WHO AM I? (Part 2)
By: Marvin Glover-Bey #224019
(Continued from Part 1 – posted on March 4, 2021)
Read this letter as I did and think about your life. It goes like this: “Dear Black Americans” (what an understatement first off to address you as Black Americans sure we are a people of first class status given by birth of Allah God himself (read your bibles Jeremiah).
Anyhow the letter began by saying, After all these years and all we (Asiatic) blacks and (European) White folk have been through together; we (European white folk) think it’s appropriate for us to show our gratitude for all you have done for us. We have chastised you, criticized you, punished you and in some cases even apologized to you, but we have never formally nor publicly thanked you for your never ending allegiance and support to our cause. This is our open letter of thanks to a unique people; a forgiving people; a steadfast people and a brave people (BLACK PEOPLE).
We will always be in debt to you for your labor. You built this country and you’re responsible for the great wealth we enjoy today. Upon your backs, laden with the stripes we sometime had to apply for disciplinary reasons you carried our nation … WE THANKS YOU FOR THAT!! We thank you for your diligence and tenacity; even when we refuse to allow you to walk in our shadows – you followed close behind believing that someday we would accept you and treat you like MEN AND WOMEN. Your strength in the face of adversity cannot be understated. You are truly a great people and we thank you so much!!
We publicly acknowledge black people for raising our children, attending to our sick and preparing our meals while we were occupied with the trappings of the good life. Even during the times when we found pleasure in your women and enjoyment in seeing one of your men lynched, maimed and burned some of you continued to watch over us and our belongings … we simply cannot thank you enough!!
Your bravery on the battlefield, despite being classified as 3/5 (three-fifths) of a human-being was and still is today outstanding and beyond the call of duty. We often watch in awe as you went about your prescribed chores and assignments. Sometimes laboring in the hot sun from sun up to sun down just to assist us in realizing our dreams of wealth and good fortune. You were always there and we thank you!!
Now that we control at least 90% of all the resources and wealth of this nation we have black folk to thank the most. You were there when it all began and you are still with us today protecting us from those black folk who have the temerity to speak out against our past and present transgressions. How can we thank you for your dedication? You warned us about “DENMARK VESSEY”. You let us know about “GRABIEL PROSSER’S” PLANS. You called our attention to “NAT TURNER” and you even sounded the alarm when “OLE JOHN BROWN” came calling on Harper’s Perry. Some of you still warn us today … Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Now, as we look out upon our enormous wealth and as we assess our tremendous control of the resources of this country … we can only think of the sacrifice you and your families made to make all of this possible. You are indeed fantastic and we will forever be in your debt… to think how you have looked out for us, for hundreds of years and to see you still doing the same thing today is simply amazing. Thank you for continuing to bring 95% of what you earn to our business — that is so gracious of you!!
Thanks for buying our Tommy Hilfiger’s, Nike’s and all of the other brands you so adore. Your purchase of these products really makes us feel that we are at least giving something back to you for your patronage. After all, in the past the brands we put on you were quite painful (slavery) but, those of today can be proudly worn because they give you a sense of self-esteem… right? But, it’s the least we can do for a people (quote/unquote blacks) who have treated us so well. Your super rich athletes, entertainers, intellectuals and businesspersons (both legal and illegal) exchange most of their money for cars jewelry, homes and clothing. What a windfall they have provided for us!! The less fortunate among you spend all they have at our neighborhood stores, enabling us to open even more stores. Sure they complain about us, but they never do anything to hurt us economically… you are some very special people THANK YOU!!!
Oh yes… allow us to thank you for not bogging yourselves down with the business of doing business with your own people. We can take care of that for you. Please… don’t even trouble yourself with it. Yes, you were very successful at it after SLAVERY ended and even as recently as 1960, but you know what happens when you began to build your own communities and do business with one another. Some of the “lower ones” of our kind burned you out time and time again. So, why bother? In today’s business environment your own people will not support you anyway. You just keep doing business with us. It’s safer that way!! Besides, everything you need we make anyway; even “POLO or KARL KANI” clothes; you just continue to dance, sing, fight, get high, go to prison, back bite, envy, hate and distrust one another. Have yourselves a good time and this time we’ll take care of you. It’s the least we can do considering all you’ve done for us … HECK you deserve it (BLACK PEOPLE).
