SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER: THE STRUGGLE TO RECLAIM HISTORY AND CULTURE
By Fahim A. Knight-El
People have often asked me, how did I arrived as this present space and time? I have a very simple, but humble answer, which is that along my journey people, took time out with me in my early stages of my conscious development in which to share their experiences and knowledge with me. I now feel a personal and spiritual obligation to do the same and that is one of the reasons I started the Keeping It Real Think Tank and the Keeping it Real Blog site, which was to give back some of the knowledge and wisdom that I had acquired along the way—I have sat under many master teachers, Sages and Gurus—but those teachers that taught me the knowledge of self, I consider those experiences and lessons invaluable. Three Master teachers perhaps shaped my thinking more than others; they were Dr. Yosef A.A. Ben-Johnannan, Kwame Ture and Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad as we say in the black conscious circle they broke that thing off in me. They taught the importance of revolution and liberation and gave me a visual of what freedom was supposed to look like. They were serious students of history (furious debaters) and I still heavily rely on their analysis in presenting my worldview.
I did not attain this knowledge overnight, (knowledge is revealed in degrees according to the Holy Qur'an Sharrieff) as I stated initially I have traveled various Paths, but each experience has brought me to this space and time of where I am right now. The above individuals taught that racism was endemic and racism was to America as cherry pie and baseball was; they never would allow us to forget the importance of our history and culture. They also, equally reminded us never to forget the significance of the raping and robbing of Africa and the 310 year Chattel Slavery experience in which western theoreticians have often downplayed its relevance and significance to people of African descent and their present predicament. Many Eurocentric historians, social scientist and pundits desire for us to overlook the greatest crime that was ever committed against a segment of humanity—they have even accused me of playing the victimization card because I dare to keep this argument front and center. Perhaps in many of their minds they still believed that Europeans were bringing civilization to the 'Dark Continent' (Africa) and because of this cultural arrogant position, it has always led me to abhorring them damn Christian Missionaries (Islamic Missionaries were no different) holding the bible in one hand and supporting slavery on the other hand and everywhere they have gone throughout the earth creating havoc and destruction in the name of God and Jesus. How in the hell do you reconcile this contradiction?
I think history is best qualified to reward all of our research and study. I think everyone has a right to view reality from their faith tradition, but I do not view God as a spook or spirit and I definitely do not believe in that Mystery God. I also disagree that African/African Americans are in their condition because of sin. They are in their condition because of schemes of oppression, imperialism, colonialism, neocolonialism, racism, capitalism and unequal distribution of the world’s wealth, etc., and not by some inherited sin that has been passed down through their bloodline (this belief and contention is the epitome of religious racism). No. Many have used various theological reason and interpretations to justify human suffering. For example, Blacks/Africans are the descendents of the biblical Ham and God cursed the linage of Ham. These backwards religious stories have found their way in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, they were often taught and propelled to justify black inferiority and white superiority. God did not say any such thing, these so-called revealed words of God has been tampered with and used to control the thinking of humanity. I had disassociated myself from organized religion a long time ago. My people who are the original people of the earth has always delved into the Occult, Esoteric and Gnostic—the science of numerology (the spiritual science of numbers), Zodiac, Astronomy, etc., goes back to Ancient Kemet (Egypt). Yes I accept the mathematical science and predictions of numbers that is coded in past, present and future outcomes. The meaning of it all is written in the Sun, Moon and Stars. His 6,000 year ruler-ship ended in 1914 and right now he is existing under grace. History is written 25,000 years in advance then we live it. We are in the 15,000 year of the cycle. No, doubt God is present in the person of the Original Man.
Some years ago, I became aware of James Cone's works titled, "Black Power and Black Theology" and "Black Liberation Theology" and Cone interpreted the Christianity from the experience of the oppressed (and declared that God was a God of the oppressed) and gives us a profound revolutionary view of Jesus and his mission. His writings sound more like Minister Malcolm X than a Christian theologian. Also, the legendary black theologian Howard Thurman who authored a book titled, "Jesus and the Disinherited", I advise my readership to get all of Thurman's works; he is unmatched as a theologian. I have always had nothing but respect for the late Reverend Albert Cleage (Jaramogi Abebe AgyEman) who authored two monumental books relative to Black Liberation Theology titled, "Black Christian Nationalism: New Directions for the Black Church” and “The Black Messiah." Cleage (1911-2000) was the founder of the Shrine of the Black Madonna in Detroit, Michigan. He too taught a revolutionary version of Christianity.
