Open Letter to My Afro-Tech Family: This is Our Time and Moment Right Now

In 2017, we are at a crossroads in the journey where one path is full of opportunity and advancement and the other path is the same tired direction of just talking and keep complaining why things ain’t as good as it should be for us as black people worldwide. It is time for us in the black community with the STEM skills to realize we are the only true leaders and skilled guides that will take our people forward in the 21st century and the calling is right now for us to take the path towards progress to uplift and better our people. We are the Afro-Tech and this is our time and moment. In order to move forward, the Afro-Tech has to stay focused and keep our eyes on the prize. We have to learn to ignore distractions and support the matters that advance our goals of empowerment and betterment through the use of STEM. One of the biggest distraction and we have to accept this reality is we have black people that are comfortable with talking and complaining and made a profession out of being a black victim. A lot of black people in our black community do not have it in their best interest to see us black people move forward. But at the same time, we have to discover and exploit the opportunities to advance our agenda to see our people better for the next generation than our current generation. Let’s talk about what to ignore and what to support as the Afro-Tech march forward. Ignore the Politics. No matter if we are in the UK, USA or throughout Africa, the chattering about the politics our people engage in does not amount to any movements. If we want change in the political arena, we have to do more than complain and try to mobilize votes during election season and focus instead of advocacy that leads directly to legislation. In fact, history has shown in the USA, black people do not get anything from "election turnout mandates" even if black people voted in huge numbers; black people only get something when we stand up and strategically advocate for positive political action regardless if black people voted in the last election or not. This once again goes back to taking action instead of talking. Ignore those Unwilling to Do. I want to make sure all the black people in the world reading this article and I will go around the world informing we have a certain group of black people in the African Diaspora, African-American adult males who have the education, resources and capability and strength to support and uplift the global black economy but are not using their God-given talent to carry out what needs to be done. Our black men in America are instead looking at computer images of women butts, arguing with each other over pseudo-Pan-African beliefs and following Internet celebrities and unwilling to do the real work at the man-community level to protect and progress his black tribe. If the American black man is unwilling to do, the African Diaspora need to be aware and apply sanctions against the American black man until he steps up and do right by his people with the resources and talents and advantages the American black men have to do something. Ignore Gatekeepers. The Afro-Tech cannot be held back by anyone or anything and the only one that can hold us back is ourselves. As we make moves, you will see others try to qualify us asking who we are or try to tell us what we should do instead or how we should do it. These are tactics designed by people who cannot do something to try to control those who can do something. Globally, we will work together as the Afro-Tech to make sure if someone builds a gate, I will be there to help you climb over the gate myself – no one is going to hold us back and if they do, we will bond together and build together to tear down any wall in the way of our progress. Support our Sistas. I can personally tell you as a black man that we have some awesome and beautiful sistas around the entire world working entrepreneurially to solve problems in the black community. I’ve seen everything from sistas collaborating to open businesses in Ghana to sistas collaborating to help each other learn technology in America to sistas in UK and France creating their own fashion and style industry. In addition, African and American sistas are making inroads and establishing base of operations in China and throughout trading posts in Asia as pioneers. Our Brazilian sistas are also awesome as well as throughout Latin America where I’m treated like a cousin relative invited to eat and party and be around the family. Let’s focus as the Afro-Tech on augmenting these sistas by helping make their efforts easier to accomplish to give sistas greater ability and scale to do their good work on a bigger level. Support our Children. Learning STEM is the most powerful transfer of legacy from black generation to black generation. The skills our elders taught us from cooking cultural recipes to fishing and netting and building homes and running businesses is what many of us in the Afro-Tech draw our background from. When I show a child how to code, they light up shining about what they can do with the skills they learned. In America, many complain how the black youth is out of control but these African-Americans do not reveal they have nothing to offer of value to the black youth. As an Afro-Tech when I show our youth STEM skills, I provide something to offer of value to our black youth and that is the transfer of knowledge. Let’s teach our children STEM skills to build up their confidence and ability to offer something of values to others. We can uplift our youth and make them a positive contributor when we create skill building and skill transfer in sports and academics and need to promote this environment for our black youth to help them lead themselves into the future. Support our Infrastructure. African-American communities in the USA are sitting on the best urban infrastructure designed in the entire world, period. Our people in Latin America are sitting on the richest natural soil in the world for food and our people in Africa are sitting on the best trade/exchange ports and big country. In addition, ex-pat hubs are being built around the world in places like Jakarta, Indonesia to Chocolate City in Guangzhou, China by multiple black people with only a few African-Americans because the American black man is not stepping up and helping out and choosing to engage in domestic foolishness. Let’s collaborate on what we have to offer each other in terms of technology and resources and find ways to leverage what we have to exchange for what we want using our infrastructures to support each other. We are the Afro-Tech and we are the agent of change we are looking for. I want to acknowledge and thank every brotha and sista out there researching, studying applying and executing STEM to help our people and our communities become better in our lifetime or for the next generation. I do not acknowledge anyone in 2017 who is not committed to doing for self, their people and their community or the future of our people because I decided to walk the road towards opportunity and advancement. Right now is the happiest moment of my life because I’m excited for the road ahead and what we can do as the Afro-Tech with STEM skills to change the world for the better.

2 thoughts on “Open Letter to My Afro-Tech Family: This is Our Time and Moment Right Now

  1. Thanks Ed for blazing a way and providing resources for us and being a inspiration l know you don’t need to hear it but it needs to be said..

  2. Loved this! It does my heart good knowing that there are folks who see the bigger picture. And speaking of gatekeepers, I just wrote an article similar to this topic, but it was rejected/never published. And that’s okay. I’ve still been building, writing, creating, collaborating, and teaching. We are publishing for ourselves! There’re so many things in store and as I’ve said before, folks either need to get on board or get left behind. It’s a simple as that.

    Thank you so much for what you do and for keeping resources for people who are actually making moves and not sitting on their hands. Respect.

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