Are we Committing ourselves to the words that form our world? Thought on “Speech Acts” from a Black Perspective

A speech Act represents is a form of communication that represents an action, or an intent of the speaker that brings into existence his/her point of view. A speech act can be as simple as an apology, a greeting, request or my favorite declaration. Since, we can remember the narrative has been that our “words” are powerful and shape the creation of life or death into our situations as mentioned biblically as referred to the power of the tongue. In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God (John 1:1). How did Apostle John know this? What experience or revelation did he experience that gave him credence to formulate that “word: was present at the beginning of it all?

Apostle John presents a phenomenal statement that speaks to a reality that is beyond our fleshly bag of bones. In the beginning the word was that Black men are Kings, not killers, lazy hoodlums, sperm donors and drug dealers. It’s important to see that the word spoken from the beginning of time is a narrative beyond the present contradictions of the world’s viewpoint of black men. Our skeletal structure isn’t the truth of who we are but is a mere reflection of the idea that brought us into existence. One of the reasons why a black man’s “Light” can’t be comprehended by darkness is because there is no frame of reference for a group of people who have been sent to bear witness of a greater light.

The oppressive nature of police brutality, the feminization of the black man and the attack on black masculinity, is because there is a void of creative potential in the earth that can only be called into existence by God. Light always existed but it wasn’t until God called it forth that we are now able to see the form of that thing. Darkness as in the pigmentation and spiritual condition of Black men points to a place of unformed purposes that sets the stage for books, movies, plays, ideas, inventions, stories that have yet to come into existence. Now, a commitment must formulate in order to transfer our words into flesh (the physical manifestation of our Kingdom Experience).

The Black Genius, of our Psychological Struggles, and the burdens we face as individuals of color exemplifies the narrative of language and certain speech acts that shapes the narrative of our existence. I have witnessed the rhetorical nature of these psychological patterns. The fight will forever rage in the minds of our oppressors. Never will there ever in the history of civilization be a moment that our rise and acceptance become commonplace amongst the global elite. There has been an underlying suppression of truth concerning the overtones of revolutionary speech acts down through the history of Black Life in American society.  

Several examples of Black “Speech Acts” namely Barack Obama’s 2008 speech on race in United States, Stokely Carmichael Black Power Address at UC Berkeley delivered 29 October 1966 in Berkeley, CA, Frederick Douglass’: What the Black Man Wants  in 1865, Louis Farrakhan: The Pain of Being a Black Man in White America Part 1 and Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream Speech” on August 28 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington sets the foundation for how language commits us to a course of action. Not only has these speech act narratives changed the fabric of American candor but they have ultimately, provided a way to creatively shape our world through language.

One of my most pressing ideologies for this brief conjecture is to render substance to stereotypes that we black men face on a daily basis. Although, we see ourselves in a different light from mainstream America doesn’t mean we have to conform to their narrative and structures of our genius. Black men ought to be in the world but not of its ugly rhetoric and hidden agendas. A black man’s light bothers the darkness of America not because of what we threaten her existence with, but that of him who sent us to be the representative of a greater light. It’s important that we understand speech acts from a black perspective in order to be transformed by the renewing of our minds that we may be able to understand the motives of our oppressors, and to rid our presence of her algebraic equation.

Our ability to create out of the darkness is the most creative gift ever bestowed upon mankind as a whole. The best example in the modern-day era would be the Black Aesthetics Movement of the 1960’s based purely on language. It was Imamu Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) who understood that there was something sacred about the African American artistic ambition and his need to push the boundaries into a space that helps to fight against injustice, racism and poverty. As African Americans how are we using our words? Are we honoring our commitment to the collective whole? What are we going to commit ourselves to in the next 50 years?

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