Let me begin by saying that there is not a single ethnic group anywhere on this planet known as “Black People,” except here in America! That term is an adjective that was placed upon Our ancestors by the European slave traders because the Europeans did not speak any of the languages of the natives of Africa. That term, “negros,” or black, was soley based on the complexion of the inhabitants the Europeans came in contact with.
To be clear, most of Our ancestors were taken from the west coast of Africa (i.e. modern day Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and even Senegal). So that means the descendants of all those “slaves” were/are of the same ethnic stock!
Regardless if We don’t know exactly which ethinc stock We belong to, whether Fulani, Toma, Akan, Ewe, Yoruba, Bantu, Fon, or Mandingo, in truth it doesn’t matter because around the time the first Africans hit these shores as slaves, what the Europeans didn’t know was that they were kidnapping Moors who were sovereign citizens of the Kingdom of Morocco.
Sharif Abdul Ali said it best: “What your ancient forefathers were, you are today without doubt or contradiction” (Circle 7 Koran 47:10). So unless any of us have taken a DNA test to trace Our roots back to the Motherland to find out Our exact ethnicity, We should rest in the comfort of knowing that We share the nationality of Our ancestors – Moor.
We need to get in the habit of consciously rejecting that term “Black People” and proclaim Our true heritage as Moorish-Americans or the very least as African-Americans!
Now let Us examine the word “victim.” It can be defined as “a fool, one hunted, a scapegoat, sucker, a casuality, chump, target, or a person injured/killed as a result of a circumstance.”
Granted that some of these definitions seem to fit the current, and past, plight of people of Afican descent here in this country. But in my opinion, Our predicament has been self-perpetuated!
Yes, We were initially taken from Our homeland and families. Yes, We were enslaved. Yes, even after the Emancipation Proclamation We weren’t even considered citizens until 3 years after the fact. Yes, it took another 100 years for Us to even gain the right to vote. I don’t need to mention the atrocities that were being committed during any of this! We’ve heard the stories.
But none of that makes us victims! No…We have been recipients of vitriolic machinations! Recipients of unwarranted hatred! Recipients of unimaginable cruelty! Recipients of unlawful practices all across the board! And that’s just it, We keep accepting all of it! Why?
For starters, We need to snap out of the “victim” mentality because it implies helplessness and intimates that We should seek assistence from some external source. We have never been helpless! And the ONLY source We need to turn to for relief and guidance is the Most High God that dwells within each one of us! “And I (Yeshua/Jesus) will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him. But you now Him, for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you” (John 14: 16-17).
The Hebrew word for “Comforter” in this verse is “Menachem,” and it means “friend, patron, guide, or helper.” Yeshua Himself is telling Us that the Comforter that’ll come after Him won’t come from somewhere out there, but is the Ruach ha-Emeth, or Spirit of Truth (i.e. the Infalible Mind of Yahweh), that’s already present within us!
If We want to change whatever vile, sordid schemes We keep finding Ourselves recipients of, then We need to change Our perception of Our place in the world!
DONOVAN DAVID CLARK
3791 St.Rt. 63
Lebanon, O.H. 45036