Condemning the Elders, while not condemning yourselves
I’m beginning to notice a disturbing Trend among many young folks who claim to be ‘conscious’. And what I am noticing is extremely troubling indeed. Many of these young folks who are claiming to be ‘conscious’ are now blaming all Elders for all the issues that plague us today, as a race of people. What they are now doing is blaming all of the Elders who have been out on the Forefront fighting against this system of Racism white-Supremacy and who had been out there doing real-life’s work back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. They are assigning blame to all Elders for all that has come since then, without fully understanding and analyzing all that went before. They have not fully analyzed the 60s, 70s, and 80s with the assassinations, agent provocateurs, under the FBI’s COINTELPRO program, as well as the sellouts and traitors who were among us during that turbulent time. You sit behind a keyboard assigning blame where it doesn’t rightfully belong. My questions for them are these: Who are these specific Elders you are referring to? What are their names? Why aren’t you blaming your own Elders and/or other family members, who in many instances weren’t even ‘conscious’ themselves and who were the actual folks who didn’t contribute anything and aren’t contributing anything now? And who were the ones who actually did nothing? In many of those instances, it was alcoholics, drug addicts, Pimps, Preachers with the Mega Churches, drug dealers, thieves, murderers, rapists, etc. Where is your condemnation for them? These are the real culprits who did nothing. Did you blame the Con men in our communities and others who were the ones pushing this new, crazy-ass idea of blaming the Elders? They are the ones who’ve actually done our movement far more damage, in pushing this idea than anything my generation ever did incorrectly? Where is your condemnation of them? Stop the blame game and pull up your sleeves and get to work. Those Elders were young once too. We were the youth and young adults back in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, who were out on the Forefront, in streets, actually putting in that real work, putting our lives in danger, and our freedom in danger each and every day. Stop saying the Elders failed. In fact, those Elders who put that real work had many successes. The question you need to ask yourselves is this: What generation did our enemies target and recruit in the assistance of undoing those accomplishments? Was it the Elders or the Generations that came after us Elders? Sure, many mistakes were made by us. But we’ve learned from those mistakes. And what we’ve learned during those dangerous and turbulent times we can pass on to Y’all. Are Y’all ready to listen? How do you claim to be Afrikan-Centered while not being willing to listen to the elders who have much to import to y’all that you can now synthesize and utilize and make better what we didn’t complete. Keep this in mind. We didn’t even have access to or even know of all of the scholarship of the likes of Dr. Chancellor Williams, Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, Dr. Theophile Obenga, Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Amos Wilson, Dr. Marimba Ani, Dr. Ivan Van Setima, Dr. Charles Finch, Dr. Jacob Carruthers, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Dr. Bobby Wright, Dr. Tdka Maat Kilimanjaro, Ashra and Merrira Kwesi, and the Warriors such as Harriet Tubman, Denmark Vessey, Nat Turner, Marcus Mosiah, Garvey, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Marc Clark, Bobby Hutton, George Jackson, Jonathan Jackson, Kwame Toure, Dr. Khalid Muhammad, Steve Cokely, Dell Jones, Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti, Kush The Black Unifier, and so many others. All of whom have displayed high moral standards of decency, ‘Iwa: A Warrior’s Character’, and courage. It’s time for all of us to put in real work. The Elders and the young have a job to do. However, the Elders’ job is quite different from the job of those who are of this generation. If you don’t understand the job that your generation is supposed to be doing, you can’t understand the job of the Elders. No other race of people so disrespects its Elders or condemns those who paved the way for them to be here as our own Young folks do. Let’s stop this blame game. Get from behind that keyboard and get to work. Remember, in a few years you will be an Elder. What will you leave the next generation that comes after you? And will you expect that generation to spend it’s time condemning you and blaming you or will you expect that generation to build on what you left them?
I’ll leave you with this quote to contemplate.
“Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.”
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