blackmail and betrayal it is really sad too because some ppl are so ignorant and would not believe d truth if it was laid out in front of dem like a clear sheet of paper miss SR is d perfect example.....*sigh*..... but i respect and appreciate all Ixwa is trying to do!....Bless up ma bredda... Salute.


The Meaning Of African Culture

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Ignorance of other peoples cultures, and racism, has always been at the forefront of social relations and interaction's always been a

Defining The Terms Of Culture: Powering Our Way Of Life

Now, this brings me to matters of Cultural transmission which this paper is seriously concerned with and is am trying to apply it in writing or composing if not putting together that sense and concept of African Cultural Transmission.. I have written a serious Hub on this issue... I think I published two Hubs that deal with 'Cultural Transmission from various perspectives and points of view.

This Hub is the Cultural Transmission act in progress.. unfolding.. and being manifest.. Before I go deeper into this issue, I would life to cite some excerpt from Asa Hilliard on African Cultural Transmission below..

Cultural Transmission

"We have a vital responsibility to our children and to our community for Intergenerational Cultural Transmission. Our survival and our enhancement as a people are dependent upon our embrace of this responsibility and our release of total dependency on European system. We must mobilize to think and to act to restore this vital function of Intergenerational Cultural Transmission to all our communities.

"We must study our African indigenous traditions in order to understand and to evaluate our cultural, situation now. Many of us remain African at a deep structural level. A study of our traditions will reveal that they rival any tradition past or present, and that we have valid options for world view, values and practices, which are suitable for us today, with appropriate modification.[This bears repeating here and below]

"We must be assertive in countering denigration and defamation, which charge that African people have no meaningful traditions to recall. We, as a community, must rescue and reconstruct the most viable elements of our powerful African indigenous socialization systems. We cannot avoid it. We cannot delegate it.

"Years ago, Carter Goodwin Woodson (1968) warned against an oppressor imposed miseducation. that alienated us from our people and traditions. W.E.B. DuBois skillfully outlined the details of the "double consciousness" that causes African people to see themselves through the eyes other people(1969).

He understood that European hegemony is established through miseducation and alien cultural socialization. some oppressed people join with their oppressors to make the European system of oppression more efficient, becoming agents in the oppression of Africans, as was true of some of us during the slave trade, who betrayed their own people (Armah, 1979). As we see happening here in 'South Africa, the ANC has becoming very efficient at maximizing the Multi-corporation's and foreign government's investments, and are more high on oppressing their own people

"Africans must meet , study, write, and produce. THERE IS NO SHORT CUT! We must go through the Door of No Return, transforming it to the Door Of Return, reconnecting to our traditions and propelling ourselves forward in a direction of our own choosing. We must reclaim our continent, our Culture and Ourselves."

"While African culture has been stolen, Europeans have forced and infused a generally unhealthy culture upon Africans. As Africans have adopted this alien culture, it has had negative consequences for our mental power, cultural power, physical power, and for the natural resources in the land of our ancestors. In order to survive and keep a minority of people on the planet living a wealthy life, Europeans determined that Africans and the threat of African power had to be neutralized at all cost. Cultural Terrorism was exercised to create disorder , confusion, and dependency among Africans.

"No matter where you live in the world you cannot escape the history and legacy of the oppression of Africans. The patterns of oppression are seen in every facet of our societies. Oppression and its consequences are, in part, the result of our ignorance of the power of African socialization traditions. By falsifying African history, culture and records, and even claiming it as its own, Europeans have elevated themselves. This meant that African values, culture, philosophy, etc., had to be put down. This meant that anything African had to be attacked, and that Africans had to be socialized to resist anything African.

"With many Africans having left their culture, we have been tricked into using the European "racial" identity model, a model that places all of the emphasis for defining identity on the contemplation of pigment and other aspects of phenotype. When we become preoccupied with our "racial" or phenotypic features, we fail to consider sufficiently our vast cultural wealth which connects us to Africans around the world.

"The lasting challenge that we face is the absence of information and understanding of African culture. This has been by design. The enforcers of an oppressive system work to create cultural disorder among the oppressed. In particular, they suppress the value of the other cultures while glorifying and fabricating the history of themselves. They understand that the resulting disorder will make it impossible for the oppressed to be truly independent. Fanon made some interesting observations along these lines:

"The unilaterally decreed normative value of certain cultures deserves our careful attention....The enterprise of deculturation turns out to be the negative of a more gigantic work of economic, and even biological enslavement... The doctrine of cultural hierarchy is thus but one aspect of a systematized hierarchization implacably pursued. ...For its systems of reference have to be Broken. Expropriation, spoliation, raids, objective murder, are matched by the sacking of cultural patterns, or at least condition such sacking. The social panorama is destructed; values are flaunted, crushed and emptied.

I would like to repeat and rewrite the piece below cited in this article above...

"...The lines of force of having crumbled, no longer give direction. In their stead, a new system of values is imposed, not proposed but affirmed, by the heavy weight of cannons and sabers.

"...This culture, once living and open to the future, becomes closed, fixed in the colonial status, caught in the yoke of oppression. both present and mummified, it testifies against its members. It defines them in fact without appeal. The cultural mummification leads to a mummification of individual thinking. The apathy so universally noted among colonial peoples is but the logical consequence of this operation. As though it were possible for a man to evolve otherwise than within the framework of a culture that recognizes him that he decides to assume

"...Thus, we witness the setting up of archaic inert institutions, Functioning under the oppressor's supervision and patterned like a caricature of formerly fertile institutions."

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Keeping African History In African Historical Perspective

…The projection of our culture above is paying tribute "to those who sought and continue to seek a clearer understanding of our cultural past in order to build a better and more secure and bright future for everyone". My trying very hard to reach ourselves and the present state of knowing that has been trifled with, is just only that, to make us(Africans) more knowledgeable and vigilant about what we already have in our had-in our possession: our cultures, traditions, customs, languages, sacred rites and practices,music, dances, and traditional wear(The colors of our people are one indicator I did not delve enough into here-but will in the foreseeable future).

I hope and trust that this whole exercise helps us to be able to wrap our heads around the possibilities that we have, so long as we can act in tandem on all that we have at our disposal… Well.. Here is our culture staring at us in our eyes of the mind and the physical/plain sight, So that, What Is Then Mzantsi/Africa/Africans To You? How can you Use What You Know Now To Change The Present Paradigm We Are Now Steeped And Immersed In With All Its Misery And Destruction?

Well, The mind, once it learns, it never forgets, unless we impose, forcibly and knowingly on it, amnesia of and on the reality and possibility as to how we can come out of this cesspool and morass of social/cultural miasma... This is what I will be discussing in the next installment of this Hub: the Sameness and ones on the African Culture in Africa and in the Diaspora.

The treatment of Africans people need to be fully and truly well understood, and it is the duty for us as chroniclers of our history, to pay close attention to detail, no matter how long and time consuming it is. But, putting down a loudly grounded historical piece, means we the researchers must be cognizant of the dimensions and depth and breadth of our history… Also, be able to show connections of Ancient history to contemporary history. This Hub will attempt to do just that and expand this theme in various ways…

For instance, we learn again, from Asa Hilliard that we are not doing enough to teach and raise our children. The words here suggest that it takes a refined and nurturing cultural foundation to raise a child—and the teachers of our children take up their task as one dutifully follows a religious calling. Thus we read his response:

…Ptahotep, instructs the ignorant in the knowledge and in the standards of good speech. A man teaches as he acts… The wise person feeds the soul with what endures, so that it is happy with that person on earth. The wise is known by his good actions. The heart of the wise matches his or her tongue and his or her lips are straight when he or she speaks. The wise have eyes that are made to see and ears that are made to hear what will profit the offspring. The wise is a person who acts with MAAT [truth, justice, order, balance, harmony, righteousness and reciprocity] and is free of falsehood and disorder.

—Ptahotep 2350 B. C. E.

Asa Hilliard continues to write that:

Many of us do not know it, but African people have thousands of years of well-recorded deep thought and educational excellence. Teaching and the shaping of character is one of our great strengths.

In our worldview, our children are seen as divine gifts of our creator. Our children, their families, and the social and physical environment must be nurtured together. They must be nurtured in a way that is appropriate for a spiritual people, whose aim is to “build for eternity.”

"What a pity that our communities have forgotten our 'Jeles” and our “Jegnas,” our great master teachers. What a pity that we cannot readily recall the names of our greatest wise men and women. What a pity that we have come to be dependent on the conceptions and the leadership of others, some of whom not only do not have our interests at heart, they may even be our enemies. Some actually seek to control us for their own benefit through the process of mis-education.

We have closed every avenue through which light may enter their minds. If we could only extinguish the capacity to see the light, our work would be complete.

"So we have two primary reasons for knowing our heritage in education and child raising, or socialization.

  1. We have the best teaching and socialization practices ever developed anywhere in the world. These practices are still good for others and for us now.
  2. The primary tool of our oppression is mis-education by our oppressors. We must regain control over the primary education and socialization of our children.

"Everywhere on the African continent, from the time of the Pharaohs in Ancient KMT [Egypt] to the modern era, great African civilizations in many river valleys, from the Nile to the Niger and to the Cape, were the center of the most sophisticated education and socialization systems ever developed on the Earth. Some of these civilizations developed in Africa long before other civilizations developed anywhere else in the world. The vestiges of these brilliant African creations can still be found in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora (see Finch, 1998).

"We must consider our ancient traditions; traditions that made us respected teachers all over the globe. Our people must hold their heads high in all matters that pertain to teaching and learning.

"African traditional teachers were and are people of high character, who have deep respect for ancestors and for community tradition. African teachers accept the calling and the obligation to facilitate inter-generational cultural transmission. African teachers also strive for the highest standards of achievement in emerging science and technology, areas that have always owed much to African scholarship.

"Our genius is a part of the foundation of the revolution in knowledge in physics, mathematics, engineering and cyber-technology. Our genius is present at the deepest levels of the arts and humanities. All of this is in spite of overwhelming resistance to our learning by determined oppressors.

