A Warrior Scholar Speaks:
Yurugu, the beings (‘people’ being an identity they have never deserved) who are our primary focus, are really quite easy to understand. Three interrelated factors reveal all a warrior needs to begin grasping a necessary solution to our problem.
First, even a limited historical observation tells us that they cannot allow any of the people they have conquered and destroyed, or are otherwise being destroyed through subassimilation into their societies, to be themselves. These insecure beings cannot permit this even in others’ own spaces because of their psychopathic fear of others waking up to what has been done, and is being done to them, and the power that they have been forced to hide from themselves. Yurugu knows that their victims’ awakening will surely cause them to lose their ill-gotten, undeserved privilege in this world. Add to this fact that they consider all spaces theirs, and we can more fully understand this mentality.
The second factor is that they cannot allow any people to operate independent of them. Their supremacist-imperialist desire and racist arrogance cannot allow them to conceive of a world where other people exist in sovereignty beyond their control or manipulation. The insatiable greed and incessantly nagging insecurities, born in the caves in which they discovered themselves, make the idea of anyone living on the planet outside of their authority and validation unthinkable. In their warped, childish imaginations, no reality that they exist in can operate efficiently without them being in the position of absolute and total domination over everyone else.
The third factor is that we cannot be our Afrikan selves within european culture and society. To be Afrikan requires us to be everything that their world cannot allow because it is violently anti-Afrikan to its core. And it is not possible to change it into something more receptive to differences in worldview and interpretation of reality. It is incapable of tolerating difference. In these three facts lie the warrior’s only reasonable line of thinking and choice. For, (1) if europeans cannot allow anyone to be themselves in their space, (2) if they cannot allow anyone to exist outside their sphere of power and (3) if we cannot be who we naturally are within their space, then we really do not have any choices if we are to be free. If we are to be Afrikan in the world as it is (an impossibility for us in european space, and europeans consider all spaces theirs), if we are to be our natural selves, if we are to become a liberated, empowered, sovereign people, we only have the choices of removing them (permanently or through secured isolation) or removing ourselves (permanently or through secured isolation). Nothing less will permit us to be Afrikan.
Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti is the co-founder and co-director of Akoben Institute, an independent Afrikan centered full-time and after-school home schooling and tutorial program for middle and high schoolers. Bro. Baruti (fka Larry D. Crawford) served as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Morehouse College from 1991 to 2001. Committed to the students, he has served as the faculty advisor to numerous student organizations at Morehouse College, as well as other institutions in the Atlanta University Center. He received his graduate training at the University of Chicago and taught at Chicago State University as well. Recognized for his dedication to the community, he has been keynote speaker, guest lecturer and moderator for numerous forums, programs and activities in a number places around the country and world. His lecture topics have ranged from Afrikan manhood, male/female relationships, european sexual insanity, interracial coupling to the Middle Passage. Bro. Baruti lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife of 28 years, Yaa Mawusi Baruti, also co-founder and co-director of their homeschooling program.