Listen to enough conversations in Black America, and you’ll eventually hear a Black man call another Black man “God.” And he’ll mean it. And not in a cult leader kinda of way, but as a serious form of address, often between men who look like they’ve been through some serious sh*t. You ever met a Five Percenter? Like a real one? They’ve all been through some serious sh*t. And these men wouldn’t play with the word “God.” Neither would most people in Black America, because God still means something deep there.
So when you hear Black people describing themselves and each other as Gods, you’d naturally want to know why? Are they being serious? Is this just slang? Just some Hip Hop stuff? Nah son. God wouldn’t even allow that. As bad as the statistics are in the hood as it is, every Five Percenter woulda been outta here if our math didn’t add up right and exact. Godhood, in the Black community, is still a serious subject of study and honor. Even people who say it without meaning anything serious know there’s some real Black Gods out there who are what? On some serious sh*t.
What’s a Five Percenter, Anyway?
The history of Black people describing themselves as Gods didn’t start it in the sixties. As I explain in my book Black God: A Brief Introduction to the World’s Religions and their Black Gods, it goes back to ancient times. Think about it:
All the Black people of Egypt seemed to know they were Gods, or at least somewhere in the divine hierarchy of the cosmos.
Ancient India (which was Black-skinned until about 1800 BC) also kept up a tradition of recognizing divinity in their men and women.
Throughout the rest of the world, dark-skinned indigenous people always saw themselves as one with the divine, not separate from and not lacking in the abundance that is the Creator’s.
In other words, our most ancient ancestors, who were Black, knew they were personifications of the Divine, and the power that came with that knowledge. That changed with the introduction of foreign religions, but even those scriptures reveal a path to oneness with God.
White people, are you still reading? I know it hurts to read it, but your most ancient ancestors were Black too. Chinese people, you too. All of our earliest ancestors were. We didn’t start out white, we started out black-skinned! Where did white people come from, then? We’ll come back to that! Let’s get back to Black folks.
In America, Black people have known of their link to the divine from the moment they arrived here. After all, many brought their sacred traditions from home with them. In some areas, like Haiti, that secret knowledge of divine power survives. And I’m talking bout Voodoo, for you white folks reading. Yes, there’s some real power in Black folks. The Haitian Revolution wasn’t won with bullets alone, you know. How could they have had enough bullets? They beat a whole European nation and nearly bankrupted Bonaparte! That’s why Haiti’s been gettin hated on ever since, and you scary white folks are wrong for supporting/allowing that. Seems like all white folks do is go to Haiti to collection donation money while doing pervert stuff with the people they supposed to be helping! Don’t play innocent, Charlie. The rest let it happen. Nobody gets a pass. But keep reading, you might learn something!
All Black People Deserve the Knowledge of Self
In the 1930s a “wise man from the East” known as Wali Fard Muhammad began teaching Black people in America about their most ancient past, back to times before the invention of religion or government. Back when Black men were Gods. Master Fard and his leading minister, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, built the Nation of Islam, which grew to reach millions with their teachings about the inherent divinity of the Original man and woman. In 1964, a brother named Clarence 13X left an NOI temple to bring these teachings to street youth, in the name of Allah.
This would mark the first time a Black man had publicly declared himself to be Allah since ancient times, and his teachings would influence millions of others to walk the same path, towards their own self-realization as a Supreme personification of the Divine.
Allah’s students nurtured the birth and development of Hip Hop culture as a means for those with knowledge to influence the masses. As you all know, this worked until sometime in the 90s when they figured out what the Gods were doing, and killed the conscious era in Hip Hop!
Today, there’s a new wave of consciousness circulating across the planet again, and people are reawakening to the beauty of our ancestors and their dark skin, and what those things have to do with the cosmic order of everything. You can study how melanin is an “organizing force” for life in my book, The Science of Self. You’ll also learn about the reason why Black men and women have always seen their divine counterpart in God, the father, and the Earth, the mother.
Typically known as Five Percenters (an allusion to how few they are, compared to the masses who follow society’s miseducation), they’re still out there, here and there, teaching whoever is smart enough to listen and walk the righteous path. For them, Black Lives mattered long before there was social media. In fact, the Five Percenters were the reason New York City didn’t collapse into chaos like other cities after Dr. King was killed. They were also the “Peace Guards” at all of Kool Herc’s early Hip Hop parties. Today, you’ll find em wherever you find Black men and women, although few would boast of who they are. Yet if you’re blessed to know a real one, you know that True and Living Gods and Earths change lives for the better, almost every day!
(Excerpt from upcoming book Science of Self Volume Four)