Ride or Die

(pictured at right- "Tupac Amaru")

Below is an article I wrote two years ago. However, the topic is applicable in regards to the use of iconic images in education. Proper research and study often reveals a history very capable of stirring the attention of the years. Since things are exploited and taken out of context, marketed and drained of there 'value', children often are lost in the whirlwind of images and become clueless of any reality other than what is broadcasted to them. With this in mind, it's no wonder that children often have no regard our real appreciation for 'history' because they have no context in which to understand it. All they know is that it happened a long time ago. The school system is so effective in erasing history, that children often think "slavery" is something that adults made up or that the period of fire hoses, police beatings and attack dogs was in another dimension. There is a necessity in making all ideas practical and relatable to the reality that someone experiences here and now. This is one of the reasons why the Nation of Gods and Earths, despite what some people and media may think, have been successful in perpetuating our message since the 1960's. We have always been in touch with the street and will continue to as long as we continue to teach and add on, showing someone their relationship to everything in existence and everything's relationship to them. It could be compared to a social "theory of relativity". Einstein's theory in layman's terms, so that 'the people' have access to their divine greatness and universal oneness.

Ths following article was written on the 26th of September or the 'wisdom equality' day in our value system, Supreme Mathematics (2= wisdom and 6= equality). As we strive to break things down in there simplest form, for the children to understand, we recognize that 2 + 6 = 8, which represents 'build or destroy'. Las matematicas de hoy es construir o destruir. Which makes the article very relevant. Please enjoy and strive to take what you can from it.

Ride or Die

"Today's mathematics is wisdom equality. Wisdom in the most basic sense is wise words, ways and actions. Equality is universal balance or a reciprocal. Today I was thinking and building about our wisdom and whether or not it brings forth equality. Simply, can someone get something from what you are telling or showing them. Somehow people in this Nation managed to substitute "talking" with the word "building". Not everytime you speak with someone are you "building". To build means to add on to bring forth or make born. If you are building with them then what are you attempting to born. You here people talk about the most assanine of things and tell you they were "building". This is an abuse of our language, Supreme Mathematics. Your wisdom should give them something (equality) to take with them and add on to there lives with (build). However if they left the conversation no better off then when you met them, what was accomplished. This relates to the old saying "if you don't have something nice to say then don't say anything at all." However what your saying doesn't necessarily have to be nice, it has to be intelligent andhave some substance. It's through my wisdom that I dialogue with people and especially the youth, to share things with them. I am able to relate to them on common grounds or interest such as music, movies etc. in order to speak with them constructively about our reality here in the wilderness of North America. Today's degree in the alphabet is Zig Zag Zig meaning "understanding". This is because to effectively communciate, one must be able to travel back and forth (zig zag zig) between various references or examples to allow someone to born an understanding for themselves. Then we take them back to the foundation, the knowledge.

I often speak to the youth about the origin of certains gangs and the political ideas that motivated them. Such as the Crips. For those that don't know the Crips in Los Angeles actually started out as an organization focused on community control and had a strong influence from Bunchy Carter and the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black Panther Party. After awhile they (the Crips strayed away from civilization). I share this information to show the youth they have an alternative and that they can build to destroy the devil's civilization, with the right focus and direction. Rather than allowing the devil to build while they destroy themselves.

Another topic I touch on with them is Tupac Amaru Shakur (2Pac). Those who have studied his life know of his strong political ideology and influence from his mother's involvement in the Black Panther Party. He reflected it in much of his music. Even a term closely associated with 2Pac and the "westcoast" had it's origin in politics. "Ride or Die!", term used loosely in gang culture and nowadays-Hip Hop, was coined by revolutionary Huey P. Newton, of the Oakland based Black Panthers. He told the people "ride or die!" I tell them BUILD OR BE DESTROYED!!!!

Many youth do not even have knowledge of Tupac's (2Pac) political elements. His mother had named him after a revolutionary, unknown to many. So I share this article about the man Tupac was named after, and offer it as a tool to teach and reach the youth. Educate and uplift.

"Tupac Amaru"

Amaru, Túpac, the last emperor of the Inca people (1571-1572). Túpac Amaru was executed in 1572 in Cusco, Peru, by Spanish colonial officials. He is sometimes known as the Fourth Inca of Vilcabamba, and was the fourth son of the Inca emperor Manco Capac. Túpac Amaru is a symbol of indigenous resistance to Spanish domination, which goes far beyond his importance in the history of the Inca Empire.

The word Inca means "prince" or "king" in the language of the Quechua people of Peru and the name was used by the Spaniards to refer to them. The word Inca also applies to each supreme ruler of that empire, and, broadly, to all subject peoples of the Inca Empire. After the conquest of Cusco and the Inca Empire in 1533, the Spaniards sought to maintain the appearance of an Inca monarchy in order to make it easier to govern Peru. Manco Capac was crowned as the Inca in 1533 by the Spaniards, who assumed he would follow their orders. He governed peacefully for two years but then led a major rebellion against Spanish rule that included a failed attack on Lima and an unsuccessful siege of Cusco. He established a permanent Inca settlement in the province of Vilcabamba, an area about 50 km (about 30 mi) northwest of Cusco along the Urubamba River. After Manco Capac died in 1545, his four sons governed the Inca people in succession. Túpac Amaru, the fourth son, ascended to the throne in 1571. The new Spanish viceroy of Peru, Francisco de Toledo, sought to eliminate the remnants of the Inca Empire that remained in Vilcabamba. In 1572 a column of Spanish soldiers and their Native American allies overran the Vilcabamba empire and captured Túpac Amaru and his followers. He was returned to Cusco, where he was tried and sentenced to death. He was decapitated in the town's central plaza on November 14, 1572, in full view of thousands of Native American and Spanish onlookers.

Túpac Amaru has become a powerful symbol of resistance in Latin America. The 18th-century Peruvian rebel, José Gabriel Condorcanqui adopted the name Túpac Amaru II and led a two-year rebellion in the 1780s against Spanish colonial rule. The Tupamaros, a Uruguayan revolutionary group active in the 1970s, and also the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, a guerrilla group that has been active in Peru since the early 1980s, have both associated their contemporary movements with Túpac Amaru.


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