Sithunyiwe, Asizithumanga

Sithunyiwe, Asizithumanga

I sometimes notice how we generate unnecessary heat (tension) over ephemeral signposts (what some call ideologies) and kill the possibility of building or strengthening the solidarity among us as members of the same Race.

In my humble view, principled solidarity among us, is our most potent weapon. I am not interested in wasting my time, data or energy by engaging in egocentric debates with fellow Black people, purely on the basis that they belong to this or that political party.

Or that they belong to a particular ethnic group or that they are from another part of Afrika or the world or that they believe in Marxism, communism, socialism, feminism, christianity or any other religion.

I am more interested in us building a culture that is based on lovingly exchanging mutually beneficial Afrikan-centred ideas and working on practical projects, with fellow Black Sisters and Brothers.

Black Sisters and Brothers who view and understand our current condition as one of total captivity of an entire Race of people (regardless of their ideological and geographic peculiarities).

And on this basis, Black Sisters and Brothers, who recognise that, the total rehabilitation, restoration and ultimate resurrection of our Race, constitutes the highest and most logical expression of our commitment and love of ourselves and our Race.

Am I suggesting our thinking must at all times resemble a straight line and we must in zombi-like fashion agree on each and every thing? Not at all.

All I am saying is that, even when we hold different views on a particular issue (which is natural), how we as Black Sisters and Brothers choose to express that, should not undermine the possibility of building or strengthening genuine solidarity among us.

Most importantly, each and every one of us is a being in constant evolution and so, there is a sense in which we are forever under construction. And naturally, we will constantly have limitations in one area or another.

My own understanding is that, once we describe our work as Ancestral, it automatically assumes a higher stature in the conventional understanding of Black political expression and organisation (verb).

And logically, requires of agents of such a sacred mission to be able to rise and operate above ephemeral and artificial signposts.

This orientation doesn't just inform how I react to the comments of others on my wall or what they post, but also what attitude I assume towards every Black or non-Black person I encounter, on social media or anywhere else.

Sithunyiwe, asizithumanga.

Camagu! Lesedi! Kganya! Makukhanye!

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Veli Mbele

Veli Mbele

Veli Mbele is an Afrocentric essayist and secretary of the Black Power Front.

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