So, I’m not black enough again.
When are we going to stop?!
Because the AfroSpear collective did not respond quickly enough to a ‘problem’ Michael of “Assault on Black Sanity” had with the inclusion of a ‘hateful’ person of color in our blogroll; because our response was “niggardly” in his estimation, out came the lye, followed by the verbal conking. My ‘do stripped of kink, the claim that I ain’t black or Mau Mau enough was easily made. I now stand before you sporting my “Tutti-Fruitti,” shocked. How did it come to this? Ain’t nothin’ new under the covers or the sun.
Willie Lynch lives indeed, not just in some of us – but in all of us. Even in the “Black Cognescenti” who know the way and will direct all of us from their rotating penthouse above Lake Merritt. This is exactly why we formed an AfroSpear circle and encouraged others to do the same. Let’s keep it real: its hard for us to work together. Willie has implanted a self-destruct chip within us; anytime we get close to progressing, we all experience that ole time religion, the feverish, viral communication straight from the plantation in our minds. “TORPEDO, UNDERMINE, SABOTAGE ANY endeavor that might move the black race forward. The art of disagreeing while working together is African to us, meaning, you know, something known before we had our minds kidnapped.
That someone said something disparaging about black men on a website linked to us means, what, send her to Siberia?? Out of site out of mind? We’re down with her ignorance? De-link her or me, we are told, or else we are nothing but minstrels?! I understood and supported all of your arguments, Michael, though there was somthing in your tone that caused me to hang back just a bit and observe. Glad I did. I read your post today which reads, to me, like what you were warning us against, sounded Evia-n in tone.
“The site I’m talking about is the Afrospear (a clever derivative of Afro-Sphere) run by six anonymous avatars claiming to be folks of African descent.
Now, I’m not so sure.”
Awesome! Sadly, the black love ejaculate dripping from this para ain’t superglue. Ain’t even halfway sticky, not to us anyway.
It would be REVOLUTIONARY to have a space open to misguided Negroes of all political stripes since most, if not all of us, are that. It would be revolutionary if we could differ and not completely disparage each other. But sometimes it feels too damn good.
If we could only learn to see our complicity in maintaining our disunity and give each other a break.
This AfroSpear seed, this thing, at the outset is not what it will be in the end. I have faith in the people who have helped form it, faith that we will nurture it to the best of our abilities. I believe we have the humility to seek assistance from those who know better. As my friend, Sylvia recently stated, we want to collaborate and stick together. In spite of our differences. We WANT other to create their own AfroSpear collectives that reflect their value systems, that produce analysis, question, strategy, etc. I believe the larger AfroSpear will be stronger if it is a quilt of different, smaller constellations. We could make this work – if we weren’t so invested as a race in proving Willie Lynch right.
As black people, we don’t have much history in long term collaboration. Our best efforts are sabotaged from within and without. Only one of these we can control. Why don’t we try?