My Brother Is In Me
I am not one for being pessimistic, but I feel I must point out something that is already being discussed. Not because I want to be a copycat but because it is the reality in which we find ourselves. We (people of African descent) are a minority. You might be saying well that's nothing new but allow me to go on. Not only are we a racial minority in this land we call America, but we have also somehow mentally locked ourselves in the role of minority worldwide. This is the only explanation I have for people in a continent as big as Africa thinking they are second-class humans to the other races. Can you imagine how bad things have to be for you to be in your home but consider your guest to be better than you? When your brother would rather feed his guest over you? When we find ways to justify why our sons are being killed?
This is the reason why I wanted to reach out to Black Men of my generation. As a race, we seemed to have forgotten our strength. Yes, I see all the posts out there telling our brothers and sisters that we descended from Kings and Queens. We talk about the Egyptian dynasty and use all these images to promote Blackness. To be honest, I am not into all that Egyptian Kings and Queens business. I am not a descendant of a Pharaoh. I am the descendant of the Buganda Kingdom of Uganda and the product of the Bangura and Kamara Chieftaincies of Sierra Leone. I am a representation of the proud Conte (Conteh) lineage of Guinea. That's who I am. My point is, some of us might have been focusing on the wrong kingdom.
Anyway, I digress. The strength I am talking about has nothing to do with whether we are Kings and Queens. By the way, we are the definition royalty. No, the strength we seem to have forgotten is that of our unity. The reason why any of these ancient African Kingdoms ever became so significant was that their people were united. Yes, we fought amongst each other before the white man came but guess what, we were still a united people. When it came time to sell us as slaves, it was our unity that they preyed on, and now it is that same unity that society continues to exploit to keep us down. We as Black Men have always looked up to our Black Women to set the example and present day is no different. As much as we do not give them the respect they have rightfully earned, we still depend on them to put us on the right track.
This brings me to the issue at hand. After joining Black Bloggers United, I thought I was finally going to link up with my Brothers. While I was able to find a few (5 to be exact), I was shocked to realise that we have not been able to come together as our sisters did. The beautiful Victoria Mason brought together Black Bloggers across the nation and the globe. You've got to give her props for what she has accomplished with Black Bloggers United. While I am a proud member of BBU and I subscribe to most of the bloggers in the group (98% female), I still felt like something was missing. Don't get me wrong, I have met some awesome ladies through BBU and continue to be inspired by their resilience. However, I feel that their talents are sometimes wasted on me. While I read as much content as I can, most of it is focused at uplifting women and helping them be proud of who they are. Yes, I have read how to take care of your natural hair, how to eat healthy, etc. So I started searching for Black Male Bloggers because I wanted to connect with men who shared similar experiences as me. There was no place for us (Black Men) to come together like our Black Women (they've got tons of groups). Several people seem to have tried but it always ended up failing. All of the brothers I reached out to either never responded or flat out told me they were not interested in forming any sort platform.
I think some of these guys were worried I was just looking for a way to ride on their blogging successes. I honestly could care less about that. I just wanted to be able to be around like-minded men who were half as passionate as the ladies I have met to foster the Black condition. Someone once said if you cannot beat them, join them (I don't think that person knew what he or she was saying) but I refuse to do that. I took inspiration from BBU, We're Just Bloggers, and other groups did. I started Black Men Who Blog. I will continue to reach other to these fellas because they are in a unique position to change the Black Mentality and definition of what it means to be Black. If I can get just one blogger to become a member, I have succeeded. The motto; My Brother Is In Me should tell you what BMWB is all about. We are want to elevate the Black Man to take his true place as a free mind. If you know a Brother, who blogs, please tell him to reach out. We are not on the level of BBU yet, but even the greatest of kings was born a helpless baby.