One Nation Under An AfroSpear….

By Maxjulian

April 2, 2007

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We have been happily overwhelmed with the interest in the idea for a so-called Blackosphere/Afrosphere/AfroSpear!

Putting together a large grouping of bloggers seems extremely daunting and difficult. P6, Francis Holland and others have hit us up with some excellent ideas about what this AfroSpear can look like.

To the excellent point someone made that decentralization is critical to this endeavor, how about THIS: Let’s create an AfroSpear-ic Solar System, under which smaller planetary systems/black affinity blogs are created and then, united, under the larger AfroSpear Movement.

“One Nation Under An AfroSpear”

For example, there has been a very natural relationship developed between myself, Asabagna, Field Negro, Aulelia, Sylvia; we’ve invited a couple of other folks we hella respect and feel connected to, to join in . We’ve been considering the idea of a 6 person/’3 sista-3 brotha’ setup where we can use our natural affinity to hone in on the issues we seem to share and work towards solutions for our people in the Diaspora. As we haven’t gotten this group together, we don’t know how it will pan out. But it seems folks are hyped to get this going.

It may be that it is easier to manage smaller conglomerations of us, bearing in mind that we WANT to connect with ALL of our people – regardless of political affiliation – who feel the same way. Breaking this movement down into smaller elements that can fit under “The AfroSpearic Nation” banner should help us stay fluid and flexible and not get to bogged down in web structural/architectural issues.

Someone else used the term “cells” to describe how we should conceive of our collaboration and I think that is highly appropriate as we seek to move quickly – intellectually and firmly into actions that liberate us.

That we need honest discourse about the nature of what we face is a no-brainer. Here’s a chance to organize our way “out of our constrictions.” Let’s keep the conversation going as none of us have all the answers.

Let’s do this.

32 Responses to “One Nation Under An AfroSpear….”

  1. This is very exciting & I can feel the energetic vibes bursting out! With no doubt this will require careful timely planning.

    There are so many good ideas being tossed out there that make me fell like we will be a force to be reckoned on the internet.

    Lets keep the talk of a conference continue. I am always willing to get on a plane to talk some shit with my people. As AAO stated, fall is great for conferences so lets get this shit poppin’

    Bygbaby

  2. I think this could be amazing. It gives me so much hope that we can all work together, spread knowledge, and keep eachother informed. We all need to post links of as many Black blogs as possible (I’m working my way through them and there are a lot). I’m really proud to see that so many people are speaking out and communicating.

  3. It’s been time for this. I called for African/American Indigenous blog unity more than a year ago and finally The Native Blog and African American Opinion stepped forward. Since then many African and Native blogs began sharing links and reading each other’s work: http://angryindian.blogspot.com/2007/03/native-blog-jim-crow-in-cyberspace.html

    But the momentum must be maintained. So now is the time for African bloggers to unite if they give a damn about this next election. I am also hearing from more Asian bloggers and remember that they were very instrumental in the firing of the editor of AsianWeek for anti-African commentary.

    We can do this!

    – The Angryindian

  4. Angryindian:

    I’m one of those Blacks who cares deeply about the next election. If fact that’s what made me start blogging, because I could see and taste the opportunity to elect the first President who is not a white male. But, at the same time, I could see the white progressives working to undermine and discourage every candidate who is NOT a white male. “Don’t run, Hillary!” “Don’t run, Obama!” You can’t win, Bill!” (So, leave it to the white men. You know the ones! The ones who lost 5 of the last seven presidential elections!)

    Anyway, we’re hear to talk about Afrosphere unity, and that’s what I intend to do. Field Negro was right about getting down to business and forgetting white people’s insults. After reading the posts here, I now realize how much Afrosphere activity I missed this weekend while I was off ridiculing John Edwards (white male candidate) and arguing with his supporters at Culture Kitchen!

    Down to business: We need national health care and that guarantees people necessary medical attention from cradle to grave. We don’t have to necessarily have a position paper on each illness, because without a right to health care, it doesn’t matter what we think about diabetes. With a right to health care, all of our illnesses will be treated as they arise.

    We also need research into illnesses that particularly affect Black people, so there needs to be a national research budget.

    About 65-75% of America agrees that we need to have national health care in this country – a RIGHT to health care under the law. We need to demand that Congress draft and enact this right, and we need the president to sign that right into law. That has to be a demand that we make of the 2008 elections, that that’s why we’re coming out to vote. Not for candidates, really, but for national health care.

    This isn’t going to happen under Bush no-how, and it isn’t going to happen under a new Republican administration. If we don’t elect a Democratic President AND Congress in 2008, we can forget about enacting a RIGHT to health care for everyone present in the United States.

