What is Black Power? By ZaZa Ali
White power is the United States Government; an entity that serves the best interest of the state even when headed by a Black man. The Federal Reserve is white power. The United Nations, the IMF, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Vatican, the Navy, the Army and Air Force – all institutions of white power.
Wells Fargo, Chase and Bank of America – all economic extensions of the machine. Wall Street is the headquarters; Standard and Poors’ works behind the scenes to falsify consumer protection; Equifax, Transunion and Experian work diligently to keep the slaves in check. Capitalism is the hallmark of this grandiouse system. Even poor whites who fail to benefit directly marvel at it’s tentacles, understanding that even if if it doesn’t happen this lifetime, their children’s children will eventually collect their inheritance.
MTV is white power. BET is white power. Mad dog 20/20, crack cocaine, marijuana laced with embalming fluid, heroine junkies and Newport 100’s – all remnants of white power. Abortion is white power. (Tell me there is no stronger show of force than to decide who lives and who dies, regardless of reason) Eugenics, AIDS, over sexualizing children, controlling men and women through lust – all methods of organized chaos, all methodologies of white power.
Latinos have their corner to go to and express a need to the world with open arms. Regardless of who will or won’t do unskilled labor for pennies on the dollar, there are safe havens across this country that provide a place to ask for work; the potential of an American dream if they’re willing to work hard enough. People throw that in our faces, like slave labor is still an option. Latino’s know they’ll never build a wall. Who are they going to hire to build the wall?
Latino power is 20 family members in one house, sending leftovers back home to Mexico. Espanol is Latino power. The exponential growth of the Latino population – their power. The world told Black people to stop having children to curb poverty statistics. Then told Latinos that their strength is in their numbers. Being able to check off white on the census bureau, or deciding whether to avoid it altogether, is Latino power. Knowing that if all else fails, you have a home to go back to with a government that looks like you, is power. These things, more than unity and understanding of the political diatribe, is Latino Power.
Asian power is knowing that China is one step away from sinking this whole ship. It is dual citizenship. That power claims Japan, China, Tibet, Korea, Vietnam and other Oriental landscapes. How often do you see orphaned Japanese babies, Chinese crackheads, and alcoholic Asian women? Being expected to be the smartest in the class – Asian power. China town, in every town, Asian power. Nail salons and beauty supplies – Asian power. Monopolizing Black hair care products – Asian power. Having a culture that is admired the world over for ingenuity, technological advancement and groundbreaking discoveries. Asian Power.
I do not claim that the aforementioned do not have their share of problems. China is facing a growing social scandal from a maximum one child policy that is bound to send ripples into future generations, bringing new meaning to social awkwardness. There’s a hellova price to pay when man tries to interfere with the laws of God. Mexico is home to some of the worst drug cartels and gangs in the history of the world; on any given day decapitated heads can be seen on stakes, sending warning shots to the powers that (want to) be. And decedents of European culture, well, we don’t need to waste time running down the list of karmic debt that they’ve racked up over the last 2,000 years, inflicting havoc on indigenous peoples the world over, then doubling back to make sure they pervert what’s left of their own.
What I do claim is that even in the midst of internal upheaval, every other nation of people seems to have clear indicators that their culture is progressing, moving forward in one way or another. White, Asian and Latino powers all share one common thread: they are all united without ever having to call for unity. It’s in the fabric of their cultures to protect their own. Russia and Syria may be at war, but that’s a family fight. This is why no one has lifted a finger to intervene. Imagine Zimbabwe going public, rebuking the behavior of the governments on both sides and threatening military action. Aside from the fact that we can’t even fathom the thought, we all know that the war would quickly pivot from fighting cousins to black vs white. They have the military prowess and we don’t. Again, white power.
I know that melanin pigmentation is a genetic marker of dominance when it comes to the races of the world. Our skin tones, hair follicles and facial features are a safety haven of refuge to the sometimes harsh living conditions of the planet; they are a key component to discovering the secrets of the universe when properly activated. I know that our ancestors left clues – 100,000, 50,000, 10,000… some say millions of years ago. These clues are written in hieroglyphs in Kemet and found in Ancient Pyramids all over the world. I know that black culture, particularly from America, is being copied and emulated in every corner of the planet. We know that Lucy is supposedly the mother of all humanity. We know that Imhotep was a genius and still stands as proof of African potential. We know that the black man and woman are the mothers and fathers of civilization.
The real question is how does any of that equate to black power in 2017? Matter of fact, what is black power? Sure we have the best athletes in the world. Our entertainers are unmatched and our music has defied the odds of what can be produced in laboratories, aka ghettos. But how does any of this equate to power, when black athletes refuse to use their riches to empower their people… entertainers emulate white culture better than most white people… and our music has become one of the most effective weapons in the continuum of our demise.
What is black power, when our children have no clear indication of righteous black man/womanhood?
What is black power when marching, voting, rallying, boycotting and protesting seem to be the only method of resistance? All of which require an oppressor to be enforced?
What is black power, when modern black scholars seem hell bent on hiding behind the accomplishments of our ancestors; opposed to confronting real world inadequacies?
What is black power, when white men utilize weapons of mass destruction on the human psyche, the globe and genetic configuration of melanated people, while black men have cock fights on social media about who has the right to claim leadership over a community that barely exists?
What is black power when the African woman hides her crown of glory in shame, knowing full well that she should be setting the example for women all over the world… yet cannot bare to see it, let alone wear it… having to acknowledge that her men, her children, and the rest of the world do not respect her?
I’m sick of hearing about black power and not seeing it. I’m tired of putting bandaids on gunshot wounds, ala put your money in black banks, boycott Christmas and black Friday and take it to the voting booth. I’m sick of seeing people who look like us make it, then forget about the people who need them most. I’m sick of people talking about moving back to Africa. Cuz when you ask them about the logistics of moving back to Africa, they admit they haven’t built sh*t in America. Which means that they are not ready to move back to Africa.
The question, what is black power is rhetorical. It does not need your answer because we have yet to define what black power is. It’s time for the ancestors to show and prove. It’s time for the elders to show and prove. It’s time for your God – Allah, Yahweh, Oshun, Jesus, Amen Ra, Buddha… Whatever your theological or spiritual reference point… to show and prove. Not like a blast of lightening beaming out of the sky, but by way of your action. By way of your light. By way of your contribution. Its time to disconnect from negros who think they are bigger than the whole. It’s time to put up or shut up. No more talk about Africa if you are not working with an African mind. No more talk about revolution if you are not evolving. No more pointing your fingers at the masses if you are unable to account for your own behavior. We do not need negros claiming to be leaders acting like ni99az. The time for playing with the salvation of our people is over. Take control of your own post, your own mind, your own heart and your own salvation. Follow Truth. Perhaps we will discover our power. Peace.
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