I’m speaking to us black writers.
Blogging for the souls of black folk is difficult. Yet it’s a noble thing that we do. We write about black upliftment because we are fully invested in it. We desire to contribute to the patchwork quilt that is our beauty. We know that our part will only add more fullness to our black narrative. So we sit down in our different places in the world to weave together the story that is us. It’s a deep love for our people that moves us to write.
Even though this writing is difficult, we take it on anyway. We do it for love, but we also do it to get to the truth, so we can share it with non-believers. If we can persuade them to believe, we can continue to believe. So we fight to make believers out of non-believers. We click publish and watch for mountains to move: self-hatred to end; poverty to stop; degradation to cease. When we look up from our keyboards, we want to SEE the change our words have brought into existence. We have to remember, though, to always look in the right direction for the change we seek. For our soul’s sake.
Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed a number of bloggers that I admire turn and face the wrong direction. These writers are not weak! They are steeped in the work of black empowerment. They are activists, strategists, ministers, who also are writers and lovers! Yet for a split second, they let their guards down and turned in the wrong direction. I visualize how they were overwhelmed by the twisted lies they saw.
Maybe they were helplessly transfixed by the ugliness of it. I can tell by the words they write that their spirits were damaged by it. They were discouraged by the false vision of a tide of nameless, faceless black “masses” seemingly just beyond their influence, beyond their reach, inextricably lost. Our influencers have now been influenced against us, and the proof is in their words.
We know the power of a positive reflection, and how it soothes our souls. Our positive reflection renews our spirits and strengthens us to continue our fight. But when we take a hit of the corporate media crack pipe, we disrespect ourselves. When we turn in that direction, we will slip up. If we listen too long, the lies they say about us will penetrate our resolve. We then will take up the false cause of fighting AGAINST their professional stupidity.
And this is their tactic. To get you addicted to looking at yourself in their warped fun house mirror. To distract you with their disgusting freak shows. You are overwhelmed by all the foolishness, yet you can’t turn away. You feel obligated to start fighting against it. You start wasting your precious time and the power of your pen trying to make sense of nonsense.
And now you are at their mercy. Are you able to resist the reflection of black self-hatred and turn away? Have they made you question the validity of the truth? Have you contemplated whether indeed your black people are your enemy? The simple truth is that we each have varying degrees of imperfection. We all are works in progress, each on our journey to becoming our God ordained best. But you have fallen for the lie that black people are more bad than good, and more bad than others. You now blame black people for being black and stupid, lazy and ignorant. But will you recognize that it is you who have been mentally crippled and your voice silenced?
Black love is imperative to the health of black people. It’s the air we breathe and the food we eat. Without black love, we can’t survive. Black Love is what inspires us. Black Love is our catalyst. Black Love is the starting point and the finish line. Black Love is what you do. The more you do it the better you become at doing it. And Black Love is the cure. You need it to re-strengthen yourself once again. Seek out black beauty – it’s hidden in plain sight. Re-group. Re-think. Re-align yourselves. Admit your mistake to yourself for believing the lie. Forgive yourself for letting go of your resolve, for allowing them to penetrate your mind.
Apologize to the memory of our ancestors who continue to live through us, and who survived much more difficult times than these, just for us. Seek the Lord as they did, for this is Wisdom. He is the only way. Re-acquaint yourselves with the history of our survival strategies and tactics. Learn how we mastered making a way out of no way, and making a dollar out of 15 cents. Re-center yourself and re-mind yourself of the reason that you write. Purge, then re-solve again not to allow their poison into your system.
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