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When Dr. Bey was indicted for the sexual assault on young girls, someone mentioned

that even this was in the African tradition of men marrying or having sexual relations

 with young females. So in the Afrocentric sense, was he a child molester?






Dr. Yusef Bey Transcends 

Eurocentric American Culture

By Marvin X


James Baldwin described his father as an African patriarch, noting how he ruled his house and his church, the awesome power he displayed that Baldwin recognized in chiefs when he eventually went to Africa. Today, as I sat in the sanctuary of Oakland's Allen Temple Baptist Church, along with the overflow crowd celebrating the life of Dr. Bey, it became crystal clear to me that I was witnessing the life of a man who had transcended American culture and was living a lifestyle unabashedly Islamic and Afrocentric. 

For example, it was noted that he fathered forty-three children, which is far beyond the accepted family lifestyle of Christian American culture, although there are some Christian families with twenty or more children, unusually the result of monogamy. It is indeed rare for a man to sire as many as Dr. Bey produced. And the positive quality is that he took care of them all and as a result, many of them spoke of their love for their father and for their siblings. One son said, "Yes, I know all of my brothers and sisters and I love them all."

As child after child professed deep love for their father, they reminded me of the recent conversation with Saddam Hussein's daughters who professed similar unconditional love, despite the fact that their father had killed their husbands. Someone noted that despite all the negative allegations of child abuse, Dr. Bey was a loving father and a symbol of great strength to his forty-three children, gave them spiritual knowledge and taught them economic self-sufficiency.

As was noted by the speakers, the so-called Negro is often unable to cherish, love, and support one child, often leaving it in poverty and neglect as he continues his daily round producing more in the manner of the stud slave of yesteryear. But Dr. Bey cared for his and clearly they loved their father as child after child testified.

Although the wives were mainly silent, except for one who sang, it was noted by Dr. Bey's brother, Minister Rabb, that his brother's wives were well able to speak about the man they loved.

I thought to myself, the Christians in the audience must be going through a transformation because Bey's lifestyle was never presented so openly yet honestly in contrast to the American cultural tradition of hiding any information about multiple wives and offspring beyond monogamy. The revelation of this man's life might not be so shocking on the East Coast which has a long tradition of Islamic and Yoruba culture, but this African lifestyle is most certainly kept underground on the West Coast.

When Dr. Bey was indicted for the sexual assault on young girls, someone mentioned that even this was in the African tradition of men marrying or having sexual relations with young females. So in the Afrocentric sense, was he a child molester?

As we regain African consciousness, it is inevitable that our lifestyle is going to revert to traditional customs and values, that will of course be at variance with American social values. So what? Gays and lesbians are out of the closet, why should the Afrocentric lifestyle of men like Dr. Bey and the women and children who love him, remain in the closet?

In openly living his life, Dr. Bey went beyond the man he loved and honored, but who secretly lived a similar polygamous life, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Two of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad's sons by Tynetta Muhammad, attended the celebration of Dr. Bey. Indeed, Dr. Bey had given Tynetta and her children  refuge when Wallace (Warith) Muhammad refused to recognize his siblings not from the womb of his mother, Clara Muhammad.

So in our natural trend to transcend America, as more and more African Americans adopt Islamic, Yoruba, Kemitic, and Ethiopian religion and mores, we must anticipate the revolutionary effect upon African American culture, especially Christian culture  But  Dr. Bey revealed that family organization is not a joke, a whim, a game children play, but a task of great responsibility, requiring discipline, intelligence, strength, and spirituality.

One of Dr. Bey's sons noted, "Our father made us soldiers, even our sisters are soldiers, and we are going to continue to soldier!" About ten of the sons performed a Fruit of Islam military drill for the audience to great applause.

What we witnessed was the aboriginal holistic approach to life that Dr. Bey lived and taught his wives, children, and community. One must be healthy physically, mentally, spiritually, and economically. One must transcend dysfunctional American culture. An African proverb says, "Wood may remain ten years in the water, but it will never become a crocodile."

And the Black man and woman in America must be independent and self-sufficient, otherwise America shall remain an ever elusive Martin Luther King, Jr. dream, rather than the freedom, justice, and equality we can achieve overnight when we follow the example of men like the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Dr. Yusef Bey, taking the good from their lives and discarding the rest into the dustbin of false reality, religiosity, and human exploitation.

3 October 2003

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Dr. Yusef Bey Makes Transition
By Marvin X

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area's most prominent Muslim has made his transition. Although he never called himself a minister or imam, but simply a businessman, Dr. Bey was definitely a spiritual leader to his small community, but also a leader and businessman to the general community. Indeed, more whites probably bought his Your Black Muslim Bakery products than the blacks he offered jobs, training, discipline, and spiritual enlightenment based on the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

Many people might say he was a bad man, but no one can say he did no good whatsoever, after all, look at the block of businesses he has established on San Pablo Avenue in North Oakland. Where else can one purchase healthy food from an African American business? Where else in the Bay can you buy a loaf of bread baked by black people? Who else will hire convicts, dope fiends, and prostitutes?  So Allah will weigh his works on the scale of justice in the judgment hall, as He shall do each one of us. For every ounce of good Dr. Bey  has done, he shall be rewarded, and for every ounce of evil he has done, he shall be rewarded.

Like many blacks, he migrated from Texas to Oakland, where he worked in his father's bakery, then later established his own. He joined the Nation of Islam and would eventually become a captain, his brother Billy or Rabb was the minister of the Oakland mosque. Sometimes there was violent competition between the Oakland and San Francisco temples, until Dr. Bey finally focused on his bakery business, holding meetings at the bakery for his employees and the general public.

A Muslim who practiced polygamy, he fathered many children. As he made his transition, he was facing charges of child abuse, although several counts were thrown out because of a recent Supreme Court decision.

On the positive, he worked with me on the 1980 Black Men's conference at the Oakland Auditorium, presenting the best plan for helping black men do for self -- establish businesses and work cooperatively for upliftment. At the conference, he told the thousand brothers, "If you want to do something, go at it in a big way, don't do it small minded." And this was indeed Dr. Bey's way, to establish himself as a giant among men, to be outstanding, even sometimes extravagant, and of course he could recognize these qualities in others. After reading my autobiography, Somethin Proper, he ordered a box of 50 copies, and said, "Marvin, I ain't never read someone who wrote with such self confidence." Now who had more self-confidence than Dr. Bey?

No matter what, his business practice must be emulated by young black men, especially with American jobs going to China, Russia and India. Even if we hate the messenger, we better be wise enough to examine the truth in his message and discard all that is false and evil, taking the rest to the bank. As-Salaam-Alaikum, Dr. Yusef Bey.

posted 2 October 2003

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."

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According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

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