Saturday, October 25, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
The New Durham Manifesto 2014
A Basis for Black Power and Development in the the South
On October 20, 1942, a group of African Americans leaders met in Durham NC as part of the Southern Conference on Race Relations. The result of the meeting was the creation of a document called “A Basis for Inter-racial Cooperation and Development in the South.
Seventy-two years later, we see that the condition of African Americans in America has only gotten worse socially, politically and economically. Therefore, we present a more African-centered document on behalf of the Durham community.
We demand a stake in the “New Durham” that is developing in this community and that our African culture is showcased.
We demand programs that will guarantee full employment for all of Durham’s citizens.
We demand respect for the religious diversity of Durham.
We demand an end to racial profiling by law enforcement agencies.
We demand that our constitutional rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are fully respected.
We demand that African-centered education will play a significant role in the curriculum of all of Durham Schools.
We demand the allocation of resources in the community to develop programs to counter violent activity.
We demand the right to participate in the political process in a fair and equitable manner, including, but not limited to, voting.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Puttin’ the Wrap on the Crack Attack
Min. Paul Scott
“You claim I’m sellin’ crack/But you be doin’ that”
Sound of Da Police- KRS
The day was a good day...That hot summer afternoon in Compton back in ‘84. As, Egyptian Lover, blasted from somebody’s boombox the yunguns held a breakdancin’ competition on the sidewalk, while the old folks played dominoes in the shade. But then it happened... A mysterious white cloud descended upon South Central LA. All of a sudden the breakdancers started shootin’ at each other and the the old folks knocked over the domino table and started stumbling around the ghetto like mindless zombies….
Of course, the drug epidemic didn't quite happen that fast. It was part of a long program that had gone on for decades to destroy black people, mentally, spiritually and physically. But it just seemed that way...
This month, a new movie is being released called, Kill the Messenger, which tells the story of the late San Jose Mercury News reporter, Gary Webb. In 1996, Webb released a series of articles called , Dark Alliance, which alleged that the CIA played a role in the crack cocaine epidemic that took over South Central LA during the 80’s.
Like many of my generation, I remember the initial outcry over the allegation that the Feds were responsible for turning good natured Uncle Jimmy into a crack head. There were numerous talk shows and town forums with black folks expressing outrage but, what happened next is just a blur...
This blur, has resulted in a generation of kids who don’t know how to get out of the drug/gang life because they have no clue how they got in it to start with.
Now, let’s be clear. Talk about the conspiracy to wipe black folks off the planet did not begin with Gary Webb's article. Nor did it end with the release of his book. There has always been talk of a grand conspiracy to kill off the “undesirables. ” Ever since the good white Christian church folks of this country had the revelation that it wasn't exactly proper to string God’s people up by ropes, new, but equally destructive ways had to be implemented.
Although, Webb may have been the loudest voice who raised the issue of the drug induced genocide of the ‘hood, he definitely was not the first.
During the early 70’s Samuel Yette wrote, The Choice, which revealed various government programs to stop the rise of African Americans. Also, two years before Dark Alliance was published , Dr. Patricia Turner wrote the outstanding book , Heard It Through the Grapevine, which gave case studies surrounding the various “conspiracy theories” that had circulated around the black community, including the introduction of crack. Not to mention lecturers, like Steve Cokely, who traveled, tirelessly, around the country trying to warn a skeptical black community that the sky wasn’t fallin’ , but somebody was bombin’ the ‘hood with crack rocks.
So, what made Gary Webb’s revelation so earth shaking? Who knows? Maybe a slow news cycle. Maybe the way the planets were aligned. Or maybe, as usual, nobody believes anything until a white man says it. For a brief moment in time, the plight of the boyz in the ‘hood had finally made front page news in a way that did not make absentee fathers or the lack of education totally responsible their collective condition. But those who live by media coverage, die by media coverage, as the suffering of black kids in the ghetto could not compete with John Q. Public’s fascination with the sexual exploits of a sitting US president. Unfortunately, the Dark Alliance story that could have saved thousands of black lives was knocked off the front page by the explicit Too Short-like ,freaky tales of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky;.
Not that the issue of how drugs got in the hood hasn’t been raised since the 90’s. Every time a superstar rapper gets called out over his lyrics that champion drug dealin’ , he is quick to sing the old familiar ditty about how “ we don’t own the planes or ships that bring drugs into this country..” ala "Nino Brown" from the infamous court scene in New Jack City. But instead of a noble quest to get to the root of the problem, the statement just plays out as a way to justify genocide.
So, in the aftermath of Dark Alliance, Freeway Ricky Ross, the man credited for ,allegedly , pushin' drugs for Uncle Sam has become a folk hero to a generation of Hip Hop fans. But instead of having to continuously explain his bad decision to thousands of grieving mothers, his biggest concern seems to be over some rapper swagga jackin’ his style. So instead of debating the validity of Webb's accusations, and more importantly, questioning whether there are other Freeway Ricky Ross’s pushin’ Molly in the ‘hood in 2014 in order to fund a “war on terror," we are stuck with conversations that just make for good TMZ material.
