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A Time for Serious Remembrances
2/8/2017 4:07:11 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali 

Black History Month is officially in and I’ve been thinking about the great ancestors who’ve done so much for all of us who proudly called ourselves African-Americans. It’s “A Time for Serious Remembrances.”

This should be done with the utmost of prideful respect to and for the Motherland, a place that forever lingers in my heart and soul each and every passing day of the year.

Africa resounds in my innate consciousness and it has me thinking about being Black in America. Frankly speaking, being Black in America is a survival test of the highest ilk due to the “his-storical” racist nature that permeates much of this country’s historical current society and hidden legacy of bigotry towards people of color. Some “his-storical” souls may want to deny that reality but, if you’re of color and honest, you know that American racism is a known and (in)visible scourge to people of that still scars many of today.

Sometimes, when I think specifically of European colonial brutality towards Africans, its descendants and people of color, I often think of the Indians of this land’s culture.

They’ve suffered so much until I wonder whether anyone really cares, now or then, about their sufferings, miseries, tortures and persecutions, furthermore, ours.

That being a given, I’m always alert during this month and beyond because I know that ethnic supremacy is a privilege for some at the expense of others. That’s why “A Time for Serious Remembrances” is a reflective discernment for all aware Black folk to realize that it’s an awakening call for the masses to embrace unity and practice self-respect among each other.

These challenges that we scattered African descendant folk face are continuous in quantity, but aren’t necessarily limited to mere subtle appearances. They are there to aid us in staying focused on the future while never forgetting our past. Denial of self-respect has always been a problem for some detached “colored” folk in the Black familial experience. Sadly, that dreaded malaise needs to be soberly addressed before we can lean towards a unified concept in the future, hopefully, with a new unified perspective of freedom, justice and equality for all.

The hatred of self is, and has always been, a self-defeating deterrent to our collective unity. Looking back at the implosions of some our past and present attempts to unify as one shows us that disunity dangerously signaled (and still does) our demise. So, it’s “A Time for Serious Remembrances” that we should always be aware of.

I do, and I also try to keep the unity concept in the visionary centerfold of my world perspectives of African unity. Yes, these chaotic occasions in the all the Black worlds of existences suggest, again, that we, in order to move forward, we must look back.

We have to have cognitive mindsets that recall for us what all of the African ancestors and their descendants had to endure on those slave ships to hell and back. Their tormented hardships, ordeals and agonies are subliminal reminders to me, as they should be to you, reminding us that for Black folk everywhere, the struggle is still on in more ways than one. With mental reminders like those constantly playing in our minds, I wonder why Black on Black crime, e.g., isn’t dealt with an urgent plan and a timely agenda of correction. Killing ourselves for unjustified reasons only leads to further misguided ignorance of self being shamelessly displayed. It’s “A Time for Serious Remembrances.”

Black History Month is that time of the year that should make all American ebony folk everywhere realize that they may have been shortchanged politically. I have to put it like that to you because the celebration of us as a noble culture shouldn’t be observed for only one month of the year, and that truly is “A Time for Serious Remembrances.” Think!

Black “Our-Story” is a special time in which we should recharge our minds and energize our souls with a resolve to be spiritually better “hue-mans” in the long and short terms of our existences, regardless of where we are in life. That includes living in all the spheres of our physical habitats and mental extremes.

“A Time for Serious Remembrance” is an ethnological mood changer, especially if it’s the reflection of embracing our “real” heritage, as it typifies what we owe to and remember about our ancestors. I have to humble myself when I say that because the issue of Black struggle and unity is not a capricious concern to me.

It’s something that, once understood by all of us, helps me, you and others know that the struggle for our equality must never be achieved through the directives or desires of our oppressors. No, we must “do for ourselves” in order to be respected, accepted and legitimized as a noble people worthy of recognition in the family of “hue-mankind.” I believe that only we, alone, must address and solve “our” complex and myriad issues and problems of disunity that are afflicting and assailing our communities nationwide.

Individually and collectively we, as a unified and noble family of ancient heritage, must remember that we all have come from a great African lineage and from illustrious Afro-American descendants.

Let Black History Month be the time to grasp who you are, if you don’t already know. Now’s the sweet occasion to explore remembering your roots because it’s “A Time for Serious Remembrances.” For today and always, that’s, “As I See It.”


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