Black Divinity: Manifesto of the Black Theocracy Third Edition
Black Divinity is a compelling, unique and easy to understand exposition of the intricate beauty of the New York City street culture and its value. Within Saunders challenges the socio-political superstructures of modernity from the perspective of a black revolutionist.
Black Divinity is primarily a theological work, but it also has elements of social science in it. The central theological premises discussed are radical Biblical interpretations. This radicalism draws it far away from Christian views, whether Protestant, Catholic or Orthodox. In fact, though the Bible is used throughout the ideas and themes are those of the street life.
As a whole Black Divinity is unashamedly street and pushes for progress in street situations. Black Divinity is also unapologetically black and uses certain black theological and anthropological references too. Of these the most notable come from ancient Egypt and the ancient Egyptian apocalyptic tradition.
On an Egyptological basis Black Divinity, along with numerous Egyptologists, considers the ancient Egyptian pantheon to be psychological states, each with their corresponding characteristics. Therefore, when Black Divinity begins by relaying ancient Egyptian philosophical and cosmological assumptions it does so recognising the impact these had on the psyche of the ancient people.
How to Create Black Resistance
Black Divinity begins by considering the historical foundations of modern society starting all the way back from ancient Egypt and continuing on to post-revolutionary America, all the way into Imperial America and what it means to be under American Imperialism. It is also a revolutionary book drawing from a number of revolutionary thinkers including Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, Fredrick Engels, Peter Kropotkin and the apostles of the Messiah.
The revolution Black Divinity seeks to inspire is a countercultural one, one based on black people living an entirely new lifestyle, one in which they are free, internally and externally. The internal revolution sought progresses into a sensual resurrection, while the external revolution sought expands into a cultural enrapturement.
Martin Luther King Jr. is used throughout to show that such a system is not necessarily a threatening or terroristic system. Revolution can be non-political and need not involve the overthrowing of government. In that sense, it can simply be the institution of self-governing systems that function aside from the state.
Black Divinity’s use of the other revolutionary thinkers is to show the reality, the realism, of this system. That it need not simply be considered a fantasy or a dream but that it not only could be enacted right now, it in fact is an actually existing movement in the form of the godbody.
For this cause Black Divinity presents a challenge to the complacent among us to stop being complacent and to start working towards a better future for black people, within the United States and within the world. As a whole Black Divinity contains complex ideas simplified so as to allow a wide readership to grasp its basic vision. The first chapter is a historical work, the second is a sociological work, the third is an eschatological work, the fourth is an anthropological work, the fifth is a theodical work and the sixth is a theological work.
Is Race Still an Issue?
Undeniably, Black Divinity is a very pro-black book, and although the godbody movement is neither pro-black nor anti-white, Saunders is very pro-black especially considering the destruction of black lives that has been occurring in recent years. The depth of the psychological fear of black people in America is catastrophic. The reason for such killing is therefore traced back not simply to racism but to fear of black bodies, stemming from a misunderstanding of black people’s psychology.
Our job is not to convince white people that we are not a threat, but to organise so that systems can be put in place to protect us from those whose fear of us causes them to react violently. This is why it is a black theocracy being espoused and not just a plain theocracy. The argument presented has its basis in the black suffering that has occurred historically and is occurring presently as a result of that fear.
Nevertheless, the fear is also recognised as double-sided. The black race has also developed a fear of blackness. That is not to say they fear their own people as such, though there are obviously those that do, but to say many blacks, particularly in the black bourgeoisie, are facing a psychological dilemma: how can they be pleasing to the white world system and avoid the negative feelings of racial inferiority. Black Divinity is therefore an instigator to inspire young black people to no longer fear their potential but to work towards improving their personal situations.
All Hail the Saviour of the Blacks
With an outline of black suffering and the black struggle there is also a redefinition presented of black salvation. Here black salvation is not found in heaven-future but in black men and women building a better world for themselves and their families, and the way they do that is by appreciating that their nature as black people is actually divine.
This book is therefore an action plan written with the confident hope that once the black youth of today know themselves and their potential they will be willing to put the work in to make their lives, and the lives of other black people, far more effective in the world. There is no doubt that large sections of the black community are underprivileged, it is up to them now to lay hold of that privilege.
