Wednesday, November 18, 2009

“Self Hatred: What the Case of Sammy Sosa Says To Both Blacks and Latinos”

“Self Hatred: What the Case of Sammy Sosa Says To Both Blacks and Latinos”

Sammy Sosa’s recent public appearance at the Latin Grammy’s, revealing his significantly lighter complexion along with green contacts and permed hair has caused uproar within the Black and Latino community. It’s tempting for U.S. commentators to blame “Dominican Racism” for this scandal and likewise attractive for the Latin American media to mock Sosa for his new appearance. These responses are more of a smokescreen covering a much deeper issue than the Sosa incident itself. The heart of the matter is the system of power that produces an inferiority complex among darker skinned people, a system that originated long before the arrival of whites in Latin America

Sosa’s alleged use of skin bleaching creams (he still denies it, claiming it’s just a facial cream from Europe), has become a hot topic of controversy in U.S. and Latin America. But the mockery and humor on the matter covers up the prevalence bleaching cosmetics and the overall rejection of blackness throughout the darker world. How much blame can be placed on the media that now mocks Sammy Sosa, a media that upholds images of whiteness in virtually all of its programming? What about the Church, who used the beliefs of Black and Indigenous peoples, painting God, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and the Saints white, tricking them into forced submission and spiritual enslavement?

What about in our education systems where our history was rewritten? In Mexico it was Jose Vasconcelos in 1925 with “La Raza Cosmica” (the origin of the term ‘La Raza’, a new race distinct from its Black, European, or Indian roots); In Puerto Rico it was Manuel Alonso’s 1845 novel “El Jibaro” (originally a mixed race person, reinvented as a white folk hero); or in the Dominican Republic, Manuel de Jesus Galvan’s 1879 novel “Enriquillo”, a glorified story of Indian opposition to Spanish domination used as a rallying piece against Haiti’s occupation of Hispaniola. All display the erasing of Blackness in the creation of “Latino” culture and the mindset of shame associated with it।

Let’s be real! How many Blacks and so-called Latinos have been told by our parents not to stay out in the sun too long “pa’ que no te oscures” (so you don’t get darker), or being talked about for being “narizón” (big nosed), having “pelo malo” (bad hair), or for having “bembas grandes” (big lips)? Sammy Sosa’s new appearance exposes the dirty secret that most of us as Latinos bear; a self hatred of our Black ancestry. We disguise this by lifting up European or idealized mestizo identities, but the fact is many of us will claim anything but being Black.

Historically, for every shade of coloration, a new name or identity was invented to distance ourselves from Blackness. Terms like mestizo (mixed), trigueño (wheat colored), jabau (washed white), replaced harsher racial terms such as negro (black colored), or prieto (dark skinned). These weren’t just descriptions; they represented power in a society that had established whiteness as dominant. How many of us have been told to “mejorar la raza” or “better our race” by marrying, dating, or procreating out of our color or shade? To this very day, the primary racial categorization in the Dominican Republic is “Indio” (Indian), only distinguished by the terms “claro” (white) or “oscuro” (dark)।

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us of the origin of all races as all coming from the Black man and woman, only being manifest through a process of grafting the lighter from the darker, the recessive from the dominant that took place 6600 years ago under the guidance of a scientist named Yakub. In this process which used the strict mating of genetically compatible human beings, a lighter shade of people was made, eventually till this genetic trait was isolated, and the descendents of this group became what we now know as “white”. White scientists are now bearing witness to what Allah in the person of Master Fard Muhammad, the Great Mahdi, gave to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, evidenced by a study at the University of Copenhagen whose findings appeared in the February 1, 2008 edition of the UK newspaper The Register. The article stated, “A University of Copenhagen team has identified the gene which around 6-10,000 years ago underwent a genetic mutation in one individual who eventually gave rise to all blue-eyed people.” There is no doubt that all life originated from the Aboriginal Black peoples of the earth।

This problem of self hate is a mockery of God and his creation of the original peoples and is described in the New Testament as Leprosy, a condition that leaves white lesions on the skin. Just as the Jesus of the Bible healed the leper, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan are now healing the darker peoples of the earth of the inferiority complex to this 6,000-year-old baby on our planet. In Minister Farrakhan’s brilliant defense of Michael Jackson, who like Sosa, had been maligned for his change of complexion, he noted “You saw Michael's color going from Black to White, that's the outside journey. But the inside journey Michael was going from White to Black”. Let this serve as an example of the journey we all must now take in removing both the mind and the way of our former slave masters and colonizers।

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hispanic, Latino, or Indigenous? Who are the Original People of the Americas?

