Afrocentrism 2.0: Beyond Rev. Jeremiah Wright
Category: News and Politics
The following video has nothing to do with this blog. But it is funny. And cute. Enjoy.
Okay, everyone. I’ll get off of this race stuff. I will. It’s just that … it’s been in the news and everything. Everywhere you turn, this stuff is in the news and the talk is mind-numblingly fatuous.
I just heard part of a brief speech that was one of the most intriguing I’ve heard. I believe it was given by Thomas Stanley at a WPFW (DC’s Pacifica Radio affiliate) event. He said that we need to upgrade to Afrocentrism 2.0 from Afrocentrism 1.0.
Afrocentrism 2.0 doesn’t require you to believe that melanin is some super molecule endowing mystical powers. It doesn’t require you to believe that every conspiracy theory, despite the abuses perpetrated against black people in the past. You don’t have to believe that the government set off explosive charges to destroy the levees in New Orleans to flood the black neighborhoods. You don’t have to believe that no Jewish people died in the 9/11 attacks because they all knew it was going to happen.
He said that we missed an opportunity to talk about the causes of 9/11. We missed an opportunity to talk openly about injustice, race, politics. We missed those opportunities because Rev. Jeremiah Wright is stuck in Afrocentrism v1.0.
I missed a bunch of details and forgot most of what I heard but that’s the gist. I think that Stanley is dead on. And I say we may even miss the first black POTUS because Wright and others are stuck in Afrocentrism 1.0.
There’s a video clip of a pastor in Detroit introducing Rev. Wright. The Detroit pastor had that hoarse, gravelly voiced, yelling, snarling style. It was crazy. I thought, if a bulldog could wear a suit and talk that’s what it would sound like.
Personally, I’m embarrassed when I see Wright doing his thing, performing and clowning for the cameras. NAACP speech, National Press Club, that other thing. It’s ridiculous. I don’t intend any disrespect, of course, to the man or his church.
But come on.
I’m not talking about the clip of him saying God damn America or that the actions of the U.S. led to 9/11.
I’m talking about the antics.
You’d be surprised, maybe, at some of the things you’ll hear in, say, some black barbershops. What some people believe. Moon landing was fake. The world is controlled by the Illuminati. The White Man did this, that or the other. That was the older generation talking, which is the same generation Wright is a part of. What you hear is mistrust, frustration and anger — expressions of ignominy.
BY THE WAY
Someone wrote, more or less, that black people need to get over slavery and things that happened decades ago. I wonder if there will be a time when people say that about the Holocaust. Or about World War II, you know?
Someone else wrote that black people need to stop complaining and that the Native Americans had it worse than anyone else. It’s not worth it to play that game of “my people have/had it worse than yours”, although I will say that people do tend to forget that slavery and the slave trade was also a massacre. Millions died. But it amazes me that people will argue this kind of stuff and forget who perpetrated the crimes against humanity. (Not that any one group of people has a monopoly on evil, inhumanity, stupidity.) My point being, that kind of bickering is a red herring. It’s a distraction from the real issues of the day.
It’s not like the government is going to all of a sudden say, “Oh you’re right. You had it worst. Here’s a few billion dollars and the midwest.”
Or, “Here’s today’s monetary equivalent of 40 acres and a mule for every black household.”
Meanwhile, the richest in the country have this game tied up. CEOs are making millions of dollars a year, getting millions even when they get fired or leave, and making more money than any 10 of us could ever imagine having. Their taxes are reduced, but then on the other hand, Congress pushes back against minimum wage laws!! Hello?!
John McCain, you probably know by now, asked for the Reverend John Hagee’s endorsement and he got it. Here are quotes from John Hagee:
But because Hagee isn’t scary the same way that people find Wright to be scary … free pass.
Afrocentrism 2.0, as Stanley suggested, doesn’t require that you have to be explosively indignant. It’s about being militant in a loving way, in an inclusive way.
My attention span is … not good … no more. Sleep.