So it’s emerged that “12 Years A Slave” is going to be taught in schools. That’s great! I’ve even heard about their win of being Best Picture at the Oscars. Howwwwever, isn’t time that we call these ‘slavery’ films a day? I mean, we have the “Roots”, which was a phenomenon in the 1970s by Alex Haley and caused a move of Black empowerment. Then, that kind of died. Besides, these films (funded by the supremes) keeps us conditioned negative psychologically.
Well, Mr Nasheed has definitely got some gratitude and critics from the Black community about his documentary entitled “Hidden Colors”, which states that Black people were the big guns. Yes, I mean big guns! If this is your first time hearing this, then you didn’t really hear Nas’ final verse properly in his track ‘I Know I Can’.
Be, be, ‘fore we came to this country
We were kings and queens, never porch monkeys
There was empires in Africa called Kush
Timbuktu, where every race came to get books
To learn from black teachers who taught Greeks and Romans
Asian Arabs and gave them gold when
Gold was converted to money it all changed
Money then became empowerment for Europeans
The Persian military invaded
They heard about the gold, the teachings, and everything sacred
Africa was almost robbed naked
Slavery was money, so they began making slave ships
Egypt was the place that Alexander the Great went
He was so shocked at the mountains with black faces
Shot up they nose to impose what basically
Still goes on today, you see?
OHHHHHHHHH, so that means there’s nothing wrong seeing Black people being intelligent and that Cush (Kush) in the Bible was Black! I know, this is hard to believe but yeah. Caanan was cursed, not Cush. Egypt was definitely full of Black people.
Descendants after Cush settled in Africa where the continent was the first of intelligence, which “Hidden Colors” tells. Surprisingly, they’ve conquered the other parts of the world for time and interbred into the people! Many argue that the descendants of Cush varied in skin complexion. Hence why you got more of the chocolate in the West and more of the oily dark melanin (like Alek Wek, Lupita Nyango’o) towards the South East. Even after the collapse of the Egyptian Empire, they existed in Rome and Greek times. Leaving traces of their existence for future generations. They were the core-founders of spirituality, mathematics, medicine, law, science and beauty.
Obviously, you’re wondering why we Black folks are so messed up now. Well, it’s mental enslavement. Like for example, it was Constantine’s idea to make Jesus look white and build statues of them being portrayed white. Since the anointing of the Spirit diminished, Constantine disguised himself as Christian in order to dictate what he looked like; asking artists to use his family as a blueprint. Hence why you got Roman Catholic and all these crazy denominations today (he was also considered a god). Racism is a civilized white-supremacist idea that has its roots in the ‘New World’. Philosophers, scientists and religion used the ideology of whites being superior while other races where inferior, savages and animals. It has also been said that Charles Darwin’s ‘evolution’ idea has its roots in racism. The first early sketches of the indigenous people shocked the Europeans; as their way of life was different from the ‘civilized’ society (Watch BBC Four’s Documentary “Racism: A History“). Race was everything back then, the books written by these white supremacists used race to dictate someone’s life, destiny, jobs etc. Today the idea continues psychologically in America with approximately 40% Blacks in the South.
The missionary idea was a way to establish riches and extermination. Obviously, the white settlers felt that they were doing God justice of making the indigenous people ‘civilized’, while indirectly stripping them of their culture. I can guarantee on my instincts that it caused many revolts, wars and fights of machetes (because Africa don’t hold guns); using the Bible to make the black man physically strong but mentally weak, making them unable to protect their ‘queens’ from their master. Depicting in their mind that it’s a Christian way of life for a slave to work for their master. After all, they’re descendants of Ham right? This was preached in the pulpits in Europe to justify the brutality of the slave trade. It caused the female slaves to be raped (hence why the word b****) with some considering it a privilege of sleeping with their master! Meanwhile in Egypt, they were trying to destroy the noses.
The abolition of slavery came, but that didn’t mean Black slaves were free. many were promised many benefits, but the BBC Four documentary pointed, Blacks weren’t considered equal as whites and were given no rights to live, leaving no choice but for them to enter back into slavery. Many communities were improvised and poverty stricken, while massacres and genocides still continued (watch “Racism: A History” For Yourself). The KKK were massive in the South. They burned everything in prosperous African-American communities, lynched black people (especially those who served their country) and introduced a new system called segregation, where they were dictated where to go, where to seat, schools they went to etc. The assassination of militant black leaders such as Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and Martin Luther King is part of a Cointelpro agenda by the destroy any militant leader who fights for equal living rights for African-Americans. Think about it, if there was a conscious Black brother in parliament, they’ll fight for the well being and prosperity of the people, always bringing the truth on a plate about the system. I believe their fear was that Black people will become more powerful so to speak. With established well-off families, highly literate, educated, good homes etc. It’ll cause a revolution among the African-American community. It’ll be a ridicule to the white-supremacy movement.
Hence why Hip Hop, once grasped by the elite, started depicting what being Black was. I would agree that there was a time that Hip Hop was a conscious emotional genre, where African-Americans will express their feeling about their oppression and their opponent. Wayyyy before the cars, clothes and video hoes…today, rap has become ‘gangster rap’, where crime was promoted only to keep the idea of poisoning Blacks youths and keep the philosophy that they’re illiterate and unfit for civilized society, which was also mentioned in 17th, 18th and 19th century books. Ever heard about how many prisons make profit from every black inmate they catch?
Anyhooo, Nasheed hasn’t finished with his “Hidden Colors” trilogy. His final installment looks into how the government have created laws that promotes, establishes and maintains racism and oppression within the black community. Be prepared to be surprised. I guess that’s why it’s harder to be ‘Black’ in America.
Yes, there’s a Black President but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t a slave? Answer this question, who run the world. I mean literally, for now. Alongside rappers Jay-Z, Lil’Wayne, Kanye West, Drake. Apologies to break the bubble but, he isn’t going to do nothing for Africa. Our stupidity is their commodity. I feel like that the entertainment industry has become so infused with these ‘slave-like’ movies. It’s easier for the mainstream African-American shows to have fighting, baby-mama drama, gangsters and making masculinity effeminate for entertainment. Similarly as to how black people were considered ‘Coons’ for fun.
Would Lupita Nyong’o be famous if she wasn’t a slave? Feel free to comment. Spike Lee noticed that there’s always a 10 Year drought in Black Hollywood, especially at the award ceremonies. In his perspective, it has become a ‘hype’. Everyone is hyped now about Lupita Nyong’o and Steve McQueen (anyone remember Halle Berry & Denzel Washington)…even though following the win, Guardian reported a feud between the director and the writer. Typical. We need to see more Black producers, writers, scriptwriters to tell our story without help from the ‘system’. Black people need to invest outside the system, they shouldn’t rely on it because it always comes with a price — and it’s a destructive one.
For Ms Nyong’o, I want her to continue making success, in better roles than a slave. I don’t want her to be shaped into what they want her to be. I want her to be a breakthrough actress of worth. If there’s a revival, I want it to continue into generations, not a drought. We as a race have to learn the art of silence and let our intelligent action do the talking. Rather than teaching and telling people, who’ll use it against us for their own power, gain and brutality. Love everyone but don’t be too naive man, because whether it’s a hoax, conspiracy or truth, there are people that want to control your mind.
If you know you’re a descendant of a mighty race then act like it and never allow society to dictate your existence and destiny. The truth will set you free.