Mythology is Mythlogy

Throughout the history of African Americans in America, African history has always been diminished. According to white Americans, our history started with slavery. Before slavery, we were considered savages who swung from tree to tree like Tarzan, and threw poop as a defense mechanism. We needed the European saviors to come tame and civilize us. This was (overall) the narrative of Africa in the western world. In 2016, we have passed (for the most part) the overwhelming ignorance towards Africa. Now we are aware of great advance civilizations (like Kemet, Mali, and the Dogon people) who existed before any European intervention. Before Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., or James Baldwin, we have learned of great black people like Mansa Musa, King Tut, and Cleopatra. Unfortunately, and weirdly enough, with this new knowledge comes a new ignorance. While I know the image of white Jesus has destroyed and dis-empowered  black people in various ways, I have to emphasis that Horus was NOT real either. I repeat, Isis, Horus, Osiris were not real people. I understand, now realizing the truth, some African Americans wish to value their original black mythology. But to pretend Horus is not just as mythological as Jesus is dangerous.  African Americans who indulge in this dangerous type of attitude also argue that “the white man” stole the story of Jesus from Horus. While the European is notoriously known for conquering, ravaging, and stealing, I argue that ideas influence and inspire ideas. Humans have always inspire other humans. The Walkman inspired the Ipod. I argue, what is wrong with the story of Jesus being influenced by the story of Horus? Overall, I see this dangerous act as one obtaining his or her freedom but still choosing to remain a slave. Why release yourself from Jesus just to fall into Horus? Using Horus to condemn Jesus is just the same as Europeans using Jesus to condemn Horus. Ultimately, I believe everyone should have the freedom to believe in what she or he wants as long as it does not affect other humans in a negative manner. To abandon Jesus, and jump on Horus’s dick is progress to some, but it is insignificant progress to me. Please do not mistake me for defending Jesus. At the end of the day, to me, mythology is just myth. Stories we can learn from, but that are not meant to be taken serious.

 

~ Kn1ght-Wonder

 

A Rant On Patriarchy

I really hate (hate is a strong word… Let’s say, I utterly despise when women, especially feminist, fail to recognize how patriarchy devalues men also. Patriarchy teaches men that out of the range of emotions a human has, we can only express one or two, that out of the plethora of emotions that I am able to have, I should only express anger, or frustration or any other emotion that does not make me seem weak or human. While I think it is important to recognize that women are gravely hurting in this patriarchal society, I also believe it is just as important to recognize that men are silently hurting. For example, when a woman declares she’s been raped, even without evidence, she is ultimately believed, consoled, nurtured. But, if man declares he has been raped, he will most likely be laughed at or be ridiculed and people will find it hard to believe. While I do not wish rape on anyone, this is an example of how society is so quick to help the woman heal, but we are just as quick to laugh at the man’s pain. Many men who are rape victims are still hurting & bleeding internally, because society tell us that we are not allowed to feel pain, we are not allowed to be vulnerable, we are to be strong, stoic, & invincible at all times. Hell, if you truly advocate for rape, you would know most of the rapes in this country happen in male prisons. The idea of patriarchy is perpetuated equally by both men and women. Some women can not even handle a man crying because they have bought into the idea that men are supposed to be strong at all times. We all know this is impossible. We all have our times of vulnerability, times where we need rest from our turbulent battles with the harsh realities of life. I would urge men & women to join together against patriarchy because patriarchy is the enemy of humanity.

~ Kn1ght-Alias