Tony Momoh
Prince Tony Momoh, the journalist par excellence, a bibliotherapist and cultural engineer is the 165th child of Momoh the first. He is the third of the four children his mother had for Momoh the first and his mother was the junior of the three groups into which the Momoh Household of 45 wives and 245 children were organised.

How much humanity in the skin colour

Presentation at the United Nations of Youth – Network Nigeria International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination at Airport Hotel, Ikeja on Tuesday March 25, 2008

Let me thank the United Nations of Youth-Network Nigeria for asking me to come here to do what others have been unwilling to do or had no time to do. But for the insistence of Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, I would not have agreed to speak at this forum, not only because I do not regard myself as a stand-in speaker you would call to action because those asked to do the speaking had one reason or the other not to do so, but also and mainly because my worldview is more vertical than horizontal.

Vertical in the sense that my gaze is always directed upwards in resolving any problem of man because we have sought such solutions in a terrain which is not where man’s problems originate and where, therefore, the solutions can never be found.

So, the vertical dimension is my focus in this little contribution to the marking of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

You all know the origin of this day and the many, many conferences that have been held to draw attention to the harm racial discrimination has done not only to those deprived but also to those who have authored and executed programmes that initiated, promoted, sustained and funded man’s inhumanity to man.

We must start by giving credit to the World Body, the United Nations, for its pioneering work in placing the human being, whatever the sex or colour, on a scale that grants to him and her the pedestal which is their entitlement by species and by birth.

The species must be sought outside the earth plane because it does not belong here, and the birth must be explained in the light of the place or plane of origin of the species, for it is a preoccupation with the birth, not the species, that is at the bottom of the world’s problem.

The quantum of humanity you associate with the skin colour, therefore, is a function of your knowledge of what lies beyond the skin.

But let us look briefly at the journey so far.

We are all aware that since the adoption in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the international community has made some important advances in the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. National and international laws have been enacted and numerous international human rights instruments, particularly a treaty to ban racial discrimination, have been adopted.

The defeat of apartheid in South Africa is part of the work in progress in this regard.

That there is still a lot of work to be done is proof that the dream of a world free of racial hatred and bias will remain unfulfilled unless we widen our horizon of recognitions and tackle the matter outside the domain familiar to horizontalists whose work is more external than internal and whose familiar instruments of investigation are telescopes, microscopes and stethoscopes.

If the instruments in use today are leading us in the right direction, why is it that in spite of the fact that the peoples of the world are being brought together through technology and are therefore more in a position to understand themselves, our societies are still being ravaged by racial discrimination, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance; and why do we still have horrors such as “ethnic cleansing” and the continuing spread of ideas of racial superiority?

Since the beginning of this century, work has been intensified through international and regional conferences to tackle this humanity’s ulcer.

What is it that has not been said at different fora to draw attention to sources, causes, forms and contemporary manifestations of racism, racial discrimination and related intolerance; victims of racism, racial discrimination and related intolerance; measures of prevention, education and protection aimed at the eradication of racism, racial discrimination and related intolerance at the national, regional and international levels; provision for effective remedies, recourses, redress, and other measures at the national, regional and international levels; and strategies to achieve full and effective equality, including international cooperation and enhancement of the United Nations and other international mechanisms in combating racism and racial discrimination, among other societal problems.

Some of the many steps the United Nations has taken since its creation to combat racial discrimination and ethnic violence include the adoption of a number of resolutions, conventions and declarations, including the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide – 1948; the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination – 1963; the  International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination – 1965; the designation of March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – 1966; the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid – 1973; the First Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination 1973-1982; the First World Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, Geneva 1978; the Second World Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, also in Geneva 1983; the Second Decade for Action to Combat Racial Discrimination l983-l992; the Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination 1994-2003; and the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance 2001.

And in 1998, the General Assembly decided to proclaim 2001 as the International Year of Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

This observance, it was believed, would help to draw world attention to the objectives of the Conference and to provide a momentum for further political commitment to the elimination of racism and racial discrimination.

The truth of the matter is that racism and related social ulcers remain with us, and will continue to do so until we reach out for solutions outside of here.

But what do we mean by outside of here, where we are? If I ask where are we, there are likely to be as many correct answers as there are people to answer this question.

It would be correct to say that we are at this place where this presentation on How Much Humanity is in the Skin Colour is being made at this Oranmiyan Hall, Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos; that we are in Lagos State; that we are in Nigeria; that we are on earth.

We can answer by even showing where we are not – that we are not in the United States of America; that we are not in an aircraft; that we are not on the Moon.

There is however one answer that we may give which would create some problems arising from how narrow or wide our recognitions are. That word is the WORLD.

If some of us say they are in the world, would the world mean the earth or where? And this is where the journey to widen man’s horizon must begin. Let me introduce that world to you.

The World is a part of Creation which is the Work of God, the Creator. There are two parts of this Work – the Spiritual Part and the Material Part.

The Spiritual Part is where we came from and to which we shall return – white, black, yellow, red or pink. The Material Part is where we are.

