Your Work is Spendid
Just over one year ago I started collecting material for a subject I have made numerous
attempts to address, in the form of an essay or publish material, since the late 1980's....the
use of the word "nigger." I happened upon the Ferris State University site, Nigger
and Caricatures. I read part of it, no, let me correct that, I actually skimmed through
it, downloaded it to a hard copy and put it away.
Once again I was hit with the spirit and inspiration to finally commit to expressing
the history of that word and how it affects Afrikan people today. I retrieved your
essay first and read it. I was blown away and overwhelmed with the background, research
and directness of your writing. It filled me with a spirit and enthusiasm that said
in many ways that what I was reading was eloquently what I was attempting to express.
I am a self-taught historian, and have uncovered much what you have published in
your essay. My interest in history covers a broad spectrum of world history in order
to put into full context the puzzle of the history of the Afrikan in ameriKKKa. I
am over fifty years of age, and have been a political activist for more than forty
years. I am not a racist, and cannot be a racist since Black people are not in control
of any political, social, or economic institutions here in the United States that
can affect/effect any other people's cultural/national existence or livelihood. Black
people in the United States adverse feelings, actions and opinions are reactions to
white supremacist racism. I gave this explanation so that you may understand my spelling
of America. I am a Black Nationalist Reparationist. I do not approach the political
issue from an emotional view, but from factual, archival and historical perspective.
I am not a multiculturalist, nor a cultural diversity advocate because my belief system
warrants that I respect all people irregardless of their heritage, culture, nationality
or background...leaving the term multicultural, cultural diversity useless in my regards.
My introduction to history was of course Dr. Carter G. Woodson. I was educated in
the era before Black History Month was honored, but was recognized as "Negro History
Week." I have read the works of Dr. John Henrike Clarke, J.A. Rogers, and Arthur Schomburg
amongst others, and have followed the teachings of Dr. Claud Anderson, National Co-Chair
of the National Reparations Convention, and founder of the Harvest Institute (you
can find the Harvest Institute website online). My initial understanding of Black Nationalism came as a juvenile from studies
of Marcus Mosiah Garvey and his Universal Negro Improvement Association movement.
At that period, my mother enlisted my sisters, brothers, and myself in the NAACP,
and A. Phillip Randolph Institute. This gave me a background and association with
the works of W.E.B DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, Roy Wilkins, the labor movement (which
was important since at that period, most Black people were domestic housekeepers,
janitors, unskilled laborers, and performed similar such menial tasks for their livelihood),
and the like.
I abstain from the universal brotherhood of man in search of a lovefest, negotiating,
begging, crying or pleading with people throughout the world to accept me, the Afrikan
of ameriKKKa, the descendant of enslaved Afrikans from ameriKKKa. I am sure that my
education and intellect will force others to recognize and respect me as a person
and as a man of the world. Although my educational experience is not limited to the
individuals that I have listed above, I explained all of this so that you would not
get the impression that by being a Black Nationalist, that I was a hate-monger. I
practice the Christian faith...the historical Afrikan Jesus (some people say that
Christ's nationality and culture is unimportant. If that was so, why did the Europeans
make him white?). Actually, true Black Nationalists are above and beyond racial hate.
Our major objective is to build an intelligent, productive Black nation that will
contribute to the world without compromise. That does not mean that we exclude white
people. Many white people such as Dr. Howard Zinn, and Herbert Aptheker among others,
have been instrumental in our quest and have been allies. One such person is James
Allen. Mr. Allen is the author of Without Sanctuary, a study of lynching in the United
I am sure you are a busy man. At your convenience, I would greatly appreciate communicating
or corresponding with you. I cannot say that I will complete my writing project, but
in the event that I do, because your work parallels mine...and in many instances,
outdistances mine, as I put my material together, I would like permission to use some
of what you have uncovered as a reference source. Money is not my aim, goal, nor objective,
it is the education of the gangsta rap/hip-hop generation, who are misinformed about
the real politics of the world, I am trying to reach (I am sure you are familiar with
the brother, Michael Eric Dyson. A very intelligent brother, but I do not agree with
his philosophy on rap and hip-hop.). Of course, if I am successful, and have your
permission to use any part of your material, whatever monies that are bestowed upon
me you will share in royalties.
Thank you for your time.
-- September 3, 2007
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