This weekend I traveled to Los Angeles - righteously named by the Gods and Earths "Love Allah" - for the first time. I went on a mission... to support my God and his organization FTP Movement - as he was hosting a fundraiser for the organization and also spoke at a fundraiser for our illustrious scholar and elder Dr. Ben. Being that I went to support the God, a lot of my movements had to be on his (or rather his hosts') time. Knowing this ahead of time I let the Gods and Earths know where I'd be and when during most of the weekend.
The Earth Mecca Islam opened her rest for us to stay at (all praises due), and two of the Gods came out to link up with me at the FTP fundraiser, which was a live show with performers ranging from a live band headed by a sax man, it featured Precise Science (and if u don't know 'em... get to...cause they're off the chain), had some amazing spoken word artists, guitarists, singers and the like. I say this, because, although I'm happy that a couple folks came out... a lot of what we were doing for the weekend focused on putting in work to save our people from a mental death and physical bondage - from raising gold for Dr. Ben's medical care and daily needs, to raising gold to assist FTP's "Feed the People" program and erect some new ones in the LA area, to actually going out on Skid Row among thousands of homeless people and passing out hundreds upon hundreds of brown bag lunches, water and even clothes.
At the Dr. Ben fundraiser out of about 30 adults present, less than half were from LA, the vast majority traveled from Oakland and folks even flew in from Indianapolis and drove from San Diego to attend.
One thing I learned this weekend is that there are a lot of us in the so-called conscious aka knowledge of self having community who will come out for a party, will come out even for some good God degree, but we do not come out to put forth the labor it takes to save our people from systematic oppression! This means to me that our priorities are seriously out of sync!
So, the Nation of Gods and Earths teaches that "the Black man is God and the Black woman is the Earth"... GREAT... we teach that we can save ourselves from triple darkness (deaf, dumb and blindness) with Supreme Mathematics... GREAT... so HOW DO WE GO ABOUT APPLYING WHAT WE KNOW IN A TANGIBLE MANNER? HOW DO WE MANIFEST PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO THE SOCIAL CONDITIONS THAT ARE DESTROYING OUR PEOPLE?
And bump the answers "I teach my babies", "I teach my woman", "I teach I teach I teach"... that's a copy cat answer with little substance! What I am asking is WHAT DO YOU DO... WHAT KIND OF PROGRAMS DO YOU WORK ON... DO YOU WRITE PROPOSALS... VOLUNTEER FOR A MENTORING PROGRAM, AT A SOUP KITCHEN... DO YOU DO A SEASONAL COAT/CLOTHING DRIVE... OPEN YOUR DOOR FOR THOSE WITHOUT A HOME TO REST IN... DONATE MONEY TO A CAUSE... VOLUNTEER AT YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL... MAINTAIN A SELF-DEFENSE CLASS/SURVIVALIST TRAINING... TEACH GARDENING, HOLISTIC HEALTH OR OTHER PRACTICAL SKILLS THAT CAN AID OUR PEOPLE IN ACHIEVING SELF SUFFICIENCY FROM THE AMERIKKKAN GOVERNMENT???
I know that this sounds like a reiteration of blogs I've posted in the past, I suppose that's because I find it to be really condescending that we (gods and earths) call ourselves "the 5 percent who know who the true and living God is and teach..." yet I rarely see the Gods and Earths among the community getting our hands dirty to pull up our people out of the dirt. Teach is easy, all you have to do is talk good (have swift wisdom) and look good (carry yourself like royalty). But how many of us teach thru action, thru the works that we do and let those works speak for themselves?
I helped start a Seeds Cipher Activity out here in Allah's Garden (Atlanta) where we take the youth on field trips once a month and have a 1-week summer camp, initiated a day that we all went out to feed the homeless, just did a winter clothing drive, I cook healthy vegan food for events put on by various organizations (only way to reach the people is to branch outside the box of the NGE) and in turn folks from those organizations have supported our (the Gods/Earths) efforts, work on spreading awareness about political prisoners, etc etc. Only to be silenced when I referred to two Black women out of their name when they did not keep their word and take on the responsibilities they volunteered for in working with the seeds (and their lack of participation and failure to make word bond led to the near drowning of one of our youth). And so, because I was silenced for 90 days among the Gods/Earths in Atlanta, in order to continue my community efforts (cause I sure wasn't gonna sit up waiting for no mystery to bring relief to my solitude) I had to make a concerted effort to build with brothas and sistas from various cultures and religions. This pleases me though, because I've accomplished more... and more importantly - LEARNED MORE... in my 3 months away from the Nation (here in Atlanta) than I did in my 2 1/2 years of being in Allah's Garden... so the silencing was a blessing in disguise because it let me know (1) who is my sister/brother unconditionally (not just in fair weather), (2) gave me even more community resources to work with, (3) fewer responsibilities to the nation (cooking for rallies, organizing earth ciphers) gave me more time to do community fundraisers, clothing drives, mentor at-risk youth (not just nation babies), travel to get training from elders, etc, (4) showed me what a true revolutionary (fighter for change to better the circumstances of our people) really is... and the list goes on.
And don't get it twisted... by saying what I've learned and experienced since being on my self-imposed exiling from NGE rallies/classes here in Allah's Garden, does not negate all that I've learned and experienced in my 12 years and counting in the Nation thus far. When I learned that the duty of a civilized person was to teach the sciences of life, I took that phrase seriously and started studying the sciences of life for myself so that I'd be able to share what I'd learned. My experiences in and works done among the Gods and Earths have prepared me to branch out into the community and armed me with the intelligence and know how to see what needs to be done to save our people and empowered me to just do it. Just as my mother's rearing and father's influence as a child prepared me to come into the realization of my responsibilities as an Earth and know an understand who the true and living God is.
I'm revealing a lot in this blog... more than I ever anticipated saying in public... I know folks will use some of what I say as ammunition against me (I got a lotta well-earned haters out there... LOL... but like my momma said, "if people aren't talking about you then you must not be doing shit!")... but if this blog helps just one person grasp the necessity for community building among ALL original people (not just sit up at rallies among those who speak the same language - talkin'/so-called buildin', cookin' and lookin' cute, while taking care of only those seeds we physical birthed), helps one person come to the realization that our duty goes BEYOND teaching and STARTS with learning, and encourages that person to get involved in (or start) programs with practical solutions, then all that I've written is worth the hell that may come my way.
In the great scheme of things I feel like I don't do shit... I feel like I am not accomplishing much because there is so overwhelmingly much that needs to be done to even BEGIN to heal original people's ills (in this country and around the globe). At the same time, I know that I've achieved mental freedom - and am still growing in it - and, like with Harriet Tubman, my own freedom is not sufficient. Like with Allah (the Father) the acquiring of my own degree of knowledge of self is not sufficient. FREEDOM, JUSTICE and EQUALITY FOR ALL IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL!
So I ask, are you satisfied with what the Gods and Earths do to bring relief to the aid of our people? If so, what would those things be? If not, what are you doing on your end... outside of your household... outside of your nation... outside of your comfort zone(your works may inspire another)? How are you putting your skills to use? And as an educator, what practical skills are you teaching your student (not just that they ARE God, but how to BE God and thus your brothers' keeper)?
Straight up... I'm channeling the energy of our ancestor Harriet Tubman right now, "her own freedom was not enough... so we all stick together, nobody turns back" and gain freedom for all!
Eboni Joy Asiatic