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COMMENTARY: Framing the Moment

AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWS & ISSUES — Black people, as the primary target and victim of inhumanity have always met the challenge. This has not been a start and stop and start again experience. Nor have we experienced total success and completion of the task of restoring humanity to human relationships and engagements.  It has been no less than a continuous and constant struggle to restore humanity to the world. 

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Protest is essential and our voice and narrative must be heard. We can no longer be silent about inhumanity. We will continue not to be silent. None of us can be on the sidelines; self-preservation is not a spectator sport. We are all in it as perpetrators or as victors. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Protest is essential and our voice and narrative must be heard. We can no longer be silent about inhumanity. We will continue not to be silent. None of us can be on the sidelines; self-preservation is not a spectator sport. We are all in it as perpetrators or as victors. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)

The killing of any Black person is an attempt to murder us all. Echoing in my mind is Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye’s refrain, “fighting on arrival and fighting for survival.” “What’s going on?” 

The answer to that question requires deep thought. In the beginning of the human experience, Africa stood up and was the first place to declare beings to be divinely human. During every era of discord and disharmony, it was the African spirit that called for the restoration of righteousness. 

Keep in mind that every generation must meet its generational challenge or betray the generation. Black people, as the primary target and victim of inhumanity have always met the challenge. This has not been a start and stop and start again experience. Nor have we experienced total success and completion of the task of restoring humanity to human relationships and engagements.  It has been no less than a continuous and constant struggle to restore humanity to the world.  Systemic racism as the face of white supremacy and privilege feeds police brutality, high Black unemployment, lack of access to quality education, poor healthcare and inferior housing, and the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breona Taylor, Tony McCade, George Floyd, and many, many other named and unnamed. These losses are too high a price to pay. 

Please Frame this Moment Correctly 

From the devastating disruptions of ancient Africa in Egypt, Mali, Ghana, Songhay, and Timbuktu to the colonial rearrangement of the African mind to the kidnapping, killing, dispersal, and enslavement of African bodies, to the struggle for civil rights, to the imposition of worldwide ideology of white supremacy and privilege, to the Black power movement, to institutional oppression and domination to neo-colonialism and political disenfranchisement, to cultural denigration and appropriation, to tribalism and classism, to ideas of elitism and genetic inferiority, to economic exploitation and western educational hegemony, to patriarchal domination and nation-state  and border divisions, we have always fought back in the name of restoring humanity.

Protest is essential and our voice and narrative must be heard. We can no longer be silent about inhumanity. We will continue not to be silent. None of us can be on the sidelines; self-preservation is not a spectator sport. We are all in it as perpetrators or as victors. However, be clear, in this time, we are not just engaging in protest or civil unrest, and we cannot let the correctness of this struggle be hijacked by the agents of evil and savagery. This Is Us doing what we do. We are doing what we do, again. We are shining the light on the dirt and dust of White supremacy’s evil pathology and struggling to make the world well again. We are leading the struggle to make the place where humans live and love Humanely. Like Mother Earth who is cleansing herself, we are fighting to reclaim humanity for ourselves and for the betterment of us all.

Remember,  “We declare our right on this earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.” Malcolm X  

As one family, the BTC (BlackTherapyCentral.com),  ABPsi (www.abpsi.org) and its chapters; Black elected officials; other Black organizations and everyday ordinary people must be ready and able to assist in this great moment of healing and transformation. 

Co-Founder and Past President (1994-1995), The Association of Black Psychologists, Chair, ABPsi Global Pan African Initiative Professor Emeritus, Black Psychology Africana Studies. San Francisco State University, Founding Executive Director (retired), The Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life & Culture

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