Welcome, this truth should speak to the hearts and souls of all people but mainly to my dark skinned brothers and sisters with whom I hope these words will resonate deeply with..
The greatest hindrance to any one person being able to pursue aspirations and succeeding in life aside from those obstacles that have been systematically placed in their pathway is the propensity for procrastination, a lack of faith in our ability and fear. Of course I’m not referring to those folks who may have some form of physical or mental disabilities that may or may not be an impediment, but primarily to those of us who are in complete control of all of our faculties. I thoroughly understand what the ramifications and impacts of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, discrimination, sexism, injustice and other forms of practiced oppression may have on a person’s psyche. I get it, but in this country does it determine who we are and where we go in life? If not, then why on earth do so many of us settle for it?
Being excluded from having the same opportunities and privilege is a major disadvantage and in many respects has been a common practice of the people in power over those that they fear and oppress. Yes, I said fear because that is exactly what lays at the core for their oppression. They are extremely fearful of the dark-skinned people in this country and throughout the world, otherwise they wouldn’t feel the necessity to oppress any human especially those that they think they are superior to. So, I ask you, who is the real inferior human on earth? The pale skinned people’s fear is a natural fear that resides in their DNA and is compounded by the hateful bigoted and racist rhetoric that they are fed… The dark-skinned people’s fear has come from centuries of enslavement, cruel and vicious acts of murder, castration, burnings, bombings, hangings, rape, mutilation, false imprisonment and beatings as well as a perpetual stream of mis-information to instill in us a sense of docility and inferiority.. Today we can refer to this type of behavior as terrorism!!!!
Now with that said, should a person accept a place in life that has been determined for him or her by others? Should the promulgation and diffusion of tactics or methods such as marginalization, demoralization, degradation and blatant humiliation that are intended to stifle our progress and shatter our image of self and destroy ones will be enough to strike in one an insurmountable fear? Should they?
I for one, say no it should not, but it certainly has achieved overwhelming success in effecting the psyche of many. Personally, I have refused to acknowledge or accept this as an excuse.. Of course I have experienced a great deal of fear and self-doubt in my years but I had to learn how to be determined and how to not let this be a hindrance. Yes, as I gaze around, I fully understand and somewhat over-stand that basically everything that I see is predominantly controlled and provided by the pale skinned Euro/American people. This is what I see but it is not the way that I live. I, a fifth generation African (Akan/Temne) American and is the direct descendant of slaves in this country has not allowed myself to be conquered by this overwhelming and unjust reality..
What has transpired in this country against my people ( and others) then and now only stirs up inside of me a tenacious fire to persevere and excel. My fire is no different from your fire. The only exception is that I channel my fire in a more satisfying and productive way. Can you imagine the impact that you could have on your life and others by just re-examining your priorities and channeling your fire (anger) in a more productive capacity? We constantly become snared by the pale skinned people’s traps and we haven’t learned how to avoid them.. We have allowed these people to dictate the narrative of who and what we are as well as who and what we are not. Along the way we have become much too fearful and skeptical of what we are capable of achieving and have failed to tap into our tenacious fire… This fire has burned in the souls of our ancestors throughout antiquity and over the last few centuries has enabled us to persevere and endure the harshest of cruelties and atrocities.. There has been far too much pain and suffering and inequality…
Wow, it is utterly amazing that we are still here which is in and of itself a true testament to that perseverance and fire that I am speaking of.. Now you know what you possess inside and what you are dealing with.
There are many, many obstacles in life that we must overcome and yes it can be a daunting challenge… So my brothers and sisters I ask , is the real obstacle you and if so, then is it fair to say that the real conqueror is also you?
Written by; Alton T DeVeaux Jr. (Africafifth)
I have come to the conclusion that humankind’s seeds of iniquity have sown far too much greed, hate and evil for us to overcome. Humans have (since our existence on this planet) always launched campaigns of war and terror upon other humans primarily for the accumulation of wealth, power and dominance and has continued to fail miserably at battling our real adversary. This unseen but ever-present force has become the bedfellow or handmaiden of many a man and many a woman or maybe vice versa as far back as we can date the interaction between our species…
This is the force of evil!!!!
