Black Consciousness, And Survival
There are many characteristics that Black people share; i.e., their status in community life, their status in political and economic structures, their struggles against oppression and exploitation, and their commitment to fulfilling their hopes and dreams.
Wherever Black people live in the world, they have fought and survived many of the same battles.
The African Diaspora, which consist of nearly a billion Black people who’s ancestors were enslaved and transported to European colonies that denied their humanity, their right to live free and prosper; and their right to be fruitful, multiply and exercise dominion over their homes and families.
White people were the central players in the Atlantic Slave Trade, and as such, they erased and replaced Black history. They sought to deny the humanity of Black people in order to exclude them from civilized history past, present and future. It was under these conditions and in this context that the original people of the earth; Black people, the most amazing people that ever walked the earth, became the spiritual consciousness, the builders and cultural embodiment of the modern world.
The story of Black people, is the story of Black people! It is a story that is know to all Black people. Legally, socially, politically, and economically locked out of participating in the free evolution of humanity and life in the developing world, Black people created their own path forward. Who they are, what they are, and why they exist on earth was defined by White Europeans. And while accepting European definitions, they opposed them at the same time.
For example, early in the American experience the slavers tried to instill in their Black slaves that they were cursed, inferior and destined to serve the more advanced white race. White slavers quoted Bible verses as part of the orientation that fostered a slave culture of submission and subservience: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.”
So it was, that the Black slave by day, obeyed, submitted and appeased the White slavers; but in the darkness of night Blacks held their own meetings, where they affirmed themselves as human beings; where their creative religious consciousness exploded and shattered the dogma of White slavers. And in replace of the shattered dogma of White slavers, Black people created their own worldview, which affirmed their belief in God, and their belief that they were God’s chosen people.
Lawrence W. Levine writes, “the vast majority of spirituals identify the singers as, “de people dat is born of God,” “We are the people of God,” “we are de people of de Lord,” “I really do believe I’m a child of God,” “I am a child ob God, aid my soul sot free,” “I’m born of God, I know I am.” “Nor is there ever any doubt that, To the promise land I’m bound to go,” I walk de heavenly road,” Heav’n shall-a be my home,” I gwine to meet my Saviour,” “I seek my Lord and I find Him,” I’ll hear the trumpet sound / In the morning.”
Upon leaving the shores of Africa, Black people never lost their identity. Where ever they found themselves in the world; their religious consciousness has kept them grounded in who they are, where they come from, and where they are going.
Born out of their subjugation, Black people survived as a result of their self consciousness belief in survival. Their day to day life was built on their need to survive one hour, one day, one week, one year at a time. And here only, can we attribute the survival of the Black people who make up the African Diaspora; to their God, and to them alone.
Greatness And Black Empowerment
It is really amazing; it is supernatural, and it is empowering when Black people tap into the reality of their history. Black history goes back to the very first civilizations know upon the earth. Before the immigrations and migrations of Arabs and Europeans into Africa; Africa was the home of dynasties, cities, communities and domestic tranquility.
According to Dr. Chancellor Williams, white people living in neighboring lands regarded Black people as superior. Blacks were seen as a superior race of people consisting of scientists, scholars, organized religions with organized priesthoods, mathematicians, scribes, architects, engineers, standing armies and generals, stone and brick masons, carpenters, artists, sculptors, cloth makers, slaves, farmers, teachers, gold and silversmiths, and blacksmiths.
The first civilizations know to modern day human beings were developed in Africa. And it is widely known that Africa was the home of an advanced race of people; i.e., Black people who lived in an advance society.
Herald Melvin & the Blue Notes wrote the song, “Wake up Everybody.” The lyrics bare mentioning: “Wake up everybody no more sleeping in bed, no more backward thinking, time for thinking ahead. The word has changed so very much from what it used to be, there’s so much hatred, war and poverty.” Black people must call themselves from the white man’s induced slumber of today, and awake to the greatness of their yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The glory of their past civilizations resides in their souls; it is present in their DNA. And, it has contributed to the development of the modern world. Where ever black people set down roots in the modern world, the legacy of great and advanced civilizations was with them. And their contributions are present in the way cities and states are laid out, the design of buildings, farming, food production and transportation.
With the recent rise of white supremacy, the history and modern day contributions of Black people to the world we live in are whitewashed. White supremacy is relentless in devaluing, vilifying and demonizing black people. Yet, world culture cannot veil; it cannot conceal the origin of civilization and modern day world culture. Religious beliefs and structures, art and craft, music and dance, values, morals and traditions have all been influenced by Black people. The civilized world we live in owes its origin to the remote past civilizations of African, The Land Of The Blacks.
Black people are being exploited, oppressed and degraded all over the world, which is an attempt to whitewash them with powerlessness. But, within the context of this whitewashed powerlessness, Black people demonstrated that Black is beautiful, and they remained resolute in their quest for empowerment.
God who is faithful, is faithful to those who place their faith in Him. Black people maintained their faith in God throughout their trails, and never wavered in their belief that they were created in God’s image, and charged to “fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Black people naturally yielded to God’s commands, and welcomed into their country, homes and families every and all members of the human race. Now, after being out schemed and separated by the institution of slavery; God who is faithful, is present shifting and empowering Black people throughout the African Diaspora.
