If you’re like me, you may have been in a Facebook debate once or twice; okay okay, on many occasions and often times I come away scratching my head thinking.. “Really?!” From Flat Earthers to self proclaimed prophets, to white racist, I’ve come across the whole gamut of people.
Personal to me, is the conscious “woke” community in which I am a part of. The exchange of new ideas presentation of new research and evidence, with the glorification of our heroes, history, and various identities of the African Diaspora is a subject of great importance and interest.
BUT, there’s always a but, often times new and enthusiastic individuals beginning their path towards knowledge neglect to perform proper research. Essential to intellectual growth, the lack of proper research can lead to fanaticism, irrationality, loss of credibility.
It is important to note: A foundation in Black History, African studies, Science, African Theology, Politics, Agriculture, Liberal Arts, Arithmetic, and Economics, during grade school and in the pursuit of higher learning at an HBCU first, is imperative to Black education before venturing out into the world of alternative ideals, views, and opinions. One thing is for sure, we have come a long way in regards to education.
However a common trait I’ve noticed with the various discussions I’ve had with brothas and Sistahs who are coming into their enlightenment is that a lot of us are hella paranoid of anything to do with white supremacy, white HIStory, white propaganda, or mainstream education. Their concerns are completely legit, but couple that with oppression, crappy school systems, lack of study and opportunity in institutions of higher learning, lack of reading and traveling, black people without the proper resources and research methods can be lead easily into the fringes of pseudo history, pseudo science, zealotry, cultural appropriation, and xenophobia.
Because of this, some of us who do not apply proper research methods and comparative analysis while verifying sources often fall victim to propaganda, White—-as well as Black propaganda, biased news, and misinformation on the Internet. Rarely considering outside sources, evidence, and opinions, we often dismiss anything objective from white people or anyone that may have to offer on a subject if it is perceived as coming from the oppressor—unless it fits our narrative.
Something as trivial as the use of the term “Black”, “moor”, or “Hebrew”, or “Africa” can become a subject of debate and contention, instead of an acknowledgement of the different Indigenous groups that have come from the Motherland and the different names associated with them and with Africa. Petty debates that prevents us from moving on to building together in the same interest.
This is why improper research is KILLING the credibility of the Conscious community and those with credible research that challenges Academia. We have begun to ignore the facts over personal beliefs adopting a qualitative method of research over quantitative data, instead of blending the two to gain an objective view of reality.
To ignore a source over trivial matters and dismissing anything afterwards as “lies” because it came from a white person or a person you perceive to be following the oppressor because of the use of a name like “Moor” instead of “Black” during a debate referring to the same group of people is an example of intellectual dishonesty. Acknowledge context, Read that source, do a comparative analysis of contemporary sources relative to the era, analyze the evidence found in each source and the various conclusions made from the researchers using the evidence, then form your opinion from there. NOW you can easily reference several sources to make your argument for or against based on the most credible evidence.
It’s easy to discern what is true and what’s not when you learn to make reading a habit and knowing the difference between direct and indirect sources are crucial. Questioning is the foundation of knowledge, Literacy (reading, writing, and arithmetic) is the foundation of learning, and the scientific method is the foundation of experiment and collecting evidence. A comparative analysis of the results found are the foundations of Confirmation. We use this to form our understanding as the foundation of our opinion. If one of these are off, then an opinion can be seriously flawed. This is the case with the Eugenics movement, it was found to have no scientific legitimacy due to further subsequent studies in genetics, sociology, anthropology, and history.
So why should an oppressed people study as much as possible and consider all evidence independently even if it comes from your oppressor, perceived oppressor, or any contrary opinion? Because it is important to build an objective view of reality that allows us to understand our place in society and how to maneuver between the barriers set upon us. What is the phrase? “Learn thy enemy”.
I’ve repeatedly encountered brothers in discussion that give white people and their perceived oppressors too much credit. They often give their oppressor an almost god like ability to control everything and anything leaving only a few Black scholars and YouTubers who have unlocked the secrets held of “true history” of Black people that the oppressor forbids us to know.
I often here the excuse “That’s the white man’s HIStory” “You’re going to take the governments word for it?” “You can’t believe what that says, Europeans wrote it?” “You know Europeans plagiarized everything, right?” While some of this may be true, these same individuals do not realize YouTube is not a credible source and most reputable, credible, and legit Black scholars rely heavily on European writings because the fact is, Europeans recorded a hell of a lot—from events, to individuals, to records, to government records, journals, etc.
This is not to say Africans and Asians did not record anything, because they did, however during the European Renaissance and Colonization, Europeans made a conscious effort to question, record, and document (as well as conquer) and adopt anyone or anything they encountered that could be used for their benefit. Their sources should not be ignored, but studied.
Example. Because Black Americans were oppressed by white people in America doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t read or should dismiss The Federalist Papers, Official Govt documents and statistics, Columbus and De Las Casa’s diaries, The Origin of Species or Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee because they’re written by white people. I often here DNA evidence, and government census aren’t credible because it’s controlled by white peoples. These books and other sources are incredibly valuable evidence when constructing the history of America. Even though history is written by the conquerors, they often write too much and reveal great secrets.
In other words, we have to limit our biases and prejudices when researching history if we’re going to gain an objective and informed opinion. Kill people with credible and verifiable facts and logic then insert your opinion that your facts and logic confirm.
When I suggest this to brother’s they tell me to “know thyself” in regards to history, but I often find that they, themselves do not know where to find “thyself” in the ancient literature.
Because we often take the word of modern day scholars speaking about people from 2000 years ago instead of reading the actual words from the people from 2000 years ago, we often become misinformed. An example being someone taking the opinion of a scholar about the writings of Herodotus as WORD, without reading Herodotus for their self in order to verify what the modern scholar is conjecturing. This is a tragedy.
Ive come to realize: Lies were told to people who were restricted from reading and writing. Now, The lies are told to people who do not use their ability to read and write. This is a tragedy
How are we to grow economically if we don’t study Marx, Keynes, and Sowell, the people who study the economic system in which we operate or contend with? How are we to grow politically if we don’t study Cicero, The Federalist, Bloomberg, and Hitler, people who founded, studied, or came into power under political systems in which we live under? How are we to grow scientifically if we don’t study the likes of Einstein, Tesla, Elon Musk, or Zuckerberg, the leading people in science and technology, in which we use? How are we to grow in business and commerce if we do not study the likes of Ayn Rand, Bezos, Rockefeller, Rothschilds and Debeers, the capitalist and financiers of the world?
We must study these individuals and complement it with the knowledge we have of ourselves and our abilities then refine what works to our advantage.
It doesn’t matter what your religion, nationality, or spirituality is, as long as we understand where faith ends and facts begin as we recognize our common interest in promoting the upward mobility of Black people of the African Diaspora.
For us to be taken seriously in academia, science, politics, and society, we must promotes the gaining of knowledge through proper research, scholarship, and the scientific method in the various studies of history, economics, military, politics, technology, and science and consider ALL SOURCES, ALL EVIDENCE, ALL FACTS, ALL RESULTS.