"cast your vision young hoodoo as far as you can see, determine the challenges the tribe will face, prepare the tribal soul to meet them " word by rickydoc
i am flowers of the delta clan flowers and the line of o killens i am a babagriot of the hoodoo way, i am mganga maua
this is the text: an invocation to struggle -
you could not have told those of us who lived through the bright heady days of the 60s that the promised land was not in sight. - it was inconceivable then that we would ever again be a weak people
but here we are at the turn of the century and you feel sometimes like it was never this bad.
it is only when you remind yourself of just how far we've come that you regain perspective. weve climbed some difficult mountains, you and I
premise: that the old paradigms of struggle, the old definitions and strategies, have played themselves out.
premise: that we need new paradigms of struggle to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
apparently there is no promised land, apparently there is only struggle.
we have come to understand as did the angolans when they won their colonial war, a luta continua - the struggle continues
THE STRUGGLE, THE ALMIGHTY STRUGGLE
. the ongoing struggle for survival and empowerment that has been waged by the black people of the americas and the world - it has spanned continents, cultures and centuries,. it evolves according to our concrete conditions and the successes and failures of preceding phases.
it is the struggle that shapes us as a people, it is the struggle we must shape
but the movement looking kinda shaky these days. - folk giving up, going for self, you look at the condition of blackfolk today and its hard not to despair
- aids, bush, gangsters, the black family stressed
a shift in focus from external to internal dynamics that has made for infinitely more nuanced struggle -
not only are blackfolk drifting but black solidarity considered quaint these days
o these are singularly hardtimes but we have known hardtimes before -our problems have always been insurmountable - slavery. southern peonage. urban sojourners. - our struggle has always been epic and we have always overcome.
but first there must be vision
i ask what is the longgame, are we to determine our own destiny or do we continue to let it be determined for us by people who despise us -
do we have a plan. what exactly are we struggling for.
what does it mean to be african american in this incredibly shrinking world. just what does it mean to be black. to be part of the global black community.
what will it mean 100 years from now. a generation from now. 100 generations.
are we to remain the bottomfeeders of american society forever - are we to be part of an increasingly homogenized america and world.
or are we to just disappear as a distinct people and culture.
personally i do not want african american blackfolk to disappear as a distinct culture and peoples. for all the problems that come with it, i like being black.
optimally i see a strong and beautiful people, a respected member of the world (cosmic) mosaic.
optimally i see black communities and black culture as strong, healthy, wealthy and wise.
and i see struggle - i looking generations down the line and i see plenty struggle
question: just what constitutes effective struggle in the 21st century
ON THE NATURE OF THE LONGGAME
longgame strategies must be designed to train us into the kind of people we want most to be it is the essence of conjuration - conduct yourself as you aspire to be and you shall.
to forge a people capable of systematically responding to changes in their political environment in both a timely and effective manner
once it was realized that aids had a special affinity for the souls of blackfolk, there should have been a way to communicate that to our people with the kind of cultural authority that would enable timely adaptation to a cultural emergency
shortgame: identify causes and change community behavior accordingly
longgame: use hammer to make health care and the vital lifestyle a cultural trait
then we will have worked the counterspell, finessed the hammer, otherwise its just a tragedy samesame election 2008: shortgame: win elections
longgame; shape sensibility of electorate
winners in ideological contention are not the strongest and the most powerful
but the most innovative,the longest and most comprehensive
, the ones fighting todays wars with tomorrows strategies
the most effective mobilizationof recenttimes has been that of the rightwing ascendancy. which learned new infobased techniques of manipulating public opinion and mobilizing their forces.
it is already oldthought. our advocacy organizations havent even mastered that model much less created any effectively innovative mobilization techniques
what do i get instead. - -reparations - begging by any other name is still begging
. is this the best post-most favorite minority strategy we can come up with.
