THE REALITY OF BEING BLACK IN AMERICA: TIME FOR ACTION

We can no longer take a walk in our community, drive to work, shop, enjoy leisure time activities, sell CDs, reach for our identification, wait for our children to get off the school bus, or ask for help when our car breaks down without being permanently assaulted, targeted, and or murdered. It appears that it’s open season on Africans living in America. Any attempt to exercise our fundamental rights such as Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem is viewed as a crime, and despite the unjustified killings of black people in America, we are expected to be patriotic while our brothers and sisters are targeted, assulted, and murdered for being black.

Deborah Pearl was murdered after her car was hit by Matthew Desha who ran a red light causing his vehicle to flip. He blamed her for the accident, therefore, murdered her in his rage. Malcolm Evans a college student at the University of Delaware was shot while driving to work died after he lost control of his car hitting a pole. What did either of them do wrong besides driving while black? Is this a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time or were they innocent victims of racism white supremacy permanently is engraved in this culture? Whatever the cause or effect both people were innocent and like our ancestors before them died at the hands of a racist white supremacist. What happened to Larnell Bruce? He was confronted by Russell Courtier a white supremacist and his girlfriend Colleen Hunt at a gas station where a fight immediately breaks out then chased down and run over by them in their jeep. He would later die in the hospital due to excessive brain damage, however Hunt was seen at the scene cheering on her boyfriend as he attacked the teen as well as chased him down.

Presently police have had their hands in multiple scenarios with the killing of so called armed and unarmed Africans in America. Using brute force and restraint to secure any scene rather it be peaceful or somewhat confrontational. It’s almost common to wake up today with another young black man being murdered by police. The stories are all the same and if it hadn’t been for dash cams, cell phones, or the forgotten body cam some of the most recent deaths by cops wouldn’t have been publicized at all.

Recently police have murdered a 13 yr old teenager by the name of Tyrie King it was said that he earlier had robbed someone of ten dollars. The 911 caller who was robbed stated that they didn’t want to pursue the matter and to not worry about it over a few dollars. Police was called to the scene where they spot a suspect that resembled the description of the robber and accompliances. This is where things get interesting because it’s conflicting evidence between the officers at the scene and the eye witness’s. The officers reported that the suspects fled while Tyrie brandished a weapon and was immediately shot. Witness state that Tyrie was faced down on the ground then he got up and took off running before being fired on and hit in the back. The Autopsy revealed Tyri was struck in the back several times, but before the autopsy the police chief as expected comes out and shows pictures of the alleged bb gun which was later determined to not be a firearm even though it resemble one.

Earlier this week an unarmed 40 yr old Terence Crutcher was gun down while being stunned by one police officer then gunned down by another. Reports indicate that a suv was stopped in the middle of the road with the doors opened and windows down blocking the road. Officer Mackenzie who was headed to a domestic dispute was nearby and decided to handle the situation where she was approached by Crutcher she says with his hands in his pockets. She ordered him to remove his hands and he did but she stated he had some look in his eyes as if he was under the influence. Weapon drawn she asked Mr. Crutcher several times to not move as police backup arrived he began to walk away not listening to the officers with his hands up. As Mr. Crutcher go to the rear driver door of his vehicle police approach him weapons drawn. Officer Mackenzie stated she feared for the safety of her and the other officers assuming Crutcher was going in the vehicle to get a weapon so as he reached she fired while the second officer tased him. No weapon had been found anywhere near the vehicle yet reports uncover a small bag of what seem to be pcp supposedly and the blood on the window indicates that he couldn’t have been reaching for anything. The officer has since been brought up on charges but really we have seen this scenario played out to many times over the previous year and we all know how this will end.

While Oklahoma is dealing with the Mr. Crutcher issue Charlotte, NC has it’s own problems dealing with what was seem to be an unarmed Keith Scott 43 who supposedly had a book in his possession has now been changed by authorities to be a gun. The gun has yet to be identified on tv or in reports, but this story has doubts because Keith was waiting on his son to get off the school bus and was mistakenly identified as a felony suspect the police were hunting down. This exchanged was not caught on tape but later streamed lived on Facebook as the daughter of the victim immediately took offense to what happened but unaware of her father being pronounced dead she filmed and shouted at police as they held people back. What is sad about this death is that the man is a handicap supposedly carrying a gun in a open carry state and police claim he was a threat to them. We have yet to identify what type of gun he had on him, or been able to view the body cam footage of the officer involved in the shooting. One minute the officer is white the next he’s identified as a black man who immediately was escorted away from the scene. A few days later the wifes video reveals the police planting a gun at the scene of the crime which clearly shows negligence.

