Since I heard this reference at least twice in the past four days I figured that I would insert my own analysis into the situation to give it a proper context.
If This Cultural Reference Of The Past Was A Cure-All Why Isn't It Being Advanced As A Solution Today?
According to my logic - If there had been a remedy to what ails us that was once of a known quantity then there should be evidence of an active attempt to study this solution with the hopes of bringing it back so that the people might be healed.
Aside from the Black naturalists who are Afro-centric in their calling I can think of no "Black corporate political" activist who spouts mention of this "cultural theft" engaging in any serious attempt to restore this culture upon us so that we might be healed as a people.
Instead the mention of this past injury is for no other reason than the INDICTMENT of those who "did this to us". They must never forget that they "did this". We will be healed from this soft-tissue injury when we choose to acknowledge our healed state.
I imagine that this reference to this historical assault upon the people of Africa will be made into the future from this point, than the period of time in which the culture of another man's determination had been in place.
Thus it is clear that when this injury is told to the Black man it is done for the purposes of UNITY. When this injury is told to the White man it is told for the purposes of Indictment.
How Did We Receive This Original Culture In The First Place?
This mystical African culture which had us operating at our peak performance was not given to us by "Jesus" as he was pinned upon the cross. Instead it was formulated over an unknown period of time by which the equal human beings that were living under its regulation needed to have their thoughts and actions placed into a framework by which they all could survive and thrive.
There were many hundreds of different cultures on the pre-colonial African continent. The distinct differences of the local flora and fauna had a strong influence on the ultimate culture that the human beings contained within these places had to implement in order to survive.
Plain and simply - a group that was resident on the plains were required to hunt in a collective manner in order to outnumber and overpower the game that they sought or they would all starve. The females in this band were charged with foraging for berries, fruit and vegetation since an unsuccessful hunt for meat was often the case (or the males stayed away on extended expeditions in search of food).
The cultural traditions of:
- Sharing food with everyone
- Allowing the elders to have choice of the prime morsels
- Promoting an elder as the primary conflict resolution agent
- Showing respect to the spirit of the Earth
- Would the Black woman of today agree to subordinate herself to the men? If upon research we found that there was no concept of equal rights between the genders but instead each were assigned strict roles - would this be acceptable to you?
- Would you subordinate yourself to a tribal chieftain who has absolute say over your property and your freedoms?
- If strongly structured, heterosexual relationships inside of the framework of a certain rites of passage where the parents negotiated the terms of the relationship were the norms - would you submit to this?
My goal is not to place an indictment against those who make these references to the "mystical, magical Africa". Instead I am making the case that today's solutions will only come from a focus upon the challenges of today while referencing certain "settled law" from the past. Man doesn't change only the technology and range of travel that he is afforded as a result changes.
Any forward looking cultural movement of the present should be based on the acknowledgement of the unchanging ways of man and should work to have as many members of society that operate within this culture to remain conscious about the essential elements of the pillars that support the standard of living and ordered society that they desire.
A culture is nothing more than the "operationalization" of these goals, as the society seeks to obtain maximum utility from each of the members.