In James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar the Navi people, ten foot tall alien life forms discovered on the planet Pandora are remarkably like African people pre-colonization. In fact all the Navi characters are played by African people. In this real life based science fiction drama the people of Earth discover this invaluable element called unatainium which exist under the Navi’s sacred lands. In an attempt to establish and learn about the Navi their biology and so forth the earthlings have created Navi bodies called Avatars devoid of consciousness. These bodies are inhabited by the consciousness of humans through mechanical means so that the humans see, feel, and experience life through the Navi Avatar bodies. In this way they can explore the planet interact with the Navi breath the air and so forth.
The Navi have made contact with earthlings who have attempted to educate them in the ways, language, and culture of earth which in actuality are the ways, language and culture of White people masquerading as some universal earth culture. So the greed, killing, stealing of land and resources, the displacement of the native inhabitants, capitalism is made to appear a universal human trait when in actuality it is an insanity specific to one part of the human family white people. Jake Sully a soldier whose consciousness inhabits one of the Navi Clones is brought into the Navi community. They know he is not Navi but a clone and attempt to learn from him. One of the most powerful lines in the movie is spoken by Moat mother of the main Navi character named Neytiri. Moat tells Jake Sully, “It is decided. My daughter will teach you our ways. Learn well Jake Sully then we will see if this insanity can be cured.” This line resonated with me as a captive and mentally colonized African. So many of our people have a consciousness that is not ours yet claimed universally human but is instead a type of European insanity which has infected up all.
Mali Dome Some author of the book, Of Water and Spirit talks about his kidnapping at the hands of a European priest in Western Africa. He was brought up in all the ways of Europe and this in turn made him crazy. He finally escape around the age nineteen from his captures and bound his way back home to his native village and his family. The people saw him as strange in fact he had become a stranger to his people. They did not know what to do with him in the village. The council of elders convened and it was decided that what he needed to once again become a Dagara again was to go through initiation. There he would learn the ways of the Dagara. Initiation it was hoped would reacclimatize him back into his culture so that his would cure his insanity and once again become Dagara and African.
Though not accepted by the American Psychiatric Association White Supremacy is a form of insanity specific to White people. Therefore the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM does not list it’s symptoms like, racism, capitalism, the need to colonize and control, fear of ways, people, and cultures that are not white etc. The inability to diagnose Europeans with this sickness allows them to continue to walk this earth wrecking havoc and to possibly as in the movie take this to other worlds outside earth. This problem as measurable as it is is not the real issue for African people. The real issue for African people is the fact that we in North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa or where ever we are in the world seem to be in large part infected by the same insanity that White people posses. We know the cure. It is our culture. Just as with Malidoma we have to be reeducated in our culture. We have to through off the religions, be it Christianity, Islam, Judaism off and put up or traditional ways of knowing God. In addition to religion all European ways of knowing must be eradicated. Nothing short of a complete withdrawal from European culture can save African people. We must rid ourselves of this insanity and we must do it now. Then we can ride the European of his insanity or expel them from this planet.
Samuel Burbanks IV