"Therefore, for many African Teachers, tapping the genius and touching the spirit of African children is not a mystery. Not only can our children learn, they bring awesome intellects to the task. It is a routine manifestation of the African teacher’s excellence to nurture this genius. Along with teaching content, teaching good character and social bonds are our historical and contemporary strengths.

"African teachers, worldwide, share in a cultural deep structure, based upon an African 'world-view,' a shared way of looking at the world and the human experience. This world-view channels the focus of African teachers, providing them with appropriate patterns for thought and practice.

"While it certainly is a practical necessity to get academic degrees and certification from non-African institutions, such teacher training and legitimation is really minimal preparation for African teachers. We go far beyond these things to reach our traditional higher standards, whether we work in public or in independent settings, whether we teach our own children or also teach the children of others.

"For the African teacher, teaching is far more than a job or simply a way to make a living. Students are not “clients” or “customers.” Our students and parents are our family. No sacrifice is too great for that family, for its growth and enhancement.

What is special about an African teacher? It is the world-view and the practice that comes from our world-view, even when it is a dim memory.

"A teacher of African ancestry who does not go beyond certification and degrees to know or to embrace an African world-view is not an African! Cultural excellence is the essence of and African teacher. In all of our learning, we must acquire an understanding of ourselves and our heritage. This does not mean that we cannot learn from others. However, we must be critical learners, rejecting anything that is anti-African.

African teaching functions must be embedded in and must serve an African community. Traditionally, African communities have been identified by a shared belief in several key elements. It is these elements that are the foundation for African teachers.

  1. The belief that the cosmos is alive.
  2. The belief that spirituality is at the center of our being.
  3. The belief that human society is a living spiritual part of the cosmos, not alien to it.
  4. The belief that our people have a divine purpose and destiny.
  5. The belief that each child is a “Living Sun,” a Devine gift of the creator.
  6. The belief that, properly socialized, our children will experience stages of transformation, moving toward perfection, that is to be more like the creator (“mi Re” or like Ra, in the KMT language, meaning to try to live like God).
  7. Since the deep guiding principle of “living like God” is to follow MAAT (Truth, Justice, Righteousness, Order, Reciprocity, Harmony, Balance), then African teachers focus the curriculum on the real and the true, on what was, what is, and on what can be, in keeping with divine principles.
  8. African teachers place a premium on bringing their students into a knowledge of themselves and a knowledge of their communities. African people place great value on WHO each person is, on WHO the community is and the honored place that each member of the family occupies within the community.
  9. African teachers respect mastery, and seek through apprenticeship to learn from true-masters, masters who are valued agents of the African community, who are steeped in the deep thought and behavior of the community, who exhibit an abiding unshakable primary loyalty to the community and who are in constant communication with the wise elders of the community.

    African teachers recognize the genius and the divinity of each of our children, speaking to and teaching to each child’s intellect, humanity, and spirit. We do not question a child’s possession of these things. In touching the intellect, humanity and spirit within children, African teachers recognize the centrality of relationships between teachers and students, among students, and within the African community as a whole.

    For the African teacher, teaching is a calling, a constant journey towards mastery, a scientific activity, a matter of community membership, an aspect of a learning community, a process of “becoming a library,” a matter of care and custody for our culture and traditions, a matter of a critical viewing of the wider world, and a response to the imperative of MAAT.

    The African teacher is a parent, friend, guide, coach, healer, counselor, model, storyteller, entertainer, artist, architect, builder, minister, and advocate to and for students.

    A brief sample of African socialization can be found in the work of K. Kia Kimbwandende Bunseki Fu-Kiau and A. M. Lukondo-Wamba, master teachers and authors of Kindezi: The Congo Art of Babysitting(1988):

    African teachers respect mastery, and seek through apprenticeship to learn from true masters, masters who are valued agents of the African community, who are steeped in the deep thought and behavior of the community, who exhibit an abiding unshakable primary loyalty to the community and who are in constant communication with the wise elders of the community.

    African teachers recognize the genius and the divinity of each of our children, speaking to and teaching to each child’s intellect, humanity, and spirit. We do not question a child’s possession of these things. In touching the intellect, humanity and spirit within children, African teachers recognize the centrality of relationships between teachers and students, among students, and within the African community as a whole.

    For the African teacher, teaching is a calling, a constant journey towards mastery, a scientific activity, a matter of community membership, an aspect of a learning community, a process of “becoming a library,” a matter of care and custody for our culture and traditions, a matter of a critical viewing of the wider world, and a response to the imperative of MAAT.

    The African teacher is a parent, friend, guide, coach, healer, counselor, model, storyteller, entertainer, artist, architect, builder, minister, and advocate to and for students.
    A brief sample of African socialization can be found in the work of K. Kia Kimbwandende Bunseki Fu-Kiau and A. M. Lukondo-Wamba, master teachers and authors of Kindezi: The Congo Art of Babysitting(1988):


"The Kindezi can only be perceived and understood through the social context of the community it serves as an art and a big social responsibility. It is through the role that Kindezi plays in the community that one can appreciate its importance in the dingo-dingo (process) of shaping African social patterns.

The quality and personality of the ndezi/babysitter, make by influence the quality and personality of the child in the sadulu (school place) and the community as well. Since it is the ndezi with whom the child stays all day long, the future of the child will greatly reflect the impact of Kindezi, the art of babysitting, not only upon the child but upon the society itself.

The contribution of Kindezi in Bantu societies in general, and the Kongo in particular, cannot be under-estimated or denied. The role it plays in all aspects of community life is so great that it merits erection of a monument. (p. 20)

…Though things are rapidly changing today in Africa, the Kindezi, in its substructure, still remains as a skill and are to be learned by all young community members, girls as well as boys, through an initiatic and practical process for, as a Kongo proverb would say, Kindezi M’fuma mu kanda (The art of babysitting is a baobab to the community), i.e., a string supporter of community economic activities…

Babysitting, sala Kindezi, is not instinctively acquired as some would assume or pretend. Dingo-dingo diena it is a process by which one discovers the mystery of human growth and reaches the total understanding of the psychology of the child.

By babysitting, one learns the wonderful skill of being responsible for another life and how to become a new “living pattern.” A “living pattern” is a model through which cultural values are transmitted from generation to generation. Through Kindezi, Africans acquire this skill, a skill that has made the African not only one of the most religious human beings on earth but, also, one of the most humanistic.

African parents, mothers in particular, have a great concern about their children’s childhood because they are aware that Kimbuta kia muntu, bonso kimuntu, ga mataba–“One’s leadership, like one’s personality, finds its roots in the child-hood.” Earlier events in the childhood life play an important role in adulthood. As such, great attention is paid to whoever has a role to play in the life of a child—the human being with the quickest copying mind.

This basic understanding that childhood is the foundation that determines the quality of a society is the main reason that prompted African communities to make Kindezi and art, or kinkete, to be learned by all their members.

Thus Kindezi is required in societies that want to prepare their members to become not only good fathers and mothers, but above all, people who care about life and who understand, both humanely and spiritually, the highly unshakable value of the human being that we all are. (p. 4–5)

Buy this book at Amazon.com! Typically the African teacher leads a social collective process, one where social bonds are reinforced or created. In this social process, the destinies of the students are connected to each other, to their families, to their communities, to their ancestors, to those who are yet to be born, to their environment, to their traditions, to MAAT as a way of life, and to their creator.

From these few thoughts, one can see that the popular use of the African proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child,” is interpreted in a very trivial way, and is taken out of context. Africans who use the proverb understand it. It is a part of their world-view, their value system, a world-view and value system that may not be shared by those who quote Africans out of context.

As Fu-Kiau and Lukondo-Wamba show above, the proverb is really about raising a village, not merely raising a child. It is not a matter of welfare as it is understood in the West. It really takes a whole village to raise itself, a village that values every member as a “living sun,” a village to which the child belongs, a village where every child is shown that he or she “will never be given away.” Clearly, this is a different order of “child care.” This is African teaching/socialization, and the incorporation of the child into the community.

Africans never take teaching lightly. It is a sacred calling. The long night of slavery, colonization, apartheid, and White supremacy ideology ruptured the traditional bond between African teachers and their nurture, and even their memories of that nurture. We have been reduced in our expertise, lowered in our expectations, and limited in our goals. We have even been dehumanized and de-spiritualized. We must return to the upward ways of our ancestors. We have forgotten our aims, methods and content.

We must not bring shame on ourselves and upon our descendants. We must bring light to the world again.

The Dogon And the Sirius Star..

The Dogon people in Africa worship the Star Sirius as well as its satellites Sirius A, B and C. They had knowledge of their elliptical rotations around the North star Thousand of years long before NASA confirmed this. Sirius B is an incredibly dim st

The Dogon people in Africa worship the Star Sirius as well as its satellites Sirius A, B and C. They had knowledge of their elliptical rotations around the North star Thousand of years long before NASA confirmed this. Sirius B is an incredibly dim st

African People In The Diaspora And African Culture, Customs, Dances and Music

Everything Is African: Africanism

One of the topics and historical subjects that I have thus far not really written about is the History, Cultures, Cultural dDress, Music And Dances Of the African People of the Caribbean, South America, Latin America, North America, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia, India, and Japan. the main focus and thrust of this Article, which is the continuation of the Article About How African Culture was Dismantled amongst South Africa, and I used Art, Soccer, and African Traditional culture to bring about this awareness to our African people in South Africa.

As a Student of life and history, the Caribbean, South American, Latin American, and so forth Africans have always been my focus and passioned interest. This will be the first of a series of Article or Hubs I will be embarking upon, and will be focusing broadly on the African Diaspora Globally. And it the forthcoming Hubs will focus more intensely and extensively on their continental of Island African people much more in depth.

The Hub, up to this far, was like a summary of the summation of the Hub I Just published that is called: "South African Race-Culture & Sports: Dismantling of Culture, Arts, sports & Cultural Transmission Of Africans In Mzantsi". In this aforementioned Hub, I dealt specifically with the culture of Mzantsi. On this part of this New Hub, I will concentrate more on the Cultures, Dances, Music and history of the people I will be talking about or showcasing in this Hub.

