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The right to remember....When it is truly alive, memory doesn't contemplate history, it invites us to make it.
Edouardo Galeano, Upside Down

The Age of Descent

        Looking back at history is sometimes uncomfortable and frightning.  Afterall, the many centuries of war, colonization and enslavement is something that most people avoid.  This is made even more convenient by the general suppression, confusion, deletion and silence on these matters provided by governments, media, religion and even academia. 
      The silence does not allow people to find closure.  It also makes it 
difficult to live in the present and to understand the concepts and ideas that form modern culture.  We are a product of past events. Rather it is the achievements of Kemet, the ancestral myths of aboriginal culture or the traumatic rumblings of the trans-atlantic slave trade.  Our understanding as displaced Africans influences our present and our future.
           There are many lessons to gauge concerning our collective journey.  There are so many angles, particulars and issues - some we have faced and transcended honorably and yet others remain like old sores- festering within our humanity.  These ancestral wounds are with us everyday of our lives.  They move us into action, silence us into submission and motivates us to courageous reflection and ultimately change.
           The one lesson of history that is one of the most challenging and the most important regards are commitment to our own Truth.  Over the years human beings have learned to negate their truth in order to survive.  We come to believe in order to conform to a very aggressive, fearful and predatory culture we must completely negate our very essence.  This includes the way we look, the way we live, love, practice our faith, dress, express ourselves and even the way we think and experience our world.  When we are unable to validate feelings and innate practices then the false mask grows harder, stiffer and suffocating.  This has become such a practice that traits we have come to associate with ourselves and other communities are not innate but pathological by products of oppression and ignorance.  Thus the massive dependence on drugs, metaphysical malpractice by ordained spiritual leaders, social isolation, communal violence and degeneration.  In order to unlearn this we must believe it is safe for us to share our truth in all its ethnicity, multiplicity, difference and beauty.
          This is the challenge of our generation and that is to express our truth, not the politically correct version, not the enslavement version, not the major religion kind, but the raw here and now reality.  The best of luck on your journey and may you come to know nothing but your Truth.  

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