Maybe, the movie Kill the Messenger will open up a dialogue in the African American community, where we can use it as a platform to re-examine the question of biological and chemical warfare waged on us. Maybe we will finally ask the right questions to get the right answers so we can tell our children to “Say no to drugs” and not come off sounding like clueless, hypocrites.
My generation has some unfinished business to take care of.
Yes, the “conscious Hip Hop era of yester- year raised questions but it did not create the organizational structure to demand the answers. So, 18 years after Dark Alliance ,as Fred Hampton once said , we are left "with answers that don’t answer, explanations that don’t explain and conclusions that don’t conclude…"
Maybe, one day we will be able to place the blame for the destruction of our families where it rightly belongs instead of , like Pac said, “blamin’ mama for turnin’ my brother into a crack baby…”
Min. Paul Scott represents the Messianic Afrikan Nation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 972-8305 Follow on Twitter @truthminista
Monday, October 6, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
In the wake of the recent police murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, The Black By Nature/Conscious By Choice Campaign is posing the question, "Is somebody out to get Black Men ?"
On Thursday evening October 2 at 7PM at the Stanford L Warren Library , 1201 Fayetteville Durham NC, Min. Paul Scott, founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation, will give a lecture titled "The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Men."
The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact (919) 972-8305
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Open Letter to Aaron McGruder
What Would Huey Do?
Dear Mr. McGruder,
Without a doubt, you are one of the most brilliant satirists that the black community has ever produced. The first season of your Boondocks series was pure genius and the creation of the militant, socially conscious “Huey Freeman” character was instrumental in raising the consciousness level of many African Americans, especially those with short attention spans or weak bladders who could never sit through a two hour -plus black history documentary like Hidden Colors but would watch a 30 minute cartoon. Your impact was especially felt during this season’s Boondocks, as your departure has left the show extremely lacking in the social relevance department.
However, I am concerned about your latest venture on the Adult Swim Network, Black Jesus, that preaches a ghettoized gospel to your former Boondocks congregation. I don’t find a Messiah who turns water into malt liquor entertaining. Of course there will be many people who will find Black Jesus hilarious, especially Adult Swim’s predominately white audience. So the fact that many people will find humor in the comedy is not up for discussion. After all, many white folks thought that lynchings were pretty funny…
But I digress.
I have read that some white Christian groups are protesting the show. Let’s not get it twisted. I couldn’t care less what the white Evangelical Right Wing thinks about the show. In my opinion, the only thing worst than a black Jesus that endorses drinkin’ and smokin’ is a white Jesus that endorses slavery. I am concerned about black people, especially black children.
The image of a “Black Messiah” has always been controversial in this country. Since the inception of the Black Theology movement over 150 years ago by people like Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, there have only been a handful of black images of Yeshua. ( Jesus was just his proverbial slave name) Unfortunately, since your new character is already the most widespread image ever, when my grandchildren Google “Black Jesus” years from now the image that will pop up will not be Yeshua feeding the multitudes but your lead character ,Gerald “Slink” Johnson, puffin’ on a blunt.
You have the opportunity to go down in history as one of our greatest thinkers who, at a critical moment in time, had the courage to speak truth to power. I would hate to see you go the route of so many of our biggest and brightest (cough..Kanye West) and become dumbed down to nothing more than a lawn jockey on the front yard of Ted Turner’s plantation.
I am clear that if you weren’t producing the program, the powers that be would just find someone else to accept the blood money. So, the focus should not be on the “Judas” but those who paid him the 30 pieces of silver to sell the Messiah out.
I was watching the controversial, “Hunger Strike” episode of The Boondocks earlier today , where “Huey Freeman” went to war against Black Entertainment Television for plotting to destroy the black community via it’s questionable programming. Are you holding the Adult Swim/Comedy Network to a different standard?
There is an old cliche that asks, “what would Jesus do?” I ask you, sir, in the case of Black Jesus, what would Huey do?
Your Brother in Struggle,
Min. Paul Scott, founder
Messianic Afrikan Nation
Saturday, July 19, 2014
The new Adult Swim program "Black Jesus" is not scheduled to debut until next month, however, the recently released trailer has already been compared to Salman Rushdies' "Satanic Verses."
Minister Paul Scott of the Messianic Afrikan Nation says that the show has set the Black community back hundreds of years by making a mockery of the concept of a Black Messiah and is calling for a boycott of the network if the show is not cancelled.
" This show is the "Satanic Verses" of the Black Theology movement," says Scott
Scott argues that the show does a disservice to the Black leaders and theologians who have dedicated their lives to advancing a Black Liberation Theology like Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, Marcus Garvey, Dr. Albert Cleage (Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman) and Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango.
Scott says that the Black community needs to see a proper image of a Black Messiah in 2014, at a time when Black children are killing each other in cities like Chicago.
"We need miracles. Not minstrel shows," says Scott
Paul Scott is a minister and activist in Durham NC. In 1999, he coined the phrase "Afrikan Liberation Theology" which he says is the "Black Liberation Theology of the Hip Hop Generation. " He has appeared on talk shows across the country discussing the race and religion. including Fox New's "Hannity and Colmes." He is a contributing writer for teh anthology "Hip Hop and the Black Church, a generational divide."
For more information contact (919) 972-8305 or email@example.com