In this Hub above, I want to try to demonstrate that African culture, History, Music, Dance, and Dress are All Interconnected,and the same, globally. We have a lot of drumming, hand-clapping, singing, dances, foot-shuffling and stomping, rollin on the floor and so forth that is reminiscent of the Culture I have just described of South Africa. So, therefore, to me, they are the same culture, the same people-African people in they one but very diverse culture without loosing its cultural core.

The material I am about to post below, will give us snippets of history of the Africans in the Diaspora, taken from Africa, and maintain a high cultural retention social system of all that is African. In other countries, it takes on a bit of the local people cultural tilt and the like. But these African people have consistently adhered to and kept alive their African cultural history, customs and African Tradition, and now that now we have the social media and other types of mediums and their gizmos, we are able to pick up all the globally spread cultures and present them from an African-Centered perspective, in this Primordial Viral Splurge we are all streaming in today and the speed of sound and light.

We are not only able to look at the culture of Africans in the Diaspora, but we deduce from it common points and write out article like this one which sternly assert that African culture in the Diaspora is an African variant and diverse form of the Culture of Africans in Africa, and thought it has been bent out of shape, somewhat, it still retains Africa's cultural centeredness, core, foundations and elaboration in all its facets and manifestations.

This brings me to the hard-core historical part by way and words of Eric Williams:

"According to Adam Smith, the prosperity of a new colony depends upon one simple economic factor - "plenty of good land." The British colonial possessions up to 1776, however, can broadly be divided into two types. he first is the self-sufficient and diversified economy of small farmers, "mere earth scratchers" as Gibbon Wakefield derisively called them, living on a soil which, as Canada was described in 1840, was 'no lottery, with few exorbitant prices and a large number of blanks, but a secure and certain investment."

The second type is the colony which has facilities for the production of staple articles on a large scale for an export market. In the first category, fell the Northern colonies of the American mainland; in the second, the mainland tobacco colonies and the sugar islands of the Caribbean. In the colonies of the latter type, as Merivale pointed out, land and capital were both useless unless labor could be commanded.

"Labor, that is, must be constant and must work, or be made to work, in co-operation. In such colonies the rugged individualism of the Massachusetts farmer, practicing his intensive agriculture and wringing by the sweat of his brow niggardly returns from a grudging soil, must yield to the disciplined gang of the big capitalist practicing extensive agriculture and producing on large scale.

"Without this compulsion, the laborer would otherwise exercise his natural inclination to work his own land and toil on his own account. The story is frequently told of the great English capitalist,,Mr. Peel, who took 50,000 pounds and three hundred laborers with him to the Swan River colony in Australia. His plan was that his laborers would work for him, as in the old country. Arrived in Australia, however, where land was plentiful-too plentiful-the laborers preferred to work for themselves as small proprietors, rather than under the capitalist for wages. Australia was not England, and the capitalist was left without a servant to make his bed or fetch him water.

The Caribbean Slave Labor Beginnings

For the Caribbean colonies, the solution for this dispersion and "earth-scratching" was slavery. The lesson for the early history of Georgia is instructive. Prohibited from employing slave labor by trustees who, in some instances, themselves owned slaves in other collies, the Georgian planters found themselves in the position, as Whitefield phrased it, of people whose legs were tied and told to walk. So the Georgia magistrates drank toasts "to one thing needful"-slavery-until the ban was lifted. (R. B. Flanders)

"Odious resources" though it might be, as Merivale called it, slavery was an economic institution of the first importance. It had been the basis of Greek economy and had build the roman up the Roman Empire. In modern times it provided the sugar for the tea ad the coffee cups of the Western world. Ot produced the cotton to serve as a base for modern Capitalism. It made the America south and the Caribbean Islands.

Seen in historical perspective, it forms a part of the that general picture of the harsh treatment of the underprivileged classes, the unsympathetic poor laws and severe feudal laws, and the indifference with which the rising capitalist class was "beginning to reckon prosperity in terms of pounds sterling, and ... becoming used to the idea of sacrificing human life to the deity of increased production.

Adam Smith, the intellectual champion of the industrial middle class with its new-found doctrine of freedom, later propagated the argument that it was, in general, pride and love of power in the Master that led to slavery and that, in those countries where slaves were employed, free labor would be more profitable. Universal experience demonstrated conclusively the "the world done by slaves, though it appears to cost only their maintenance, is in the end the dearest of any. A person who can acquire no property can have no other interest than to eat as much, and to labor as little as possible"(Adam Smith, p.365).

Adam Smith thereby treated as an abstract proposition what is a specific question of time, place, labor and soil. he economic superiority of free hired labor over slave labor is obvious even to the slave owner. Slave labor is given reluctantly, it is unskilful, it lacks versatility. (J. Cairnes).

Other things being equal, free men, free men would not be preferred. But in the early days of colonial development, other things are not equal. When slavery is adopted, it is not adopted as the choice over free labor; there is no choice at all. "The reasons for slavery," wrote Gibbon Wakefield, "are not moral, but economical circumstances; they relate no to vice and virtue, but to production."

With the limited population of Europe in the sixteenth century, the free laborers necessary to cultivate the staple crops of sugar, tobacco and cotton in the New World could not have been supplied in quantities adequate to permit large-scale production. Slavery was necessary for this, and to get slaves the Europeans turned first to the aborigines and then to Africa.

This is but a short history, given the depth and breadth of the Whole History of the Caribbean, south America, Latin America, North America and throughout the Diaspora Globally. I have posted below on this timeline/Wall, the music of the Africans in the Diaspora, Globally, and somewhat, some of their cultural gear.

The historical rendition above is to begin to give more substance and context to the posted music of African people all over the world in this Wall/Timeline. We are better informed if we not only quote what we should do, but do and write what we think were are and will be. By this I mean, having a better historical background to the posted traditional videos all over the World, of African people, is in a sense giving us a way of seeing and looking at ourselves in a global sense.

We should continue to write and disseminate our history as African people, and in it we will be able to discern all our African Global problems, concerns and find solutions to the large looming obstacles placed on our paths and destinies.

Slavery in the Caribbean has been too narrowly identified with the 'Negro'. A racial twist has thereby been given to what is basically an economic phenomenon. Slavery was not born of racism: rather, racism was the consequence of slavery. Unfree labor in the New World was Brown, White, Black and Yellow; Catholic, Protestant and Pagan.

The first instance of slave trading and slave labor developed in the New World involved, racially, not the "Negro," but the Indian"(IndigenousPeoples). The 'Indian' indigene rapidly succumbed to the excessive labor demanded of them, the insufficient diet, the White man's diseases, and their inability to adjust themselves to the new way of life. Accustomed to a life of liberty, their constitution and temperament we're ill-adapted to the rigors of Plantation life and slavery.

As Fernando Ortiz writes: "To subject the 'Indian' to the mines, to their monotonous, insane and severe labor, without 'tribal'(clan) sense, without religious ritual, ... was like taking away from him the meaning of his life. ...It was to enslave not only his muscles, but also his collective spirit."

In the New England colonies, Indian slavery was unprofitable, because it was unsuited to the diversified agriculture of these colonies. In addition, the Indian slave was inefficient. The Spaniards discovered that One African was worth four Indians.

A prominent official in Hispaniola insisted in 1518 that, "Permission be given to Bring Africans, a race robust for labor, instead of the natives, so weak that they can only be employed in tasks requiring little endurance, such as taking care of maize fields or farms.

The future staples of the New World, sugar and , required strength which the Indian lacked, and demanded the robust ["Cotton N******"] as sugar's need of strong mules produced in Louisiana the epithet "sugar mules." According to Lauber:
"When compared with sums paid for Africans at the same time and place the prices of Indian Slaves are found to have been considerably lower...

For us to 'really understand' what took place in tis case of the Caribbean Slavery, We will have to concretely write it from those who are giving us an insight into the spirit of the day(zeitgeist). So we cull further from Williams:

"The immediate successor of the Indian, however, was not the African, but the Poor White. These White Servants included a variety of types. Some were indentured servants, so-called because, before departure from their homeland, they had signed a contract, indented by law, binding them to service for a stipulated time in return for their passage.

"Still others, known as 'redemption's,' arranged with the captain of the ship to pay for their passage on arrival or within a specified time thereafter; if they did not, they were sold by the captain to the highest bidder. Others were convicts, sent out by the deliberate policy of the home government, to serve for a specified period.

Dafoe bluntly stated that the White servant was a slave. He was not. The servant's loss of liberty was of limited duration, The African was slave for life. The servant's status could not descend to his offspring, African took the status of the mother. The Master at no time had absolute control over person and liberty of his servant as he had over his slave. The servant had rights, limited but recognized by law and inserted in a contract.

"He enjoyed, for instance, a limited right to property. In actual law, the conception of the servant as a piece of property never went beyond that of personal estate and never reached the stage of chattel or real estate. The laws in the colonies maintained this rigid distinction and visited cohabitation between the races with severe penalties.

"The servant could aspire, at the end of his term, to a plot of land, though, as Wertenbaker points out for Virginia it was not a legal right, and conditions varied from colony to colony. The serf in Europe could therefore hope for an early freedom in America which villeinage could not afford. The freed servants became small yeomen farmers, settled in the back country, a democratic force in a society of large aristocratic plantation owners, and were the pioneers in westward expansion. That is why Jefferson in America, as Saco in Cuba, favored the introduction of European servants instead of African slaves-as tending to democracy rather than aristocracy.(Herrick)

The institution of White servitude, however, had grave disadvantages, Postlethwayt, a rigid mercantilist, argued that White laborers in the colonies would tend to create rivalry with the mother country in manufacturing. Better Black(African) slaves on the plantation than White servants in industry, which would encourage aspirations to independence. The supply moreover, was becoming increasingly difficult, and the need of the plat nations were involved in many vexations and costly proceedings arising from people signifying their willingness to emigrate, accepting food and clothes in advance, and then suing for unlawful detention.(Herrick)

"Indentured servants were not forthcoming in sufficient quantities to replace those who had served their term. On the plantations, escape was easy for the White servant; less easy for the African, who, if freed, tended, in self-defense, to stay in his locality where he was well-known. The servant expected land at the end of his contract. The African, in a strange environment, conspicuous by his color, and features, and ignorant of the White man's language and ways, could be kept permanently divorced from the land.

