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Common Misconceptions About Black Consciousness

black consciousness misconceptions

I see many people on social media who after exhibiting some level of participation in various discussions on the problems facing Black people, get frustrated and lash out against Black Consciousness. They begin to classify all “so-called conscious” people under the same category as if all Black Conscious people are the same. All it does is expose their own level of consciousness to reveal that they never started becoming conscious from the inside first.

First of all, Black Consciousness is not an organization or something to join. Black Consciousness is all about self-improvement by acquiring knowledge about all things including yourself, your history and the way the world works. By increasing your knowledge, you will be able to understand and work to conquer the problems that hinder your personal happiness and the happiness of the people you have a bond with, which are your fellow Black people. All Black people who are seeking to raise their level of consciousness should understand what Black Consciousness is not.

Black Consciousness was started by Ghetto Scholars on Social Media. No, Black Consciousness is not a “Johnny come lately” concept started by Ghetto Scholars. The modern incarnation of Black Consciousness is only a continuation of a movement that began post-slavery with people like Frederick Douglas, Booker T Washington, Marcus Garvey, WEB Du Bois and many others. In the mid to late 19th century there was Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Farrakhan, Steve Biko, Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela and many lesser known scholars who served to inspire the current generation of people a lot of us look to for leadership.

The term Black Consciousness was actually coined by Steve Biko of South Africa in the early 1970s. Biko and other politically active students formed a Black student organization in their university to address the extreme brutality of Apartheid. Through his writings Steve Biko proved that the Pen is mightier than the Sword and that conscious thought is more powerful than violent confrontation. Biko was a very intelligent man who used his pen to metaphorically stab at the conscience of white South Africans. Unfortunately, in 1977 he was killed by the wicked Apartheid security forces. Although Apartheid ended in South Africa Biko is still a Martyr of inspiration for South Africans.

Personally, I first became familiar with the term “Consciousness” from Reggae music in my native country of Jamaica and later in the Hip-hop music of the 1980s. In Reggae music there are numerous sub-genres, one of which is still very powerful and that is Conscious Reggae. In this genre there is Bob Marley all the way up to Chronixx. Conscious Reggae is all about addressing corruption in society by providing inspiration through the music. In Hip-Hop Conscious Rap music addressed common injustices like poverty and police brutality. The message of Consciousness has always been there throughout our history of oppression, its up to us as individuals to take heed.

Black Consciousness is non-religious. Consciousness occurs when energy passing between nerves cells in the Brain generates a Mind field. Black Consciousness occurs when a Black person begins to rationalize about his or her condition and embarks on a mission to change it for the better. One of the most successful vehicles for self improvement is religion. I call religion a paradox tool because you cannot use it to help you if you know the truth about it and it helps you best when it induces you into having blind faith.

The key benefit of religion is self-discipline therefore, to maintain blind faith in the promise of eternal life after death is the ultimate exercise in self discipline. You begin to believe that even the evil things that are happening to you are simply tests of your faith so you persevere in your illusions. At some point however, you begin to see that its either too much to bear or its actually the Devil that’s oppressing you so you begin to fight back. Such were the cases of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.

Isn’t it ironic that the two biggest examples of Black people fighting back against the unjust system of America were religion based? Both men used the self discipline that they gained from religion, one Islam, the other a Christian, to build such huge followings that they even emboldened other Black people to stand up and fight back against oppression. All religions are based on illusions but as was evident, they build self discipline which is a key characteristic required in Black Consciousness. Religious consciousness begins when Black religious leaders begin to use their influence to address social problems.

Black Consciousness is militant and violent. Some of us have the misconception that Black consciousness is about overthrowing “the system” by violent means. There’s nothing wrong with that if that’s the way you feel but be prepared to go all out. Violent revolutions have historically been the best way to bring about change in a corrupt society. You will need thousands of like minded people who are willing to die for the cause but don’t get frustrated when a majority of Black people will not join you.

It has little to do with being scared. Our problems are; we do not trust one another and we fear the consequences of acting due to a lack of knowledge and organization. The best solution to our dis-unity and confusion is a strong leader or a strong Spiritual inspiration. Unfortunately, there are no real Black leaders within the Black Conscious community and Black people are too Spiritually fragmented to fight for the ideals of a single god. Farrakhan came close but as is evident, his influence is on the decline.