For your labor which created our (quote/unquote white people) wealth… for you resisting the message of trouble making blacks like BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, MARCUS GARVEY, MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE, HARRIET TUBMAN and SOJOURNER TRUTH for fighting and dying on our battlefields… we thank you and we will forever be grateful to you. For your unceasing desire to be near us (white people)… we allow you to move into our neighborhoods and for hardly ever following through on your threats due to our lack of reciprocity and equity… we thank you so much!! We also appreciate your acquiescence to our political agendas; for abdicating your own economic self-sufficiency and for working so diligently for the economic well-being of our people… you are real troopers!!
And even though the 13th, 14th and 15th AMENDMENTS were for you (quote/unquote blacks) and many of your relatives died for the rights described therein you did not resist when we changed those BLACK RIGHTS to CIVIL RIGHTS and allowed virtually every other group to take advantage of them as well. BLACK PEOPLE YOU ARE SOMETHING ELSE!!! Your dependence upon us to do the right thing is beyond our imagination, irrespective of what we do to you and the many promises we have made and broken.
But, this time we will make it right… we promise!! “TRUST US”. Tell you what… you don’t need your own hotels; you can continue to stay at ours. You have no need for supermarkets when you can shop at ours 24 hours a day. Why should you even think about owing more banks?? You have plenty now and don’t waste your energies trying to break into manufacturing. You’ve worked hard enough in our fields. RELAX… have a party we’ll sell you everything you need and when you die we’ll bury you at a discount … NOW HOW’S THAT FOR GRATITUDE??
Finally the best part is you went beyond the pale and turned your children over to us for their education with what we have taught them. It’s likely they will continue in a code similar to the one you have followed for the past 45 plus years WHEN MR. WILLIE LYNCH walked the river banks of the JAMES RIVER in 1712 and said he would make you a SLAVE for 300 years. Little did we realize the truth to his prediction. Just 13 more years and his promise will come to fruition!! But, with two generation of your children gone through our education system we can look forward to at least another 50 years of prosperity. “WOW!!” Things could not be better and it’s all because of you. For all you have done we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, BLACK AMERICANS, you’re the best friends any group of people could ever have!!
Who am I?? After so many years of resurrection from this mental slavery I am the true entrepreneur of human life. I have broken the shackles of chattel slavery. What I do says who I am as a person of great Moorish descent. We as a people need to proclaim our nationality so that we could be truly recognized as a nation within this nation. We as a people has been straying after gods of whom we know nothing of far too long. As a people of great descent it’s imperative that we learn our history and put into practice the life changing principles, etc. We must know ourselves!! Displayed on the Temple Walls; sculpted in stones all down the Nile River is the admonition that says: “MAN KNOW THYSELF”. Over 6,000 years ago our ancestors left visual legacy of factual information extending over 4,000 miles of the Nile River. They left us physical treasures, intellectual gifts and jewels to adorn thee conscious mind. Our story tells us that knowledge is the hidden or revealed property for the living and the right of all men to possess. And this knowledge, coupled with one’s intuitive senses gives us the right to pass into the spirit of manhood/womanhood, community life, worldly affairs and universal understanding.
My God and Prophet taught me that: “Time never was when man (human beings) were not. If life of man at any time began a time would come when it would end”. Time is the period between two events or during which something exists, happens or acts. The beginning of this world is the first event and the end of this world is the second. What is the nature of time and its requirement?? Time has expressed to me compulsion and obligation that when you know the truth, then you have to make up your mind to act in accord (execute, affect and complete).
History records that back in our ancestor’s time they believed UNITY went beyond family bloodlines and community was the core (the very substance) of human existence. In the root culture and philosophy of West Amexem (AFRICA) the community role was to make sure that each person was/is valued and encouraged to know and appreciate his/her own gift and gibe them to the world. Therefore, today I truly hope that my message does so in a fashionable way.