With the return to power of Indigenous, Black, and Mestizo leaders and movements from Latin America, many “Latinos” in the United States have chosen to reassert these original identities. In an interesting meeting that took place this past June and is widely available on the internet, Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) was approached by a New York City school teacher of Mayan descent named Mariana Diaz. Diaz challenged Mrs. Murguia for the lack inclusiveness of Indigenous populations in the immigration debate due to the use of the terms “Latino” or “Hispanic”, noting that renowned Guatemalan indigenous rights activist Rigoberta Menchú (who is of Maya Quiché heritage) does not consider herself a “Latina”. Mrs. Murguia, appeared somewhat caught off guard by the question and attempted to explain why the use of the term “Latino” is considered appropriate, though not altogether accurate. This debate among many is considered to be semantics and distracting to real issues effecting Latino communities, but yet it cuts deep into issues of politics, identity, race and religion.

Strangely, the perception exists that the term Latino is somehow more culturally inclusive and representative of the racially mixed population of the Americas. The term “Latino” only exists in common usage here in the United States of America while no one in Latin America uses the term to refer to themselves. “Hispanic”, a term popularized during the Nixon administration, takes its historical origin from the Roman territory of Hispania, now modern day Spain and is considered to be a term imposed upon Latin American communities. Hispanic was created under the office of finance and budget under the Nixon administration to address the social concerns of ethnic groups and immigrants from Latin America. At no point did the terms Hispanic or Latino ever address the racial backgrounds of Latin America; in fact it hid real diversity and made classification easier for the United States Government.

Latino is also rooted in the Roman “Latin” empire and their historical interests in the “New World”, even referring to the conquest of Mexico as the New Roman “Latin” Empire. This new Roman Empire was no longer under the power of an emperor, but under the spiritual and political governance of the Pope of Rome. As so-called Latinos we must never forget that the Americas were conquered by both the crown and the cross.

Many “Latino” followers of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan preface the term “Latino” with the phrase, “so-called” in the same manner that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad referred to the Black man of America as the “so-called American Negro”. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad rejected the term Negro because of its root meaning in Latin, associating blackness with death and inactivity. Opponents defended the term claiming that “Negro” simply meant “black” in Spanish, not recognizing the pejorative connotation of the word even in the Latin America.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad used a psychology of language given to him by the Great Mahdi, Master Fard Muhammad, to undo the damage done by our enemies. He used the terms Black, Aboriginal, Original, even the term “Asiatic” interchangeably, drawing linkages between groups that had been divided and saw themselves as completely different. In the lessons given to him by his wise teacher, he was asked the total population of the “Original Nation” in the wilderness of North America and all over the planet Earth. In his answer, which all believers in the Nation of Islam are required to commit to memory, he included every non-white person on the planet, even if they were distant relatives of Black or Indigenous peoples, regardless of their skin, hair, or eye color. This is the opposite of what the conquerors did to us in Latin America, where if one had any Spanish blood then we fell into racial castes that allowed us to be “saved” by the Catholic Church.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote in an article for Muhammad Speaks, entitled “The Black Man’s Confusion” about the divisions between the original people of this hemisphere, “There is a world upstir by the Nations of Black, Brown, and Yellow people today. Even the Red Indian wants to know the truth of where they stand. This upstir is caused by the Presence of Almighty God, in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad,” He warned the nations of Latin America of their connection to their former conquerors. “The Latin American people (or governments as they are referred to) from Mexico all the way to Argentina are mostly Christianized. They must today desire not the cross, but the Crescent, if they are to survive. I must warn you Black people of Latin America that the Divine Judgment of America will most certainly affect you and your governments if you remain Christianized by Rome, America, England, and France.”

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan while serving in New York’s Muhammad Mosque #7 used the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad to address these cultural rifts among Blacks and so-called “Latinos”. His own Caribbean background and experience as a musician gave him insight into these divisions. This culminated in a historic event that took place May 27th 1974, entitled “Black Family Day” in which over 70,000 people attended and where he had performers such as Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Jimmy Cliff and the Delfonics.

