We know much more about destruction of the body, than we do about the spirit. Of course, we know both more intimately with the entry in the 1990s of crack cocaine and HIV/AIDS. Whether we did it to ourselves or others did it to us, the blame game does not resolve the dilemma. Certainly, it leaves work for all of us to resolve and bring to an end. What I have on my mind is the continued discussion of the occupation of northern Mali and the ongoing destruction of the artifacts of African Sufi Islam by a few hundred fundamentalist Muslims, armed to the teeth, and beyond the control of the Malian government.
Marvin X has posted a discussion among Mustafa Ansari, Runoko Rashidi, and Chinweizu, three black intellectuals, that I have followed on the Blacklist. In response, here is what I wrote:
I do not care for the anti-Arab stance of Chinweizu or Runoko. Nor do I care for the Islamic defensive stance of Mustafa Ansari. Chinweizu and Runoko say that Arabs and Arabia have done Africa a wrong. Ansari says that Africa, including the Yoruba and Igbo of Nigeria, has done itself a wrong. Well, both are historic truths, outside of a racial context. Chenweizu and Runoko press the racial button to exaggeration. Ansari press the religion button to an exaggeration. Religious fanaticism is indeed involved in the politics of Mali and the destruction of African Islam (Sufi) artifacts, doubtless. No matter what the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) says, Arab states like Qatar and Saudi Arabia are involved in funding "Arab Terrorists." Second, there are Africans in Africa who identify more with Arabia than Africa, as we have seen in Darfur and in north Sudan. Here in America we have African Americans who identify more with Arabia and Arabs than they do the blues and African America culture. There are Africans black as night who think more in an Arabian and Pan Arabia frame than they think Africa and Pan-Africa. These latter nuts are involved in the destruction of Malian culture. And there are persons like Ansari who are throwing up a smokescreen for the involvement of Islamic fundamentalist elites. Now that's the truth of the matter. http://blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com/2012/07/dialogue-on-destruction-in-mali.html?spref=fb
But my theme is about the death of the body and the death of the spirit, the killing of the body and the killing of the spirit. There's always a small elite involved in this enterprise, as it was with Washington, Madison, and Jefferson, the fathers of our nation. It continues with persons like Mitt Romney and the Koch Brothers and the Republican Tea Party. We see what they try to do with their denying of health and education and work to the poor, the blacks, and the Hispanics. They want our consent for our own genocide, for our own death iof our body and spirit. Righteously, we booed Romney at the NAACP convention. Too respectfully, we did not run him out of town on a rail, tarred and feathered. We have too many Robert Smalls, great hearts and great nobility, among us.
Of course, like Obama, we can all walk and chew gum too. We can be concerned about our own welfare here in the States as well as be concerned about the legacy of our African ancestors left behind in Mali. We do not have to be like George Bush: give $32 billion to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa but ignore its ravaging impact in the 8th Ward of the District of Columbia, a couple miles from the White House. In these matters my views are constantly in flux. It was a good thing that George Bush did for African nations on the AIDS tip. Maybe Satan can have moments of clarity and charity as well, that does humanity a good. And yet remains a liar and a deceiver.
Below is another report from Mali, a link to the story. "After Tombs, Arabs Now Destroying Timbuktu ’s Manuscripts"
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