"Racial differences made it easier to justify and rationalize enslavement of Africans, and to exact the mechanical obedience of a plough-ox or cart-horse, to demand that resignation and that complete moral and intellectual subjection which alone make slave labor possible. Finally, and this was the decisive factor, The African slave was cheaper. The money which procured a White man's services for ten years, could by an African for life(Calendar of State Papers, [1676] As the governor of Barbados stated, "The Barbadian planters found by experience that 'three Africans' work better and cheaper than one White man."

"But the experience with White servitude had been invaluable. Kidnapping in Africa encountered no such difficulties as were encountered in England. Captain and ships had the experience of the one trade to guide them in the other. Bristol, the center of the White servant trade, became one of the center of the [African] slave trade. Capital accumulated from throne financed the other(White servitude financed, African Slavery).

"White servitude was the historic base upon whig African slavery was constructed. The fell-drivers in the plantations became without effort slave-drivers. In "significant numbers," writes Professor Phillips, "The Africans were latecomers fitted into a system already developed."

Here then is the origin of Africa slavery. The reason was economic, not racial; it had to do not with color of the laborer, but the cheapness of the labor. As compared with Indian and White labor, African slavery was eminently superior. "I each case," writes Bassett, discussing North Carolina, it was a survival of the fittest. Both Indian and slavery and White servitude were to go down before the African man's durance, enforced docility, and labor capacity.

The features of the man, his hair, color and dentifrice, his "subhuman" characterizations touted so much by the colonizers(plantocracy), were the later rationalization to justify a simple economic fact: that the colonies needed labor and resorted to African labor because it was the cheapest and best(also easy to kidnap from Africa).

"This was not a theory, it was a practical conclusion deduced from the personal experience of the planter[Colonizing enslavers]. They would have gone to the moon, if necessary, for [cheap] labor. Africa was nearer than the moon, nearer too than more populous countries of India and China. But their turn was to come.

Colonial Africa Up To 1914

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Debunking and Demystifying The Myth Of Europeans Been Weak In the Heat

Again, for this part of African-The Climatic theory(That White People Cannot Survive In the Equatorial or Temperate Climates is false). History about the Caribbean, or Slavery in the New Worlds, I will defer to Williams:

"The climatic theory of the plantation is thus nothing but a rationalization. In an essay on the subject, Professor Edgar Thompson wrote: "The plantation is not to be accounted for by climate. It is a political institution.:William adds: "It is an economic institution. The climatic theory "is apart of an ideology which rationalizes naturalizes an existing social and economic order, and this everywhere seems to be an order in which there is a race problem."

Williams Continues: "The history of Australia clinches the argument. Nearly half of this Island lies within the tropical zone. In part of this tropical area, the state of Queensland, the chief crop is sugar. When the Industry began to develop, Australia had a choice of two alternatives: African labor or White labor… The commonwealth began its sugar cultivation in the usual way-with imported African labor from the pacific Islands.

"Increasing demands, however, were made for a White Australia policy, and in the twentieth century, non-white immigration was prohibited. It is irrelevant to consider here that as a result, the cost of production of Australian sugar was prohibitive , the industry survived behind the Chinese wall of Australian autarchy. Australia was willing to pay a high price in order to remain a White man's country. What's concerning here is that this price was paid from the pockets of the Australian consumers and not in the physical degeneration of the Australian worker.

"Labor in the Queensland sugar industry today is wholly White. "Queensland," writes H.L, Wilkinson, "affords the only example in the world of European colonization in the tropics on an extensive scale. It does more; it shows a large European population doing the while of the work of its civilization from the meanest service, and most exacting manual labor,to the highest form of intellectualism.

"To such an extent has science exploded with superstition that Australian scientists today argue that the only condition on which White men and Women can remain healthy in the tropics is that they must engage in hard manual work. where they have done so, as in Queensland, "the most rigorous scientific examination," according to the Australian Medical Congress in 1920, "failed to show any organic change in White residents which enabled them to be distinguished from residents of temperate climates,"

We further learn about this matter from R. Guerra that: "African slavery, thus, had nothing to do with climate. Its origin can be expressed in three words: in the Caribbean, 'Sugar'; on the mainland, Tobacco and Cotton(USA). A change in the economic structure produced a corresponding change in the labor supply. The fundamental fact was "the creation of an inferior social and economic organization of exploiters and exploited.(R. Guerra)

Williams: "In our own time we who have witnessed the dispossession of Africans by White sharecroppers in the South and the mass migration of Africans from the South to the colder climates of Detroit, New York, Pittsburg and other industrial centers of the North, can no longer accept the convenient rationalization that African labor was employed on the slave plantation because the climate was too rigorous for the constitution of the White man."

This is one part of tis sole historical account we need to pay very close attention to. Many of us, in thinking about slavery, barely consider the zeitgeist of slavery very deeply and seriously. In this next deposition, I would like to make sure that this Hub contains the very essence and reality of slavery and it historical progression to contemporary history.

Contemporary history cannot not be fully known nor understood if we do not have a solid historical foundation of the history of Africans in the New World and elsewhere in the globe, and the reality of how slavery came about, was justified, and the hidden lies and 'rationalizations, as the informer, William tells us, is just a fact that is false and was done to order to use and abuse African labor power.

In the section that I have just finished above, William was telling us about the fiction rested around the falsehood that White men cannot withstand tropical nor equatorial heat. He makes a sound and solid example of Australia above, and now, he further elucidates the fact that Whites who say the Europeans could not stand climate and would not survive, is false and that climate has been made political.

Williams further informs us:

"A constant and steady emigration of poor Whites from Spain to Cuba, to the very end of the Spanish dominion, characterized Spanish colonial policy. Fernando Ortiz has drawn a striking contrast between the role of tobacco and sugar in Cuban history. Tobacco was a free White industry intensively cultivated on small farms; sugar was an African slave industry extensively cultivated on small farms; sugar was an African slave industry extensively cultivated on large plantations. He further compared the free Cuban tobacco industry with its slave Virginian counterpart.

"What determined the difference was not climate but the economic structure of the two areas. The Whites could hardly have endured the tropical heat of Cuba and succumbed to the tropical heat of Barbados. In Puerto Rico, the 'jibaro,' the poor White peasant, is still the basic type, demonstrating, according to Greenfly Price, how erroneous is the belief that after three generations the White man cannot breed in the topics.

"Similar White communities have survived in the Caribbean, from the earliest settlements right down to pour own times, in the Dutch West Indian Islands of Saba and St. Martin


I am Who I am...

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We Saying Who We Are.. Now... African Teachers

African Teachers And African Knowledge

…Ptahhotep, instructs the ignorant in the knowledge and in the standards of good speech. A man teaches as he acts… The wise person feeds the soul with what endures, so that it is happy with that person on earth. The wise is known by his good actions. The heart of the wise matches his or her tongue and his or her lips are straight when he or she speaks. The wise have eyes that are made to see and ears that are made to hear what will profit the offspring. The wise is a person who acts with MAAT [truth, justice, order, balance, harmony, righteousness and reciprocity] and is free of falsehood and disorder.

—Ptahotep 2350 B. C. E.

Many of us do not know it, but African people have thousands of years of well-recorded deep thought and educational excellence. Teaching and the shaping of character is one of our great strengths.

In our worldview, our children are seen as divine gifts of our creator. Our children, their families, and the social and physical environment must be nurtured together. They must be nurtured in a way that is appropriate for a spiritual people, whose aim is to “build for eternity.”

What a pity that our communities have forgotten our “Jeles” and our “Jegnas,” our great master teachers. What a pity that we cannot readily recall the names of our greatest wise men and women. What a pity that we have come to be dependent on the conceptions and the leadership of others, some of whom not only do not have our interests at heart, they may even be our enemies. Some actually seek to control us for their own benefit through the process of mis-education.

-Asa Hilliard..

Everywhere on the African continent, from the time of the Pharoahs in Ancient KMT (Egypt) to the modern era, great African civilizations in many river valleys, from the Nile to the Niger and to the Cape, were the center of the most sophisticated education and socialization systems ever developed on the Earth. Some of these civilizations developed in Africa long before other civilizations developed anywhere else in the world. The vestiges of these brilliant African creations can still be found in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora

-Finch....

We must consider our ancient traditions; traditions that made us respected teachers all over the globe. Our people must hold their heads high in all matters that pertain to teaching and learning.

African traditional teachers were and are people of high character, who have deep respect for ancestors and for community tradition. African teachers accept the calling and the obligation to facilitate inter-generational cultural transmission. African teachers also strive for the highest standards of achievement in emerging science and technology, areas that have always owed much to African scholarship.

Our genius is a part of the foundation of the revolution in knowledge in physics, mathematics, engineering and cyber-technology. Our genius is present at the deepest levels of the arts and humanities. All of this is in spite of overwhelming resistance to our learning by determined oppressors.

Therefore, for many African Teachers, tapping the genius and touching the spirit of African children is not a mystery. Not only can our children learn, they bring awesome intellects to the task. It is a routine manifestation of the African teacher’s excellence to nurture this genius. Along with teaching content, teaching good character and social bonds are our historical and contemporary strengths.

African teachers, worldwide, share in a cultural deep structure, based upon an African “world-view,” a shared way of looking at the world and the human experience. This world-view channels the focus of African teachers, providing them with appropriate patterns for thought and practice.

While it certainly is a practical necessity to get academic degrees and certification from non-African institutions, such teacher training and legitimation is really minimal preparation for African teachers. We go far beyond these things to reach our traditional higher standards, whether we work in public or in independent settings, whether we teach our own children or also teach the children of others.

For the African teacher, teaching is far more than a job or simply a way to make a living. Students are not “clients” or “customers.” Our students and parents are our family. No sacrifice is too great for that family, for its growth and enhancement.

What is special about an African teacher? It is the world-view and the practice that comes from our world-view, even when it is a dim memory.

