Dr. Kwame Nantambu

Friday 13th isn't Black or negative

Dr. Kwame Nantambu
Posted: March 04, 2009

Now that a Black man has been duly elected as the 44th president of the United States of America, it is a sine qua non that all American-Americans and Afrikan peoples on the Continent and in the Diaspora, including TnT, should be a bit more cautious and sensitive when they apply the label Black to situations, instances and events in every day life.

Put another way, now is the appropriate time for all Americans and Afrikan peoples to cease and desist from the notion that any and every time something either goes wrong or array or is negative and/or illegal, then, the label Black should be applied.

In the era of an Afrikan-American President, all news media should delete from their jargon, lexicon and repertoire, such labels as "Black Monday" to describe "the blackest days of the Great Crash of 1929" , the "Black Hole" to describe "the structural calamity in the (US) Defense Department's procurement contract program" and "Black Friday" to reflect "the biggest sales generator of the (holiday) season."

The fact of the matter is that neither the majority profitable retailers nor customers/shoppers were Black on "Black Friday" in the United States during the 2008 Christmas shopping season.

It is also very instructive to note that the so-called "Black Box" in the case of an unfortunate airline tragedy/mishap is originally yellow and orange in color. It is never Black in color, even when severely damaged.

It should also be explained that the official US government's technical name for this aircraft monitoring instrument is the "flight data recorder". Ipso facto, the logical question that immediately comes to the fore is: Why and how, then, is this instrument suddenly called/labeled the "Black Box" when something goes wrong?

The fact of the matter is that during the B.C. era in ancient Kemet (Egypt), there was nothing negative about the number 13. This negativity is the European derivative that reflects Isfet, that is, the chaos, imbalance, disorder, disharmony and anti-nature way of life that has ruled the planet for the past five hundred years.

In its original form in ancient Kemet (Egypt), number 13 represented Transformation, Resurrection, New Life and Rebirth. It was spiritual and positive at its core.

The fact of the matter is that the United States is founded on the powerful and spiritual belief system of number 13 in ancient Kemet (Egypt). Hence, it is no accident that the European Founding Fathers of the United States selected the 4 July 1776 as their Day of Independence.

In other words, the 4th July fell within the Kemetic spiritual pantheon of the Summer Solstice which lasted from 21 June to 4 July--- 13 days. More specifically, on the 4th July 1776, the United States was then transformed from a colony of Britain to a sovereign independent nation-state. Thus, it is no accident that at the time of its independence, the United States had 13 colonies.

Moreover, when the US Constitution was ratified/signed on 17 September 1787, thirteen out of the forty signatories were steeped/educated in the ancient Kemetic/Egyptian spiritual belief system called Freemasonry. Accident?

Indeed, the very year 1776 adds up to thirteen while the month of July represents the 7th month of the year. In ancient Kemet, seven represented Completion; in other words, the European Founding Fathers of the United States choose July because it represented the completion of the American War of Independence from Britain. Accident?

In addition, the 13th amendment to the US constitution gave the Afrikan slaves a new life as freedmen and it need occasion no great surprise that Jesus Christ left home at age 13 years "to be about his Father's business", that is, to be reborn as "savior of the world."

As Afrikan peoples all over the world celebrate "One for Obama", now is the time to put a positive/powerful spin on Friday 13th. There is absolutely nothing negative about this day. There is absolutely nothing Black about this day. Number 13 is all about respect, spirituality and the achievement of human perfectibility among all peoples.

In the final analysis, now is the time for a new dawn of positive human interaction. As the slain Afrikan-American Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once warned : "Now the judgement of God is upon us; we must learn to live as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools."

Shem Hotep ("I go in peace").

Dr. Kwame Nantambu is a part-time lecturer at Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies and University of the West Indies.

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