    When I say “everyone present”, I mean it. For everyone who is physically present in the United States, regardless of their immigration status or lack thereof. Although I was born in the United States, I have receive medical treatment in France and Brazil far better than I could have afforded in the United States. My wife and children are Brazilian. Any health right that doesn’t include my wife and children when they are in the United States doesn’t take care of my family.

    Meanwhile, how can I contemplate denying necessary health care to immigrants in the United States when I have been treated so well as an immigrant overseas, in countries much less wealthy than the USA?

    Here’s why a right to health has to include everybody: The minute you give hospitals and doctors the responsibility for determining who is eligible to saved and who is not, that means that EVERYONE has to pass by the gatekeeper or bleed to death while waiting for their care to be approved.

    The only way ANY of us can receive care without an application/denial process is if everyone is, without exception, eligible for necessary care. The minute you declare that any person has to be preapproved, then ALL of us have to prove that we are not that person when we go to the hospital for care.

    So, that’s my number one priority, I guess: A right to necessary health care under the law.

  5. Free slave do you envision a time when we will be able to discredit and take down fools like mugabe peacefully.

    Dont we as black people loose credibility when we allow whats going on in zimbabwe to happen.

    Shouldnt we be obligated to go after him as if he were a white racist based on his track record?

  6. Free Slave and Afrosphere members:

    In a post entitled “It’s never sunny in Killadephia,” Field Negro expresses profound alarm at the level of intractable violence in our communities. Many of us are deciding that we want to unite ourselves and our blogs into an cohesive Afrosphere/Blackosphere movement to address the greatest problems that face our communities and our world. To that end, and in response to Field Negro’s article, I’ve posted an article entitled, “Can the Afrosphere Help to Reduce Urban Violence,” in which I brainstorm some fresh ideas about how our blog technology might be used to make our urban communities less violent.

    Please tell me what you think. If you find one good idea among half a dozen, or see value in the new graphic, then it’ll have been well worth the effort.

  7. Francis – I hear your concern about health care. I wrote a paper about it last year, health as a human right. here’s the link. My argument was that since health/illness itself is (at least in part) socially determined, all societies have the obligation to their people to provide for health care. I wrote that paper before I learned much about environmental racism, which is a HUGE problem, especially in america.

    Your comment reminded me of Bill Clinton’s efforts at passing legislation to enact a public health care system beyond medicaid/medicare in the US – an effort largely thwarted by big pharma, health care insurance companies/HMOs, and others who profit handsomely from the current user-pay system of private insurance. These companies have huge lobby groups paid millions of dollars a year in Washington doing everything they can to pressure congress to maintain the current system “for the good of the economy” and BS like that. I’d say, finding a way to expose this practice combined with exposing the ways health is determined by social conditions (esp. enviro racism) is an important part of any effort to try to change the method of health care delivery in your country.

    my local paper carried a story this week about how black women in my province named racism as the number one negative contributor to their health. Environmental racism is a big deal here, locating toxic waste sites nearby black and indigenous communities, so that was part of it. Also, racism in health care delivery – attitudes of medical staff played a part in whether or not these women would even go to their doctor or hospital when they needed to, and what kind of care they would receive once they got there. I can’t remember if there was also an analysis of how class plays a part, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a gap in place there between some of the women who are working-class and the health care professionals who are part of the elite class. (Race and class often go together in my province, as in other communities in north america.) Luckily, we have publicly funded health care here in Canada, so that takes some of the burden away – but even still, it shows that there are barriers in place to gaining full access to health care that are largely social.

    Just some ideas, since health and health care ethics has been of primary concern to me in my studies these past couple years. I really believe it is a moral defect of the US government that health care is not provided for every citizen.

  8. Dont we as black people loose credibility when we allow whats going on in zimbabwe to happen.

    No more than those Catholics who had nothing to say about the IRA’s war against Great Britain discredited Catholicism.

    Issues must be kept clear.

    Shouldnt we be obligated to go after him as if he were a white racist based on his track record?

    If that’s how you feel as an individual, you should. If you’re organizing around Zimbabwe, fine. I would not call someone anti-Black simply because Zimbabwe was or was not a topic they discuss. I wouldn’t compel a position on it as the cost of admission.

  9. Welcome, Bronze Trinity!

    Angry,

    Damn right we should have some Native/African American unity. One thing I canNOT understand is how we can forget to include our Native brothers and sisters in our black situation. This IS your land. That is the fundamental reality. We need to link up and help each other get what we need….but, its gonna take our specific black/Indian communties healed and organized enough to act.

    Francis,

    I’m down with you on the health care issue AND I will read your article on the urban nightmare for too many of us. And let’s get this AfroSpear/Blackosphere together!

