The Tarzan Fixation
Posted By: Ayinde In Response To: By Your Works--not color (Ras C. Liontree)
Date: Sunday, 25 December 2005, at 2:41 p.m.
In Response To: By Your Works--not color (Ras C. Liontree)
I do not know the situation with your Queen. She could simply not be interested in these online forums or not have the time. The point is no one can judge why she is not sharing from her point of view on this forum. She could have very valid reasons.
To I, most of your response after the part about your Queen are based on white privilege and arrogance.
"It would be great if someone else was answering the call who was of black skin. If there was not a need I would not go. There is a need so I act out of my ability to respond to that need."
* Yeah right! You already know WHY many Diasporan Black Africans cannot take up positions in Africa.
You are free to do what is legally permissible, but I will never be supportive of a White person trying to teach Black people about developing, history and/or spirituality. To add insult to injury, you are doing 'works' in a prison situation. It does not matter if these Blacks invited you. You could have simply declined on humanitarian grounds which is bigger than what a few imprisoned Blacks want. You could have let them know that there are well-informed Black Africans who should take up that challenge, but due to reparations not being paid, and because most Black Africans are trapped in bread and butter survival issues because of White colonization and corruption, there is a shortage of Black Africans presently, but that you are pushing the reparations issue to help resolve that (If reparations is even on your list of 'works' you are 'called' to do).
"For your question I ask one to you. How is it that white Quakers could play a role in the Underground Railroad? The ones who chose to do that had to step up to organize money, food, clothes, transportation, and safe houses while risking their life by listening to their heart and conscience. If they did not break the human law set for them the Underground Railroad would not have occurred. If they got stuck in saying wait I am white so therefore should not step up with action then Harriet Tubman and others escaping the plantations would not have had the physical necessities requiered for such a trip north. There was a need and they answered it."
* I feel you do not get how offensive you come over here.
So you are emulating the Quakers now. That is why I am very careful about how and when I accept help from Whites. When we are reasoning for our self-determination they often try to throw what they did back in our faces. One day I will go some more into that Quakers story.
"How does a calling come? Through surrendering and seeking. I fasted for four days in the the wilderness alone before my first trip to Ghana aksing to be guided. I did not know what knowledge and calling awaited me there but I had to empty myself in order to be a vessel for Jah to reveal his calling to me."
* I know some people who went into the bushes to meditate for some time. They did not claim to have emptied themselves (whatever you mean there, although I won't suggest that), but then they went into a police station and shot up the place. They said that God commanded them to do so. I think one was killed and the others are in jail now.
Saying you received a 'calling' does not mean anything. I find that people who claim they received a 'calling' as the excuse for their actions are not into reasoning. In my view, people can claim ANYTHING they do as they received a 'calling' to do so. That amounts to nothing. That response is not divine, reasonable or sensible. It is just a way to avoid working out the real or false self aggrandizing motivations for actions.
Like it or not you are White and Blacks should be suspicious of what you claim to be about in a Black Movement. I do not see you as a Brother. I see you as a privileged White who is capitalizing on a situation because Blacks have not been treated fairly. I see you as I see most other Whites. You are looking for Black support to proclaim yourself an exception to the rule. But the truth is, in my view, you are not such an exception. If you simply take the word of some Blacks who are mentally and/or materially impoverished and will take help from anywhere, you can be in a deluded state for a long time, much to your own detriment.
Having said all of that, you can do what is legally permissible, but rest assured that by feeling you are entitled (called) to BE and DO as you are doing in Africa, you have aligned yourself AGAINST Black Africans who are working for self-determination and want to remove all vestiges of a White saviour. You are automatically another White who is fueling divisions among Blacks Africans.
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