Monday, February 21, 2011

"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery." -Malcolm X

today is the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X-one of the greatest revolutionaries ever, and someone i personally look up to. i did a post about him a while back with some relevant quotes and sayings. today, i wanted to post a video of him speaking because i feel like his voice is very incite-ful, like Audre Lorde a riot. i think this video and the questions he poses in it are so important for us as a people. WHO ARE YOU? WHERE IS YOUR HISTORY?
i was doing some research a couple days ago about the word "Africa" and where it came from, and interestingly enough, it came from a white man (more and likely. the name's origin is a bit sketchy). in any case, however, the name did not come from "African" peoples. so, how accurate is the term "African"? i see a number of people change the spelling to "Afrikan" this an attempt to rid the the word of its etymology? but on the other hand, Dr. John Henrik Clarke says the term "black" doesn't tell you who you are nor where you come from. i think it was Maya Angelou who said something along the lines that we are obsessed with naming ourselves because someone else has been naming us for so long.

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  1. Just today I came across another name for the continent that is said to have originated from West African Moors. Can't remember the name but if I come across the link I'll make sure I share.

  2. I really needed to see this today. Sometimes, reminders about what's truly important come along just at the right time. Thank you.

  3. @ Eccentric Yoruba
    is it "Alkebulan"? i've heard that name a couple of times, one from an former (New)Black Panther Party member. but considering Africa is so diverse, that would have to come from ONE group of people. right?
    you're welcome =)