A teacher of African ancestry who does not go beyond certification and degrees to know or to embrace an African world-view is not an African! Cultural excellence is the essence of and African teacher. In all of our learning, we must acquire an understanding of ourselves and our heritage. This does not mean that we cannot learn from others. However, we must be critical learners, rejecting anything that is anti-African.

African teaching functions must be embedded in and must serve an African community. Traditionally, African communities have been identified by a shared belief in several key elements. It is these elements that are the foundation for African teachers.

We Got To Be Strong...

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How African Miseducation Had Been Set Up

Might I remind you that 400 years ago, black unemployment was totally unheard of in the West since every African man, woman and child was fully employed from sunrise to sunset. In fact, Europeans couldn't build ships fast enough to go to Africa to kidnap Africans and bring them to the West to work. Isn't it ironic that curbing immigration from Africa is the biggest issue in the West today where quotas and fluency in Western languages are requirements for emigrating to the West? In France they are even planning to test the DNA of relatives who simply want to rejoin their families. How unfortunate that Europeans did not enforce these practices 500 years ago because they would have saved Africans a tremendous amount of pain.

If we accept that in the western system an individual's importance depends on their financial worth, then it is clear why African children have become a liability rather than an asset and are underachieving in school. Knowing the kind of social disruption that able bodied, young men of working age unable to find a job can create in society, The West has decided to channel them into prisons as a solution in order to prevent the kind of revolts that occurred in the French suburbs 2 years ago.

This is why 'tolerance zero' was introduced and why a 15 year old African American youth who stole a simple chocolate bar would receive a 15 year jail sentence from a US court. To deaden the pain of those who have lost all hope of a better future, they inject drugs into our communities and pray for a quick demise either by a drug overdose or a bullet to the brain as our young men pretend to be mafia bosses fighting over turf.

After the Europeans had finally decided to educate African children, they had to deal with the problem of the content of their education. What were they to teach these 'Negroes?' All of the aberrations and self destructive behavioral patterns that we see in our community can be traced right back to this moment when Europeans had to make a decision about the kind of information they were going to transmit to African people.

When African children entered the western school system for the first time, there was great fear among the slaveholders that if Africans were taught 'the wrong' information, (the truth) they would lose complete control over them especially since our ancestors numerically outnumbered whites in the new world at that time.( African people have since become the minority.)

To understand why Europeans were so afraid of the content of African education we must go further back into our past. Before they had even set foot in Africa, Europeans had heard about its glory and its extraordinary civilization. Philip of Macedonia, like the typical warmongering European megalomaniac, decided that as he was the most powerful person in the West he had to conquer Egypt, the most advanced African civilization at the time and own it for himself. Fortunately, he was killed while waging another one of his numerous murderous wars.

Unfortunately, his son Alexander, who only a twisted mind could call great, decided to fulfill his father's dream and did eventually conquer Egypt. When Europeans entered Africa for the first time and saw the tremendous civilization our ancestors had methodically collected, stored and preserved from past millennia, they were mesmerized. They were overwhelmed by its organization, its opulence, its style, its architecture, its creativity, its intelligence, in short, everything but most particularly, its tremendous wealth.

Today in the western media we are inundated with propaganda of "a poverty stricken Africa" but Europeans knew then and still know now how tremendously wealthy Africa is/was. In fact, it is precisely because of Africa's genius and its tremendous wealth why African people were enslaved in the first place.

Europeans were envious and wanted to have Africa all for themselves but they also felt ashamed and it was at this moment that the crime which they would carry out later in the 15 century when they discovered the New World, began to take shape in their minds. One of the things that struck me as I studied Ancient Egyptian civilization was the number of times the word 'shame' appeared in the writings of many of the European travelers to Egypt. It's a leitmotiv in their writings. Even Jean Francois Champoleon who deciphered the hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone felt shame when he visited the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of Kings and saw the different races depicted there. This is what he said:

"We also found Egyptians and other Africans depicted in the same way, which could not be otherwise: but there were some important and strange differences between the Namou [the Asians] and the Tamhou [the Europeans] ……

Finally (and I am ashamed to say this because our race was the last and most savage of all in those ancient times) but we must be honest and admit that we did not paint a very pretty figure in those days. Here I am referring to all the people with blonde hair and white skin, living not only in Europe, but in Asia, their place of origin. " [Asia here means people from the Middle East and not from China ] This forces us to ask the following question, Why did Europeans feel shame when they came into contact with Africa? Where did their shame stem from? It is this shame which is behind our enslavement and oppression.

Educate And Teach The African Child

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The Way Of African History And African Culture

History in Focus: War And Civilization: African History In Vogue ~ At Issue is The Education Of The African Child

Historical Pedagogy

In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about the end of western civilization and we have all heard conservative and right wing politicians in the West lamenting the loss of western values. But what is Western civilization? What exactly are Western values? If you have traveled across Europe as I have, you will see walled cities, military forts, canons, pistols, guns, all manner of swords and statues of war heroes.

In short, you will see an arsenal of weaponry and materials for waging war. In my opinion, war is not what most people imagine when they think about civilization. This may surprise many people but the West has never had a civilization if you exclude war from that definition. So where did the West get all its architecture, laws, religion, human rights ideas, it's so called values, etc?They got them from Africa. Before they visited Africa they had none of these things.

In fact, Europeans had spent their time on the planet developing more and more lethal weapons to wage war and kill each other. Africans in contrast, had spent their time on this planet mapping the stars, studying the changing seasons, inventing literature, the arts, architecture, mathematics, writing, inventing the calendar, medicine, worshiping their gods, mummifying their dead, preparing for the afterlife, even inventing the very wig that so many black women can no longer do without today, in short, trying to build the things that we consider today to be civilization.

As a result, when they came into contact with Africa's splendor, Europeans felt inadequate, ashamed, inferior, because they had built nothing similar in Europe, only weapons of war, and so they were envious and started plotting to take Africa for themselves and enslave African people and that is exactly what they have done. So what has been promoted as Western civilization during the last 500 years is none other than the civilization of African people which they have simply confiscated and claimed as their very own.

Today, the West has reached the peak of its power and it is still in the warmongering business, and still sowing death and destruction in its path. Iraq is a recent example and perhaps Iran will be next in line, however, it now prefers to let the other races kill each other while it concentrates on supplying all the materials necessary for them to accomplish this task and rake in the profits from their deaths, especially from the deaths of African people who unfortunately have become infected with the western warmongering virus after centuries of close contact, to the point where Rwandans exterminated 4 million of their own people in the short space of only 3 months.

As many people are unaware that the West has claimed African civilization as its own, they are often confused by the contradictions they see in Western society. So they can't understand for example how slavery and human rights can co-exist side by side but if you understand that one comes from Europe (slavery) and the other comes from Africa (human rights), then there is absolutely no contradiction whatsoever.

Furthermore, as they do not genuinely believe in such concepts they often end up only paying lip service to them. Do you remember that Europeans were holding a book in their hands which clearly stated 'thou shalt not kill' while they were raping and killing our ancestors? Worse, the ships our ancestors traveled across the Atlantic ocean on had biblical names such as 'the good ship "Jesus" or "John the Baptist."

Today, Mr Bush talks about god and drops cluster bombs which kill women and children in the same breath. This is exactly what his ancestors, the founding fathers, did when they exterminated the Amerindians, the original inhabitants of the USA. This dichotomy can be observed in many areas in western society because they have simply juxtaposed their warmongering culture onto African civilization and promoted it as their own…

Now you can understand why there is so much injustice, poverty and exploitation on one hand and false philanthropy on the other in our world. If you have ever wondered why there are so many humanitarian and Christian organizations all over Africa apparently working to help lift Africans out of poverty, yet Africans still do not have access to clean drinking water now you know why. Next time the G8 countries get together and begin to wax lyrical/economical and political about how they intend to lift Africans out of poverty, please do yourself a favor and turn off your television.

The education of the black child caused great fear among the Europeans because they knew the genius of the people they had enslaved. What could they therefore teach African children whose birthright they had stolen? For a start, they certainly couldn't allow black and white children to compete equally because the white children would have been humiliated by the brilliance of the Africans.(Recall the history of Verwoerd mentioned in some of the Hubs, and his Apartheid policies towards the enforcement of unequal education between African children and White children)

The problem was only solved when the minority white population realized they were the sole decision makers in terms of what information was to be taught or withheld from their black students and furthermore, they had the monopoly in the writing and in the publication of the books, manuals and other materials that black people would read. So, they simply decided to give our children an inferior quality of education instead.

That is why some of us write Hubs that are long and involved because we have had our development anything arrested for over 500+ years now, and now we are trying to cover all that lost ground-thus the story and history of Education had been one place where could start.

Professor Wilson says that the education of the black child has never been and can never be the same as that of the white child because the white child must be taught how to rule and dominate others, while the black child must be taught how to serve and obey, hence the dual role of the western educational system. In spite of all the talk about equality, desegregation and. Mr Bush's famous 'no child left behind policy,' the educational system in the West has not changed one iota since the days of slavery and continues to ensure that African children receive an inferior quality of education in comparison to their white counterparts. Neither has our own education not changed a scintilla since the earlier 18th century

In order to maintain this two tiered system they have invented all kinds of covert strategies such as intelligence tests, special education classes, hierarchy between schools, etc, In short, they continue to teach our children how to serve and obey which of course our young males totally reject. In fact, it is the information they teach in the school system which destroys the self esteem and the will to succeed in our children and that is exactly what it is intended for.

As a result, they lose interest in school, begin to experience difficulty and eventually they drop out and become delinquents. Sounds like the Hub above, and this is not only in South Africa, but where African people were colonized and enslaved. And also what is happening to our education system in South Africa today, is caricatured in the paragraph above

This fear of being humiliated by African people is still very strong today and is one reason why many whites abandon certain professions and sports that black people enter and why they are so hesitant to allow black people into certain professions. When black people dominate an area of activity or profession, whites often give the impression that it is really of no value whatsoever.

However, this behavior is simply a self defense mechanism which they adopted in order to avoid feelings of inadequacy, inferiority/shame and the pain of being outperformed by African people, in other words, the same feelings their ancestors experienced so many centuries ago when they first encountered Africans.

