One of the things you'll notice in all of this, whether we're dealing with HipHop or the Nation of Gods and Earths (The NGE/Five Percenters), is outside opinions. A few years back I posted a video on A.S.I.A. entitled "Nuuwabians, Hebrews, Muslims, Khemetians, etc..?" The purpose of this was to emphasize that if anyone wants to know what these groups teach then go directly to them to learn. It seems simple enough b.u.t. time and time again people choose to get their information from "outsiders" instead of going directly to the source. This isn't to say that an outsider doesn't know anything, they may, in theory. Yet if you want to know about some of the ins and outs of prison doesn't it make sense to learn directly from someone who's been a career criminal and incarcerated in 5 or 6 different medium/maximum facilities? Or would you rather your primary source be someone who's only gotten a jaywalking ticket in their life and has a DVD collection of Gangland? Again, this is not to say you can't learn ANYTHING from the later person; most times you'll learn that this person can tell you some things about the map yet is completely oblivious to the terrain because they never actually been there...
Because we, as Black and Brown People, are the minority group here in the wilderness of North America, everything we do is going to be critiqued from the outside Society we live in. That's a given. The various different Cultural Societies that further makes a minority further compounds this critique. That's also a given. So in considering this, we can either obsess over what outsiders think or we can continue to do what we've been doing knowing that outsiders are going to think what they want anyway. It;s all about choosing our battles; sometimes issues need to be addressed directly and other times we need to ignore it like it's pork. This incident has been a wake up call for many of us who have sat by and not taken the necessary measures to preserve and protect our Culture, whether that's HipHop or the Nation of Gods and Earths. So today I want to share a couple key points in regards to that preservation and protection.
There was never a time in our Nation's chronology where our general consensus towards teaching others was, "Who wants to be a Five Percenter raise their hand?" People had to earn the right to be trusted with our brother/sisterhood and these teachings we hold as sacred. Nowadays people are handing out Lessons like they're pitchin' mollies from the corner and we wonder why people can claim to be The God or Earth so and so yet doing THIS the other days of the week. In the early days of our Nation (circa the 1960's to the 1980's), we didn't allow outsiders to just come amongst us nor did we give outsiders the symbolic authority to move the furniture around in our house. We didn't allow people to audio/video record our Rallies, Parliaments or Events. We didn't publish books and only wrote our understanding concerning our Lessons/Mathematics in Plus Degrees that we internally circulate(d) amongst ourselves. These protocols kept many people from infiltrating us. Although the growth of the internet and social networking may give outsiders the impression that The NGE and learning our Culture is easily accessible and one or two videos, downloads, amazon purchases and google searches away from being a Five Percenter, that is absolutely untrue. With the exception of audio/video recording some of our Rallies, Parliaments or Events and publishing some books, many of us still adhere to many of these standards we practiced in the early days concerning outsiders and the outside World.
In The NGE there are certain customs, traditions, principles, values, protocols, rules and regulations we strive to collectively adhere to. 75%, 6/8th's or the majority of these customs, traditions, principles, values, protocols, rules and regulations are directly derived from our knowledge, wisdom and understanding of 120 Lessons, regardless if we're male or female; a Five Percenter is non-gender specific. These protocols are in place as a system of checks and balances to maintain the order of our Society. An example of this is a conversation I had with a female who defined herself as "The Earth" for years yet when asked 'What is the Duty of a Civilized Person?' (18/1-40) she didn't even know -just like the average scantly clad, pork eating, 85 female doesn't know that this female often took pride in criticizing: the irony of Knowledge Build or Destroy... It's a problem when the only real difference between people on the so-called inside and outsiders is what they chose to wear and take instagram pictures of that day... If appearance is the face value standard and lackadaisical posture we're using to determine who's who in the zoo, then we will continue to compromise our ability to preserve and protect our Culture. Yet if we continue to adhere to the customs, traditions, principles, values, protocols, rules and regulations of our Nation such as asking people "How do you cee Today's Mathematics?", "How do you cee Today's Degree?", "Do you Knowledge 120?", "What Degrees are you dealing with?", "How long have you had Knowledge of Self?", "Who is your Enlightener/Educator?", "Where did you get Knowledge of Self?" and etc.. everything will come out in the wash. And even if someone answered "The 8th Degree in the 1-40's" when asked, "What Degrees are you dealing with?" TAKE TIME TO QUIZ THEM SO THEY CAN SHOW AND PROVE IT! They may be honest and sincere. You may also find out that they didn't anticipate you quizzing them and once you start questioning them you'll cee they were either telling a boldface lie or exaggerating what they knew, could accurately recite and actually understood about our Culture. This examination process isn't personal and never was personal; it's Nation Business. And this examination process extends equally to both males and females; the corresponding, foundational units of our Nation, Gods (males) and Earths (females). This is the approach we've always taken to ensure that those who are around us are actually us! This is the approach we've always taken to ensure that our families (especially our children) are protected from outsiders who don't advocate our common cause. This is the approach we've always taken to ensure that you or I can't just say or do anything and think it's acceptable to our group's Culture! Unfortunately many people aren't honorable and will try to fake it until they make it so the customs, traditions, principles, values, protocols, rules and regulations of our Nation serve IMPARTIAL STANDARDS to ensure our Culture is preserved and protected from anyone mixing, diluting and tamering with what What We Teach and What We Will Achieve. USE THESE IMPARTIAL STANDARDS by requiring that people know, can articulate and understand these standards or you'll loose it (cultural integrity) -and possibly your life behind claiming outsiders as the same as you. Require that others also hold you to these IMPARTIAL STANDARDS!
People, outsiders, are going to say what they're going to say about us on "the outside". They often do this to lure us into their arena so they can have their way with us on their terms and in their arena; sort of like inviting you on their Show so they can make a Show out of you... Reminds me of the scene in The Wire when Avon Barksdale was schoolin' Stringer about "playing them away games" when he got beat by Senator Clay Davis. When these outsiders come on the inside and feel as though they have some sense of entitlement and authority to say what they want about us it's because we Deputized them. Bottom line is we need to tighten up our ranks and stop being so lax about our examination process, internally and with obvious outsiders.