I listen to them and do not find too many negative vibes from them, maybe i am bias lol but i respect even the many egos that present themselves, because they represent a need (in me) even when the fire is raining.
I must admit other than now and then, I have deliberately stopped listening to most of them. Perhaps things have got better. When I was listening, what I noticed was a cycle of conflict being promoted amongst ourselves. I don’t believe a healthy ego is necessarily a bad thing but an ego that is unwilling to learn, grow or even heal is cancerous and can infect everything it comes into contact with. If 'leaders' do not open themselves up to challenge from the very people they presume to lord it over then they should be taken down.
I don’t have a problem with the fire raining if afterwards we are rebuilding.
By negativity do you mean the cussing of chrisendom , Afrocentric organisations/people etc,? and us as a community?
In part, yes. But more specifically the repeated and often deliberate attempts to reignite an "West" African versus “West Indian” feud. Or the constant excuse of seeking an insignificant enemy within, instead of the providing the courage and leadership to tackle the beast on the front door step. We must all be open to criticism, especially that delivered with love from family, but over the past year I have witnessed people with nothing more than green eye pass fake righteousness in order to publicly pass judgment over those they feel threatened by who are working and/or sacrificing much for liberation. Radio (like books) is far too powerful a medium to be abused like that.
In fact I have more respect for the Christian or Muslim who works hard in their spare time to help their people even if it is by just sharing the inspiring stories of our history to children, than the Pan Africanist whose only contribution is to spend a ridiculous amount of energy explaining why we fail, why we will never be great, and how we must stop working on practical solutions and instead embrace a mills and boons version of African spirituality to stop us from feeling/being oppressed. That’s what I mean by negativity.
I do not believe we are powerless. Quite the opposite. Powerful people do not need to exploit and oppress others.
We need people who will rise us up, not beat us down.
Don't you think we need that sort of "kick up the arse" ? How is it really that different from the Paster on Sunday's? Should we be objective,rational,calm and collected!
I think we should treat our wider family with the same love and respect as we do those close to us. A kick every now and then doesn’t hurt, but we must seek to motivate people by inspiration not fearful manipulation. The Sunday pastor is no better with his heaven and hell, carrot and stick approach but in some ways the pastor is more honest as there is no pretense over the individual admitting that deep down they see the european as god and our only hope and saviour.
Should we be objective? Yes. Rational? Yes. Calm and collected? Well we should aim to be but if the spirit moves us, it moooooves us!
Also why do you think you have had such limited response so far to this very important question? i am very suprised at the many views but no comments.
I don’t know. Perhaps some of us are so convinced nothing will ever change we are beyond caring. Most people don’t even believe their contribution in life will make a difference whilst others are simply too afraid to try.