In Baltimore police responded to an altercation between a 21yr old Tawon Boyd and his girlfriend who seem to be under the influence of some drug that made him paranoid and defensive. When officers arrived at the scene Tawon was seen running to cars trying to get in them, and knocking on neighbors doors. The police approached him with violence taken him to the ground and began to continuously beat him until he was under arrest. He fought back while his grandmother cried for help and for them to stop beating on him only to be told get back across the street. 3 days later he died in the hospital from injuries he sustained. Initially the Baltimore sun reported that Tawon was allegedly beating up by cops but it wasn’t officially confirmed until days later. The police are presently investigating itself and based on the history of that we can determine no charges will be filed.

Police have way of handling different scenarios based on location, suspects race, and possible threat at the time of arrival. Months ago a white man opened fired on police in broad daylight, and one would think he would have died. No he was apprehended without a scratch, bruise, or harm brought upon him. Weeks later another man threatened to bomb a building or was caught attempting to and the police apprehended him without a problem. We can go back to the mass killings in the movie theatre in Arizona or in South Carolina where both incidents lead to arrest without any issues. No matter what state, what time of day, or how silly the interaction with our local police officers are black people have to deal with the possibility of that interaction being their last. Fact of the matter is we are being seen as the immediate threat across the country rather we are complying or simply fake resisting arrest by asking are we under arrest.

However this is not a coincidence, things like this do not just randomly happen. In a society where white supremacy trends like hot topics on Twitter Africans in America are purposely targeted by the police and everyday citizens. The bandage that covered a brutal womb for over 500 plus years has been exposed causing infections to develop at a pace only our eldest elders can remember. Meanwhile, Colin dominates the headlines because he takes the stand against injustice. The same injustice that has been a permanent fixture in American Society for the past 500 years.

I heard an elder once say “It feels like the early 1950’s again” during a time the Klan lynchings were common practice, memorialized through postcards, and the preservation of the victim’s body parts where kept like trophies to be admired and remembered. Fast forward til the present day when every other day we need new hash tags to remember our brothers and sisters killed by the police. Every black mother or father worst fear is their children may not return home from school, work, or the local grocery store. It’s not like life hasn’t already been hard enough for African families due to the systemic supremacist conditions we’ve had to endure over time.

Historically Africans in America and abroad have failed to act. Study the invasions of Africa and pay close attention to each invasion all of which currently rule over the countries. Military we lacked the scientific know-how and technical awareness to fend off attacks by invaders. They had guns we had spears. They had technology while we had rituals. Unlike the Arabs who integrated its way into invading the motherland Europeans brought with them high-tech weapons as well as disease. Both brought beliefs, culture, and religion that was used to subdue us and take our land and resources. Are we prepared to protect our women, children, and families? Can we physically and spiritually endure the continued attacks on our people? Are we economically prepared to align ourselves with potential allies abroad? We have been at war economically, socially, scientifically, technologically, spiritually, and environmentally for the past 500 years.

We can no longer sit on the sideline watching, praying, or hoping things will change for the better. History has taught us that no matter what that only by force you earn your freedom. We must position ourselves strategically preparing for whatever comes our way. We can’t continue to march, cheek turn, and get on our knees looking for a solution. We have to understand the importance of now, and the importantly of solutions.

Written by: Ini-Herit Khalfani

Edited by: Nyah Amara

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Wells, Carrie. “Man Dies 3 Days after Allegedly Fighting with Baltimore County Police in Middle River.” Baltimoresun.com. Baltimore Sun, 22 Sept. 2016. Web. 22 Sept. 2016. <http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-co-police-fight-20160920-story.html&gt;.

Blau, Max, Jason Morris, and Catherine Shoichet. “Tulsa Police Shooting Investigated by Justice Department.” Tulsa Police Shooting Investigated by Justice Department. Cnn, 20 Sept. 2016. Web. 22 Sept. 2016. <http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/20/us/oklahoma-tulsa-police-shooting/&gt;.

