"When I stand up for myself and my beliefs, they call me a Hateful Bitter Black man. When I stand up for those I love, they call me a Hateful Bitter Black man. When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts or do things my own way, they call me a Hateful Bitter Black man. Being a Hateful Bitter Black man means I won't compromise what's in my heart. It means I live my life my way. It means I won't allow anyone to step on me. When I refuse to tolerate injustice and speak up against it, I am defined as a Hateful Bitter Black man. The same thing happens when I take time for myself instead of being everyone's slave, or when I act a little selfish. It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won't become anyone else's idea of what they think I "should" be. I am outspoken, opinionated and determined. By the creator, I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that! So try to stomp on me, try to put out my inner flame, try to squash every ounce of beauty I hold within me. You won't succeed. And if that makes me a Hateful Bitter Black man, so be it".
We as a culture watch far too much junk television. This type of entertainment has numbed the mind of many of our youth. The unfeeling way in which they view us and the world should be quite unsettling to us all. To take a life is now equated with taking a bus or just something to do. I hope that we all understand these babies are born to us perfect from the creator. We make excuses for their behavior but the real reality is that we have failed the children. The children are a direct reflection onus or the environment that we have exposed them to. Our arrogance in not accepting blame has caused a whole generation of youth that are basically lost. We must stop thinking that we are powerless to do anything about this. These youth eat at our table, drive our cars, spend our money and do just about whatever they want. Where did this behavior originate? Who taught these kids that the creator died and left them in charge? Where did we lose this generation? We are responsible for what you see. We may say that we have raised them up right and then they turned away from our teachings. Our children of our African descendents deserve better than our American teachings.
Are we ourselves a reflection of what you teach our children? We have always tried to instill fear through doctrines and rituals. Our kids have a better understanding about morals than we do. We must practice what we preach. We have passed on a way of living that is hypocritical at best. We teach them that the slave experience was wrong but, we are still just as enslaved today. We are a slave to our work, a slave to our vices and a slave to the American way. Until we get our culture straight, we can only hope for the best, but expect the worst. We raise our children and teach them about the Bible but not about being African. What are we afraid of? Has this country lulled us to sleep? How did we become some Bible thumping commercial for the white majority in America? The Bible is central to Europeans as it tells their story, not ours. Why do we make our kids study other people’s cultures and religious ways with no regard for our own African beliefs? We have had at our disposal a church on practically every corner in urban centers. We continue to think that this is the answer. Any examination would conclude that this experiment with European culture has put us in a massive coma. People that are Eurocentric that are non-Europeans are selling their children a false hope that one day, things will be worked out.
(The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Coming Forth by Day)
To have to integrate into this society is telling our youth that it’s okay to mix with our enemy on their terms. I hope that one day; we collectively awaken from our coma and start to understand our condition. The point is that Europeans never celebrate or emulate the culture of other people. Why do we? They would never read "The Book of the Coming Forth by Day" an African text that pre-dates the Bible by 3000 years. You won’t even read it but won’t put theirs down. We should have as much commitment to our culture as they do to theirs. We have to begin to love who we are, where we are.
A people in need of a savior can’t wait on a Scandinavian blond blue-eyed man to rescue them. How foolish we must look to your African children to put our trust in the words of the people that have enslaved us. We were given these documents without any examination of the source or intent of the information. The Europeans have never given Black people anything useful in four hundred years. If they ever thought the Bible would do anything but put most of us in a coma, we would have never seen even one. What other institution could keep us in one book for life and you not know the book’s origin? If we studied any other subject matter as religiously as you have the Bible, we could make a dent in solving our problems. We tell our children not to get high but go into a church and get high two or three times a week. These are the addictions that we pass on. We put our circumstances in other people’s hands to deal with. Most of us spend more time with saved people than we do with our family. What a bad example for our youth. When all the clapping, singing, jumping up and down and acting like fools ends, we still have a sick planet to heal. Use your time and money more wisely than that. The fact of the matter is that Black people don’t feel good period. We feel exactly like we should. Most of us need rituals because rituals are really an absence of truth. The more truth, the less of a need for rituals. Truth has no substitute and when you start to reach for truth, you begin to feel better and better. Our youth need truth, not rituals. You teach a child the truth and they will stick by it forever. We teach our child rituals and you are asking for more of what you see. As for me, I’ve seen enough. Have you? THE ANSWERS
We as Black people have the capacity to return to our own way of doing things. We can and have provided for ourselves long before now. We have been lead to think that our salvation is connected to other people. We have to start to build an image first that will turn into a reality later. That image is us caring about us and us doing for us. We have to start to reach out and learn to be producers or something that will be of value to people in need. We have to stop networking for the sake of just making money. Networking should start to mean less dependency on other people. That is the real reason we all have to bring more to the table. If you think you don’t have much to offer in the way of helping your people, your admission is the first step. Most of us are in denial. We must show our youth that we care about our own first. We have to cultivate and help our people by encouraging them to be producers. The Dr. Vernon John said it best. "Either you become producers or you become a parasite."
We must become the masters of our own destiny and build a nation of self-supporting young men and women. There is much work to be done in our culture that could occupy some of the wasted energy that our youth spend holding down a street corner. Teach yourself and also your offspring about what makes us unique and great as a people. Pass those thing son and make it the conversation around you. Get your children involved in upholding the majestic tradition that we have as Africans. If you don’t, they will uphold the tradition of what they perceive as our tradition here on television. Brothers and sisters, reach back to the people in need of some answers. You know that reading has helped you. Make it a goal of yours to introduce someone to the "www". If each one showed one, we could double the amount of people online. I challenge each and everyone in cyberspace to do that. Offer you’re set up as an option to the people that can’t afford it. Open your home as a vehicle off the street to the youth in your family. I have talked about our religion, our culture and even our transition into cyberspace. The other thing that I want to leave you all with is respect for the female. We as men need to cultivate a better attitude about our women. We have to view each other with more understanding and love than we have ever done before. In a new society, it will take 100 percent cooperation to bring about what our creator has planned for us. We need to start to practice that right now. As you read this, don’t be afraid to address your people as Brother or Sister. Afford people respect beyond what you or they expect. Set some goals to be better than you have ever been and join the struggle for the liberation of the black mind. Stop finding reasons to do nothing. Please look around and see your role within our society. In the final analysis, you want to remember for what you did and not what you had.
Together, we can build this new Africa with pride and love for one another. Stop complaining and start working on solutions. You work hard for the white man’s crumbs. Why not work for the future of your people? We have advanced the cause of their nation for too long. As you can see, even the people in high place have their own agenda. We must resist the urge to unite and be peaceful with people that don’t and will never love us. We keep getting dressed and going to a party that we were not invited to. We are better than that. Let us give our own party and dress and behave the way we know how. We are the people that gave the world its start. Our Creator wants that for us today. Why won’t we return to that which is in each and every one of us? The ability to turn this planet around is in our hands. We have become so conditioned to inequality that we won’t hold our head up and address the need for change. We are treated as second class citizens because we accept that. Each one of us should grow to be the absolute role model for our children. What are we waiting for? I am counting on you, yes you to reject this way of life and help me build this new Africa.