Friday, December 31, 2010

The Obama Kwanzaa Series Day 6 of 7 2010

In the Obama Kwanzaa Series we have been comparing Obama's principles and performance, especially his second year as President, to each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The question today is, does he embody the principle of Creativity? (Video)

The Judgement Scene is the most famous of Classical African Paintings.
It is where we in America get our scale of justice from and our jury system 

Call: Habari Gani

6. KUUMBA (Creativity) [koo-OOM-bah]

To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

As it is our tradition, we look to Classical African Civilization, Kamet (Ancient Egypt) for a sound understanding of this principle. The oldest Kemetic monument demonstrating creativity is Harmaketh (What the Greeks called the Sphinx) which has been standing some 12,000 years now. The secret of Harmaketh is a powerful tool to those who know it. The Great African Pyramids built by the father, son and grand son at Giza, are the only one of the original seven wonders of the world still standing. To this day no one has demonstrated the creativity to build such buildings. Last but not least is the Ankh, used by the ancient ones as both a symbol and a model and handed down to us are a reminder of our legacy.

Let us fast forward to the present for a minute.

I recently met a young AA woman at my son's house, she noticed that on my cloths there were a number of Ankhs. She asked me if I was the Ankh man. I told her that it was part of my African name, Nuu Ma'at Aunk. My daughter told her that her name was AunkT (T- is the feminine form in Metu Neter). I was struck by the power and pride in my daughters voice as she spoke. To our surprise, the young lady proclaimed that she has an Ankh tattoo. My daughter asked her where she had it and the young lady pulled back her hair to revealed a beautiful Ankh on her neck.

I asked her what caused her to get the Ankh Tattoo? She said that when she was eighteen she just decided. I have had this experience many times with young people. I told her that it was her ancestral memory kicking in, and as she learns about the Ankh, it will server her and her children well all the days of her life.

Now we will rewind one last time.

The Judgment of Ausar (Who the Greeks called Osiris)
Cultural Literacy Warning: The Culturally Poisoned name "Book of the Dead" (used by Arab grave robbers to describe the Kamitic scriptures) is used in the title of the video please disregard. Dr. Amen reconstituted the proper name as Nuk Au Neter.

What you have seen in this video is a reasonable introduction to Kamitic creativity regarding African Cosmologics as represented in the most famous Kamitic painting. However, the music and some of the language must be taken with a Cultural Health grain of salt. 

Like we are today creatively using the 7 positive principles of Kwanzaa to make a judgement about the President, the classical Africans did not just use this judgement scene at death but nightly when they would creatively use 42 positive assertions to judge their daily behavior. I still use the 42 to this day.

Back here in the present, the matter at hand is Obama's creativity. As a multi-ethnic person left on his own to figure our his legacy and mission in life, he certainly had to be creative to come to the clear Culturally Healthy African American understanding that he now demonstrates.

His historic campaign and Presidency is a remarkable exercise in both cultural and political creativity that will be studied in all times by all peoples.

His first law in his first year was equal pay for equal work in his second year he signed Health Care Reform into law. His brilliance and creativity have enabled him to have a tremendously productive first two years in office (Video).  Think about Kuumba for a minute, will each of the laws he signed in this video leave our National community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it?

I gave the President and "A" for his first year and I rate him  "A" for his second year of remarkable creativity. I think it is fair to say, that he has been a better creativity role model for our community then many popular AA personality's like Juan, Muslims make me nervous, Williams or Clarance, Blacks should not be allowed to vote, Thomas. 

What do you think?

1 comment:

Aunk said...

Call: Habari Gani

Yeah, Yeah, so what is the response?

If you do not know the answer that is OK for finding out is one tiny step you can take toward Cultural Literacy this year.

OK, the President is maximizing his creativity but how about you and I, are we maximizing our creativity?

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