is this the best strategy we got for the 21st century -
all reparations teach us to be is better beggars give me a break blackpeople, work with me
so what are the social, political, economic and ideological factors shaping an effective 21st century strategy - what factors will shape our strategic posture in the 21st century
some obvious ones
- evolving multicultural america and the world
- the rightwing ascendancy
- the growing conservatism in african american society
- the managerial mode of struggle as the premier model of struggle, pros and cons
- crafting globalized responses to globalized challenges
- a sense of responsibility beyond tribe, the highroad
- media and information technology sophistication
current empowerment strategies have been various racial uplift strategies, the reparations movement, the covenant and a million black marches. Old verities like community empowerment, black capitalism and nationalism. activists both radical and reformist. Cultural nationalist. the array of political strategies is impressive as befitting a nation of activists.
my premise is that in conflicts of this sort, its the side that comes up w/brand new strategies that prevails, fighting tomorrows game while your competitors still stuck strategically speaking in yesteryear - you got to get on the cutting edge
my premise is that the only way we will ever get out of this historical trickbag we have found ourselves in is by cutting the trickster loose - playing the 21st century like champions, new game aint been seen
what lessons and legacies can be drawn from previous periods of struggle, from the abolition movement, reconstruction, the new negro, the civilrights movement, black power and the postblack movements
which strategies have been consistent through all phases. the various empowerments, political, social, economic, cultural and community. reformist advocates and radical activists. racial uplifht strategies. humanism. nationalism. pan africanism.
a bilwildering array of strategies waged by different sectors of african american societies - advocates, various activists, academics and intellectuals, celebrities and bougie elites, gangsters and students, professionals and workingfolk, you got politicians and the poor and the marginal, the african trad religion practitioner contesting spiritual ground - all these components of african american society, all playing different roles on the board of destiny, all part of the whole composing the people
then you got the counterstrategies: the black right: the ward connerlys and the judge thomases who actively work against black interests, you got the gangsters glorifying thug life, and mercenaries of all stripes: ray nagin and clarence thomas and opportunists of every sort One thing has been consistent through all the phases of struggle are the various empowerments. political, community, economic, cultural and social.
i have tried to come up with a word to define our age as the new negro, civilrights and black power defined earlier phases of struggle, to define it and boil it down to an impressionable phrase.
empowerment is what ive come up with empowerment is flexible enough to cover a wide range of strategies -an overstrategy that would allow us to coordinate sincere individual strategies instead of expending our energies in turf battles thereare many roads to Timbuktu
whatever our new strategy is it must be some complex aspiration to empowerment - cultural empowerment, economic empowerment, social empowerment, political empowerment, personal empowerment, family empowerment, community empowerment - the proper use of political, economic and social resources - you name it, empowerment will cover it.
shortgame: empowerment of the black community longgame: the survival and prosperity, the illumination of the black generations
what strategic demands will a 21st century strategy of empowerment have to address
racial identity in the multicultural future
post most favored minority strategies
domestic and foreign policy influence
global black identity and empowerment
economic security for all sectors of african american society
issues of class and african american solidarity
african american identity and solidarity
the growing conservatism of african american society
the managerial mode of struggle
the question of racial identity in a multicultural reality is consistent across the board
babagriot david walkers words as good today as when he said them during thegreat gitting up morning, "our greatest happiness shall consist of working for the salvation of our whole body. when this is accomplished a burst of glory will shine upon you which will indeed astonish you and the world."
how do we maintain commitment to struggle now that its no longer imperative. when I was growing up blackfolk had to stick together., racism was overt and oppressive.
tell folks about the pre60s south - about having to ride in the back of the bus, drink at the colored water fountain, yessir and nosir whitefolk - and they cant conceive it
in my day blackfolk were forced to be black. nowdays blackfolk choose to be black. there are those who would consider this a good thing, a normalization
. most folk just want to be left alone to make a living and raise a family the great majority of the race will never be actively involved in the struggle.
but if those are lives of personal dignity and achievement that is the essence of struggle. It is all I ask
the problem is that a great many blackfolk still suffering. often for no other reason than they are black
wherever in the world you got blackfolk they are the bottom of their respective society afrcia, america, asia, everywhere,cant blame everywhere on anybody but ourselves
folk dont want to live around us, work with us, play with us, be us we are the despised of the earth
somehow someway must must finesse the weaknesses that have crippled us in global competition
solidarity has gotten us this far,it has been our wall our strength wed be fools to give it up
voluntary organization is the single most effective instrument of empowerment in a democratic society.
