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Elders' Corner Article

Friday, August 08, 2014 5:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Elders' Corner
“He who drinks in the house of merchants; will be made to pay for it” Ancient Kemet
By: Nana Joe Benton

Though written over six thousand years ago, our ancestors must have been prescient. The notion of horse traders, capitalist or economic systems that exploit the weak, not pay fair wages and not care about the wealth or well being of the people was unknown to our ancestors. For that reason alone, the use of the Husia becomes of prime importance to constantly remind us of how our ancestors felt about us and all people and the manner in which they treated their fellow brothers and sisters.

America is truly the house of the merchants. Everything from our news, to our socialization and the very culture is built around the notion of developing merchants. In addition to finding “news”, sports, weather, a business section and even horoscopes in newspapers, you never find a section on labor, which is the category for most of us. In our case, as African people we were kidnapped and brought here not as people, but as merchandize. When emancipation came, the formerly enslaved African had a choice, remain merchandize and tied to the merchant (Massa) or turn his back on the plantation, seek freedom and no longer drink in the house of the merchant. To this day, that critical decision has either plagued or elevated our people.

After over two hundred years of enslavement, is it not strange that many of our people became legislators, teachers, preachers, doctors, nurses, land owners, college professors, business owners, land owners, farmers and administrators, while the merchants pointed to the less fortunate brothers and sisters who continued to drink their troughs, as unworthy beast who must be guided to work continually for the merchant class. You see, no merchant has servants and serfs in their homes except as servants and slaves.

The Husia reminds us of what we must do, how we must behave toward each other and how we deal with the merchant classes, who may not act or look like us. We once built so great a civilization, that it has never been matched at any time in world history. It is our job and duty at KRST Temple to resurrect Maat, the Cardinal Virtues and look backward to understand how we move forward. It is our destiny to again to be great and to drink at the well of our ancestors to resurrect our culture.

Humanity demands the resurrection of us, for we are the Creator’s greatest hope for humanity and in reality it is the Creator who created drink for all of us, not just merchants.

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