Rahman, Khaleda. Police Say Black ‘disabled’ Man Shot Dead by Charlotte Cop ‘ignored Repeated Orders to Drop His Gun’ after Brother’s Claims He Was Holding a Book Prompted Night of Riots Which Left 16 Cops Injured. Dailymail.com, 20 Sept. 2016. Web. 22 Sept. 2016. <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3799501/Cops-shoot-dead-disabled-man-North-Carolina-Police-claim-man-armed-gun-family-insist-unarmed-reading-book.html?0p19G=c&gt;.

Berman, Mark. “Columbus Police Officer Fatally Shoots Tyre King, 13-year-old with a BB Gun.”Washington Post. The Washington Post, 15 Sept. 2016. Web. 22 Sept. 2016. <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/09/15/columbus-police-fatally-shoot-tyree-king-13-year-old-with-a-bb-gun/?utm_term=.5a37aa8609fe&gt;.

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The Tale of Two Seti’s: The Character Flaws of a Self-Proclaimed General

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Born son of Rameses I a 19th dynasty King and Pharoah who served between 1290-1279 BC he was a great leader with a great mind whose reign in Ancient Kmt was overlooked because his name wasn’t written in a Shenew (Cartouche) like previous kings, but according to author Armana instead written with what is called a sacred knot similar to Isis with the sound of “tit” or “set”. His birth name was Seti Mery-En-Ptah meaning ‘He of the god Seth, beloved of Ptah”. To the Greeks, he was Sethos I and his throne name was Men-maat-re meaning Eternal is the Justice of Re. He ruled Egypt for 13 years (though some Egyptologists differ on this matter giving him a reign of between 15 and 20 years) from 1291 through 1278 BC..

If you study each of his campaigns carefully, his leadership stands out among the other rulers of Ancient Kmt. Seti I possessed every quality found in a good leader. Unlike the previous Kings and Pharaohs, he set out to rebuild the greatness of Kmt. A strategist, a builder, a restorer, and the father of one of the most remembered Pharaohs of Ancient Kmt. Seti was well known for his military brilliance leading many different campaigns early in his tenure. On the walls of Karnak you will find him defeating his enemy in Palestine and Syria. Despite his many military campaigns, he still found time to establish some of the greatest artwork and buildings structures in Kmt. Seti I was all about promoting prosperity in Kmt, and although he was not the most recognized Pharaoh, he established a solid foundation in his character and his deeds. His name has always been associated with the king who restored Kmt; so revered in the black African community that he is often looked at as a model warrior and his name given to those that have the qualities of a soldier ready for war.

Fast forward to present day a young warrior name Sara Suten Siti who stood on the work of  the ancestors Dr. Ben and Seti I, banging on racism,  and white supremacy. Reaching the youth while introducing Kmt to the community. Although it is unclear who named S Sara (meaning the Sun of Ra or Sun the light a name given to ​those who have completed the last stage of Craft-Black Pantha) what was evident in his lectures was his passion in debates, blog talk shows, and YouTube videos. For years he battled the Abrahamic cults using research​ and encouraging African history. He seemed to have both the energy and the motivation needed to reach  the youth as well as the “Young G’z” of the community. Like Seti I of Ancient Kmt, he was young and most of his battles were fought early in his career taken on the Moors, Israelites, Christian,and Islamics As of late, however,Sara Suten Seti behaviors are more aligned with Akhenaten known for his religious dogma than that of the great Seti known as the restorer of Kmt. Seti seems comfortable enabling YP madness, teaching everything from “man was modeled to the wheel of Khnum” to the “Mdw Ntr was not translated.” Despite his claims of being spiritually connected to Seti, he has already abandoned Maat and replaced his truth wrapped in greed and hatred. What happened to the General,  Why did he change is position,  and  Why is our brother dishonoring the teachings of Askwa Kwesi and the ancestor Dr. Ben?

Some other reasons we should question Seti’s ability to lead has to do with his pattern of leaving his friends and students alone in the midst of battles. witnessed when he left his less than experienced student Young Pharaoh to present his case against the translation of the Mdw-Ntr. Of course, this wasn’t the first time he abandoned a friend previously​ leaving “The God Killer” on 125th against a slew of Hebrews. When the stove got too hot, he exited the kitchen. We again witnessed bad character days after the debate when he chose to divert the argument away from YP scholarship to his youth when most of the attacks against YP was due to his spaceship-scholarship, and not his age. In a post on Facebook yesterday, Seti continued to diminish his own character by referring to his opponents as “Bitches,” “Niggas,” and “Whores” disrespecting the community and forgetting the teachings of the great ancestors who never used such words. During the 30 minute video, he continued to display the opposite of the what his spiritual father stood for or what Seti I fought for in Ancient Kmt.