When you overthrow the System what will you replace it with? All systems are not Black and White. You may find inspiration in hating the White man but consider that there are many other corrupt systems in the world. Even in predominantly Black countries there is hate for authority which means that what you are really fighting for is personal Liberty. Just know that without a strong Conscience, personal Liberty will eventually lead to personal corruption and the corruption of others within the same society as your personal liberties collide with the liberties of others.

Everyone who claims to be conscious are really conscious. There are some people who use the concept of Black Consciousness for profit or fame. Beware of these people; they are not conscious, they are opportunists. A Conscious person is able to use his or her Mind to override the desires of his or her Brain. Read about Desire Dependency for a detailed explanation of this character trait. Truly conscious people are not hung up on Desire manipulating things such as Beauty, Sex, Drugs, Money, Fame, and Power.

Black Consciousness speaks for all Black people. Conscious individuals and organizations do not speak for all Black conscious people like the term Black Community does not indicate racial solidarity. To each his own so if you do not like the message that someone who professes to be Conscious is dispensing then move on. One of the ultimate goals of consciousness movement is to inspire every individual to become a leader in their own right. That way the movement doesn’t die with the death of a leader.

Black Consciousness is Leftist, Socialist, and Communist. There is a common misconception among many Black people that to be conscious means that you have to become a Socialist or a Communist. Furthermore, you have to give up your pursuit of wealth, higher education, family values, and the sanctity of Life itself to focus on the needs of the Black community. The problem with Socialism and Communism is that they are incompatible with the flaws of human nature therefore, they must be legislated or imposed on a society by a dictator in order to work.

Common sense dictates that you cannot force goodwill; it has to be Altruistic. Altruism is the concept of practicing kindness in all your interactions with others. Helping others has to come from your own Conscience and not someone forcing you to do it. The difference between Altruism and Socialism is that Altruism is a conscience builder that also extends to protect all aspects of Life, not just humanity. With Altruism a rich man will find it easier to help and support those in need out of the goodness of his heart.

What Is Black Consciousness?

Black Consciousness

What is Black Consciousness?

Black Consciousness is an active process by which Black people are endeavoring to achieve liberty in equilibrium with other races as we simultaneously increase our self awareness to keep pace with the collective awareness of humanity itself. In other words, Black Consciousness is either personal or universal psychological improvement according to our level and willingness to engage with the life process.

Consciousness is the mental state of being self aware and cognitive. Consciousness has also been appropriated by Black people to represent a person who has taken control of his/her life and choices for self improvement and to fight back against the man-made inequities in life. Black people have suffered greatly in this life, mostly due to our own inability to adapt to change in order to master adversity. Black consciousness is a classification of the process of our awakening.  

Personal consciousness involves recognizing the obstacles that hinder our pursuit of liberty and happiness in life. Those obstacles may either be personal or external. Personal obstacles may include lack of confidence and self discipline while external obstacles may include racism and discrimination. External obstacles are out of our control and can only be dealt with by first addressing our internal obstacles.

Self-discipline and self-confidence are two of the most important characteristics that a Black person can possess. Self-discipline is the ability to use ones Mind to control ones Brain. Self-confidence is the ability to use ones Mind to conquer ones Fears. As is evident, both traits depend on the Mind therefore the development of a strong Mind is key to the development of one’s individual consciousness.  

Universal Black consciousness involves unifying like-minded Black conscious people in an endeavor to achieve a condition of liberty and happiness for the Black race. Unfortunately, that has not been a very successful task to achieve due to the religious, political, cultural, and ideological divisions that exist within the Black race. Although our differences tend to keep us apart, they are very important to us as individuals. In fact, they are often what helped us to develop our self-discipline and self-confidence to a certain extent.

The key to developing universal Black consciousness therefore, is to find commonality between all the religious, political, cultural, and ideological factions within the Black race. All people want to be free and happy no matter where in the world they live. Those are our commonalities and until we as Black people learn to see beyond our differences our pursuit of consciousness will remain personal and non-universal.

Afrakans Must Come Back To Life

Afrakans Are Coming Back To Life

Dohgon Spirituality reveals that AfRAkans must come back to Life in order to bring a new level of Consciousness to the planet. (Af-Ra-ka means First-Sun-Soul)  

This is not a message about false prophets doing fake healing. It also has nothing to do with medical phenomenon, mysticism or ideological beliefs that cling to people’s minds like diseases causing them to hate, discriminate, or kill others who do not agree. This message is about how Afrakans must shun ideologies and beliefs that have only served to enslave us physically and mentally for thousands of years in order to regain our true purpose in life. 