It does us no genuine good whatsoever to immerse ourselves in contrived institutions of law, justice, democracy, churches and religions if our actions are contrary to their fundamental principles and values. We clothed ourselves in the fabric of virtue and a prestigious constitution supposedly anchored in integrity.. We stand behind proclamations of falsehood and empty promises that have delivered absolutely nothing except destruction and despair. Hey, if you don’t believe me, just ask any Native Indigenous American, any former British or African slave ( if you can find any).. Maybe you’ll have some luck with the descendants of the Irish slaves, who are referred to as Redlegs and currently reside in a poor run down section in Barbados.. I have read though that they have a very nasty temperament and aren’t too hospitable.. ( Hmm, I wonder why)..
For anyone person who vociferously advocates that these tenets are a testament to who we are as a country denotes a degree of ignorance, hypocrisy, malice or just a cold and callous audaciousness. These institutions have been established to mask the real intent and evil that lurks in the minds and hearts of people…Wolves in sheep clothing!!!
This evil presence dwells in the hearts and palaces of monarchs, despots, aristocrats and many a proletariat. The annals of history attests to that narrative and reveals to us the great civilizations that have risen to enormous heights of wealth, power and dominance and have all crumbled down on their corrupted foundations.. This country and others will not be any different because of the manner in which it’s wealth, power and dominance has been realized…Whenever a thing is acquired by exploitation, connivance or the spilling of blood from another so shall that thing be taken back and so shall their blood be shed!!!
If you live by the sword so shall you perish by the sword. Let’s not make no mistake about it, it will eventually make its way onto our doorstep .. It is resolute as it is inevitable and it is a historical fact.. The pendulum swings both ways and we shall always reap what we have sown. The presence of evil and discourse disrupts the natural order of life, nature and the universe.
Mankind is a peculiar animal who continuously fails to acknowledge his history in the world as well as the errors of his ways. It is only just that we will never, ever realize our full potential. We undoubtedly can’t seem to get it so, because of our stubborn, egotistical, manipulative and greedy nature, we will be stuck in this cycle of perpetual evil …We must take the blinders off!
The world is becoming a very dark place..Somebody better turn on the lights!!
Written by Alton T. DeVeaux Jr. (Africafifth)
Building walls will not insulate us from the evil that is so pervasive throughout the world and is also rooted and thriving here…It arrived and was sowed by the British colonial immigrants who claimed to be christians performing the will of their so-called God….
I am conflicted and I find myself often times battling with what may be considered flaws in character traits that have become a curse to the human race. I’ve been told and have read that I have been created in the likeness of a higher and most revered celestial being of power, yet I struggle to follow the righteous path. I ask myself, how can this be so if my creator is one who is omniscient, perfect and without defect? Therein lies the conflict of the physical being and the inner being. My Soul!!!
Could it possibly be that my imperfection is the design of perfection and what I may perceive as imperfection is the perfection of my creator…Is the struggle of humankind a mere happenstance or an interruption in the natural process of evolution designed by forces of a mystical and supernatural origin?
How can it be that my spirit aches for salvation that is ever so elusive? I earnestly lament and make supplication for understanding, knowledge and wisdom so that I may bathe in contentment. I ask that the path be laid out before me and that my steps be guided along the way and that it be lit as I go. I ask to be blessed so that I may be a blessing to others with the hope of atoning for a life full of transgressions.
My heart has always flowed with compassion and empathy as I yearn for a place that I have yet to reach…The Soul of a Man
Written by; Alton T. DeVeaux Jr. (Africafifth)
Hey my brother,
Firstly and foremost let me personally acknowledge and congratulate you brother on what has been an outstanding and stellar world of fame career as one of the most prolific and premier wide receivers to ever play in the NFL. You have no doubt established your place in the upper echelon of professional athletes and in the annals of NFL history as one of the best to have ever played the game. Personally I am enormously grateful to have had the privilege of witnessing your astounding athletic talent and contribution to the game…. So I ask, what do you need the NFL Hall of Fame for?
Secondly, I have been trying to figure out for the longest time why some of the most highly accomplished African/American (Black) athletes as well as actors and entertainers have this incessant need to be recognized by white America for their achievements and success? What the heck is that all about? Is it because they have been conditioned to do so and don’t really recognize it or is it just ego? More than likely it’s a combination of both!!!
Why do folks need these white established/invented institutions to serve as an acclamation and final exclamation point on ones professional career and level of greatness? What purpose do they really serve?
