Fundamental Considerations for How the African Personality Develops.


The Need for Sankofa-infused Afrocizing

The inner core of the hub is an immutable biogenetic entity. Its ORB propensity comes with the genotype. With its functions transposed to the cognitive outer core, ORP has to be taught and honed unlike presumed automatic, instinctual ORB. Clearly, this is the responsibility of the institutions that socialize (Khoapa, 1980)--traditional ones like the African family, the larger African community, peer groups, media, school, and religious institution and newer ones like social media and the internet. Transmitting racial-cultural preference (ORP) through ADP's societal institutions along with non-racial social competencies like hygiene, courtesy, manners, and so on is proactive behaving. It is how ADP reared their offspring initially. It represents natural struggle inherent in humanity negotiating ecology. In advocating Sankofa or returning to this practice, the term "Afrocizing" has been used to refer to an African personality-building type of socialization (Azibo, 2015a; Azibo, Robinson-Kyles & Johnson, 2013). Oliver (1989) sees this as necessary.

Sankofa is necessary today to instill ORP due to (neo)slavery and (neo)colonialism causing many ADP to socialize offspring to relate as if Eurasian. This socialization, actually domestication (Azibo, in review b, in review c), of necessity always yields a "(re)nam[ed] linguistically and psychologically stripped... once identifiably African... [a] commodity... degraded and dehumanized.... debated and legislated outside of the human family," in short, a bricolage personality bounded "nigger-to-negro" in Jennings' (2003, 251) terminology. Struggling against this hegemony while noble and imperative is nonetheless reactive. Even though reactive struggle of this sort can stimulate African personality growth in the outer core (Khoapa, 1980; Williams, 1981)--usually taking place through spontaneously and externally arising cultural transformation metamorphoses (Azibo, 1990a, 2014a, 2015a; Jones, 1998)--the caution must be kept in mind that in general "to be reactive is to be nonproductive" (Goodman, 1976, 154).

Roadblocks to African Personality Development

In modern times, there are five major stymies to outer core's ORP development. First is the fact that African personality underdevelopment and disorder (discussed below) are statistically normative. However, that does not make it "normal" (Azibo, 1996b). With the outer core diminished or damaged in most ADP, proactive struggle seems inconceivable or laughable. Reactive struggle born in spontaneously ignited situations like Ferguson, Missouri or Hurricane Katrina seems susceptible to quick degeneration in mobilized, but unorganized masses. Second is the problematic of adolescence. The vicissitudes involved in identity development during adolescence can be challenging and daunting, especially when racial identity is added to the mix (Plummer, 1997). Baruti (2004, 101-104) pointed out the adolescent's practice of deceiving parents who attempt to Afrocize/racially socialize them was a serious problem. The upshot of the deceiving is engaging in "closet European" behavior according to Baruti. Their deception is analogous to youth who leave home for school properly dressed and once out of parental sight change their dress to what the other kids perceive as cool. A possible dent into this closet European behavior is to "establish an Afrikan environment outside the home in the community" (Baruti, 2004, 102, original emphases). The third stumbler is child spoilage as discussed by Baruti (2010, 247-257). It begets a self-consciousness that militates against ORP development by promoting lack of self-discipline and inner strength, insatiable lust, uncontrolled appetites, the practice of exploiting parent's and other's...

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