As God shifts power to include Black people; Black people must participate in all decisions that shape their lives, wherever they live in the world. For example, the world has been organized by multinational corporations and governments acting in union with one another. Together they hold the strings of most social, educational, political and economic structures.
At the head of these multinational corporations and governments are white people who focus on concentrating wealth and power within a closed circle, of a small minority.
In maintaining their wealth and power multinational corporations and governments cloak exploitation in racism. Racism facilitates the marginalization of Black people; it manifest in norms that are perpetuated by Black unemployment, low-wages, inferior housing, inferior educational resources, biased policing and other things.
Black people everywhere in the African Diaspora need to create organizations that advocate for inclusion. The ability to disrupt the flow of goods and services can be used as a powerful bargaining tool. The ability to vote, seeking government offices, and participation in the way tax dollars are spent; spending money with Black owned businesses, parents actively participating and supporting public education, oversight and accountability in policing can pave the way for inclusion and empowerment.
Black people must be board members of MNCs, and actively participate in political circles where ever they live. As Black people become more involved in commence and government, the effect will be reflected in social-economics, politics, education, community development and human relationships throughout the U.S, Asia, Western Europe, Canada, South America, The Caribbean, i.e., The African Diaspora.
Reflection: In 1962, sixty percent of the top multinational corporations were based in the U.S. (many are among the Global Fortune 500), but by 1999, that number had dropped to 36 percent. So that, the U.S still has the largest number of multinational corporations, but Japan, and Western Europe have developed to the point of being home to MNCs.
Multinational Corporations thrive in developed countries, places where advanced technology and sophisticated management techniques can thrive. Therefore, specialized talent, training, and supporting institutions such as colleges and universities that help produce educated employees exist along side MNCs.
The U.S, Western Europe and Japan all have roads, bridges, ports, buildings, and other aspects of infrastructure able to support transportation and the ability to move materials and goods from place to place.
The function and structure of MNCs can benefit the Black Diaspora, Black communities, and Black families. Blacks can extrapolate and learn from proven and tested structures working within MNCs, and create and manage their own MNCs.
Jobs can be created, which will infuse Black families and communities with resources that allow them to own, share and profit from their cultural genesis. Black people can control and profit from their music, film, athletics, intellectual ability, and culinary skills. They can develop their real-estate, and layout and build their own housing projects and neighborhoods.
The African Diaspora must reshape the ideological norms of law enforcement, courts, and administrative agencies. These agencies need only to be taught and trained to value Black lives, and be held accountable for their polices and conduct. Our communities need to become the model of civil, political and social stability; thus ensuring the progressive growth of Black lives (More on MNCs in Part 6 of 10).
It’s a wonderful thing that happens on Sunday. Black people gather in churches all over the world and worship, praise and study the word of God. But the unity and solidarity that they experience in church is watered down in their communities, on their streets and in their homes. Even so, the solidarity present in Sunday church services can serve as a model of transformation going forward.
One of the most powerful words in today’s world is “science.” The post modern era has placed science above the bible, faith in God and religious beliefs. People today simply declare that it is scientific, or that “most scholars agree,” and people listen with the same reverence, as they do when hearing “Thus Saith The Lord.”
But this scientific reign is the result of billions of dollars and control of educational institutions that are managed by white supremacy. Some believe that white people are an advanced race, and some believe they are devils endowed with supernatural power. Neither is true!
The truth is that there is only the human race, which was created in the image and likeness of God. Black people are human beings who despite the forces of science and white supremacy have only just began to reestablish themselves, their families and communities.
Black people must lean on their faith, that is, their faith in God. In doing so, their faith in one another will rise, creating an atmosphere and culture of interpersonal relationships governed by passion, compassion, empathy, love, trust, morals, ethics and values.
And as we as Black people continue on our journey through life, we can create and develop a constituency for, and among ourselves. By constituency I appeal to the idea of a body of people who proffer ideas and leadership models for the Black community to approve and support, or disapprove and reject. The leadership models can have local, national and international interpersonal ties with the African Diaspora, as every Black person on earth is a constituent.
The Black Diaspora can center its development around farming and manufacturing. A franchise is a business opportunity that allows the franchisee to start a business by legally using someone else’s expertise, ideas, and processes. If we merge Black people and communities into a constituency, and extrapolate elements from the franchise model we can consolidate and share our talents, gifts, ideas, creations, and labor to build wealth and power for Black people.
Note: Black people in the U.S are moving in the right direction. In 2010, the buying power of Blacks was $961 billion, and in 2018, it was $1.3 trillion. The buying power of Blacks increased 114 percent. This can be attributed to the rise of black-owned businesses, increased educations attainment and booming population growth.
This is good news as it relates to progress and economic awareness of Black people in the U.S. I say this because, in 1987, Black business in Los Angeles generated less revenue and hired fewer people than Hispanics and Koreans. Black people owned about the same number of businesses as Hispanics, but Hispanics sales receipts were double that of Blacks. And Korean businesses, less than one-third of black businesses, bought in more money than black businesses.
The goal of the African Diaspora need not focus on creating a throng of millionaires, but to provide and ensure shelter, food, water, transpiration, education, religious freedom and others resources needed for Black people to live healthy and prosperous lives.