In the Obama Kwanzaa Series we have been comparing Obama's principles and performance, especially his first three years as President, to each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The question today is, will Obama be good for our Nation and our ethnic group's purpose.
5. NIA (Purpose) [NEE-ah]
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Today there are more than two billion people in the global Black community. To understand this ethnic group and its purpose we must go back, way back, back to the beginning of human kind in history. Our scientists tell us that the oldest people known to exist on the planet are found in Africa. Kemetologists, many archaeologist and our cosmological leaders tell us that Classical African Civilization, Kemet, (Ancient Egypt) was among the first if not the first civilization in recorded history.
Black Africans Built and Ruled Ancient Kemet, we have their pictures and words as factual evidence.
Speaking of "building", it is in Kemet that we find the only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World still standing, the African Pyramids. The holiday season in America is full of Cultural Poisoning on TV. Most Americans have seen movies like The Ten Commandments or Cleopatra where Hollywood misrepresents the ethnicity of the people of Classical African Civilization in Kemet and Canaan. We must be sure to give our children and those of good will the antidote to this seasonal Cultural Poisoning, reminding them of NIA, and of the great monuments symbols and models our ancestors constructed in their communities as tools that still instruct our purpose to this day. The Ankh (Aunk) is such a tool.
The Obama Vocation, Community Organizer, builder is an honorable profession. The effective Cultural humanist do not just talk good, but do good everyday for the least among us. I think his track record as a community man qualifies him on this principle of NIA.
But let us now turn to his and our future as Africans in America. Kemet had Golden ages and Intermediate periods (times of Chaos). So it is the case in all civilizations including here in America. Obama has taken office in a time of American Chaos. In this Darkness there is an opportunity for us to join with him and all Americans to build democratic physical and intellectual monuments that will shine in history like the African Pyramids. Yes, NIA can help bring us to a new American Golden Age.
Culturally, in the United States there have been two golden ages from an African American perspective, The Civil War, mainly the period right after the war and the positive results of the 1960's. In his second year the President consolidated a key element of America's third Golden Age by signing Health Care Reform, the Affordable Care Act into law. In this African year 12,010 AST (African Standard Time) (2011) he ended the Bush war and brought our soldiers home for the holiday. As form military, I know there is no stronger purpose for a soldier then getting home.
Making sick care available to more Americans translates directly into NIA. "To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community..." In my Elder-hood, I have come to understand that without physical health, Cultural Health will not mean what you think it means.
As I close, let me note that the President did not just make HCR law, he did many things to improve the National Community (AA's included).
You will note that the 112 congress is the NO jobs Republican congress.
It is my judgment, in this third year of his Presidency, Obama is still a man of purpose. In point, of fact given the Republican extremist forces of Cultural Anti-humanism and obstructionism he is a fine example of how to stay on point (purpose) despite challenge.
What is your judgment?