Moonlight vs Hidden Figures…Helpful To African Americans Or Not?
The European Does Nothing To His Detriment or For Our Benefit…Per The Historical Evidence
Decisions, decisions, we make decisions 24/7…political, career, medical, relationship, etc. …even what movie to watch. What is it exactly that influences our decisions…? Well, one’s values, beliefs, and culture…the movie supports or affirms your values, beliefs and culture.
The problem is that Black and white culture don’t deal with relationships, love, caring, sex, or sexuality the same way, for instance in Dagara village, Burkina Faso, West Africa….today, 2017, they don’t have a word for ‘sex’ or ‘homosexuality’…unless European media’s been their and introduced the words.
The West ‘sexualizes’ EVERYTHING, Moonlight is the choice of people who’s culture is Patriarchal and sexualized.
And to read Sobonfu’s book on intimacy, you learn that intimacy isn’t just about sex but the way people interact with each other…as taught by the ancients and it’s quite different from the American, Western or Patriarchal way.
And, in Gays: Guardians of the Gates interview with Malidoma Some’ he says, life is about family, the elders decide if a person is ‘special’ or ‘gatekeepers’ (those who’d possibly be called if they were in the US). But the point is, they don’t decide for themselves, the elders decide what one’s purpose is. And, ‘gatekeepers’ have a purpose, to negotiate between the living and the dead and to mediate women’s and men’s issues. Unlike in the US, it is not a lifestyle where they marry each other, adopt children, etc.; in Africa, family is paramount and everybody’s expected to marry, have children, be apart of family.
And Sobonfu says, what ‘gatekeepers’ do sexually, is not known…it not in your face. http://bit.ly/2eiWn4T
In traditional Africa, life isn’t about sex…it’s about family and community and the good of the community comes before that of the individual.
Whereas, white culture is about the ‘individual’…damn, any and everybody else, family, and/or community; you can’t tell me what to do…I do what I want…the mantra is, ‘do your thing, do what you want to do’.
So the choice to choose Moonlight is a choice that affirms white, European, individualistic Patriarchal culture that’s characteristically homosexual. It affirms homosexuality. For example, early February, NPR reported, “Widespread Child Sexual Abuse By Australian Catholic Church Revealed. ” “Over 4,500 people have made claims of child sexual abuse connected to Catholic institutions…(http://n.pr/2mR3UMt).” And, the BBC World News, reported on the February, 28, 2017, ‘4oo paedophiles are arrested a month in the UK’ (http://n.pr/2mR3UMt)
This is how white, European, Partirachal men treat children. This is not historically true of Africa or any other people of color…otherwise, white explorers, conquers, colonialist would have recorded it.
The problem is, CULTURAL RACISM.
That’s when white, Patriarchal culture, America, insist that everybody else, the accept white sexual behavior and those who don’t are homophobic. When whites refuse to allow people of color to embrace their cultural practices…or insists they embrace Patriarchal practices, that’s cultural racism.
So, again, Moonlight affirms white, European, individualistic Patriarchal culture. It in no way helps the plight of Black America and doesn’t not affirm our life style or culture.
But, however, Hidden Figures does. All non-fiction stories Black achievement, especially against the odds, help foster positive self esteem, positive self image, and serve to prove to us ‘that we can’, even in 2017. And, it affirms our sense of family and community; our sense of peace, tenacity, and excellence…all qualities whites could stand to emulate.
Which do Black or Brown children need to see, Hidden Figures or Moonlight…and why?
Us Women, Joining Women Globally For Equally…Indigenous Societies, Not Contaminated By Western Values, Are Still Equitable
Who said sex and politics don’t mix? Led by Leymah Gbowee, a young mother, Liberian women went on a sex strike to end the country’s brutal civil war. They were successful: in 2003 warlords agreed to end the violence. Last year Gbowee won a Nobel Peace Prize for her campaign. With Liberia’s former President, Charles Taylor, facing life in jail after his war crimes trial The Hague, Metro spoke with Gbowee.
Are sex strikes an effective strategy to end wars?
(Laughs) It’s effective in the sense that it gets people’s attention. Sex is an exotic thing, and many people would say it’s a taboo subject. But when someone dares to bring it to the attention of the public, it has two results. People start saying, “who’s this person doing this?” and they start asking why the person is using sex to highlight an issue. And it gets men thinking. There are a lot of good men out there! The percentage of men who wage war is very small. Good men outnumber evil men, but why are they silent? Our strategy helps the good men because it gives them a reason to take action. They start talking to their colleagues and beer buddies, saying “this war is wrong.”
So it’s not the sex strike per se, but the support it gives good men, that makes it an effective strategy?
Yes. Every man is interested in the act of sex. We withheld sex from our spouses to get attention, and our husbands obviously noticed what we were doing. We said, “we need you to take a stand.” And they did.
Would you recommend sex strikes to women in other war-torn countries?