In that speech he articulated the oneness of the Original people. “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad wants you and me to know and understand that every Black brother and sister is flesh of each others flesh, and blood of each others blood, and bone of each others bone. I don’t care where you come from Brother. If you come from Georgia, if you come from Mississippi, if you come from Louisiana or Tenessee....” He continued, “If you come from Trinidad. If you come from Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Panama, Guatemala, all of us. Wherever you find us we are brothers. If we are from Africa, from the Isles of the Pacific, we are brothers. For the last 6,000 years we have been divided up into tribes, and each tribe has been played off, one against the other.”

These false labels should no longer define, nor divide us!

Amor Para Nosotros Mismos, Es Amor Para Dios

Como descendientes de los pueblos conquistados de latinoamérica, hemos sido dominados por la Corona Española y dentro de los últimos 163 años por el poder económico y militar del gobierno Estadounidense. Esta dominación ha producido un complejo de inferioridad en nuestros pueblos y una dependencia hacia nuestros antiguos poderes coloniales que aún las victorias de independencia en muchos paises latinoamericanos no ha podido romper.

Nos burlamos del color de nuestra piel, nuestras características raciales, y de nuestras costumbres indígenas. Es el odio de nuestro propio ser que los conquistadores nos impuso para que nos sintieramos inferior a ellos. Decimos que España es la Madre Patria, aunque fueron las culturas indígenas y africanas que produjeron las civilizaciones y ciencias mas avanazadas cuando Europa ya estaba en la Alta Edad Media. El verdadero conocimiento de nosotros, dado por el Honorable Elías Muhammad y el Honorable Ministro Louis Farrakhan nos está despertando a estos hechos.

Este complejo de inferioridad es cultural y económico. Somos un pueblo mestizo, de varios colores ,de prieto a moreno oscuro, trigueño hasta tez clara. No obstante, con toda esta diversidad sufrimos discriminación de clase social y raza en nuestros paises de orígen y aquí en los EEUU.

Levantamos nuestras banderas nacionales como símbolos de orgullo, y así debe de ser, pero mejor será levantar los principios o ideales que representan en vez de lo superficial dentro de una sociedad que nos hace sentir menos de lo que somos. Decimos, “Soy mexicano”, “Soy puertorriqueño”, dominicano, hondureño, colombiano, venezolano, etc. etc. Esos son nombres de pedazos de tierra. La tierra no define el pueblo, la gente trabajando en unidad en la tierra define lo que es ser una nación. Nuestro Señor, quien nos creó, nos define, y nos da nuestra identidad y propósito en la vida.

¿Cual fue el propósito de Dios en hacernos el producto del mestizaje de sangre indígena, africana, y europea? ¿Por qué, aun hoy día, estamos en una posicion economica mas baja que la posición economica de los EEUU cuando Latino America tiene todo lo que necesita para sostenerse? ¿Como es que toda esta gente; mestizo; moreno africano; y indígena todavía son siervos a un puñado de gente rica y poderosa? ¿Estamos condenados por Dios para ser más oscuros y pobres? Al contrario, Somos el pueblo de Dios, elegido por él como siervos humildes para construir su Reino con Cristo aquí en la tierra.

Jesús dijo, “muchos primeros serán últimos, y los últimos, primeros” (Mateo 19:30). Esto significa que aquellos que han ganado por la exploitación de los pobres y oprimidos serán sentados durante el juicio final de este mundo. Esto no es algo para esperar en el cielo, esto es algo que esta pasando ante nosotros ahora mismo, aquí en la tierra. Igual que cayó el imperio español, el imperio estadounidense esta cayendo por la mano de Dios. ¿Pensabamos que el Todopoderoso Dios ha cambiado su forma y los EEUU escapará su castigo?

Roma, un imperio construido por esclavos que también controlaba las economías de otras naciones, engaño a esos pueblos colonizados con promesas de ciudadanía si peleabán en el ejército romano. Hoy día, el ejército estadounidense está aumentando sus numeros con los llamados “Green Card Soldiers”, a la misma vez que inmigrantes indocumentados de latinoamérica estan siendos atacados por la prensa del país y por fuerzas de vigilantismo racista.

¡Es la falta de amor para nosotros mismos que nos causa buscar fuera de nuestro propio ser para que seamos aceptados cuando realmente es nuestra relación al Creador, como su pueblo, que nos justifica—con papeles o sin papeles (documentos de inmigración)! Muchos de nosotros vivimos bajo las sombras del temor, cuando nuestros “líderes” (nombrados por ellos mismos) proclaman que nos representan a una sociedad que no nos quiere aquí; una tierra construida por y quitado de nosotros. El Honorable Ministro Louis Farrakhan nos eseña que Allah (Dios) deshara lo que fue hecho a nuestra gente y que devolvera esta tierra a nuestra posesión donde podemos todos vivir juntos en paz. Esto es la promesa de Allah (Dios) como el dice en los Salmos de David que “los mansos heredarán la tierra” (Salmo 37:11). La promesa de Dios sigue y no falla.