As far as I’m concerned, these institutions are another form of mental and emotional enslavement (although they weren’t intended to be) for our brothers and sisters and others. Since when does any person (esp. one of color) need the affirmation of another to rate or validate their contributions or the level of their performance? Whenever a person buys into that type of mentality, they have placed themselves at the mercy of those who have invented the process as well as those who vote ( most of whom are white). These puny pompous people with their nomination/induction process and ceremonial event revel in the thought that their otherwise meaningless existence at this particular time has some relevant power (it does not). Only if you subscribe to the process and recognize it as valid.
White folks created these institutions of so-called prominence, acclaim and fame so that they can decide who meets the standard of excellence (something they’ve also have manufactured) and who has the honor of gracing its walls and corridors for folks to gawk at in wonderment. It is a part of the conditioning process that occurs very early in one’s life.. Rewards for Excellence.. Man it is all so pretentious and subjective and actually when it comes down to it, it means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of life, the world and the universe…
For most, I guess it serves as the final stamp of approval and recognition (from a select group of people who have probably never played a down) and just maybe one last widely publicized and nationally televised stroke for the ego. Oh please, please, please I need some stroking…What do you mean, I’m not worthy to be inducted into the Hall of Fame? Really???
Well, most of us seem to need a pat on the back for a job well done.. Although it’s gotta be a huge disappointment when it doesn’t come through. But hey, that is exactly what one has to expect when one relies on others to validate who they are and what they have accomplished.. You are now at their mercy and most of them are recklessly intoxicated with that notion… It’s gives them what they perceive as the power to validate or not. Which I guess can be a crushing blow to most. Personally, I wouldn’t give a crap or give them the pleasure…Just my pennies worth!!
Just a final note; I am all for excellence. Yes, be the best that you can possibly be. Do not settle for mediocrity and let your body of work speak for you, not someone else’s standard of excellence..
Written by Alton T. DeVeaux Jr. (Africafifth)
I know that a lot of folks will read this and find issue with it.. That’s understandable because I am challenging everything that you perceive and believe to be true in addition to how you perceive yourself and others to be. We have become so ingrained in certain teachings that we dear not consider the possibilities of those teachings to be incorrect and definitely not contrived. I would like you to take a moment to just consider who you are as well as what and how you think and how that has manifested into what and who you believe you are today.
My perceptions do influence my perspective and I attempt to look at things in a more abstract context. This allows me to form my views far outside the conventional school of methodology and thought. What we are is not necessarily who we are and vise versa.. What if we are just extensions of an intelligent consciousness that requires a physical state in order to exist? An intelligent matter that has designed not only the universe but everything that exists in it. Yeah, I know sounds unbelievable. Not nearly as much as the story of some white man with long flowing white hair and beard who has been cast as the divine creator of all there is…If you can believe that well, surely you can entertain my theory!!!
So it is written that; In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters… And God said, let there be light and there was light…Hmmm, I guess that would depend on what a so-called God is…
So, how do I perceive this and what is the perspective that I have? Well, initially just like most people I suppose, I was taught that there was this divine God being who created the earth and every form of life that inhabits it… Consequently, my perception was dramatically influenced by what I was taught and the depictions of a God that I was shown resulted in giving me a perspective (view) that was obscured and incorrect from these teachings… So, the question is; why was this done? The answer I believe that it was simply done as an effort to explain our presence here in a manner that we could relate too.It was considered blasphemous (and still is) to even think about questioning this myth..I decided to extricate my mind from the religions and their zealots, the so-called theologian scholars who are the conveyors of lies and deception and the purveyors of a manufactured creation story..I will seek to develop my own perceptions and my own perspective….I will question the story and those who continue to promulgate it..
Perspective is a point of view, perception is what you interpret. Perspective is an evaluation or analysis of something. It takes into account a belief system as well as what is taken in by the senses.
Perception is what you interpret from your five senses, touch, smell, sight, hearing, and taste. Perception is the process of attaining awareness or understanding of sensory information.
I especially like the last part: the process of attaining awareness or understanding of (SENSORY) information. How many times have you had a gut feeling about something, ignored it and in retrospect said man I knew I should have listened to my gut? How often have you felt pressured into doing something that you didn’t want to do and regretted it afterwards? Our senses alert us of danger or when something just isn’t right but we continue to either ignore them, deny them and never challenge anything and then we capitulate.. Why? What are we so afraid of? Answer; Criticism and Ostracism.. Very powerful weapons!