Teaching African children about their glorious past would have been counterproductive because of their fear of being humiliated by Africans, so instead they decided to distort both African and world history by teaching falsehood. For example, many people today are unaware that Egyptian civilization predates that of Rome by thousands of years because they have erroneously been presented as contemporaneous, yet Roman civilization had not even begun when Pyramid building stopped in Egypt around the 14th Dynasty.

Worse, most people still do not know that there are more pyramids in Sudan than in Egypt, or that this is where this style of architecture originated. In fact, the civilization of Nubia (Sudan) predates that of Egypt are a prime example of this… Since most of our people are unaware of the importance Sudan in our history the impending catastrophe which the proposed Kajbar Dam represents leaves them totally indifferent. This dam, just like in Egypt with the building of the Aswan Dam will erase forever all of Africa's ancient history in the Sudan, thus making this knowledge inaccessible to future generations of African people.

Today, because of these distortions most black people are totally ignorant about their true history. Instead of teaching African children that their ancestors, the ancient Egyptians, were the true builders of civilization, ( the pyramids, obelisks and temples still stand as proof today), they were taught that it was the Greeks and Romans. Instead of being told that Imhotep the Egyptian was the father of medicine, they were taught that it was Hippocrates.

Instead of being taught about the first universities founded by their ancestors in Timbuktu and Djenne in Mali, they were taught that Africans were an oral people who knew nothing about writing.

Instead of being taught about the great Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa and Shona civilizations of Stone builders in South Africa, Zimbabwe that built a city bigger than London or the artistic genius of the Nok civilization of Nigeria, they were told that their homeland was a "dark" continent, where their primitive, savage, ancestors roamed the wild jungles from morn till night practicing cannibalism and that luckily, God sent kind-hearted and charitable European Christians (Tarzan) to civilize them and to teach them his word in order to save them from themselves.

To add insult to injury, they invented a racial hierarchy with themselves at the top, and Africans at the bottom and justified it by saying they were "God's chosen people" and therefore superior and that God had given them 'a land overflowing with milk and honey,' (Africa) while our ancestors were heathen, devil worshipers who God himself had cursed and therefore we deserved to be their slaves.

These vicious lies continue to be believed by millions of people, both black and white and is one of the reasons for the rampant and chronic racism in our societies today.(One can read Biko's book on this very account which he talks about at length and very seriously).

Today whites continue to promote African genius as their own. For example, African people invented rock and rap but it is Elvis Presley who is known as the king of rock and roll while Eminem became the first rapper to win an Oscar. Likewise, Bill Gates has become a household name and a millionaire but without the genius of Dr. Mark Dean and Dr.Philip Emeagali, two African scientists, the computer would not have become accessible to the masses of people on the planet today.

This was how the theft of African civilization, the brainwashing and the miseducation of African children and African people took place. If their plan has been so successful it is because they knew that in order to succeed they would have to target African children at a very early age. They, like our ancestors, understood that if you 'train up a child in the way that you want it to go, when it is old it will not depart from it' and that is why from the beginning of slavery, African children were divested/denied of their names and their languages.

Furthermore, to submit Africans to and under their authority, they used religion to terrify African children by teaching them the fictitious story of the bible, plagiarized from the Egyptian Osirian myth, as fact. This story promised African children a life of suffering (hell) if they were disobedient to their master, (the slave master, not a supreme being as many black people mistakenly believe) but heavenly wealth after death if they obeyed.(paradise).[The Book: "Things Fall Apart" Would Be A Good Read, here]

As has been shown above in the Hub, that the education of African children has long been designed to be destined for failure and underdevelopment. And the Hub above breaks it down over many decades and centuries how this was done, and why the colonizers of the day did what they did. It is therefore, I assert, important to write our own history and culture, Stories and so forth, and learn from what each of us has to contribute towards throwing an enlightening reality to our decrepit reality that is setting us back and under-developing us.

The Falsification Of The African History Narrative: Delayed Total Revolution

The real tragedy is that this distorted African story that generations of black children were forced to memorize, continues to be taken literally by millions of African people around the globe, today, who have spent their entire lives waiting for this ancient Superman named Jesus Christ to burst through the clouds and deliver them from evildoers. The tragic irony is that today it is African people, the victims, who are keeping to this religion which was forcefully imposed upon our children during slavery, alive-are its ardent followers.

They are its most fanatical adherents in contrast to their oppressors' own people who have long since stopped believing in this myth. Reparations can never ever compensate for the incalculable damage this myth has caused to millions of African people who have literally put their lives on hold in our world because they sincerely believe that only after death will they truly begin to live.

The Western educational system therefore will always produce dysfunctional African people and children because having committed the most horrendous crime on this planet and lied about it they are forced to continue. Their propaganda machine must continue to make African people believe in the fantasy/fiction of the Bible, believing that whites are superior, that western civilization is better than their own, also believing they must fight in the illegal wars waged by the West all around the planet, convinced by their conquerors that Africa is a continent without a future, and was backward that it needed Western religion to be saved from its barbaric past.

This belief that Africa is poor, riddled with poverty, injustice and self-exploitation has always existed and was foisted onto in our world, led many African people to think that Africa is facing a demographic explosion (overpopulation) and dying from Aids (depopulation) at the same time (an illogical equation), thought that they must work hard to promote Western interests and all the other fantasies which Africa people accept as facts/truths which are too numerous to mention here-and are in the main lies and untruths.

This is the reason their media feed our children distorted and negative information 24 hours a day(As explained above) that is designed to sap their energy, destroy their confidence, intensify their feelings of worthlessness and self hatred and increase their admiration for the West. The goal here was to make every African child a Michael Jackson-Reject his physical and natural identity, and worship the values and norms/imperialist cultures of the West and other foreign nation dictate and require-reject and dismiss his own culture, history, traditions, customs and so forth completely

This is the strategic destruction of the African psyche that the West has put into place and that is why it is important that African parents and the African community understand these negative forces which are working to destroy our children in order to delay the liberation of African people.

This is also the reason they(The present government and their sponsors) treat us in the most despicable manner. We suffer the worst health care, live in the most horrible conditions imaginable, are the most disrespected and abused people and do not live life as it should be lived by the indigenous of any country today. That is why African churchgoers often say that 'we are only passing through' in this world.

What else can they say considering the decrepit and downgraded lives that most of our people lead? On the other hand, Westerners live comfortably, eat properly, enjoy good health and live long and happy lives. They do not have the impetus to give up their power. As Prof. Clarke put it: "People in power do not readily give up power nor educate their underlings to take power from them."

In short, they are alive while we are dead because they have killed us. But we can be resurrected by erasing them from our minds in the same way that they erased African history from ours. This is what I believe Dr Kamau Kambon was trying to get across when he said 2 years ago that, "The solution to the black man's problem was the white man's extermination[from his mind, soul and intellect]" .

Many people in their ignorance thought he meant the physical extermination of white people. It is ludicrous to think he was talking about their physical elimination since the West has weapons which can annihilate every single African person on the planet. What he obviously meant was that in order for African people to come out of their comatose, zombie-like state and lead happy and fulfilling lives, they must kill the white man metaphorically, mentally by replacing his lies with the truth-thus building themselves in the process.

The West will never willingly admit the truth because they have too much to lose. They would have to admit the theft of African civilization, the mass murder of African people and the perpetuation of lies. Furthermore it would raise too many questions. For example, if the Bible is fiction, then who are its real authors? Is it true that Shakespeare was one of its writers and that is why he is known as the most famous writer ever?

If there are no chosen people, then who are the people in Israel parading as Jews? Why have they been placed there? Why does the USA defend them so stubbornly? What is the real purpose of the Pope? What information are they hiding in the Vatican? What have they done with the information they took out of Africa ?. What really happened during the Second World War? Who was Hitler? Why did the church protect neo-Nazis?

That would raise more questions about the recent past. These questions and a million more is what the Western world would rather not have to answer African people and the rest of the world after 500 years of telling them nothing but lies. It is not possible for them to do so, and the situation of the world today is more high tech, and conspiracy theories abound.. So that, we, as people of African descent, we need to work on making ourselves better than we are at present

On the internet under the Bible story about the stolen birthright this is the warning that you will read "It never pays to tell a lie. Once you tell a lie you must tell another, and another to cover up the first lie. Not only will all these lies catch up with you, but they can cause you many troubles, just like it did for Jacob and Rebecca". That is what the West has done but their lies are catching up with them and they will have to pay the consequences.

We must no longer allow the West to claim African civilization as their own because our ancestors spent millions of years painstakingly observing, collecting, recording, creating and preserving it for us, their heirs. To allow Western bullies who refused to do the same for their people to simply come along, steal it and claim it as their own simply because they had more advanced weapons than our ancestors should not be the cause of our fears to try and protect and write our own history in order to create a new civilization for man-with a human face.

. .More and more African people are only just beginning to realize this. We must tell the truth. We must reclaim our pyramids, our obelisks, our medicine, mathematics, astronomy, physics, writing, our administration, our laws and our concepts. We must reclaim the famous 10 commandments which we have been taught god gave to a man named Moses. They come from Africa and there are 42 of them which our ancestors called the MAAT (the divine principles of peace, harmony, balance and justice) while the West calls them the 'negative confessions. '[Readers can go to my HubPage and look up the Article I wrote about the so-called 42 Negative Confessions from and by the Africans, known as the Egyptians]

Even the very cross that the church uses is African. It's called the 'Ankh.' We must study African history to find out what our ancestors left for us and every single concept or object that they invented we must take back. Our ancestors demand that we reclaim our birthright that was stolen from us. But it is also important to begin to know how this can be achieved, and our scholarship should try and rise above these issues, and we should work hard to write and research our own history and write it as we see fit-Globally.

We will know that our people have reclaimed their birthright when African people want to study and receive diplomas from African schools and universities rather than those in the West, When African people want to work for African companies rather than western multinationals, When our young men and women especially our famous people want to marry African people rather than European men and women, When African parents prefer to give their children African looking dolls rather than European ones, When African people stop bleaching their skin because they prefer their own, When they prefer to give their children African names rather than European ones.