community empowerment and mobilization, social capital
ignore those who would have you feel guilty for racial mobilization
EMPOWERMENT AND 21ST CENTURY PARADIGMS
folk still think of mobilization as 60s style - antiwar marches, online petitions, letters to the editor, etc the makedo strategies of the weak and powerless - but more info based approaches possibly more appropriate to the historical moment
the current phase of struggle seems to be managerially based. as befitting struggle in a infobased post industrial society. the problem with the managerial mode of struggle is exemplified in the troubled mayoralty of ray nagin in new Orleans, he fronts as representing black interest but he serves the new Orleans fat cats
The active strategy that seems to excite the activist wings the most at this point and time is Reparations. as a longgame reparations trains us only to be better beggars
true, we must remain forever vigilant against those who despise us and consider our weakness their strength. but thats no longer the primary struggle. for us to keep crying about racism is like a sailor cursing the sea because its wet. surely by now we have factored racism into our strategic posture. i say we consider the security and prosperity of our generations the prime directive. i say we calm, cool and collected. forever vigilant, maintaining an ever evolving, multifaceted strategic posture - some moves bold and strong, some hidden in shadows, some waiting silently in the wings. masters of the longgame
in the evolving global culture, the question is which national cultures will survive and be definitive and which will wither away and disappear.
all cultures are simultaneously dynamic and entropic, a constantly fluctuating blend of strengths and weaknesses. - african american culture at its best is one of the strongest on the planet, witness the global influence of the movement as a model for other struggles. witness the hip hop nation - at its worst its so weak you wonder how we will ever survive so which shall it be. shall we survive and prosper as a people and culture or shall we decline and wither.
the hoodoo premise is that the health of the tribalsoul is the root of all blessings. if the cultural soul is healthy, our strategies are healthy, our lifestyles are healthy, our communities are healthy. - if the soul is sick everything else is dysfunctional - our lifestyles, our relationships, our communities, our vision.
one cares for the tribal soul by monitoring it through its cultural products, contributing what it needs to balance out its weaknesses and emphasize its strengths, minimizing the dysfunctional and emphasizing the transformational. the battles over gangster rap and mercenary literature are battles for the control of our cultural traits. of our destiny. our fa.
it has become clear to me we must wage a sruggle as much spiritual as it is political, and strive always to be greater than we are
this addresses the need to equate the black struggle with enhancement of the human condition, in taking responsibility for humanities evolution we contribute to the development of a culture the world can embrace
we must all over the world manifest a vibrant black culture of illumination and empowerment so appealing that black identity is valued and folks are proud to consider themselves black.
as we grow in power & pride all the black peoples of the world who are shamed to be black will come back home. (and so will everybody else)
in the final analysis the battle will be one of grace which is the better way
my ultimate goal is that blackfolk be so strong in spirit, so powerful a people that no matter what governing system we find ourselves part of - no matter where in the world/cosmos we find ourselves in the foreseeable and unforeseeable future - that blackfolk not only survive and prosper as a race and culture
but that they are illuminated and empowered, forces for righteousness
a better way
THIS IS MY VISION: THIS IS WHAT I SEE
i see blackfolk as a wise and wondrous people: humanities guide and guardian.
I see a strong and beautiful people, a respected member of the world (eventually cosmic) mosaic.
I see black communities and black culture as strong, healthy, wealthy and wise.
guide and guardian of human destiny
i ask that you take responsibility not only for your own destiny
but for the destiny and wellbeing of all peoples and all creature great and small.
i ask only that you be the great and glorious people you were meant to be.
the illuminated children of the sun. humanitys living ancestors. gods true chosen.
listen o ye firstborn to the geas of rickydoc
and I will give you a mission greater than your adversity
i will give you the stars
that is all
this spell is done