Before Afrakans were indoctrinated into believing in illusions of a supernatural being in the sky we believed in the energies in world around us. We believed in the Sun and the Moon, which provided light for the plants and trees to grow and bear fruit. We believed in the Thunder and the Lightning that brought Rain to fill the Rivers and Seas where Fishes multiplied in abundance.

In ancient times Afrakans knew they were a part of nature and that no part of nature was insignificant. We knew that we weren’t special, just different. Before we killed an animal for food we would ask the Great Spirit for forgiveness. That was because we knew that all things in nature also had a Soul and that bad karma would result when we disrespected the energies in nature. 

Perhaps what we didn’t know back then was that the same energy that exists in nature is the same energy that exists in us. That energy is the Spirit of the Universe and it manipulates reality in many different ways. Spirit is the creator of Nature and Nature consists of living and non-living Matter. The living Matter is classified as Life and although it’s pretty obvious most humans don’t believe that Life is a single conscious entity. Instead, most people believe that they are separate from nature and that a god created humans to have dominion over nature and abuse it at their will. 

The failure to recognize Life as a whole entity, compounded by the belief in (desire inducing) gods has only served to corrupt the psychology of Afrakans for thousands of years. Throughout that time Afrakans have severely abused nature and either killed, enslaved, and exploited each other because we covet the favor of our imaginary gods. It is only our survival instinct that is actively protecting us from total self-destruction. 

We AfRAkans have special survival instincts that has enabled us to survive the relentless abuse at the hands of other unjust and unethical races. Our instincts enable us to compartmentalize trauma which protects our sanity. Unfortunately, we learned to adapt to the adversities of life by assimilating into foreign beliefs and customs. We became the best Christians. Muslims, and Jews by believing that Love could conquer hate. Unfortunately, most of us don’t realize that Conscience and Desire are the two major forces behind human nature. 

Desire is the driving mechanism of Life while Conscience is a gift from the Great Spirit of the universe to help us control and regulate our Desires. Religions are only tools that group moral teachings into operating systems so that we can control the Desires of human nature more easily. Today, all religions have become corrupt catch 22 psychological traps in which our Desire have gained control of our minds. Now we believe that a god can make our lives better and that a paradise awaits us after death for being Faithful to that god. 

In theory, the god concept is ingenious but in reality, it is incompatible with human nature. Humans are susceptible to self-righteousness, which is a product of Desire and will always separate into groups based on Race, Culture, and Language. Inevitably, humans will judge others according to whom they feel are more deserving of the favor of their imaginary god. Religions comfort the Soul but not the Spirit. Fortunately, our Conscience will always try to rescue us from the pitfalls of our Desires.  

Afrakans must come back to Life and recognize that all religions are tools designed to keep us subservient to other people and their beliefs. Choose Spirituality over religion which will increase your self-awareness and knowledge of the world around you. Most importantly, come back to Life by learning to love yourself again. In doing all these things Afrakans will learn to reclaim our pride, traditions, and cultures while shunning religions, cults, and foreign beliefs. 

Increased knowledge also results in increased self-awareness so we will learn to think for ourselves again. That is why self-awareness is the base of the new Consciousness movement that is taking place on Social media and in many Afrakan communities on the continent and abroad. Eventually, Afro consciousness will lead to the realization that all Afrakans are one and all Life is one. When we apply conscious thought to understand things we learn to respect Life in our daily pursuit of happiness.

The Trump Effect On Black Consciousness

So America has elected Donald Trump for president, a man who has offended Black people while fuelling the flames of racism to reach a temperature that America hasn’t experienced in decades. What surprises most people but not me is that many Black people actually voted for him. So while some may call them dumb, Black Trump supporters are using their conscience, just not for an Afro-centric cause.

Among Black conservatives you have the evangelicals, the business professionals, and the racially disconnected. The Black evangelicals want to fit in with the larger group of evangelicals so they support things like anti-abortion and the protection of the nuclear family. The business professionals want to protect their financial interests from socialist ideologies. And the racially disconnected are trying their best to disassociate themselves from the “Black community” because of its stereotypes.

All three groups use their conscience for comfort and to further their causes so why aren’t they using it for the cause of Black unity? The reason is because Black cultures around the world and especially in America have been systematically destroyed and replaced by systems designed to limit our potential while training us to keep the wheels of religion and business rolling. This condition is evident by the fact that most Black people refuse to understand what their conscience really is.

