Why Black Christian Nationalist
Continues to be a Bad Label?
Author’s disclaimer: The primary way a Black Nationalist is positive is if the social indexes of his immediate community are positive. And his immediate community is measured by standing on the tallest building with a pair of high powered binoculars and looking in all four directions to the furthest end. That’s where the responsibility and measurement starts.
“ We believe that the future is what we make it, that we have a responsibility for the quality of our lives, that we must organize within a progressive order, become inspired by a common set of ideas and that the time to begin is now.”
Mostly what I learned from BCN: Black Christian Nationalist a.k.a The Shrine of the Black Madonna and the Nation of Islam (NOI) is what not to do with or to those who support you. The above motto is neither that of the BCN nor NOI. But both would probably make statements about their own organizations that encompass the spirit of that motto. Doing so would automatically make both liars.
Today BCN is a nearly defunct organization that was booming in the 1970s. Especially in Detroit and Atlanta. I was unofficially a teen recruiter in the newly formed Flint chapter. I was never in the NOI but all of our encounters with them in Detroit were adversarial due in part because the Black Panthers detested NOI.
Also NOI and their Black Power Products is a con, as both of my 1990-ish checks to them and no shipped product attests. And the fact the FBI has not tried to disband them says even more. There was no need to disband BCN we imploded.
Here’s what a one person who was a part of BCN then recently shared with me in a June 2015 chat:
Me: Do you think BCN is a viable platform today if it does virtually the opposite of what BCN did when they stole hope and money from us?
Him: But does it do the opposite of what it fraudulently did in the past? I say fool me once
Him: The only good thing that came of it was it made us self aware
Him: What is your opinion?
Me: I think that if you remove the con component and the extreme Blackness that it could be used to fund the rebuilding of Black Wall Street and Idlewild. We’d be millionaires today if they hadn’t conned us.
Him: Yeah but masses are traditionally duped
Me: That’s ok, they would make great missionary outreach foot soldiers.
Him: I’ll never be a part of any organization that is religious based again
Me: You have every reason to feel that way.
Him: What about you?
Me: I’m looking for a building now and will hopefully have one before this year’s end. BCN showed me what not to do with a viable plan.
Him: Good, your have the heart and mind for it
Me: Thanks, I’m completely comfortable with the responsibility. I was born for this.
Him: I agree
You see we were totally committed to a Black organization that was all about the con. Like Isis, they seized on our anger against both the failures of Black leadership combined with the unrelenting racism of White supremacy. Not much has changed except the names of the organizations and its same old, same old leaders.
In both hindsight and foresight we (BCN) should have built and protected several barriers to the social issues that current protests highlight as alive and well. Today’s primary current solution? Repeat what hasn’t worked in either the distant or recent past.
But worse is that we would not be in this position if the NAACP, NOI and BCN like organizations were not still conning us. The con lies in the social indexes of an ethnic society as measured when those organizations started along with where those indexes are today. All organizations are best measured by the social outcomes that they address or fail to address. You will know them by their ripe or rotten fruit.
Social failure by virtually any institution is a con.
BCN literally made $$$millions$$$ off of us. Today many of us would be millionaires and with a sprinkling of a few billionaires had the leaders of BCN not conned us.
The details of that con is well documented. But there now is an anti-con and the author of this vague rant is following leaders to make more leaders who turn these cons into the opportunities that they could have been and were meant to be.
But here’s the learned lesson. The best part of that lesson is that it’s not our job to blame either the Black or White oppressor. It’s our job to stop the multi-cultural oppression.
But we all owe those missteps a debt, for by showing us what not to do we know what to do. And what we must do is not to continue repeating the mistakes of the past.