Les exhorto que dejemos el miedo de no ser aceptados por una sociedad que ha exploitado al pobre y la gente de tez oscura del mundo entero. Es hora de amar nuestra gente y a nosotros mismos, no temiendole más al poder corrupto de esta sistema. Como dice en 1 Juan, 4:18-20, “En el amor no hay temor, sino que el perfecto amor echa fuera el temor, porque el temor lleva en sí castigo. De donde el que teme, no ha sido perfeccionado en el amor. Nosotros lo amamos a él[ porque él nos amó primero. Si alguno dice: ‘Yo amo a Dios’, pero odia a su hermano, es mentiroso, pues el que no ama a su hermano a quien ha visto, ¿cómo puede amar a Dios a quien no ha visto?”

Nuestra unidad y el amor para nosotros mismos puede transformar nuestro sufrimiento. Dios y su Mesías Prometido hoy estan presente en el mundo.

Love For Ourselves Is Love For God

Love for Ourselves is Love for God

( - As descendants of conquered peoples of Latin America, we've been dominated by the Spanish Crown and the last 163 years by the economic and military might of the United States government. This domination has produced an inferiority complex among our people and a dependence on our former colonial masters that has not been completely broken by the victories of independence in many Latin American nations.

We mock the color of our skin, our mixed racial features, and our indigenous ways. This is the self-hatred that our conqueror put in so that we would feel inferior to them. We call Spain the “Mother Continent,” when it was the Indigenous cultures of the Americas and the Black peoples of Africa that produced the greatest civilizations and sciences while Europe was still in the Dark Ages. The true knowledge of ourselves given to us by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is now waking us up to this fact.

This inferiority complex is both cultural and economic. We are a mixed blood people, with our colors and shades ranging from Black and Dark Brown to Tan and Pale White, and yet with all this diversity we suffer class and racial discrimination, in our countries of origin and the United States.

We hold up our national flags as symbols of pride, and we should, but it should be a sign of upholding a principle or an ideal and not just a means of making ourselves feel better in a society that has put us down. So we say “I'm proud to be Mexican,” or “I'm proud to be Puerto Rican, Dominican, Honduran, Colombian, Venezuelan, etc.,” and those are titles of pieces of land. The land doesn't define us, the people working together in unity on the land defines what it means to be a nation. The God who created us defines us and gives us our sense and purpose of being.

What was God's purpose for making us a people mixed with the blood of the Indigenous, Black Africans, and Europeans? Why, today are we in the economic position under the control of the United States when Latin America already has all that it needs to survive? How is it that all of these people, mixed, Black, and Indian still serve just a small handful of rich and powerful individuals? Is it that God has cursed us for being darker or for being poor? To the contrary, we are the people of God, chosen by Him because of our suffering as humble servants to build His kingdom with Christ on Earth.

Jesus said “many that are the first shall be last; and the last shall be first” (Matthew 19:30). That means those who have profited from the exploitation of the poor and the oppressed will be sat down in the judgment of this world. This is not something to expect in the sky, this is something we are seeing right now on Earth. Just as the empire of Spain fell, the United States of America is now falling at the hands of God's anger. Did we think that God's ways have changed and America would escape His punishment?

Rome, an empire that was built by slaves, controlled the economies of other nations,it lured its colonized subjects to fight in their army for the promise of citizenship. Even today, the United States military is boosting its numbers with so-called “Green Card Soldiers,” even as undocumented immigrants from Latin America are under attack by the media and racist vigilantism.

It is our lack of love for self that causes us to look outward for acceptance when it is our relationship to our Creator, as His people, that justifies us with or without papers (immigration documents). Many of us live in the shadows of fear, while self-styled “leaders” claim to represent us to a society that does not want us here, the very land built by and taken from us. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has said that God will reverse what was done to us as a people, and that the land would be given back to us wherein we could live together in peace. This is Allah's (God's) promise to us as it says Psalms of David that “the meek shall inherit the Earth” (Psalms 37:11). God's promise remains true.