Christianity was part of my upbringing early on in my life; I learned so many good moral and ethical principles from this path and I would not be the person that I am today, if it wasn't for the Bible Study classes because it rooted me in prayer, love, and respect for humanity. I did not turn my back on Christianity, but there was something else pulling at me and I had to investigate this urging in order to fulfill what was taking place inside of me relative to a longing to be connected with the energy of my culture and heritage (I had more questions than the church was accustomed to answering). I felt that Eurocentric Christianity had helped to rob us of the knowledge of self and this system of white supremacy was guiding America's theological ideas and this was evident in the images and symbolism associated with Western Christianity. I knew deep down inside that Isa Bin Yusuf (Jesus the son of Joseph the Arabic connotation of Jesus name) was black and African, but our indoctrination led us to believe that Jesus and all the Biblical prophets were white and European (I have always had a problem with this). Yet, there are some Afrocentric Christian teachers and researchers who are doing yeoman's work to redefine Christianity in our likeness and image. No, doubt, the Ethiopian Coptic Church is the oldest Christian Church in the world, it predated Constantine and the Roman Catholic Church by thousands of years and it even predated Judaism and Islam (these are relatively new faith traditions). So there is enough in the original Christian doctrines that compliments our quest for attaining the truth and I do not have a problem with the true teachings of Yeshuaa Bin Yosef (Jesus the Son of Joseph the Hebrew connotation of Jesus name), as long as the theological and philosophical teachings reflects our culture and tradition. Moreover, the acquisition of knowledge effects each of us differently and our personal experiences factors into this equation and it is these variables that begin to shape and lead us to certain spiritual Paths (when the student is ready the teacher will enter).
When the Europeans Settlers (the dregs of Europe) in the 1600s arrived to the Eastern Seaboard to what they called the ‘New World’ and what eventually would be called the United States of America—there were two million Native Americans so-called Indians (original people) who were also victims of his practices of racism and global genocide of the darker people of the earth. The Aboriginal people of New Zealand and Australia were also victims of systemic practices of racism; the people of India and Asia were victims of his practice of racism. But many who advocate that we are now living in a post-racial era desire to conveniently overlook these racist motivated historical crimes. This is why I have always kept these social issues in the forefront of my discussions; thus, my focus will always be on exposing and bringing greater awareness to the plight of African people and to expose what took place with the original people because of the level of oppression and tyranny they have experienced, which I stated above it is often intentionally overlooked by Eurocentric thinkers and intellectuals. However, for me this isn't about race as much as it is about European and American imperialism—injustice that is what I am exposing (It just happened to be that the people who committed these above mentioned crimes were Europeans).
Throughout history of African Americans and/or black people in the United States there have always been a need for our leaders to address the cultural and social void that had contributed to us being viewed as a marginalized people who had no agreed nationality and after 400 years were disconnected from our homeland of Africa. So I have always appreciated those who sought to bringing solutions that were outside the box because they understood that our problems were deeply rooted and we needed more than the superficial rhetoric of integration and Civil Rights. Pan Africanist, Cultural Nationalist and Black Nationalist groups and organizations such as the All African People’s Revolutionary Party who used co-host African Liberation Day in Washington, DC, Nation of Islam, African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, the New Black Panther Party, Shrine of the Black Madonna, Nation of Gods and Earths, Moorish Science Temple, Nation of Yahweh, the various Kemetic Science Study Groups and the work that Brother Ashra Kwesi does with exposing us to the knowledge of Kemet (he conducts tours to Egypt and take people to the physical temples that were built by our ancestors) and I also tilt my hat to the work that our brother Dr. Ray Hagin is doing as a religious Pan Africanist and Conscious Christian who is working to redefining the image of Christianity in the image and likeness of our African and Kemetic ancestors. He and many others are teaching theology and philosophy to build positive self-esteem and to work to overcome the historical and psychological trauma of what lasted for 310 years and move black people off their dependency on the Federal Government, as well reconnect them back to a history and culture that were robbed and taken from them.
We must read and study and show ourselves approved; moreover, and not be fearful of evaluating and assessing various schools of thought by extracting the best from each and discarding that which doesn't resonate with us. And apply our learning in some form of activism unless we become armchair revolutionaries—Brother Kwame Ture would often tell us to join an African organization. I always tell younger brothers that knowledge is power and knowledge should transform our lives, but we must be true to God and true to ourselves and most of all be true to the people. I consider my library sacred just like some people have prayer rooms in their homes and places where they go and mediate and reflect; that lofty place in my home is my library—the power of books and knowledge takes me to another terrestrial and celestial plane. Perhaps some authors who I have embraced have impacted my mental paradigm more than others such as: Chancellor Williams, John G. Jackson, Cheikh Anta Diop, Ivan Van Sertima, etc.