It’s no coincidence he is easily offended by fundamental questions given he is no longer standing on the shoulders of the Ancestors but standing on his fragile ego. As a teacher of Ancient Kmt, he has yet to display Maat on any level. Instead, his message is the opposite of Maat, and he comes across harsh,  disrespectful, and out of control. It seems that Seti is upset because he was challenged and asked to show how everyone else was wrong, and he’s right. Since the debate on Saneter, he has made three videos contradicting his original claim that the mdw- ntr had not been translated, but failed to provide any proof to support his claim. Instead, he attempted to clean it up by doing a complete 360 changing his original claim to”We are the living Medu Neter, our Afrika spirit birthed the grammar that produced the Medu Neter a so-called dead language but with the divine spirit of our Ancestors the Medu Neter lives within us.”

The General we once respected his information has shifted from scholarship to divisive and dangerous rhetoric. He has abandoned the teachings of the elders and replaced it with poor scholarship. Seti is nothing like the person we all came respect and love and had failed to live up to the spirit of Seti I. In a video labeled, “The Warrior Kings Of Ancient Kmt (Egypt) 2008” he speaks to the character of the great warrior Kings of Kmt, but today seemed​ to have lost his spirit and forgotten the legacy of Seti I the King who was a fearless warrior. A man who didn’t run from his enemies but faced his enemy head to head. The great story of Seti I is one we should teach our children to ensure when individuals come along boasting, yelling, and proclaiming their greatest, they can measure and evaluate their actions against their rhetoric. The tale of two Seti’s is needed because warriors should not be associated yelling, screaming, and proclaiming​ greatness but associated​ with men of respect and honor. If war is the answer, then we need to know if Seti will stand up like a “Warrior King” that he claims to be or run and hide like a coward in the midst of a battle?

Amen Ra Squad Up

Written by: Ini-Herit Khalfani

Editor Nyah Amara
Voices of Fire​

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“The Life of Egyptian Pharaoh Seti.” Egyptian Pharaoh Seti. Armana Centre, n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2016. <http://www.mummiesexhibition.co.uk/egyptian-pharaoh-seti.html&gt;.

Encyclopedia Britannica, The Editors Of. “Seti I.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2016. <https://www.britannica.com/biography/Seti-I&gt;.

Alvindlee, and Sara Seti Suten. “SARA SUTEN SETI: WHAT THE HEBREWS STOLE FROM AFRICA.” YouTube. YouTube, 01 Dec. 2011. Web. 12 Sept. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RACv9qV5y8&gt;.
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Alchin, By Linda. “Seti I.” Seti I. N.p., 2015. Web. 12 Sept. 2016. <http://www.historyembalmed.org/egyptian-pharaohs/seti-i.htm&gt;.

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AMEN RA SQUAD EDUCATES SETI AND PHARAOH ON THE MEDEW-NETER USING SOUND METHODOLOGY!

Some of the main points revealed in last night’s sparring match between Amen Ra Squad vs. Young Pharaoh (YP), and Seti live on Sa Neter TV was the lack of critical thinking and proper research methodology apparent in the conscious community. From the beginning, Pharaoh came out swinging setting the stage for his arguments backed by Chancellor Williams the Destruction of The Black Civilization and Raymond Faulkner’s pyramid and coffin text. And although Pharoah misused many words out of context, he was able to formulate the following claims: A) The Medew Netcher was not deciphered, B) 45-50 percent of the text was inaccurate C) The time-frame between the last Egyptian dynasty and the translation of the text served as a barrier to accurately interpreting the glyphs. Seti doubled downed on YP claims despite the opposition to Dr. Ben work failing to communicate his point accurately using “doe boy” language to describe the Rosetta Stone and how it was so-called “Cut up”, as if he was discussing a drug transaction speaking to his ability to articulate the very difficult aspects of language and its precepts. Seti went on to claim that names of some Kings and Cleopatra were the only parts of the Medew Netcher translated then left the debate leaving YP dazed and confused.

