Maceo Z. Keeling, Business Strategist and CEO of Asheville Business Accelerator. Photo: Urban News

Maceo Z. Keeling, Business Strategist and CEO of Asheville Business Accelerator. Photo: Urban News

Take It Back

Maceo Z. Keeling, Business Strategist and CEO of Asheville Business Accelerator. Photo: Urban News
Maceo Z. Keeling, Business Strategist and CEO of Asheville Business Accelerator. Photo: Urban News
The Conscious Corner by Maceo Z. Keeling, Sr. –

Do you remember a time when we an impassioned row would occur if someone made a statement about you that was not true or inaccurate?

We would rush to correct the comment and probably insist on an apology or a retraction. If a retraction was not immediate there was a real risk that a fight would break out.

Where has all the fight gone?

The underpinning of this question has to do with what we are willing to do to get to the facts. What we are willing to require of each other to get to the truth. How much will we tolerate and endure until we say, “You better take it back”?

More importantly, when will we take back our own story and write our own narrative?

Public media of all types seek to speak for the masses. The reality show seems to be the worst offender, even though the stories from Bible make reality television pale in comparison. But a wide range of media seeks to entertain, titillate, and sensationalize your common everyday experience.

The point I make is that no one knows your story better than you. You can tell it. You do not have to be a scholar or a college graduate. No one has to give you permission to tell your story.

But what about our story? Our stories?

For generations, centuries, the stories of Africans in the diaspora have been hijacked. The narrative that Africans were slaves continues to hold us back. Africans were not “slaves”: Africans were enslaved, trafficked, and killed.

So what do you say when anyone Black, White, or other, says, “We are descendants of slaves”? Change that narrative! Change that story. We are descendants of human beings who were enslaved, trafficked, and killed for this country to thrive.

Why are we willing to accept it when people say we were slaves and not insist on the rest of the story? Why can’t we accept that we were scholars and healers, builders and inventors, storytellers and teachers, medicine men, warriors, kings and queens? Speak it!

Speak it unapologetically! We must not shrink from our opportunity to take back our narrative and our agenda.

We must realize that our truth is ours—whether someone wants to hear it or not. We must recognize that for our truth to be told and heard, we must speak it clearly and without fear, hostility, or hatred.

The Black narrative, the Black agenda, Black music, Black swagger, Black dress, and even Black asses have been “appropriated” by White America, and beyond its borders. Starting with our own story, our history, our truth, we must stake our claim and take back our own narrative.

In order for you to tell your story you only need to know it. Speak truth—and we will change the narrative.

Answer the Call!

 


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