Conscience comes from the Spirit of the universe and is the thing that makes us hate seeing Black people acting like fools, killing one another, drug dependent, and complacent. Conscience is what makes Black people hate the condition we find ourselves in and want to change it. Conscience regulates the Desires generated by our Free Will to form Morals. Religion is the placement of a group of morals into the hands of a regulator known as a God.

True Black Consciousness is our Conscience directing us toward a love of Race, culture, and AfRAkan origins. Once we learn to understand ourselves we will no longer need religions to function in society because you will function using Fairness, Equity, and Accountability. At such time it will be impossible for your conscience to become co-opted by someone like Donald Trump.

Why Ghetto Scholars Are Important in the Black Community

There is a wave of consciousness sweeping over Black America. This wave is nowhere near cresting; it’s just beginning to generate momentum. Black people gaining knowledge about their true identity and abilities created this wave. Emerging out of this wave to claim leadership are individuals known as Ghetto scholars.

A Ghetto scholar is someone who gains respect and notoriety in the community for his or her ability to dispense knowledge that uplifts the Black community. Many people are dismissing these Ghetto Scholars however, as no more than self-centered individuals trying to gain attention. The internal conflicts that they generate within the community are leading many people to ask; are Ghetto scholars important in the Black community.

Never mind the conflicts that they generate, Ghetto scholars are indeed important in the Black community for one particular reason. Ghetto scholars create a wide range of discourse at a level where education and acquiring knowledge is often seen as irrelevant and “not cool”. Organized debates between Ghetto scholars about religion, history, science, and even politics spread information and knowledge to people who never considered the importance of such information before.

Like sports athletes and Rap stars, Ghetto scholars become idols that people follow and defend among each other and in the wider community. On Youtube for instance, regular people are posting their own videos defending their particular idol whether it be Young Pharaoh, Polight, SaRa Sutin Seti, the Ankh squad, and others. In order to defend or rebuff a Ghetto scholar’s message one has to do his or her own research or risk looking like a fool.

When street gangs decided to Break-dance battle instead of fighting crime rates dropped. When Rappers decided not to respond to dissing with violence but battle rapped instead their talents developed and Hip Hop grew to be the biggest music genre in the world. It is the same competitive process that will propel individuals to increase their knowledge in order to make a name for themselves in the community. That indirect influence on raising the strength and breath of the wave of consciousness is why Ghetto scholars are important in the Black community.

6 Basic Principles Of Black Consciousness

 

Principles of the HERU Interface

Consciousness is the state of being self-aware. Black Consciousness is the state of being aware that the Black Race is under attack physically and psychologically so you take steps to protect it. Some Black people never realize this fact so they exist believing that a god made them to suffer at the hands of other Races.

Some Black people do realize that their Race is hated so they either try their best to assimilate culturally and genetically or rely on Human Rights Laws to protect them. A small percentage of Black people actually take pride in their racial identity and they seek ways to preserve their blackness. If you are on a journey towards consciousness here are 6 basic principles to live by.

0) Honor and Respect our Afrakan ancestry and our ancestors

Anthropology states that there are 5 distinct races in the world today, all of which originated from the original Afrakan race. The fact that Africans still exist is proof that we are the Carbon copy and not the Blueprint for other races, as they would like you to believe. In other words, they did not evolve from the original; they genetically mutated as a result of our own unaccountable behavior and prolonged environmental extremes.

Today, the cultures and systems that some have created to maintain psychological control over humanity have got most people believing that Nirvana is the ultimate goal and fading to white physically and mentally is the only way to achieve real happiness. As conscious minded people we need to resist popular culture and return to our own traditions. That involves honoring and respecting our Afrakan ancestors and our ancestry.

1) Value Your Genetic characteristics

Afrakans have the most noticeable genetic characteristics of all the races. Our skin tones range from Black to golden Brown; our hair can be kinky course or soft and wavy; our facial features include thick Lips and broad Noses; and our women have the most ample Behinds.

The indoctrinating effect of popular culture has had a detrimental effect on our racial pride and self esteem. The result is our people no longer value our physical genetic characteristics. Most of our women now either wear hair from other races or burn the kink out of their hair with chemicals. Both men and women are either trying to bleach the blackness out of their skin or reproducing with other races to ensure their children have a easier go at life.

