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In honor of Min. Malcolm: To value our lives, work and struggle

Ethical philosopher, author, two doctoral degrees and professor and chair of the Department of African Studies at California State University, Long Beach, Maulana Karenga (File photo)

This is again the sankofa offering for the proper remembrance and reflection of our revered ancestor and beloved teacher El Haj Haj Malik El Shabaz.

If we must rightly remember Min. Malcolm, we need to take seriously and practice what he has so meticulously taught us about valuing our lives, our work, and our struggles. Here I use grasping to mean to take his legacy in hand and heart, to study and understand it, and to hold it firmly as a valuable legacy and a framework for moving forward.

Whether it is the day of his birth or the day of his sacrifice and martyrdom, or any other day of the year, remembering and honoring him must offer some meaningful expression and proof that his life and teachings help shape our lives. our lives, we make our work and we fight to be ourselves, to be free, to develop and to reach the fullness of ourselves.

So, our ceremonies and rituals of remembrance, of raising and praising his name, and of learning from his life, work, and struggle are good. But in the end, Mr. Malcolm would ask, how does this become a meaningful and transformative practice? That is, how does it help to inspire, anchor, orient, and expand what we think, feel, say, and do?

In other words, how does our respect for him reflect and confirm that we use his life lessons to show the best of what we are and should become and continue to be as individuals and people?

In his famous eulogy to Min. Malcolm, a respected activist actor, Ossie Davis, tells us that “by honoring him, we honor the best in ourselves.” And this respect for him must be by imitation in the way he lived his life, did his work and led his struggles for life and liberation.

What we see as the best in him, we must uplift, praise, and pursue. Because what is best in it is the best in us in terms of capacity and potential, perhaps to a lesser degree, but no less in value or significance.

Because we all have inherent, transcendent, equal and inalienable value and we bring to the world our own unique gifts, talents, abilities and potentials. And we must, Minister Malcolm teaches us, strive vigorously to be fully aware of them and to use them to bring good to the world, both as individuals and as human beings.

This is the meaning of his teaching that “a race of people is like an individual.” . .; until he uses his own talent, is proud of his own history, expresses his own culture, (and) establishes his own individuality, he can never be fulfilled. ”

In fact, it means that we need to think in new, liberated and liberating ways about how we live our lives, do our jobs and fight. For like Min. Malcolm teaches: “The logic of the oppressed cannot be the logic of the oppressed if they want liberation.

And if we want to live a good, meaningful and expansive life, liberation and the liberation struggle, as well as the practice of freedom at every level, must be at the heart of what we consider important and urgent. Here he teaches us that it is in the knowledge, embrace and practice of the best of our culture and history that we affirm our essence and fully realize the best of ourselves.

Min. Malcolm wants us to see our lives as sacred, endowed by the Creator with a nature that leads to righteousness, but which must be fully realized and affirmed in our daily pursuit and struggle to practice good and be caring, just, truthful, and honest in relationships. us with each other. He wants us to “acknowledge (and respect) one another as brothers and sisters” and to consciously stop and avoid hurt and injustice to ourselves and to one another.

Because we, like other people, intentionally and unintentionally, sometimes too often in the context of our oppression, hurt and act unfairly to each other through physical violence and psychological violence of disrespect and degradation. But here again we must resist, resist the imitation of our oppressor, and strive to portray in our daily lives the good world we want, work for, and fight for.

Also, Haji Malcolm teaches, we hurt ourselves and each other by bad habits that harm or destroy our health, and by negative practices that make us unworthy of love, work, and struggle. Again, given the shared nature of our lives, work and struggles, even if people only seem to hurt themselves, in a broader sense, they hurt us as well, causing suffering to the community and weakening its capacity for life, which he must live, the work he must do, and the struggle he must lead.

Seba Malcolm, as a community moral teacher, ie. the one who always puts what we do in the context of the community and its influence on the community, also claims that we are also very unfair and harmful to ourselves when we are unfair and harmful to each other. Because we are connected in a community and share humanity with each other.

It is worth noting that Nana Malcolm argues that failing to work and contribute to the best of our ability is an injustice and an injury to both ourselves and the community. He calls such an attack a trifle “a sin against oneself,” against our personal and collective selves. Thus, he says, “idleness and laziness are among the greatest sins of the Black Man against himself.”

Indeed, he says, “Heaven requires hard work. Here he speaks not only of heaven, connected with the promise of good in the hereafter, but also of what promises a good life here and now, freed from the hell of oppression in its various evil and earthly forms.

Seba Malcolm, therefore, does not offer any narrow idea of ​​personal cleansing and self-strengthening, but wants to connect everything we do with a broader concept of our identity, purpose and direction as a world historical people, consciously and actively committed to freedom, justice , physical, psychological and material well-being, peace, mutual respect and care and other shared goods in the world.

Thus, our beloved teacher Seba Malcolm wants us to fight to end human suffering and oppression and to honor our history and culture of struggle and to be the moral and social vanguard of the world. And he wants us to get rid of all the various vices, values ​​and practices that reduce or undermine our ability to reach our full potential, to exercise our abilities in the work and struggle for liberation, human prosperity and ultimately the well-being of the world.

Finally, Seba Malcolm, Al-Hajj Malik Al-Shabaz, wants us to live, work and fight for liberation and goodness “in unity and harmony”, born of knowledge, understanding, love and patience. He says we need to constantly learn and learn from each other, even when we think we already know each other as individuals and people. Often, he says, we hurt ourselves and each other and are unable to unite and act for the common good due to lack of knowledge or light, as he calls it.

“We need enlightenment” about the whole world he teaches. But especially, “We need more light for each other.” Because light creates understanding; understanding creates love; love creates patience; and patience creates unity. “And through this unity,” a united front can be created “with which we can stand up to our oppressor, end our oppression, and make a final contribution to ending oppression in the world.

Min. Malcolm X, our esteemed ancestor and beloved teacher, wants us to take our lives, our work and our struggles seriously. He sees us in all-encompassing ways and wants us to do the same. Indeed, Seba Malcolm assures us that we are a key part of the global struggle for freedom and justice in the world.

And so he tells us and teaches us that “What we do here to regain our self-esteem, our manhood (and femininity), our dignity and freedom, helps all people everywhere who are fighting oppression.” and also contributes significantly to the opening of a new history and horizon of opportunities for humanity.

Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair of African Studies, California State University-Long Beach; Executive Director of the African American Cultural Center (USA); Founder of Kwanzaa; and author of Kwanzaa: A celebration of family, community and culture and Introduction to black research4th Edition, www.OfficialKwanzaaWebsite.org; www.MaulanaKarenga.org.

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