Hotepism is not pro-blacksim.

He Might Be A Hotep If He Does These 6 Things

Hoteps are the "Trump supporters" of the black community.

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The term "hotep" is an Egyptian word meaning, "at peace," and it is usually used as a salutation. So, its origin is actually good and positive. The meaning of the term, and "hotepian logic" has somehow evolved over the last decade or so into being a signifier of someone's misinformed mockery of Afrocentricity. The term serves as a noun and an adjective and can be turned into a verb, as I will later demonstrate. There is an argument with the community about the use of the term. As I said, there is zero malice behind the original meaning, in fact, the meaning is characterized by the state of peace --- being free from hardships, war, conflict, disturbance, violence, disorder...etc. But somehow this peaceful word has morphed into a moniker for black folk who use Afrocentricity to justify fuk shit.

Many black people, mostly men, would argue that hotepism is simply pro-blackism, and in a way it is. But the two are not synonymous, and it would be a mistake to use the terms interchangeably. Hotepism is the far right or the antifa of pro-blackism. They are a fringe subculture concerned with social progress at the cost of marginalized groups within the black community - women and the LGBTQA community.

What are some signs that someone (usually a black man) is a hotep, you ask? Well...

1. Sexism.

Hoteps are extremely sexist. To be honest, they are more "pro-black man" than "pro-black." They are also anti-feminism and anti-social progress as they feel that a black woman should know their place ... somewhere behind the black man.

If you are a woman, your only purpose is to serve the head of the household sexually, mentally and spiritually. And if that sounds like something you've heard before, you might be familiar with the '50s.

In fact, I'd even go as far as to say they hate women in general---especially the ones who are self-sufficient, intelligent, and do as they please.

2. Conspiracies! 

Hella illogical conspiracy theories, like B.O.B's "slave ships never existed" claim. And a truckload unvalidated claims they love to use in heated arguments involving the black community. Spreading misinformation as truth is their bread and butter.

3. Mother nature.

Many hoteps believe that a woman's menstrual cycle isn't natural, but in fact, a sign that she is unhealthy. Now, while we all know that the way we live and out diet and exercise has an effect on our health, science has also explained to us time and time again what menstrual cycles are for a woman, and all female species.

4. Respectability politics.

America's former favorite dad, Bill Cosby

They have a devotion to respectability politics. This is a weird one, right? How could someone who is "pro-black" have goals of assimilation? Well, it's true. Many people you'd use the modern-day term of hotep to refer to, think if black people would just walk a little bit straighter and talk a little bit softer, it would be easier for us as a whole to be embraced and loved by the white man.

5. They can't mind their own business, and by that I mean....

Transgender actress and activist, Laverne Cox.

HOMOPHOBIA! And not just pure concentrated disgust for the black LQBTQA, but these ideas of the feminization of the black man *eye roll* and the "wombman."

The hotep firmly believe that if you are queer, you are mentally ill and suffer from something designed as a weapon by the white patriarchy to destroy the black community.

6. Toxic masculinity 

Child molester (and singer), R. Kelly

Undying and unbowed support for all black men. This trait is noted by the everlasting support of rapists, wife beaters, murders and other shitty humans who have done terrible things, but its alright because they are black men, and black patriarchy should stand firm.


Again, similar to the pro-black agenda, hoteps want to do away with the white male patriarchy, the difference is that they want to replace it with a system of power that holds black men at the top and excludes everyone else. They are anti-everything that isn't a straight black man, and their idea of what it means to be black ostracizes anyone who doesn't agree with the with the power structure.

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.

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Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.

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I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.

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