We must throw off the fear of not being accepted by this society that has exploited the poor and the darker peoples of the Earth. It is now time to fall back into love with our people and ourselves, no longer fearing the corrupt powers of this wicked system. For as it says in the Bible, 1 John, 4:18-20:

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because He first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Our unity and the love for self can transform our suffering. God and His promised Messiah are present in the world today.

Message To The ?So-Called? Latino

Message To The ?So-Called? Latino

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God, The Chosen People, and Illegal Immigration: What is God's opinion of the Immigration Debate?

In any group photo, the natural response is to look for one’s self. Unfortunately, the world has been fooled by the lie that the Bible is God’s testament of his love for our conqueror and open enemy. This is in direct contradiction to God’s purpose for the revealed word and his raising of prophets, messengers, and sages. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan teach us that the Bible and Holy Qur’an are prophetic scriptures that show the history of European domination of the Aboriginal peoples and tell us of God’s favor on the oppressed in the final judgment of the world. If we see the scriptures properly, we see Allah (God’s) hand at work, where we may have thought we were forsaken.

If God saw deeper into the future did he see the suffering and taking of indigenous lands, and the domination of those cultures? Did he see the enslavement of Blacks in the western hemisphere? What about the present crisis of abuse of so-called “Illegal Immigrants”, the arriving masses escaping America’s economic stranglehold on Latin America? According to the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Bible not only reveals the motivations of the wicked opponents of immigration, but the natural unity that exists between Blacks and Latinos.

Naysayers classify this as a “presumed alliance” only effective for political expediency, but any unity based on temporal political motivations is doomed to fail. If our ancestors indeed did exchange cultures, and the historical shared experience of European domination joined our blood, then unity should be formed on the basis of kinship---not for the crumbs of a system that hates both people. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that we must first be brothers (and sisters too!) for the process of unity to begin.

We have let the labor movement, community organizations, and insincere political parties prevent the formation of real unity between both communities, and as a result, stood in the way of our own freedom. How important is the unity of the oppressed to the foundation of the Kingdom of God? Did God foresee a need for a coalition of the oppressed? Allah (God) has placed signs in the revealed word that make this type of unity essential for the very construction of a new world to take place.

An appeal must be made and the basis for unity cannot be a common enemy. How can Satan, who has been the common denominator of our division, be the basis for our uniting? The opposite is true. It must be God, our father, who unites us. God’s pattern does not change; he always finds the oppressed and enslaved people, raising messengers from among them. Such was the case among the Children of Israel, who were under a death plot for fear that they would increase in population and join onto an enemy of Pharaoh and Egypt. Towards the end of Pharaoh’s power, there was a weakening of Egypt’s borders and large numbers of undocumented “aliens” strained their divinely afflicted resources.

There was confusion among the population of ex-slaves regarding the acceptance and treatment of these “alien” immigrants. God admonished them through his servant Moses with these words, “'When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. 34 The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:33-34, New International Version)

It is worthy to note that this acceptance of immigrants extended to the priesthood of the Children of Israel. Even David and his son Solomon, both considered prototypes of the Messiah, fully embraced immigrant labor, conducting a census and even employing them as foremen in the construction of Israel’s holiest Temple. Apparently, these were undocumented immigrants among God’s chosen people. This is described in the Bible, in the book of 2 Chronicles, “Solomon took a census of all the aliens who were in Israel, after the census his father David had taken; and they were found to be 153,600. He assigned 70,000 of them to be carriers and 80,000 to be stonecutters in the hills, with 3,600 foremen over them to keep the people working.” (2 Chronicles 2:17-18)

So despite religious tradition and historical genealogy, God ordered that cast aside in favor embracing an oppressed group with a “shared experience”. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught that the scriptures were history written in advance and that 75% of what was written referred to a future time, and should not be looked at as yesterday’s historical record. It is no accident that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s work has exposed the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad beyond the scope of Black America. His work prior to 1975 gave tremendous signs of this. How critical is this aspect of God’s work among the indigenous and original peoples of this hemisphere? With gang conflict and episodes of violence erupting daily between the two communities, those who would be the peace makers are forced to look into the root of this bloodshed.

The Holy Qur’an reminds us, “And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited. And remember Allah’s favour to you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts so by His favour you became brethren. And you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it. Thus, Allah makes clear to you His messages that you may be guided.” (Holy Qur’an 3:103)

Now is the time to begin the process of unity between Black and Latino, with God---The Originator, and our origin in Him as the common denominator.