    Mark,

    We can’t control what’s happening in our neighborhoods. We need to start at home in our community (real and digital), straighten out what’s happening here and then we might be able to help.

    P6,

    Couldn’t have said it better.

    What up, Jenn?

  10. ” If that’s how you feel as an individual, you should. If you’re organizing around Zimbabwe, fine. I would not call someone anti-Black simply because Zimbabwe was or was not a topic they discuss. I wouldn’t compel a position on it as the cost of admission.”

    mark bey: Not orginizing around anything, just attempting to bring up something that has annoyed me for years, which is the free pass that is given to black folk when they harm other black folk.

    If white folks or another group of people were doing some of these things we are doing to each other thier would be armed rebellion in the streets.

  11. ” We can’t control what’s happening in our neighborhoods. We need to start at home in our community (real and digital), straighten out what’s happening here and then we might be able to help. ”

    mark bey: Not trying to be confrontational but we couldnt control what was happening in our neighborhood’s when the aparthied regime was oppressing our people in south africa. But you had massive protest by Jesse Jackson, the Naacp, ect, also lots of black college students where protesting against the south african goverment. Great pressure was put on the united states goverment by many different groups of black activist to boycott the south african goverment.

    But I am diffenately in favor of getting our own house in order first, I guesse my deeper question was this. Arent we further marginilizing ourselves when we dont come down on black on black crime the way we do if a cop or a racist commits a crime from.

    I think we need to be consistant on such matters.

  12. ” I would not call someone anti-Black simply because Zimbabwe was or was not a topic they discuss. I wouldn’t compel a position on it as the cost of admission.”

    mark bey: I dont think I called or implied that anyone was anti-black for not taking a particular stand. My main point was about self -destructive behavior on the part of way too many black people that is allowed to happen.

  13. I just want to quote Marvin right about now and say: “Let’s get it on”.

  14. Bey: I have been thinking about Zimbabwe lately in a similar context. I know that I’ve given Mugabe a pass because he’s dealing with a post-colonial environment. I was thinking of Cuba and how we will never know what that revolutionary society would have become because they have been fending off racist attacks since they were “granted” independence. What Mugabe does doesn’t happen in a vacuum. That being said, I’m opposed to his dictatorship.

    We may have protested apartheid, but look where we are right now: no fierce leadership that tells the truth about this society and helps galvanize and organize opposition to it. We have the CBC that cuts deals – deals with racists, deals with donors. We need a movement that is not morally compromised.

    We could be onto something here. We shouldn’t get caught up in the specifics of global politics when we have so much work to do before we are a force on the block.

    But it ain’t either/or, its and/both. Timing, timing.

  15. Good information above!

    Free Slave, Thinking Girl and everyone:

    As part of the process of achieving consensus about our fundamental goals in the Afrosphere, I have prepared an article entitled,
    Does the Afrosphere Demand a National Single-Payer Health Care System in which Everyone in America Has a Legal Right to Necessary Medical Treatment?

    Please have a look, feel free to post all or any part of it at your blog, and let’s have a discussion in the Afrosphere about how to guarantee medically necessary health care in America for Blacks and everyone within our shores.

    Thank you!

  16. FN, Your right, Let’s get it on!

    Next steps folks are we continuing this dialogue at the P6 platform? I noticed there are a number of critical bloggers missing in the past few days. I’m guilty of being wanting to get to process. Can we talk about that? Is there consensus to move the conversation over the P6 platform?

  17. My brain was moving faster than my hands.

    I’m guilty of wanting to move the process.
    Next steps?

  18. […] The Free Slave wrote – We have been happily overwhelmed with the interest in the idea for a so-called Blackosphere/Afrosphere/AfroSpear!Putting together a large grouping of bloggers seems extremely daunting and difficult. P6, Francis Holland and others have hit us up with some excellent ideas about what this AfroSpear can look like. More Here […]

  19. I expressed my desire to get down with the AfroSpear to fields over the weekend. I think together we can make an impact on our politics. I laid out some ideas in this post. I agree with Francis that health care represents a huge opportunity for us to organize around. Health care should be a birth right in this country and we need a president who can lead us there. I have plenty of friends who lack health coverage or others who can not leave their jobs to pursue new careers/ventures because they are dependent on their employers health insurance.

    As I mentioned in my post, the progressive blogosphere has been effective in making the Democratic party responsive to them. We should hold the CBC to the same standards. The Fox News folly is an opportunity to call our “leaders” to task.

    Whether it be in a cell/blog ring or as a larger movement, lets get the ball moving.

