That Afrocentrism is a failed ideology, mythology and pseudo-history should be obvious to all sensible people today. One such sensible person is Lipton Matthews, the writer of the Gleaner letter of the day for May 26, 2012. Matthew’s letter, entitled “Afrocentrism’s time has expired”, features the usual standard brand arguments and examples. We have the Aristotle/Library of Alexandria affair, the racist role reversal and , most importantly, its function as a therapeutic myth.
What is important (and unfortunately, unsurprising) are the responses in the comments section to the gentleman. The comments consist mostly of statements that condemn the writer as either a skin bleaching clown , or a brainwashed sellout. For example
Lipton you have been thoroughly brainwashed.
I agree, I’m wondering what his ethnic background is. Also, is he in a biracial(eurocetric relationship), which may explain wanting to bash Afrocentrism and implicitly affirming his social relations.
I had to laugh out loud at this one:
Miseducation and self hatred are enjoying a symbiotic relationship in your mind. It is unfortunate that the Gleaner provides a medium for you to spew this ignorant revisionist crap thinly disguised as acquired knowledge. I am sure a jar of bleaching cream would go a far way in erasing the most enduring remnant of your Africanness. I sincerely hope that your gratuitous display of knowledge is not a reflection of the diminished state of our Jamaican education system.
You see, many of the descendants of the slave regime adore paternalism. In other words, they believe in the bowing to massa in exchange for a bit of food, shelter and indoctrination of alien culture.
It should seem odd that none of the above – or for that matter – any other response, addresses any of Mr. Matthews arguments. But only if you have never had an encounter with an Afrocentrist. The Afrocentrist’s moral system can be compared to that of a mid-80s Saturday moral cartoon like G.I Joe or ThunderCats. You are either with the good guys, or you are against them. Such moral absolutism allows for no nuance, and has never served as a suitable explanation for people’s motives. Moral absolutism, however, gives what most Afrocentrists want, an easy, simple way for them to view the world, But, such a system is clear, simple, and wrong. Notice that there is no mention of Africanism, Powernomics, Marxism or progressivism.
What makes the Afrocentrist a bitch nigga, instead of merely a absolutist, is that the belief system is wrong on purpose. The point of a bitch nigga belief system is not to create a totalizing system to give one agency over the future, but a covert admittance to oneself that the goals that are being sought are quixotic, like a nation that has decided to commit itself to an endless war to give itself meaning. The Afrocentrist launches into a doomed quest for reparations, repatriations and Pan-Africanism, with no intention of winning but with all intention to fight forever.
In the coming weeks I will be putting forth my own ideas for national and black self-improvement. But before I do that, I will proceed to show that the previous movements that have engaged black people, are bitch nigga systems that are intended to be therapeutic and self-deceptive, rather than self-empowering. These include Rastafarianism, Black Men Vent style “nice guyism” Marxism, Black Nationalism, and of course, Afrocentricism.
See you in a few.