There’s something that gets in the way of da vision- division. The word “division” literally means double vision. If you have double vision, you have a physical problem. If your vision is divided, you have a spiritual problem. Since the great coming-together of the Civil Rights movement up to the death of Trayvon Martin, Black men and women, Black Organizations, and Black Nations have been unable to unite to handle our business. We all come bearing our own agendas – and that’s fine!- but without a unified vision, we become scattered, divisive, finger-pointing, and woefully ineffective.
What does a divided vision look like?
It looks like hypocrisy, believing one thing and living another. Your vision is divided if you set an intention, but inwardly expect it to fail. Your vision is divided if you profess love for all things Black but attack other people or organizations to get what you want. Your vision is divided if you seek worthy things for the wrong reasons (i.e. the leadership of a movement strictly for monetary gain or fame – when in reality you could give a damned about the liberation of our people as a whole). Your vision is divided if you inwardly desire peace, but outwardly compete and struggle for power. Your vision is divided if you ignore your intuition, and continue to crave things that are destructive.
A divided vision will not stand. A divided person will suffer. The same is true in communities, nations and across species. Such is the way of nature.
A house that is divided against itself cannot stand. This warning against divided vision is not intended to squash disagreement. There is plenty of room for diversity, debate, and disagreement in the Black Conscious Movement. You may not agree with the Nuwaubians, the New Black Panther Party, the 5 Percenters, or the Black Baptist Church, but like members of a family, we must all be able to sit at a table of common interest.
Any organization or individual that does not promote unity only serves to make our condition worse.
United Black America has worked in Joint Task Forces with the Nation of Islam, NAACP, and other small, local organizations to achieve specific goals. United Black America didn’t “become” the other organizations, we worked with them while retaining our sovereignty as an organization.
Thats how wars are won. The United States formed Joint Task Force 57 and 58 to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. This JTF was a combination of forces from around the world who came together to achieve the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. None of the countries involved had to give up their crown or their agenda, but they understood the necessity of unity (albeit for nefarious purposes).
Our Joint Task Force must be for the protection, redemption, and repatriation of Africa. Black men and women displaced around the world are like plants in a pot. We are detached from our nurturing soil, and instead depend on our host for our care. It’s then no wonder that so many of us fall in love with our host country and its white construct – its the country that keeps us “watered”. But we attach ourselves to the nipples of our host at a cost.
“In a world of wolves one should go armed, and one of the most powerful defensive weapons within the reach of Negroes is the practice of race first in all parts of the world.” ~Marcus Mosiah Garvey
We don’t have to agree with each other on all issues, nor even hold the same opinion ourselves for all time. You are free to change. You are free to be a bold contradiction; a Moor – decked out in Fez and robe, a Ne Black Panther, a quiet activist, a pro-choice Southern Baptist, a hip-hop head, a street hustler, a convict.
But at the level of vision, when your personal integrity is involved or when an issue as fundamental as the need for a free and redeemed Black people is involved, there can be no double-vision. A vision divided will not stand.
On the positive side, a united vision cannot fail. It may not look like what you expect it to look like. But the vision will become exactly what it needs to be when it has unity. As above, so below. As in the vision, so in the thoughts, words and actions. So when people ask me if a United Black America is possible, my response is always “A united vision cannot fail.”
Its time to UNITE THE CLANS