Friday, April 29, 2016
KEY ELEMENTS DEFINING A SANKOFA JOURNEY BACK TO OUR AFRICAN IDENTITY
Key Elements Defining a Sankofa Journey back to Our African Identity
1. Questioning every thought and behavior we've ever had, and where they are found to have a European or alien origin, that we do the necessary research to find African or African centered alternatives to them. Such thoughts and behaviors impede our social and mental progress to becoming free people. Freedom is not only freedom to, but freedom from want, toil, domination and the mental controls imposed on us through cultural hegemony. This mental control starts with, is defined by, and is maintained most of all by our belief in our oppressors religion, which then, informs our worldview.
2. Religion takes advantage of our natural capacity for Spirituality, which is defined as an emotional and intense appreciation for the higher values which promote life and development. Religion is a means of social control, which requires allegiance to a set of dogmatic premises and codes, and which promotes a distorted worldview and behaviors.
3. Dedicate yourself to reading all things African, especially philosophy such as Ma'at, art, governance such as Mbongi, culture, science, history, economics, social and spiritual practices and rituals, and our relationship with nature. These will begin to open up a whole new world which not only inspires, but will encourage further study, leading to an elevation in consciousness.
4. Reinforce this new found rise in consciousness by going to cultural and community centers, lectures, classes, festivals and concerts which strengthen this new found identity. Consider Kwanzaa as not only a holiday, but as a means of informing a lifestyle change which is consistent to an African identity. Practice the Nguzo Saba (7 Principles) daily. Explore engaging in behaviors which reflect outwardly what you are experiencing internally, such as natural hair styles, wearing African or African centered fashion and clothing, decorating your dwelling with African centered designs and furnishings, etc.
5. Build or look for a support system which shares your new found consciousness, and which also, seeks to build a new social reality which houses the new you and us. New Africans for a New World.