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Manifesting the Divine: Going Beyond the 120 Lessons
Manifesting the Divine is my advanced book and is written only for academics. This text is effectively an in depth analysis of the New York City street culture and its opposition to white supremacy that allows the black scholar to sociologically understand its subtleties. As sociological premises since the 1960s have had an ideological basis Manifesting the Divine offers a critique of some of these post-1960s ideologies.
To start with, it presents the racial basis upon which most of these ideologies have been founded. As the main ideologies of modernity have had their basis in white supremacy Manifesting the Divine begins by relaying the social, psychological and discursive development of white supremacy.
Following that Manifesting the Divine applies scientific methods to understand whether white supremacy still exists and whether the forms being used to combat what is believed to be white privilege will be useful and effective in abolishing white supremacy. It does this by using a new sociological perspective entirely, the depth sociological perspective.
Depth sociology is an advanced scientific perspective that allows one to analyse and calculate the intricacies of a social group: its limits, its historical narrative, its interactions with other groups and its origin and destiny.
Is Modernity Really in its Last Days
Another area of sociological advantage that Manifesting the Divine has is that it shows how late modernity and the systems of late modernity eventually lead to their own destruction. It does this using scripture as a backdrop but ultimately its argumentation is sociological. Sociologically it demonstrates how institutional racism and economic domination, as well as psychological humiliation and sexual inhibition are the product of modern miseducation and misphilosophy.
By analysing the causes and effects of these four forms of modern articulation Manifesting the Divine tries to introduce to the reader a new way of appreciating theological premises. That is, not from a mystical, otherworldly perspective but from the perspective of a real world sociology. That they will see late modernity and the ends of late modernity as institutions that have spiritual value.
Sociologically they will be able to take scriptural books like the Bible and the Quran and analyse how their mystical elements can be applied to society and the real world and not simply looked at as heavenly or spooky. On top of that it creates a veritable alternative to the destructive chaos of late modernity using scriptures in the Bible and Quran that are in one stroke liberating and egalitarian. Thus as the modern system and modern ideologies begin to self-destruct the black theocracy will have a fully functioning system able to outlast them all.
Can Black Sexuality Ever Be Justified
A third area Manifesting the Divine shows its sociological value is in the issue of sexuality within the black community. First, there is an aesthetic analysis of sexuality within certain black R&B girl-groups followed by a theoretical consideration of the reasoning behind not only the sexuality of black people but also the sexualisation of black bodies. The challenge is to present a conclusive argumentation for black sexual behaviours as opposed to simply judging them in view of white moral standards and objections.
Within Manifesting the Divine the delicate issue of sex is given a high and respectable position, one that goes beyond personal opinion and systematic stereotypes and is based on the cultural structures existing in many black communities. Such structural expediencies are a result of the libidinal inclinations existing in all people which most modern people inhibit so as to show themselves superior to black people, who have been relegated to the body position in the mind/body dialectic.
Nevertheless, black people, particularly black women, feel no shame exhibiting the benefits of a sexually liberated life. The godbody take this mentality even further by prohibiting marriage. Such is not necessarily a bad thing though. In the gospels Jesus says that the angels of God neither marry nor are given in marriage. Therefore the performative of marriage is not necessarily a gospel requirement, however, the godbody are distinguished from monks, nuns and Catholic priests by a simple qualifier: they do have sex and behave hyper-sexual at times.
As Manifesting the Divine has already provided an explanation for the libidinal it will merely be necessary at this time to explain what systems are in place within the godbody movement and the Godbody Black Theocracy to keep them from becoming dangerous with their sexuality.
Learn the Driving Force Behind White Supremacy
A final sociological benefit offered by Manifesting the Divine is that it offers an in-depth alternative to neoliberalism in the black community. Neoliberalism is reviewed from its roots in early liberal theory to its historical development in the 1970s, all the way into its current orthodoxical permutation.
All these are critiqued in order to show how neoliberalism has in fact given white people the obsessive mystical fantasy of white domination and left non-white people in a position of trying to play catch-up. The dangers presented by both white and black bourgeoisies are therefore identified and articulated so as to keep the black world from missing the mark of becoming a truly divine people.
However, though offering a critique of neoliberalism it is neither anti-American nor anti-corporation, it is merely anti-racism. The fact of the matter is that if black people spent more time saving themselves from financial or societal difficulties rather than hoping the white man or the system or Jesus Christ will save them then they will be genuinely empowered. It is here that Saunders truly makes his mark.
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