Don’t blame them. They’ve been indoctrinated into the “survival of the fittest” mentality of popular culture so that’s all they know. Once you begin to accept and value your Afrakan genetic characteristics you will begin to experience a new sense of racial pride. You will begin to look in the mirror and exclaim, “Black is beautiful”!

2) Defend and Protect Other Conscious people

Conscious Black people should always defend and protect other Black conscious people, whether they’re under attack from other races or our own self-destructive people. It’s not easy to swim against the current of popular culture so those who do need all the support they can get. There are different levels of Black consciousness. Some of us are just waking up while some of us have been awakened for years.

Some of us are more political, militant, or Spiritual than others but as long as the goal is the defense of the Black race then we’re all on the same wavelength.Never support anyone or anything that destroys our race. That includes other Black people who overlook the problems within their own race in order to side with the opinions and ideologies of others because it makes them appear acceptable. It also includes Black people who lack self-respect and those who thrive on violence, gangsterism, exploitation, and the destruction of Life.

 

eye of heru

3) Increase your Awareness

Society is being flooded with deceptions and misinformation for many purposes; the most dangerous of which is to keep Black people from achieving our true potential in life. We can become geniuses because no other race has a direct connection to the abstract energy of the universe as we do through our Pineal Glands. Most of us don’t know that and others will never tell you because most of them also don’t know it.

Those in power control the world by luck because their pursuit of happiness created conditions in the Brain that shifted everyone’s psyche outward. That means that in order to achieve happiness you have to acquire things from the outside world. The truth is we can create anything we want from the inside by learning how to think creatively. Professor MOmOh of the Dohgon University of Thought teaches that we are Creative while they are Innovative because true creativity comes from the abstract universe, while innovation comes from manipulating thing already in existence.

Increasing your awareness involves gaining knowledge about how society and the world works but most of all it means gaining knowledge about how your brain works. Learn about the Eye of Heru and your Senses so you can transform from a reactionary person to a truly conscious self disciplined person who functions by your Mind and not your Brain. In time you will be so self-disciplined that you will begin to regain the intuition skills of your ancestors.

4) Choose Spirituality over Religion

Afrakan Spirituality existed long before religion. In fact, it was Afrakan Spirituality that others used to create religions. Now they say their religions are real and civilized while Afrakan Spirituality is primitive and occult. Well, I have news for them. Believing in unseen people in the clouds is more of a cult than believing in the energies that drive the wind, heat the Earth, and energize metals. We call these energies Spirits but they are unseen forces that animate living and non-living things by flowing through them.

Afrakan Spirituality is an extension of our Animistic nature. Animism means to live in accord with nature; respect nature and recognize that no part of nature is more important than the next. In doing so our ancestors attributed separate Spirits to things such as; Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. Humanity’s problems arose when some people began to worship the Spirits and depend on them to solve their problems.

Religions were created when moral teachings were combined with Spiritual worship. Then in order to enhance the strength of moral teachings physical representations of good and evil had to be created so they came up with the concept of God and the Devil. (Notice the similarity on the spelling) Conscious people must recognize that Religion is an Illusion but if you cannot escape it then use it for Goodwill and not Self-Servitude.

5) Support Black Financial Empowerment

One of the best ways to improve the Black Afrakan race is to work on becoming financially independent and empowered. Financial empowerment involves good personal money management as well as the support of Black owned businesses and companies. We exist in a Capitalist society but most of us don’t know how Capitalism works and because of our Animistic nature we keep fighting for Socialism (economic equality). That along with systemic racism is the essence of Black social digression.

Capitalism was born out of the basic exchange of goods, services, and labor (slavery) for money. Today it’s become a complex system optimized by unbalanced economic conditions, which means it works best when everyone is not on the same level financially. It even becomes more effective by psychological manipulation in the form of consumerism. That is the state of black society today; poor discontent consumers driven by the belief that acquiring physical things will make us happy. The only positive is it keeps the economy in motion.

Since we’ll never change the political systems in society unless we run our own country we’ll have to learn to make Capitalism work for us. Start in schools by learning how to create businesses instead of learning how to become good workers for someone else. Learn how to save your money and invest it wisely. Avoid credit and debt that put you in financial slavery to the Banks. Support Black owned businesses locally and nationally.

Important in our quest for financial independence is to avoid bad-minded thoughts that may tell you that you’re making another Black person rich while you’re poor. It took thousands of years to create our present condition so it cannot change over night. Self-discipline and perseverance will ensure the success of these basic principles of Black Consciousness.