Reverend Al Sharpton, Marc Morial and Benjamin Jealous, etc., (they all stomped hard for President Obama’s reelection) often these types are more interested in window dressing and cutting deals for themselves (some of them are paid informants and government agents) and yet keep the masses of black people thinking that it is their interest which they are fighting—they do not tell the people that they are recipients of the Carnegie Mellon Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation (and its their agenda that is being pushed). May be part of Al Sharpton’s pay off was to give him a job on MSNBC (supreme black talking head) and you noticed prior to him becoming Obama’s bulldog the organization that he heads National Action Network was inconsequential as a player in the arena of civil rights and now this organization is being viewed on the same level of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)—the media has elevated this Negro as the so-called spokesman of African Americans. I believe Sharpton has had the assignment to silence other so-called American Negroes who would openly criticize President Barack Obama for betraying the “Black Agenda” and therefore, not many black critics were allowed to critique and evaluate his public policy during his first term. They have publically orchesterized Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley for daring to criticizing President Obama in which I agree with West and Smiley and this is not to say that these two aren’t opportunist.
Let me give Sharpton and the Black Congressional Caucus members (Cynthia McKinney, the former Congresswoman from Georgia is one of the few Black elected officials that has demonstrated any backbone and there are none present in congress as bold as she was) a message, if you Negroes desire to do something heroic there is a sister named Assata Shakur (slave named Joanne Chesimard) who has been living in exile for probably close to 30 years in Cuba who escaped from the United States in 1979 as a political prisoner in which President Fidel Castro in 1984 granted her political asylum. She published her autobiography in 1987 titled, “Assata: An Autobiography” she lays out how the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Cointelpro) targeted her because of her activism and involvement in the Black Liberation Army; I also touched on Shakur in an article that wrote titled, “Cuba Has Withstood the Storm of American Imperialism” see link by Fahim A. Knight-El ( http://fahimknightsworld.blogspot.com/20...
I am asking them to demand that President Obama pardon Sister Assata Shakur and commute her sentence sense they have his ear and I am even going to go a step further and also ask that he pardon all other black revolutionaries who are still political prisoners from the 1960s and 1970s that still lingers in Federal and State Prisons in the United States as victims of Cointelpro. If former President Bill Clinton could pardon one of the most toxic and notorious white collar criminals in American history named Marc Rich who illegally made millions of dollars in buying and selling Iranian oil when the U.S. Government had sanctions and embargoes against Iran and it was considered illegal to trade with Iran. Rich case was also the largest tax evasion case in U.S. history at that time and he came under the RICO statues as well. He absconded from the United States to Switzerland where he lived in exile as a fugitive for almost 20 years until President Clinton in 2001 in his last day in office issued him a presidential pardon.
I know that I am veering off course: But I also know that President Barack Obama does not have the power or authority to alter the agenda nor did Governor Mitt Romney regardless of which one of the 2012 presidential candidates would have won the election, they were both commissioned to follow the script. I had been telling those who followed my Blog that Obama had already been chosen for a second term before the November 6, 2012 election day and prior to the Electoral College votes and Popular votes were counted and before the Super Pacs had assembled in their 501-C-4 political strategy room (many still do not understand that there are some Hidden Powers that have always selected all U.S. presidents). This does not say much about our democracy. William Cooper authored his book titled, "Behold the Pale Horse", I believe it was published in 1991. He had thoroughly pointed out that United States had transitioned into a Fascist State and the United States Government pre 9/11 had already enough in its arsenal to tread upon the Civil Liberties of the United States citizens.
No doubt the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has taken the concept of the police State and Big Brother to another level relative to the diminishing of our so-called civil liberties and it is a very scary era that we are presently living under. But these measures have been in the makings for a very long time and unless the American people wake up from their slumber and begin to show and demonstrate some resistance to the increasing police state concept it is going to get more oppressive and reactionary. It does not matter if it’s President Obama or any other controlled dictator occupies the White House—the results are going to be the same. Our democracy had become seriously compromised since the 9/11 hoax because our so-called system of checks and balance pursuant to the three levels of government—Executive, Judicial and Legislative Branches lost the original intent (separation of powers) of what the constitution was trying to prevent (Fascism and Totalitarianism), but we allowed them to transfer all the power to the Executive branch of government. A mistake of great proportional magnitude and will prove to be consequential.