People have told me many times, “why don’t you export your strategy to this or that country that’s also in the midst of a civil war?” But it’s not as easy as that. I can’t just go to a country and tell women how to make peace. I can encourage them, but they have to commit to peace and they have to do so beyond their political and ethnic affiliations. Regardless of whether you’re Muslim or Christian, and regardless of which ethnic group you belong to, there’s no way that we can solve a crisis without moving beyond such affiliations ( http://huff.to/1SgouhX)
In many societies, when women are powerless to prevent the men in their lives from abusing them via the political system, they engage in what’s called a “sex strike.” But from Kenya to Italy to Central America, very real sex strikes in modern times are a relatively common tool in the arsenal of resistance fighters…in Africa, before the colonial era.
Women in more than 50 countries will go on strike from paid and unpaid labour on Wednesday while millions more will be taking part in direct action on what is set to be one of the most political International Women’s Days in history.
From Thailand to Poland, the United States to Australia, the first International Women’s Strike will see action on both the industrial and domestic fronts, with participants keen to show solidarity with an energized global women’s movement.
Live International Women’s Day 2017: protests, activism and a strike – live
Live global coverage of International Women’s Day 2017 as events take place around the world to mark the ongoing fight for equality.
“We are united, we are international – and we are everywhere,” said Klementyna Suchanow, a Poland-based organizer of the International Women’s Strike, adding that the walkout would put governments and institutions under pressure by giving women a voice that has long been ignored. “We are an army of women across the globe and we are no longer asking to be listened to. The world is being forced to listen to us.”
Strikes produced political power for women in Iceland
Forty years ago, the women of Iceland went on strike – they refused to work, cook and look after children for a day. It was a moment that changed the way women were seen in the country and helped put Iceland at the forefront of the fight for equality.
If you worry about a sex strike sounding uncomfortably reductive, you are going to hate the domestic strike: on 24 October 1975, the women of Iceland did no housework, to protest against their feeble, 5% representation in parliament. They technically went on everything-strike, but since their democratic exclusion was mirrored in the workplace, this functionally meant they stopped looking after their children and doing the washing-up (those who did have jobs worked in schools and nurseries, so those had to close as well). A staggering 90% of women took part, after the genius move of renaming it, not a strike, but a “Women’s Day Off”, dressing up stridency as me-time. Men had to take their children to work, which gave the event its other name: The Long Friday (http://bit.ly/2mD2gRf).
This action changed the face of Icelandic politics, delivering to Europe its first female president, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, five years later. But its significance in the wider feminist landscape is subtler, since that tension of where you situate domestic labour in the fight for equality is, if anything, more pronounced now than it was then. Feminism at home sounds a lot like nagging. The strike was underpinned by a movement, the radical Red Stockings in Iceland, and sister organisations across Europe making the case for paid housework (http://bit.ly/1Ur6P9C).
The World’s 2 Cultures: Matriarchy, 1st & Oldest & Patriarchy
Matriarchy 40,002,017 Year Old & Patriarchy, 202,017 Years Old
The white media accuses Trump’s of being “patriarchal” and they should know since they’re also patriarchal, too. That is, whites live a Patriarchal culture, characterized by violence, competition, & inequality/hierarchy.
And, even Black feminist talk about Patriarchy…Angela Davis, a famous Black feminist spoke of ‘Patriarchy’ at the Woman’s March; she used a version of Patriarchy in her speech (http://bit.ly/2mq0CzB).
“… suffering a loss in prestige and authority in the family because of his failure to be the chief bread winner, the male head of the family feels deeply this obvious transfer of planning for the family’s well being to two women, one of them an outsider. His role is reduced to that of errand boy to and from the relief office.”22
…consequently, the Black family was pathological.
But whites always see Black difference as inferior, pathological, less than human. So, what do Black scholars say…
1. Diop, the man who disproved white scholars who said Black had no culture and/or that it was inferior to their Patriarchy in his 1950’s thesis…which they finally had to approve. He discerned Black culture…saying it was characterized by peace, cooperation and equality…non-hierarchical. He published his thesis, The Cultural Unity of Black Africa…all people of warm climates.
2. Dr. Edwin Nichols, who whites pay $4-5,000 for a plain old “Workshop,” $20-35,00 for a “Cultural Audit,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor paid him $15,000 for diversity training and the Environmental Protection Agency got him cheaply at $12,000. In this training, he tells them they’er genetically violent, competitive, and sexist/classist/ and racist (http://bit.ly/2miCMsn). Their culture evolved to be what it is in response to the cold/frigid/hostile climate of Europe.
3. Wobogo tells us to survive in the figid European weather, Black Africans
a. had to loose their melanin to benefit from the limited Vit D from sunless skys
b. came to value strength & violence because that skill set prevented others from taking their food, women, and skins
c. came to value man’s strength over women’s lack of physical strength (sexism)
d. and, came to value those who had ‘the most’ (materialism) because it signified survival
4. Nina tells us that trapped in Europe for 20,000 years, Africans lost their dark skin to benefit from the many attributes of Vit D …required for survival.
5. And, Amadiume tells us that Matriarchy still exists in Africa though whites, via cultural genocide, are fighting stringently to extinguish it…because it is a force that opposes Patriarchy.
