When most speak of going natural they mean freeing African hair from chemicals. This. liberating journey can be long, draining, and discouraging. The results however are unimaginable. Yes, returning your hair to its natural state is a tedious and gradual process, but even more so is freeing your mind from the chemicals of white supremacy.
Here are are 41 things that happen on the journey to a higher consciousness.
- You begin to question your insanity. It becomes quite unclear whether you are unwell, or if others around you are sick.
”The hot dark blood of that forefather—born king of men—is beating at my heart and I know I am ether a genius or a fool.” WEB Dubois.
2. It becomes very hard to purchase anything that is not a necessity, from.a white or non-black establishment
3. Things like going to the movies, or going out to eat are not the same. Notably, they do not provide the intended purpose to escape to the conscious mind
4. Individualism becomes a thing of the past. You care less about being exceptional, beautiful, smart, successful as conceptualized by the western gaze, and more into achieving a collective greatness
5. You become more alienated from people and things of whom you were once inseparable
6. Working with whites or non-blacks becomes extremely challenging, if not impossible
7. Living through purpose is not “an” option anymore, it’s the only option
8. You’re called racist a lot.
9. Being called racist makes you laugh in its ignorance and impossibility.
10. Finding love isn’t about romance, it’s about finding that person that proves a gateway to deepening a collective black love
11. You become less judgmental but more observant and strategic
12. Down time isn’t for television or idleness, but creation and collective uplifting
13. You become very critical of celebrated blacks, and create your own heroes, most of whom are obscure to most
14. Material and money are not as desirable as time and purpose
15. You see the difference between true blackness and those with just black skin.
16. You regard whites with an indifference that paralyzes their need for hyper-visibility and reassurance from blacks
17. You do not have to look in the mirror to see your African beauty
18. You feel a sense of pride in supporting your own and inspiring others to do the same
19. You gradually start to increase water consumption and cut downs on breads, cheese, sugars and all other foods unnatural to the African body
20. You view praise for the African entertainer or athlete as an insult to black potential
21. You find yourself spending more time alone—often deemed insufferable by whites and pretentious by blacks not yet on a journey to consciousness
22. Your thirst for black culture becomes insatiable. You find yourself buying books incessantly and devouring them like water, listening to old speeches and looking at old pictures
23. You notice others often “put on a show” of black pride in your presence
24. You find yourself disinterested in any western holidays
25. You become indifferent to birthdays, vacations, and other tokens of western conception used to induce vanity and distraction
26. You no longer apologize for possessing and articulating a black state of mind, or feel the need to dilute your blackness in “mixed” company
27. You have one melanated friend who calls/texts just to get your perspective on “black” issues
28. You regard every “death,” “murder,” or incarceration of blacks with suspicion
29. You know that proof is a means to ease questions, so you take it at face value. Proof isn’t proof in white america, it’s hush info
30. Your biggest fear is not unemployment or even death, but being an Uncle Tom or Aunt Thomasina, or any weak representation of blackness
31. You don’t see whites who adopt black children, or take on black adults or children as projects as generous, but self-righteous white saviors
32. You become more empathetic to the burdens facing black people
33. You are turned off by the “Divine 9” and see it as weakness if not one of the many forms of contemporary slavery
34. You find yourself laughing less, and thinking more
35. You know that gay rights, the muslim ban, and feminism are all means to deflect focus from blacks and racism
36. You laugh internally at those who use the term “woke,” because often these are the most unconscious
37. You shirk most social media—seeing it for the mental poison it is
38. You don’t align “natural” hair, dashikis, “hotep” language as signs of blackness. Looking black is fashionable to some, but a lifestyle to the truly conscious
39. You find it hard to trust or respect those of African ancestry who look outside the race for love or acceptance
40. You prefer overt prejudice and racism, to the smiling racist as it is often far less confusing to the masses.
41. What most call Egypt, you call Kemet- “land of the blacks”
The journey to consciousness is not easy. It can be lonely, and extremely difficult–but it’s worth it.
See you at the mountaintop!
Black Power ❤
5 Comments Add yours
I love it! A very great list!!! You covered a lot!
I approve this list 👍👍👍
I thought the title of this post referred to the process of black women changing their hair from being chemically processed to not being chemically processed (that is, to being natural). After reading the post, it’s clear the title has a deeper and more expansive coverage.
Indeed! Returning natural is much, much deeper than appearance and altered hair rituals. What a great list; I read much of myself here.
Truth! Love this!
*42. You realize the Bible was used and still used to enslave blk minds and behavior.