The Spiritual Part is Paradise, the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God. It is forever the same, pure and fresh and unpollutable; the home of truth and happiness. It is where cities are paved with gold and rivers of pure milk and honey flow.

There everything is a permanent present. There is no darkness. There evil is unknown. It is right there that with God everything is possible because there only good exists, only love exists, and everything is a song of praise to the Most High.

There, what can be done in one day, because of the intensity of movement, we, here, would be struggling to do in one thousand years! There, everyone works not for the self but for the benefit of all.

The law of giving is obeyed by all, and the conscious striving for taking to the disadvantage of others is unknown. There, distances exist outside our perception of space and time, yet everywhere is active, pulsating with life, serving and gladly doing so.

There only one is Lord and King and He, the only One relates to everything He created through helping love.

That part of this vast Creation, that Spiritual Part, is our home; and that is where we must end up one day, either with laurels or in the state in which we left because we have failed.

It is from there the Muslim is told, “To us you shall return”. It is there, those Luminous Realms, that the Lord’s Prayer refers to as ABOVE which if we strive correctly can be downloaded here below, through us who, as I have said, are citizens of that place.

Here, where we are, which is called the World, is the Material Part of Creation. Because it is the material part, it is known as the World of Matter, the world that provides coverings, clothes, shells for those who came into it to grow.

It is not a permanent world. It is a field in which those planted in there would gain experiences that would mature them for conscious living in their home Above.

The Material is formed over millions of years before it is suitable for the use of those who come from the Spiritual.

So, the Material is subject to change. It is born, it grows, it matures, it ages and it dies, and is born again to start the journey of the cycle of birth, growth and maturing and death.

The Material Part of Creation is vast by our calculations, so vast that describing it makes the head reel. But vast as it is, it is like one grain of sand in an ocean in comparison to the Spiritual Part, our home.

The Material World also contains that part which is not visible to our eyes, and can never be accessed with the instruments we use in investigating the make-up of matter. This part of the material world is the Beyond because it is beyond physical sight.

That Beyond in the Material Part is still more vast than the distances we describe in light years. That part is where we go to when we move out of our covering here on earth, the covering which is the physical body.

It is this physical body that dies and which we send to the cemetery for burial. We who used it never die. Having used the body, we leave it and go our way.

It is that body that is black or white or red or pink, not the one who used it.

If you knew this basic truth of life, you would understand more what the Bible tells us in Genesis Chapter 2 Verse 7 about how we came here. God created man from the dust of the earth, and breathed into him the breath of life – and then he became a human being.

The dust of the earth is the dust of the earth and will return to the earth where it came from in the first place. Dust thou art and to dust thou shall return.

But the breath of life! That is you and that is me. That is the spirit. You have never been dust and shall never be dust. You are not your body, have never been, and should not strive to be.

To the extent that you strive to be your body, to that extent you distance yourself from your home in God’s Kingdom, a Kingdom you have a mission to download on to this earth plane.

If you are not different from your body, why do you say my head, my legs, my eyes, my body? You leave the body, which is dust, and return to where you came from, to the Beyond.

But that beyond is not yet Paradise, not yet your home. It is part of the Material Part of Creation. It is part of what we call the World.

While you sojourn in the world, this earth is the place you come to school. You leave it for the Beyond, your temporary home in the World of Matter.

There what you were sent to the earth for opens up fully to you, and how helpless you are when you discover that you had been derailed by false teachers that populate the earth, by those who claim that they are superior because of the colour of the cloth they wore while here for, as we have seen in trying to widen our horizon, the body is a cloth, and it is the cloth that has a colour that is black or white or pink or yellow or red.

Let us come back to the horizontal dimension, to the earth where you have men and women who are white or black or red or yellow or pink; who are rich or poor; who are Christian or Muslim or Buddhist or Hindu; who are good or evil; who are capitalist or socialist.

Many are the labels they wear while they are here on earth. So preoccupied have they been with the labels they wear — racial, economic, political, religious et al – that they take the label for the person. So the hood has become the monk.

But who wears the hood? It is obvious that you wear the hood, the black hood, and other races wear their racial hoods – white, pink, red, yellow and whatever. But who are we and where did we come from?

By we, I mean we human beings. Who are we and where did we come from? The question will have more meaning when we hit the nail on the head, when we refer to the individual.

Who am I and where did I come from? This should point to the correct perception because you came alone and I came alone. Even where you came through the womb of a woman, along with another you call your twin brother or sister, one came before the other.

In this coming and going, there is only one involved. You, on your own. In this matter, there is no father, no mother, no brother, no sister, no tribe, no religion. There is no race and there is no nation. There is no rich man and there is no poor man. The head of state is as alone as the messenger who served him tea.

You are spirit. I am spirit. We are from the Spiritual Part of Creation which we know as Paradise. So we are from Paradise, in school on earth.

The classes we attend on earth are segmented and we take them as we mature for them. After an earth-life here, of schooling here, we leave the bodies we have used here, the bodies of colour, to get back to our temporary home outside Paradise.

