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What Shall We Call Him (Them)

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Submitted by Melvin M. Velines-Bey, A.G.S., S.G.R., B.A., M.A-P.A. (United States), Jan 21, 2014 at 01:56

By Propeht Noble Drew Ali

"So often our various journalist find trouble in selecting the proper name for the Moorish-American. Some say "Negro," another will brand him "Race Man," still another will call him "Afro-American," and then comes "Colored," "Dark American," "Coon," "Shine," "The Brethern," and your "Floks." It is indeed a hard matter to find something suitable for the various occasions where a tittle needs to be used. Is that these (my) people have no name? Did they(we) a National name when first brought to these shores in the early part of the Seventeenth Century? If so what was it? Did not the land which they (we) were forced have a name?

"It now appears a good idea for those whose duty it is to write for the various journals to find out what the National Name of the forefathers of these (my) people was. Also look into the history of the founders of civilization and see who they (we) were and where they (we) stood in the building of present civilization.

"Probably two hours in an up-to-date library (of course with the proper guidance) would serve to to relieve the strain on our (you) men of letters. When the occasion presents itself for a title for these (my) people. The matter of the various names given to these twenty-two million people with all colors (shades) of every race of the globe was an act of European psychology. They (you) gave/give hime a name, then defined it as something inferior to theirs. "White," they defined as a color of purity; "Black," they (you) say represents everything of evil. The "Negro" as they (we) were called in this nation, have no nation to which they (we) we might look with pride. Their (our) history starts with close of the Civil War or more properly with his being forced to serve some one else. Thus he (we) are/is separated from the illustrious history of his (our) forefathers who were the founders of the first civilization of the Old World. This matter should be looked into with a hope of correcting it."

Submitted by Sheik Melvin Velines-Bey

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