There was a Black Nationalist leader named Yahweh Ben Yahweh (leader of the Nation of Yahweh, a Black Hebrew Israelite sect out of Miami, Florida one may not agree with his theology, but what happened to him was of the utmost importance); in November 1990 he became a trial run (litmus test if you will) and pilot project for how the United States Constitution would become unbinding as the jurisprudence rule of law of the land. The late Yahweh Ben Yahweh was held/detained for months without being formally charged, denied bond, denied the right to an attorney and his 14th Amendment right of due process was denied and this is pre so-called Islamic terrorist being held in Guantánamo Bay Cuba. He was eventually charged and convicted under the RICO statues and shortly upon his release from Federal Prison he died of prostrate cancer in 2007.
It was Florida's State Attorney named Janet Reno that delivered Yahweh to the sacrificial alter. Here is my point, the encroachment of the civil liberties of the American people has been in full affect before the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) enacted by President Obama and U.S. Congress on December 31, 2011. For example, in 1979 the Iranian Revolution with the coming to power of Imam Ayatollah Khomeini and the overthrowing the U.S. puppet Shah Mohammed Reza in which the Iranian Government had billions of dollars in American and European Banks. And based on U.S. Seizure and Forfeiture laws and policies the U.S. Government had the legal ability to freeze Iranian money and assets for over 30 years (once again this sound like what’s written in the present day U.S. Patriot Act before it was enacted). I am talking about the U.S. Government having this authority in 1979. Please go back and read the King Alfred Plan and there is a book that I read many years go authored by Samuel Yette titled: "The Choice: The Issue of Black Survival in America". Obama without a doubt is one of the most dangerous U.S. presidents of all times, although, he is a pawn and I understand that nothing happens without the approval of the Hidden Elite—he takes orders extremely well and that is why he was rewarded a second term and lastly we had transitioned into a full fledge police state long before President Obama was elected commander-in-chief.
On November 22, 2012, a person had responded to an article that I wrote on my Blog titled: "Seceding From the Union: How do the International Bankers See This Idea?" I explained to him that I totally disagreed with him, if he thought that President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe or some other insignificant dictator in Sudan has brought down the economic Global House (I mistakenly misunderstood his comments). Nevertheless, here was my perspective; they (Mugabe or any other world leaders) are not even players on the chessboard and it was beyond my understanding of how any sane person could draw that conclusion; this notion is an insult to all of us who have dedicated years of research and study to disentangling this web of deception and for someone come up with this reactionary analysis is ludicrous and hold no scholarly merit. President Mugabe hasn’t ever been and will never be part of the Dynastic Families and their inner networking system; those such as the Paul Warburgs, Rothschilds, J.P. Morgan Families, etc., are in a High Elitist Class by themselves; these are just three Dynastic Families who have controlled and manipulated global resources and money for centuries.
There is a second Elitist tier such as the Oppenheimers and the DeBeers who has horded the resources and mineral rights of Africa and Mugabe does not fit into this tier either (Mugabe is a pawn and nothing else, but we all are pawns and modern day slaves for the money changers). It's not President Mugabe that controls the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England or the Bank of International Settlement (he has no influence over global Central Banking; thus the Rothschilds do). Mugabe does not have power to dictate international money interest and inflation—and determine the rise and fall of global currencies. I must tell you straight up there are some much more powerful Hidden and Invisible Forces that determines humanity's political, social, and economic course than some isolated African leader who sit in South East Africa. This Power Elite determines wars, as well as their outcomes, induce famines, controls the flow of money, determines the status of so-called world leaders, etc.
They use the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to reward and punish Developing Nations. Zimbabwe and Africa is in trouble because of European imperialism and neocolonialism. Cecil Rhodes and King Leopold devastated the entire continent of Africa; these Robber Barons stole the gold, diamonds, silver, etc., from beneath the feet of African people and have created the misery that you see throughout the continent of Africa. It is criminal not to look at the history of the International Banking Houses and draw the conclusion that the Rothschilds are directly responsible for Global suffering. Just think about this Money Cartel that has the ability to create money out of thin air and drive humanity like good little Sheepel who voluntarily looking to be led to the slaughter by their masters. The root of the social, political, and economic problems today in Africa had there inceptions in external forces who brought that slave making Christianity (stealing the minds of the indigenous people) and although African nations in the 1960s who fought for independence and liberation, it was superficial sovereignty. But the damage of colonialism would be everlasting and history has proven that it has been long standing.
Fahim A. Knight, Chief Researcher for keeping it Real Think Tank located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-EI can be reached at fahimknight@ yahoo.com.
Stay Awake Until We Meet Again,
Fahim A. Knight-El