Exposing The Myths by Shem El
“No other one thing is more needed among us at this time than greater economic power.”
~Prophet Noble Drew Ali
The Moorish Divine National Movement, which was founded by Prophet Noble Drew Ali, is one of the most dynamic movements to ever be established for those in America who are considered to be Melanized or Melanated people. It was specifically created for those who have been oppressed and continue to be oppressed under the misnomers of negro, black, colored, Ethiopian, Afro-American, African American, etc. Strangely enough, it is also one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted movements to ever exist.
Unfortunately, there has been a lack of information about the Moorish Divine National Movement from reputable sources. That along with the excess of negative press coverage, of criminals who profess to be part of the movement, has made the very word Moor been made synonymous with the term “sovereign citizen”. This is truly sad since the Moorish Science Temple of America is a lawfully chartered and incorporated organization, which was founded to make its members better citizens, not “sovereign citizens” (which is an oxymoron).
For that reason, this article will be the first of a series of articles entitled Moor Money (not to be confused with the phrase made popular by the Damon Wayans movie entitled Mo’ Money). It is important to remember that Prophet Noble Drew Ali stated that greater economic power was (and still is) the most necessary element for us as a nation of people. Notice that he did not say it was civic, political, academic, metaphysical, spiritual or religious power. Let us review exactly what Prophet Noble drew Ali wrote in reference to economics:
“In connection with our religious aims and beliefs, we must promote economic security. The preaching of economic security among us is by no means as widespread and intensive as the circumstance demand. No other one thing is more needed among us at this time than greater economic power. Better positions for our men and women, more business employment for our boys and girls and bigger income will follow our economic security. We shall be secure in nothing until we have economic power. A beggar people cannot develop the highest in them, nor can they attain to a genuine enjoyment of the spiritualities of life. Our men, women and children should be taught to believe in the capacity of our group to succeed in business, in spite of trials and failures of some of them. Trials and failures in business are by no means connected to any particular group of people. Some business ventures of all people fail. We have many men and women among our people who are qualified, both by training and experience, who are shinning lights in the business world of all the people.” – Prophet Noble Drew Ali in a section of an article in the Moorish Literature known as “Moorish Leader’s Historical Message To America”
Prophet Noble Drew Ali’s words are as true today as when they were first written. Our economic status and condition (in relative terms) are the same now as they were on the eve of the Civil War. This is largely because of socially embedded myths. Myths stem from history (“his-story”). They are illusions with a partial basis in fact. Myths influence anyone who takes them seriously. In the case of the United States of America, myths have fortified racism. For the descendants of the inhabitants of Africa, some myths are particularly dangerous since they hide the full truth of how to escape their deep economic hole. Social institutions constantly attempt to validate these myths. For us to be able to establish a new reality for ourselves, we must be able to distinguish truth from falsehood (higher-self from lower-self). Let’s examine some of the myths that prevent us from establishing a strong group self-interest and impede our economic development:
MYTH #1: “Black” People And “White” People Are Equal
Do you remember these words of the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….”? These words simply do not apply to economic realities. Equality of men was proven to be a myth for us throughout slavery, Jim Crowism, segregation and everything that brings harm to human beings on earth. . This inequality stems from us clinging to the myth of there being “black” and “white” people. Firstly, people have skin in various hues, shades and tones. However, no one has black skin or white skin. Just as you see black ink on white paper, no so-called black or white person would be able to place their skin next to the ink or paper and see a match in color. Prophet Noble Drew Ali stated, “The matter of the various names given to these twenty-two million people with all colors of every race of the globe was an act of European psychology. They gave him a name, then defined it as something inferior to theirs. ‘White’, they defined as a color of purity; ‘Black’, they say represents everything of evil.” So, using the very words “White” and “Black”, as descriptions of human beings, creates inequality. Economic inequality is still prevalent, despite claims that we have such equality, historically and currently.
Myth #2: Education is the Great Equalizer
The course of actions that other nationalities follow to gain power is simple. First they establish economic security, next they engage in politics. With the first 2 areas under control, they then pursue educational advancement (i.e. higher institutional learning). The descendants of the inhabitants of Africa were socially engineered into believing they could eliminate structural inequalities through educational achievement alone. This myth is devastating because for centuries, they thought that education was the great equalizer, which could not be further from the truth.
About 5 million poor, starving, landless, unemployed, uneducated, unclothed, homeless, and unprotected slaves were set free to wander and fend for themselves after the Civil War. They had no economic security. The Black Codes, which were instituted in this country, made it easy to force the former slaves and their descendants into Jim Crowism. They needed greater economic power before obtaining higher education.
Our educational achievements during the 30-year time period, between the 1860’s and 1890’s, were remarkable. The educational achievement record that we established has yet to be broken by any other group of people. We cut our illiteracy rate in half, from 98 percent to 40 percent, in only 30 years. We educated ourselves faster than the 26 million European immigrants, who arrived in this country during the same time period and had the same identical illiteracy rate. Although we made spectacular educational achievements, without economic security and a nationality, we still became second class citizens to the European immigrants. Prophet Noble Drew Ali stated:
“The wealth of all national governments, gold and silver and commerce belong to the citizens alone and without your national citizenship by name and principles, you have no true wealth, and I am hereby calling on all true citizens that stand for a National Free Government, and the enforcement of the constitution to help me in my great missionary work because I need all support from all true American citizens of the United States of America.”
By the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, so-called blacks with a college education could not earn as much money as European high school dropouts. We, as a people, still earn only a percentage of what European Americans earn; lack businesses and institutions in which to implement our skills; and have a national unemployment rate that is twice the amount of European Americans. Unemployment for our youth is almost 70%. A lot of our people who are college graduates work at minimum wage jobs. Yet, most of us continue to think that education is the great equalizer. Educational institutions are designed to train people to only look for jobs and work for someone else (usually a person of another nationality). True equality will only take place when we create our own businesses, thus creating jobs for our people and establishing economic security.