Origin of Racism
Cheikh Anta Diop’s Two Cradle Theory provides the answer per his thesis presented at the Sorbonne in 1954 which he published in 1959, The Cultural Unity of Black Africa: The Domains of Matriarchy & of Patriarchy in Classical Antiquity, according to Vulindlela Ijiola Wobogo, part time science and mathematics professor at San Francisco City College.
Quote from Cold Wind From The North, page xxvii
It is to this theory that he returns to provide the answer to the origin of white racism:
The origins of white racism can be traced to…the envioronmental conditions responsible for the racial differentiation of African homo sapien into Euoprean homo sapien; this was completed by -20,000, Xenophobia, the precursor of racism, may have been enbedded in the soicla philosophy of the populations that survived the ice age due to the loss of fundamental bonding, excessive materialism and the development of anthropophagy/raw mean consumption. The resulting culture would retain xenophobial as a fundamental structural/philosophical element
Things Fall Apart When white People Come…2o16 or 1800’s
Chinua Achebe wrote about it in a 1958 African story that describes how things changed to the detriment of the Africans just as gentrification works to the detriment of non-whites today. As Richard Brookshire learned recently when ‘the threat of involving the New York Police Department for something that could have been solved with a neighborly knock on the door’. http://wapo.st/2dytZun
And, Colin Turnbull wrote about it in a true account, Human Cycles. Admission, this may not be the right book per memory, I read it many years ago. If I find it is, I’ll make a correction but, it really is worth reading because it does a good comparison of the difference between how Africans vs whites live.
His account is almost the exact same as that described by Achebe.
When white people come, everything changes in the village of the 1800’s (and before) as gentrification does to communities of color. In one of the poorest wards of Washington, DC, a park on the Anacostia River where Blacks have been recreating all day until wee hours of the morning, enjoying the moon light by the river is now closed at dark…since whites (women) started jogging there. And, the early closure is police enforced. In that same park, playing an ‘organized’ sport, baseball, by whites is considered a more legitimate activity than Blacks picnicing or just sitting enjoying the cool relaxing river scene. In that same poor DC ward, over policing is regular resulting in more parking and j-walking tickets and arrest for minor traffic violations. Not to mention whites who seem to have a different dress code than Blacks, even poor Blacks.
Black men, and surely not older Black men just don’t go to the Safeway like this…even, the poorest of Black men are more respectful.
When whites come, as colonizers or gentrifiers, things fall apart in every way, even, morally,
Culture Is Genetically Determined…
What does Nichols believe? He believes that culture is genetically determined, and that blacks, Hispanics, and descendants of non-Jewish Middle-Eastern tribes place their “highest value” on “interpersonal relationships.” In Africa, women are the equal of men. Whites were altered permanently by the Ice Age. They value objects highly, not people. That is why white men commit suicide so frequently when they are downsized.
Nichols calls his science of value systems “axiology,” and he believes that if managers and administrators understand these cultural differences, they can manage more effectively, understanding why, according to him, blacks attach no importance to being on time, while whites are compulsive about it. Whites are logical; blacks are intuitive and empathetic. Whites are frigid; blacks are warm and spontaneous. Whites are relentlessly acquisitive; nonwhites are in harmony with nature. White engineers, for example, care about their part of something; Asian engineers, managers should know, care about the whole. Whites are linear; nonwhites have a spiral conception of time. Nichols has a handout that he frequently uses. Whites, it explains, “know through counting and measuring”; Native Americans learn through “oneness”; Hispanics and Arabs “know through symbolic and imagery [sic]”; Asians “know through striving toward the transcendence [sic].”
White behavior, feelings, and actions are anti-social whereas non-white behavior, feelings, and actions are more humane…Ubuntu.
How Matriarchy and Patriarchy Culture Differ
Cheikh Anta Diop
Cheikh Anta Diop defined the difference between matriarchy and patriarchy in his original doctoral thesis presented at the Sorbonne in 1954; published in The Cultural Unity of Black Africa:The Domains of Patriarachy and of Matriarchy In Classical Antiquity in 1959.
It differentiates Southern Black/African Matriarchal culture from Northern white male Patriarachal culture.
DIOP’S TWO CRADLE THEORY
FROM “THE AFRICAN ORIGIN OF CIVILIZATION” AND “CULTURAL UNITY”
CHARACTERISTIS OF THE TWO CRADLES
(Determined by Environment after a separation during the Ice Age.)
Southern Cradle-Egyptian Model
- Abundance of vital resources.
- Gentle, idealistic, peaceful nature with a spirit of justice.
- Matriarchal family.
- Emancipation of women in domestic life.
- Territorial state.
- Social collectivism.
- Material solidarity of right for individual which makes moral or material misery unknown.
- Idea of peace, justice, goodness and optimism.
- Literature emphasizes novel tales, fables and comedy.
Northern Cradle-Greek Model
- Bareness of resources.
- Nomadic-hunting (piracy)
- Ferocious, warlike nature with spirit of survival.
- Patriarchal family.
- Debasement / enslavement of women.
- City state (fort)
- Moral solitude.
- Disgust for existence, pessimism.
- Literature favors tragedy.