Dr. Oya Maat followed YP by explaining the foundations of proper research methodology. She asked detailed questions on how YP arrived at his conclusion regarding the text and suggested ways he could improve his presentation to ensure accountability, transparency, and visibility given the severe consequences of his claims. Dr. Maat who earned a Doctor of Engineering from Morgan State University provided bullet points on how to proper approach a research problem, and although she was interrupted more than once, and her time limited, she was able to detail the importance of sound research methodology. Ankh the “God Killer” followed Dr. Maat delivering a powerful knockout punch to YP premise by detailing line by line, bar after bar, dagger after dagger, and checkmate after checkmate how the medical papyrus proved the glyphs was translated  evidenced by it being the foundation of modern medicine. Sonjedi followed Ankh by providing information on critically thinking skills pointing out that remembering(which YP does well) was only the first step in the process. Wudjau followed and provided an overview of the basic writing system, but due to time constraints was unable to complete his presentations. The last Amen Ra Squad member Asar served a major blow to YP argument by detailing the connection between Ancient Egyptian language and breathing African Languages with similar cognates present today, debunking the claims that the Medew Netcher had not been transliterated. Reggie then followed up providing blow after blow pointing out the connection between the Medew Netcher and the English language; further dismantling claims that the Medew Netcher was somehow inaccurate.

As time progressed, YP lost his cool after being called out on his questionable methodology. One thing we can agree on is that the truth is not always sexy nor does it feel good, but it always provides clarity in the face of confusion. Claims need to be absorbed understood and researched over and over until there’s a clear understanding on how one arrives at his/her conclusions. As soon Aliens were introduced into the debate, we got a glimpse into YP Methodology, and although he seemed confident his story began to unravel evidenced by the personal attacks aimed at Dr. Maat credibility. Like most people ill prepared, YP claimed that his questions were not answered. Despite receiving detailed explanations from Ankh, Asar, and Reggie along with examples to support those claim, YP went from confident to disrespectful. In my estimates, this was no debate, but a test of character, the importance of information, references, and proper methodology.

The magnitude of errors in YP argument was staggering. The claim that the Medew Netcher could only be read diagonal, back and forth up, down and criss-cross are untrue. The truth is that there are four ways to read the signs, which are horizontal, vertical, left to right or right to left not criss-cross or diagonal as was stated. In Wudjau’s book “Sesh Medew Neter A Beginner’s Introduction To Medew Netcher,” he addresses how the Medew Netcher can be read On page 38 and 39 he discussed the correct direction to read the glyphs. And then on chapter 3 he provided definitions on pictograms, ideograms, logograms, and phonograms. Wudjau also addressed the difference between Hieratic and Hieroglyphs in his book, but again was not able to present due to time constraints. For those who are knowledgeable of the Medew Netcher, It was difficult to hear YP butcher the information, but could easily point his mistakes. One mistake was timeframes and their relationship to the text. Sonjedi pointed out this discrepancy when he pulled out his notepad and wrote down some signs and showed the different periods of the writings, which immediately debunked YP argument. It’s hard to glorify  YP skill set when debunked his own  claim by stating that the glyphs were not deciphered using deciphered text to support the claim. The debate went from a discussion regarding ancient writing systems to extraterrestrial beings. The longer he stayed on the build, the worse it got for him. Ankh challenged YP by stating that if he proves that aliens were on the glyphs, and he would stop teaching in the community. Bad move for YP to use a well know pseudo web instead of the glyphs as proof of the existence of extraterrestrial beings in the Medew Netcher.

At the end of the day, the community needs to understand how to choose method over madness, science over stupidity, research over rhetoric, and scholarship or foolership. We need to determine the real from the fake, the truth from the lies, the preacher from the teacher, and the liberators from the instigators. We can’t afford to have hustlers invading our community robbing, raping, and polluting the minds of the youth/community using the same techniques as the enemy. This conversation was very necessary and it needs to be had once more, because there’s a lot of unanswered questions still on the table. Can we decipher the glyphs? The answer is yes, if you disagree subscribe to the Seshew Maa Ny Medew Neter youtube channel and watch every Wednesday and Fridays as a group of like-minded individuals let the ancestors speak by showing the work, or sign up for Wudjau (www.mdw-ntr.com), Sonjedi, or Asar’s class to learn how to read the language.

Black African Power!!!!!!!!

Written: Shawn Phillips

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“Amen-Ra Squad.”. The Real Black Atheist, 1 Jan. 2015. Web. 06 Sept. 2016. http://amenrasquad.org;.

Editor: Nyah Amara, Voices oF Fire