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To Be Afrikan

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Messenger: RastaGoddess Sent: 10/9/2019 12:42:17 PM

To Be Afrikan
By Dr. Marimba Ani

All people, all over the world, throughout history have shared in common the fact that they belong to a culture of origin. That is a universal reality. Another equally important universal reality is that there are many, many different cultures in the world and each of them is unique.

The uniqueness of a culture is what gives specialness to its members. The members of a culture are bonded together by their shared culture, which gives them a sense of collective identity.

"We are an Afrikan people," simply reveals that there are values, traditions and a heritage that we share because we have a common origin. The cultural process is naturally a ongoing, which allows people to continuously affirm their connectedness through being linked to their origins.

However, the continuity of our cultural identity has been interrupted cruelly and unnaturally by the experience of slavery. We as a people are still suffering from this crime because we have not been allowed to find our way back to the sense of cultural identity and continuity which would transform us into a unified and whole people. We have not been able to function in the world with a collective consciousness that naturally imparts a strong sense of cultural roots.

The term "Maafa" (from the book, "Let The Circle Be Unbroken) is a kiswahili word for "disaster" that we are now using to reclaim our right to tell our own story. Maafa refers to the enslavement of our people and to the sustained attempt to dehumanize us. Because the Maafa has disconnected us from our cultural origins, we have remained vulnerable in a social order that does not reflect our cultural identity.

We are people of African ancestry living in denial of who we are. We have lost our strength as a people. We are losing our children to systems which miseducate them. Our families are disintegrating before our eyes. Our numbers are growing in the statistics of drug addiction and incarceration.

Responsible national Black organizations are seeking remedies to these problems, but we are not speaking with one voice. We need to work together as a family who supports its members and who is responsible for their welfare. We must use the most valuable asset that we have: That is the spirit of our people. It is that spirit that connects us to our Afrikan roots.

Slowly, we are awakening to the need to claim our cultural legacy. The term "Sankofa" from Akan tradition in Ghana, West Africa tells us to return to the Source so that we can go forward with strength and clarity. Culture is a powerful tool for inspiring human beings and bringing them together in a concerted "family" action.

Our cultural roots are the most ancient in the world. The spiritual concepts of our Ancestors gave birth to religious thought African people believe in the oneness of the African family through sacred time, which unites the past, the present and the future.

Our Ancestors live with us. They created the first civilizations thousands of years ago and they suffered the pain of the Maafa. And yet, they were able to endure the most disastrous and dehumanizing circumstances ever perpetrated against a group of people, only because of the power of the African spirit. They did not have the freedom to affirm their cultural heritage. We now have that choice. In the African view of life it is our responsibility to honor their name.

This is perhaps our moment of truth. We must come together as a family. We must do all that we can do to uplift our people. Otherwise, we are still denying who we are and bringing dishonor to our "family name;" to our Ancestors.

The answer to our social dilemma is the resocialization of our people into the cultural value-system that affirms our spiritual being. Our Ancestors are calling us "home", back to our cultural selves. We must begin the process of Sankofa.

Messenger: GARVEYS AFRICA Sent: 10/14/2019 3:29:02 AM

Love it

Unfortunately I know I am familiar with Dr Ani but can't remember where from. Is this the brother who has some books also on food/diet? I'm sure I read some of his books during my formative stages

Give thanks anyway a great insight

I love the word MAAFA for InI but he is right in that this still does not tie ini to a land mass the way African does. Which is why I use the term African and if I would ever be asked to specify whic country or which ethnicity of African I would then answer, of the MAAFA tribe

Give thanks

Messenger: JAH Child Sent: 10/14/2019 5:32:10 AM

Itinual Love
RastaGoddess and Garveys Africa

RG Thankhs for sharing!

GA, Marimba Ani is a womban. She wrote the book Yurugu, and other essays such as this one.
Many good videos on Youtube of her lectures.


Messenger: JAH Child Sent: 10/14/2019 5:34:03 AM

Messenger: GARVEYS AFRICA Sent: 10/14/2019 2:34:59 PM

Ahhh the Yurugu book
I remember now and we have reasoned on this before. The word sound yorugu ruffled more than a few feathers lol

Give thanks Jah child

. The book I was originally thinking was Nutricide. I get my authors mixed up sometime but that must be laila afrika.

Messenger: JAH Child Sent: 10/15/2019 10:12:24 AM

Yes I
Dr Afrika, another great teacher.
Give Ises

Messenger: RastaGoddess Sent: 10/20/2019 1:32:21 PM

Greetings beloveds!

Yes brotha, Yurugu gets their feathers easily ruffled...LOL. Have you had the opportunity to get/read the book? If not, cant wait until you do...bwoyyyy di reasonings that'll spark Iyah!

When asked where I'm from, I like to say "the Afrikan Diaspora", as INI are indigenous to the PLANET!

Sistren JC, give thanks for helping a brotha out 😁;;;; and the video!

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