Originally posted by Kweli4Real:
Hey folks, wrong fight here ...
Just about any pro-Black organization operated by Black folk is a positive for our struggle. This is not the zero sum game that some would have us believe.
Divide and conquer is the tactic of those that work to oppress us. In this case it is former BGLOs v. BGLOs. Neither position is superior because the focus is somewhat different. But, as a BGLO member, for someone to tell me that the service I put into the Black community is invalid because of the letters I proudly wear ... I don't know ...
I'm not saying any service put in is invalid just because the person doing it has pledged. I am saying that I'm not seeing large amounts of service put in. Most people I see that are "Greek" are caught up into materialism/consumerism and not challenging the imperialist/capitalist system that oppresses us as Africans the world over. In fact most look like they are trying their hardest to become part of the oppressors plan(although they might not be conscious of it) I know a few people who joined Greek organizations that moved on to Pan-Africansim or African cenetered organizations and are activivists in the community, but they have left the "Greek" stuff behind and identify as Africans, some are ashamed they pledged and have said "it happened when they didn't know any better".
How can an organization be seperate from it's ideology? The entire ideology behind the Greek organizations stems from their Boule' foundations. These motives are not progressive. I don't mean to offend so many people by being critical of these organization's but that is the only way we as a people can grow, constructive criticism. I live in the South currently and was raised outside of L.A. I don't see any(or very few...I remember once or twice being hapilly surprised) people sporting their Greek letters at the soup kitchens, homeless shelters, African centered activities or educational centers, War protests, police protests, anti-globalism(WTO) protest, N'Cobra functions(National Coalition of Blacks for Reperations), or any of the other activism or activites going on locally, around this country, and/or globally. But I can't tell you how many "Greek" lincense plates I see on a daily basis. Or my personal favorite, if I go to a club or "purely" social function, then ALL are present and representing. I went to a historically Black University and was in the minority of people who didn't pledge.(I was already an African-centered person) I also see NONE of the majority who did pledge at ANY of the formerly mentioned activities, and yet I always here them talking about how they do work in the community. There may be a small few who actually participate in the community, but most are in it these organizations for social and/or professional "hook up" reasons during and after their college years.
On a more surface level, How can an organization or it's members really free our minds, let alone liberate anyone, when so many of it's members haven't even gotten past the Euro-centric version of beauty. The majority of the sisters still perm their hair! The guys are running after "yellow bones" or people with "good hair"(the same self-hatred problems the larger non-Greek community suffers from)...Come on now, this kind of stuff is "level one" when it comes to African centered consciousness....We have to draw the line somewhere. A contradiction is a contradiction. We aren't Greek, and neither is the organization "Greek" in origin...They are copies of White/European people's distorted and hijacked versions of the Ancient Nile Valley and Great Lakes region "mystery systems" in Africa (A mystery system to the Greeks that is, hence the title)....If this isn't even being acknowledges in the title....How progressive, African-centered, and mentally freeing can it be for the people? All I can do is call it how I see it.
Correction: I should actually have called a "perm" a "temporary chemical straightener". If it was permanent we wouldn't have to get it redone every 6 weeks, our African roots always kreep back in
...The enemy wants us to think our current condition is permanent...when it is only a temporary, just like the chemical hair straightenener.