It would be fruitful for the oppressed to pray to an African God(Of their conception, imagination and creation), and reject the warmongering religions of their enemies and return to the religions of ancestor worship. This might help them to feel more empathy and compassion(Ubuntu/Botho) for African people first; they will begin to use their resources to develop and improve the lives of their people first before anyone else's. That would show a people uniting and working towards their own empowerment by/through setting up their own economic system, political system, own laws currency rather than continue to use/depend/be controlled by the currency of the West, and other foreign government/nations and peoples

The Africans should remove the artificial borders created by the West and returning to Africa's natural borderlesness, working on developing and creating new African languages out the present and existing African languages to be fused and made the official languages of Africa, will need some things to be made clear first. Those Africans who say that 'they don't see color' and are proud to be Human beings, well, I will defer to Prof.Clarke on this matter:

"Once An African, Always An African"...

"Let me explain what I am talking about. No matter where are and no matter what religion you might belong to, and no matter what kind of schooling you have gone through, you are distinctly an African person. You are a supporter of some loyal feelings for every African person that walks this earth and if you have confusion about that, you have confusion that is detrimental to the freedom of your own people." ...
-Professor John Hendrik Clarke - 1991.

Learn From the Past In Order To Determine The Future...

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Propaganda And Culture/Education

We Must Own, Control And disseminate Our Own Propaganda .... Remember, We Are Being Played Here-"Kudlawa Ngathi Lapha/Ho Bapalwa Ka Rona Mona...

Here in Mzantsi, real-politic has taken on a new meaning. The whole thing is that we really do to know why the politics are the way they are. For the past 20+ years of voting, whether local of national, the ANC has been using the same modus operandi. They create a distraction, and maneuver behind the scenes to lock into power by gerrymandering, in a sort of way, the voter's consent, and greasing their approval with hampers, and adding some few Rands into the Mdende, and exploiting the fear people have of DA(Nationalist Party) coming back into power. But, to understand what is going on, we cannot feign ignorance, and we ought to learn what is going on.

Zuma has lied and cheated the poor African people of South Africa. He came onto the Tube to apologize for the wrongs he and his government have perpetrated against the poor, and that he would do better. Meanwhile, the cheerleading ANC claps heartily that Zuma has shown humility and apologized, and the, they, ANC have this whole shindig together. Same shit, and a different time[2016].

The ANC crew has hired expensive PR people who are directing their policy and media utterances. For us, here in Mzantsi to begin to understand and better know what is 'going on,' we are going to have to seriously study what Propaganda is all about, and what it do, and entail. What we do not know will definitely lead us astray. Many of us hardly even understand why we talk the way we do about issues most of us imbibe from the Media Ecology in our country.

Before I get to the crux of the article, it is incumbent upon me to cite this point from Amilcar Cabral:

Always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone's head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children,

Cabral intones us to do more if we are to throw any oppressor out.

"... Create schools and spread education in all liberated areas. Select young people between 14-20, those who have at least completed their fourth year, for further training. Oppose without violence all prejudicial customs, the negative aspects of the beliefs and traditions of our people. Oblige every responsible and educated member of our Party to work daily for the improvement of their cultural formation.

"Oppose among the young, especially those over 20, the mania forgiving the country so as to study elsewhere, the blind ambition to acquire a degree, the complex of inferiority and the mistaken idea which leads to the belief that those who study or take courses will thereby become privileged in our country tomorrow ... But also oppose any ill will towards those who study or wish to study-the complex that students will be parasites or future saboteurs of the Party.

"Frequent meetings must be held to explain to the population what is happening in the struggle, what the Party is endeavoring to do at any given moment, and what the criminal intentions of the enemy may be.

"Educate ourselves, educate other people, the population in general, to fight fear and ignorance, to eliminate little by little the subjection to nature and natural forces which our economy has not yet mastered.

"[We must demand] of our people that they dedicate themselves seriously to study, that they interest themselves in the things and problems of our daily life and struggle in their fundamental and essential aspect, and not simply in their appearance.

"... Learn from life, learn from our people, learn from books, learn from the experience of others. Never stop learning."

We have stopped learning here in Mzantsi. We strive to take short-cuts towards learning and earning a quick quid."

Cabral adds that people myst be responsible, be conscious of their responsibilities, thoughtful about carrying them out, and with a comradeship based on work and duty done ... Nothing of this is incompatible with the joy of living, or withhold for life and its amusements, or with confidence in the future and in our work ....

"Reinforce political work and 'Propaganda' within the emery's armed forced. Write posters, pamphlets, letters. Draw slogans on the roads. Establish cautious links with enemy personnel who want to contact us. Act audaciously and with great initiative in this way. ... Do everything possible to help enemy soldiers to desert. Carry out political work among Africans who are still in the enemy service, whether civilian or military.

Persuade these brothers to change direction so as to serve the Party within enemy ranks or desert with arms and ammunition to our units.

"We must practice revolutionary 'Democracy' in every aspect of our Party life. Every responsible member must have the courage of his responsibilities, exacting from others a proper respect fro his work and properly respecting the work of others.

"Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories."

So that, when we speak of Propaganda, then, It is very important for me to cite the Guru of Media Ecology on this subject of Propaganda: we going to have to learn it very seriously, and I will be delivering my impression about Propaganda. According to Ellul:

"Only in the Technological Society can there be anything of the type and order of magnitude of modern propaganda, which is with us forever.

"Most people are easy prey for propaganda because of their firm conviction that it is composed only of 'lies' and 'tall tale,' and that, conversely, what is 'truth' cannot be propaganda.

"But modern propaganda has long disdained the ridiculous lies of the past and outmoded forms of propaganda. It operates instead with many different kinds of truth, half truths,limited truth, truth out of context. Even Goebbels always insisted that Wehrmacht communiques be as accurate as possible.

"A second basic misconception that makes people vulnerable to propaganda is the notion that it serves only to change opinions. That is one of its aims, but a limited, subordinate one. Much more importantly, it aims to intensify existing trends, to sharpen and focus them, and, to lead men to action."

According to Ellul:

"Modern propaganda cannot work without 'education'; Education is not the best prophylactic against propaganda. Education or what usually goes by that world in the modern world, is the absolute prerequisite for propaganda. In fact, education is largely identical with what can be called "pre-propaganda — the conditioning of minds with vast amounts of incoherent information, already dispensed for ulterior purposes and posing as 'facts' and as 'education.'

Intellectuals are virtually the most vulnerable of all to modern —:
1. They absorb the largest amount of secondhand, unverifiable information;
2. They feel a compelling need to have an opinion on every important question of our time, and thus easily succumb to opinions offered to them by propaganda on all such indigestible pieces of information;
3. They consider themselves capable of judging for themselves'.
They literally need propaganda.

"Propaganda then hands them in veritable abundance what he needs: a 'raison d'être,' and without tis intense collaboration by the propaganda, the propagandist would be helpless.

… Propaganda of action presupposes positive incitement; propaganda through "Mass Media" will generally be contrasted incitement. Similarly, on the level of the performer in direct contact with the crowd, there must be positive incitement.
On the level of the organizer, that of propaganda strategy, there must be separation from the public. So that then Propaganda must be total

Total Propaganda:

"Propaganda must be continuous and lasting-continuous in that it must not leave any gaps, but fill the citizen's whole day and all his days; lasting in that it must function over a very long time.

The famous principle of repetition, which is not in itself significant, plays a part only in this situation. Hitler was undoubtedly right when he said that the masses take a long time to understand and remember, thus it is necessary to repeat; but the emphasis must be placed on "A long Time": the public must be conditioned accept claims that are made.

"In any case, repetition must be discontinued when the public has been conditioned, for at that point, repetition will begin to irritate and provoke fresh doubts with respect to former certainties.

"Propaganda tends to make the individual live in a separate world; 'He Must Not Have Outside Points Of Reference.'

"He must not be allowed a moment of 'meditation' or 'reflection' in which to see himself vis-a-vis the propagandists, as happens when the propaganda is not continuous. At that moment, the individual emerges from the grip of propaganda.

"Instead, successful propaganda will occupy every moment of the individual's life: through posters and loudspeakers when he is out walking, through radio and newspapers at home, through meetings and movies(TV/Internet) in the evening.

"The individual must not be allowed to recover, to collect himself, to remain untouched by propaganda during any relatively long period, for propaganda is not the touch of the magic wand.

"It is based on slow, constant impregnation. It creates convictions and compliance, through imperceptible influences that are effective by continuous repetition.

It must create a complete environment for the individual, one from which he never emerges.

"And Prevent Him From Finding External Points Of Reference."

"[Propaganda] protects him by censoring everything that might come in from the outside. The slow building up of reflexes and myths, of psychological environment and prejudices, requires propaganda of very long duration.

"Propaganda is not a stimulus that disappears quickly; it consists of successive impulses and shocks aimed at various feelings or thoughts by means of the many instruments previously mentioned[Media Ecology], above.

"A relay system is thus established. Propaganda is a continuous action, without failure or interruption: as soon as the effect of one impulse weakened, it is renewed by another. At no point does it fail to subject it recipient to its influence. As soon as one effect wears off, it is followed by a new shock.

I think I have culled enough from Ellul, and would like to bring back the theme of article. This is about how and why we in Mzantsi cannot fathom our 'real-politic' and its other related matters. We endow those we call 'Towers'[Taken from Face Book interlocutions], and those intellectuals, so adorned with such titles because they were edumacated overseas and by the present South African Educational system. Our country of South Africa is a johnny-come-latelies in the media world and technological advances that have taken place in the 70s and 80s.

As stated by Cabral above, the need for us to learn much more seriously and concretely is of prime importance here. We cannot wing our way in ruling a Nation. We still have to come to terms with the Notion, Consciousness and Understanding/Knowing our Schtick.

This is what ASA has to say about the same point made by Cabral above regarding learning and knowing our people and designing our own education:

Asa teaches us that:

"The lasting challenge that we face is the absence of information and understanding of African Culture. This has been by design. The enforcers of an oppressive system work to create cultural disorder among the oppressed.

"In particular, they suppress the value of other cultures while glorifying and fabricating the history of themselves. They understand that the resulting disorder will make it impossible for the oppressed to be truly independent."