  20. “We could be onto something here. We shouldn’t get caught up in the specifics of global politics when we have so much work to do before we are a force on the block.

    But it ain’t either/or, its and/both. Timing, timing. ”

    I agree we need to focus on this, bring structure, rules, goals, objectives ect. But I disagree with your explanation of Colonism. Simply because Zimbabwe is not a poor country resource wise, but the human resource is bieng wasted abused and squandaured. The average life expectancy as decreased by over by 20 years I believe.

    People arent living long enough to teach survival and life skills to thier children.

    Just him remaining in power for 23 y ears alone while the people die and starve is enough for me to label him a disgrace to humanity. Thier is no excuse to harm children and his polices are harming a lot of children in Zimbabwe.

  21. Mark, I don’t expect we’ll agree on everything but that’s why I suggested that we proceed by forming smaller constellations (ours will be six people) of black bloggers/think tank participants to work the issues of our concern in our cell. But, we would be linked to other black bloggers and each other by collaborating with folks closer in belief system and they’d do the same.

    The Link, the Umbrella would be the AfroSpear; that will be the solar system that connects us all. I truly believe that creating such smaller groupings will honor the diversity among us.

  22. this is an excellent idea! i will be on the lookout to see the fruits of this endeavor. i will also be on the lookout for local progressives (atlanta area) to begin the dialogue for issues that affect the area… as all grassroots efforts really begin at home.

    anyone interested in beginning such a cell who resides in or near the metro atlanta or dekalb county, georgia area… hit me up on plezWorld.

  23. […] the midst of the Afrospear activity that has been taking place, I shot an email to Francis L. Holland. In expressing my […]

  24. I agree the smaller “cells” with connections to the whole concept is the best way to go when it comes to the AfroSpear. It seems it would be a much more viable entity when small cells that have the same ideaology, can link with the larger whole to create a superior force when needed. Is there any reason why we would turn our attention to Zimbabwe when we have Haiti right here in our yard, in dire straits? Can we mount a force to try and make corrections in Haiti? Haiti is right here. Are the Haitians in less distress than Zimbabwe?

  25. ” Mark, I don’t expect we’ll agree on everything”

    mark Bey: Honestly I dont expect anyone to agree with me. But I believe that as human and living biengs either you learn to live in harmony with your environment or you suffer and dies.

    Either you, I and black folk evolve as individuals and a group or we will be forever behind. Anything that counters that or tries to excuse behavior by any group of blacks or individuals that run counter to that we only increase and prolong our agony.

  26. ” I agree the smaller “cells” with connections to the whole concept is the best way to go when it comes to the AfroSpear. It seems it would be a much more viable entity when small cells that have the same ideaology, can link with the larger whole to create a superior force when needed. ”

    mark bey: I agree as well. 100%. This idea has a lot of potential.

  27. It feels like the AfroSpear is now at work!

  28. It’ is truly at work! I’m lov’n it! This is so powerful.

  29. it’s taken a few weeks, but i’ve finally gotten my act together and posted an AfroSpear list on my blog. i actually have a link back to this blog entry in my post.

    please add plezWorld to your AfroSpear list. i’ve already added this blog to mine. thanks!

  30. When will the so called American Negro, African American, Black American , Afro American learn who they really are? If you look at all of those labels or names mentioned above it`s crazy! Try going to the United Nation and see, if any of those names can be found? Only nations or nationality`s can receive reparations. How can a nationality change so many times? African American wait ;I thought Africa was a continent ,not a country! Who came up with that name? And what part or tribe or village in Africa are you from? We have been on these shores for thousands of years before those slaveships arrived.In our right mind we are (MOORS) and coming along with our nationality is our birth rights. As (MOORS) we mastered navigation ,so we knew how to sail the currents around the world. Google those Olmec statues in South America and tell yourself and the world ,that they weren`t (MOORS)! Google Noble Drew Ali 1928 Pan American Conference Havana, Cuba and learn about ourstory not his-story. Noble Drew Ali the first man in America a (MOOR) to be given authority to teach Islam in 1913. Why do so called blackleaders only talk about civilrigths and slavery? We have a vast story in these America`s. We are indigenous peoples of this land. What people in Africa call themselves African Sudans or African Ethiopians? So why do we say African Americans? Let`s talk about nationality, that`s the only conversation we haven`t had to the present date on a large scale! We have talked polotics, civilrights, religion , why not nationality? Is it over the heads of so called blackleaders?Afro American, afro, that`s a hair style! Science once said that hydrogen was the lightest element. What about biaps, zeles,zedes,quarks? A lot of information we think we know is out dated! O I forgot
    PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. You must be proud of the continued growth of this idea over the past year. Well done!

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