He are some musings by Fanon:

"The unilaterally decreed normative value of certain cultures deserves our careful attention ... The enterprise of deculturation turns out to be the negative of a more gigantic work of economic, and even biological enslavement...

The doctrine of cultural hierarchy is thus but one aspect of a systematized hierarchization impeccably pursued.

"For its systems of reference have to be Broken. Expropriation, Spoliation, Raids, Objective Murder, are matched by the sacking of cultural patterns, or at least, condition such sacking. The Social Panorama is Destructed; Values are Flaunted, Crushed and Emptied.

"The lines of force, having crumbled, no longer give direction. In their stead, a new system of Values is Imposed, not Proposed, but affirmed, by the heavy weight of cannons and sabers.

"... This culture, once living and open to the future, becomes closed, fixed in the colonial status, caught in the yoke of oppression. Both present and mummified, it testifies against its own members. It defines them, in fact, without appeal.

"The cultural mummification leads to a mummification of individual thinking. The apathy so universally noted among colonial peoples, is but a logical consequence of this operation. Their approach of inertia constantly directed at the natAfricans is utterly dishonest.

"As though it were possible for a man to evolve otherwise than within the framework of a culture that recognizes him and that he decides to assume.

"Thus, we witness the setting up of archaic inert institutions. Functioning under the oppressors supervision and patterned like a caricature of formerly fertile [African] institutions.

It is important to pay much more close attention to what Asa has to say below:

"A Core part of our mission today is to 'study' and 'transfer' the valuable information about our cultural traditions to our people This will serve, in part, to reconnect many Africans who are far removed from our Ancient and Traditional Intergenerational Cultural Transmission Practices.

"Traditionally, our socialization was under the independent control of knowing and wise African Elders, who were legitimate representatives of the African Community.

"Whilst many people are exposed to all sorts of Propaganda via television, radio, and newspapers, few of us have been exposed to the wisdom of Elders right in our own communities; let alone the wisdom of those who practiced our best traditions.

"We have lost our understanding of the indispensable role that control of socialization parlays in our survival and destiny, and thus, we have failed to ensure proper "Intergenerational Cultural Transmission"

"We have a vital responsibility to our children and to our community for Intergenerational Cultural Transmission. Our survival and our enhancement as a people are dependent upon our embrace of this responsibility and our release of total dependency on European Systems.

"We must mobilize to think and to act to restore this vital function of Intergenerational Cultural Transmission to All of our Communities[In Africa and the Diaspora].

"Although few communities in Africa or the African Diaspora, continue to maintain authentic Traditional Structures for Intergenerational Cultural Transmission today, there are still many sources from which we may recover much of what was left.

All these include, as listed and broken by Asa:
Texts, Biographies, Anthropological Texts
Oral Histories From Elders, Participant observation, and so forth...)

"We must study our African indigenous traditions in order to understand and to evaluate our cultural situation now. Many of us remain African at a deep structural level. A Study of our traditions will reveal that they rival tradition, past or present, and that we have valid options for world view, values, and practices, which are suitable for us today, with appropriate modifications.

We must be assertive in countering denigration and defamation, which charge that African people have no meaningful Traditions to recall.

"We, as a community, must rescue and reconstruct the most viable elements of our powerful African Indigenous Socialization Systems

"European hegemony is established through miseducation and Alien Cultural Socialization. Some oppressed people join with their oppressors to make the European System of Oppression more Efficient, becoming agents in the Oppression of Africans, as was true of some of us during the Slave Trade, who betrayed their own people.

"Africans must meet, study, write, and produce. There is no short cut. We must go back through the Door of no return(Into our ancient Mzantsi history and culture), reconnecting to [and with our] traditions and propelling ourselves forward in a direction of our own choosing. We must reclaim our continent, our cultures, ourselves."

My aim throughout this article to bring to our view those things we can do to upgrade and work to undo the calamity that is engulfing us. Articles such as this one are not posted for anything else but to propagate our own and ways of think about such issues as forms the core of the discourse within the article.

I want to parlay thoughts that address our present condition from multiple level, in a discursive tone and thought, and open mind to add onto, that, it is important for these who will have read thus far, to begin to recognize that there is more to this subject.

When our present leaders here in Mzantsi try to sell us the propaganda that they are united and working on fixing things, some of us wonder as to how long will this farce be kept up. On hand are the more destructive forces annihilating our people and us along, without care in the world. What am I talking about?

We have been sold the propaganda of supporting a once-was-liberation-movement, which has lied and betrayed the Poor African Masses to whit! For the pst twenty-plus(20+) years of ANC rule, the percentage of poor and dying masses has increased, and our youth is being definitely wiped-out-I am talking Nyaope, here. Many of those with access to the Public loot, do not give a rat's ass about the poor armies of the poor here in our country. Our leaders are so greedy, that their recollections function when it's time to vote for them, so that they can carry on business as usual.

This is a very pernicious form of Propaganda for it implants itself, using all sorts of media and mediums, to condition our ailing masses, defocusing them other hunger, joblessness, sickness, and wretched life that they exists, and concentrate of tired scandals and pretend to the people that they are doing something about Corruption… In the Meanwhile, they go deeper into many deals with their IMF, World Bank, GATT and South African Reserve Bank White Bosses - kow towing to their commands and will.

When we see Zuma 'acting' the apology part, and the ANC behind the scenes clapping for him as being humble-while they are fretting about the registrations by people to vote, the picture is not so clear, for real. Anytime the ANC, through our the two decades-their kind of rule is to come with empty policies, it simply means they have some unfinished business that will never get finished, anyway.

Critiquing the ANC and telling it like it is, to the readers, it is incumbent on some of us to begin to have more outside and authentic references from the daily bile that is our new consumption here in Mzantsi. As we say amongst our under-attack self with sad tone — "We Are Being Played, Here"

It is this collective murmurings that should also be the subject of our educating ourselves. We are being played for we use the selfsame talking points provided for us by our PR masters. We should also remember that very same PR professionals advising our government, have been doing this for many centuries in England and US. So that, what some of us regurgitate as being erudite concerning matters of the lives and well-being of our people, we need to rethink what we are doing.

Ignorance is not excuse here, articles such as this one are written with the 'truth' in mind. We are in the same game being played on us, but what we are saying is that this medium should work for us, by u and achieve those minimal goals of procuring and securing our culture, history, education, people, families and Nation of Mzantsi.

The information that one cites in such articles is to help put in a cogent fashion information we should know and work on holding onto. Reading takes time, but we do have time, I guess then some will say it's a matter of priorities-to which I answer-Are those for the benefit and development of our peoples?

Wilson elucidates:

Consequently, those of us who are in the so-called helping-professions and in the business of diagnosing other people's behavior must recognize the degree to which we are part of the respite mechanism of that system ... he Black/African must examine itself and see to what degree it has contributed to its own 'madness,' 'demise,' 'oppression' and 'powerlessness.'

"We must look at the assimilationist leadership that we have permitted to represent us in this world today. We must look at the kind of leadership that always has had its face turned outward, towards the White man, and neglected the education of the re-socialization of our people; a leadership who has spent its energies trying to convert the White man, instead of, in part, using that energy for converting ourselves as a people. For we are not only the creation of the European - We in part, have helped to create the European.

Lastly, I would like to cite Wilson below:

"There are a number of means by which we seek to resolve certain contradictions in our lives. We may excuse them by saying that the circumstances which have determined our lives, particularly the failures in our lives, are beyond our control. That it is other peoples who are totally responsible for the situation that we are in, and therefore we have no control over it."

When it comes to understanding ourselves, I will briefly cite Wilson's take on these matters:

[Self-dislike impacts our lives and existence broadly and deeply] So that when the experience of failure and the experience of not achieving in society not only becomes and individual experience; it becomes a social experience and a social disease.

"Therefore, the philosophy and the ideology of individualism is not an ideology that attacks the individual. It is an ideology that attacks the whole community. It is a part of a community over another; to maintain the dominance of the Eurocentric community over the African community.

The individual who accepts the ideology of individualism, and sees his failure to achieve as the result of some deficiency in his personality, and thinks that opportunities exist and that if he merely had the right personality he could make the best of these opportunities, when the achievement does not occur, is faced with a major contradiction.

"He is faced with what we call a 'sense of cognitive dissonance'. That certain things do not jibe. Dissonance, contradictions and conflicts are painful and are had to bear. They make life discomforting, and hence motivate the individual to seek to resolve the contradictions — to try and move these contradictions and to put them out of existence.

"While this to a degree is true, it also can lead to some other psychological problems in the individual. It can lead to the possibility that the individual become apathetic; gives up and resigns from life, gives up trying and begins to believe that h or she is powerless.

"Unfortunately, the resignation and the apathy of too many of our people are part of the means which the system maintains itself. The fear of trusting and uniting with each other. The fear of coming together and solving our problems together, the belief that it is just not in us to unite and solve our problems, and overcome the dominance of European Imperialism itself, becomes a part of the problem and helps to maintain the system.

"Others try to deal with the discrepancy between what the system says they can achieve and our failure to achieve by lowering their personal aspirations, by, in a sense, fitting into a lesser pace that the society reserves for them. Others try to inflate their achievements, to inflate their personalities.

"We see many of us along the highways and byways being very boastful, being very 'egocentric,' bragging a great deal, pumping ourselves up, pumping even small achievements up into giant achievements.

We see it en infecting the Black Nationalism community that buries itself in the great history of Egypt and the great empires of Africa. Yes, I am speaking of the kind of historicism that has developed in this community as a means of confronting reality!

"Of people who live their lives in history, and dig among the Pyramids of Egypt, and dig among the lost Kingdoms of Mali and Songhai, and who build themselves a false pride, and pump themselves up about the achievements of our History - without facing the perils of [our] current reality and preparing themselves for the future.

"The Black Nationalist who make us feel good — and pumps us up; and make us gloat and glow about our great past, and does not deal with the present; and does not educate in terms of coping with the future; and does not adequately prepare us to remove the European from power, to remove these insane people who are about to destroy the earth and life itself — is functioning in the interest of the status quo.

"And those people who holler ab