That is the Ethereal World. It is the lightest part, the highest part of the Material World. It is where we stayed when we were coming here to the school of life and it will be our last port of call before we get back to Paradise, after we have graduated.

From the Spiritual home to here, we must wear the covering of every plane we pass through or we would not stabilize there.

In the Ethereal World, we are in the Soul World and we are therefore called Souls, that is the spirit without the physical body. While we are on earth, we wear the physical body and are called Earthmen.

We can understand why we should be careful about saying that man is three-fold – Spirit, Soul and Body. To think this way is to give life to the body and the soul.

Only spirit has life. The soul and the body are the clothing of the Spirit.

See yourself as spirit manifesting through soul and body and you can therefore start to assess for yourself which of the three has been your pre-occupation? Is it you the Spirit, or the Soul or the Body which are its clothing outside Paradise?

When you grow into the recognition that you are spirit and you strive to manifest your spirituality through the soul and the body, then you are truly reborn, and you can manifest God’s Kingdom on earth.

To be back home in Paradise, we must remove all the cloaks we wore on our way here, otherwise we cannot get back. Every plane has its rules and there is no interference one with the other.

The law of liquid will not accept solids until they are heated to be liquid; nor will the law of gases accept liquids until they are heated to be gases. So also is the Ethereal and Spiritual Worlds. You cannot enter them until you have discarded the coverings of the lowest planes.

Now come back here, to this horizontal level where we see the black and the white and the pink and the red and the yellow as the human spirits that wear them. And for so long have we tried to preach acceptance of those who wear these bodies?

Just last week, the beautiful outing in America that has been a joy to watch was almost marred by descent into colour. So Hillary Clinton is white and Barack Obama is black? From what we have been saying, would such an issue arise if the horizons had been widened beyond the horizontal?

Just last year, there was an outcry against James Watson, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material”.

But why was Watson being hunted and hounded?

He said blacks are not as intelligent as whites. He said he is “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”, and I know that this “hot potato” is going to be difficult to address.

As expected, his statement has become hot potato, difficult to address. But need it be?

True, people are angry with Watson, not because what he says is new, but that he is claiming scientific backing for his findings, and he is a scientist of world renown.

There are also those who claim that blacks are superior to whites. And if you want to descend into the field of ignorant people who do not know that the colour of the skin is meant for a purpose in a particular incarnation, you can visit the website of those who claim that whites are aware that they are a degenerate race, “huemen” and not humans, and so want to wipe out the blacks from the surface of the earth because they will inherit the earth by outliving whites on it.

They show their claim scientifically. Haven’t you heard of the Melanin Scholars and the less terrifying claims of the Melanin Movement which has published an Afro-American manifesto?

The latter group claims to represent 20 million Afro-Americans in the United States. They are out to fight for their full freedom from oppression and “to end forever the murderous attacks, the imprisonment, the slavery, the degradation, and humiliation that has been our lot in this country (USA) for close to 350 years.”

A more terrifying group is the Melanin Scholars who are writing and teaching that the black race is superior to the white.

The key idea of the melanin scholars is that melanin, a widely distributed pigment in the natural world, found in all humans, has a number of extraordinary properties that are best manifested in black people.

They claim that melanin is a superconductor, that it absorbs all frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum, that it can convert sound energy to light energy reversibly, and that it can function as a minicomputer to process information.

According to the group, in addition to the skin, hair, and eyes, melanin is widely dispersed in the human body, for example, in twelve sites in the brain, in all the major organs, and in all muscles.

The group claims that melanin is involved in the regulation of all psychological and physiological processes of the human body. They state that because of this people with high melanin levels have better muscular coordination (which makes them better athletes), are mentally superior, have unusual faculties, such as ESP, and are influenced by the magnetic fields of other humans and of the earth (Montgomery 1989). They attribute to melanin numerous other properties.

The point is that what Watson is saying is as much evidence of research as what Afrocentrics are saying. But they all miss the point.

I am not at all unsettled by what both colour promoters say because, like every other brain cripple, which the intellectual is seen to be by knowing ones, those who pontificate on colour as a measure of progress of the human spirit in the school of life are looking at the crescent, not the moon.

They are looking at the body, the physical body which is dust and will return to dust; not the occupier of that body, the soul of man.

What is the colour of the soul, and what is the colour of the human spirit when he drops the cloak he uses on earth? He is radiant or dark, depending on what he did with the neutral power of God which he uses and must bear responsibility for.

People, human spirits, are equally endowed and the development of their talents is a function of the opportunities they have to do so in the environment in which they manifest life.

From the vertical dimension, I have tried to explain that researchers whose preoccupation is the colour of the skin are looking at the body and not the person.

The closest explanation to the fact that man is spirit, is the colour of the blood. Does the human person have white blood, black blood, red blood, pink blood or yellow blood?

The blood is the same for the human species – RED. Spiritually, the blood is the bridge which the soul crosses to enter the body. If the soul departs, the blood turns to water.

All there is to the physical body is the elements we are aware of, the material of the earth. They are returned to the earth where they came from in the first place.

We must round off by going vertical once again and ask what we are here for that would warrant the type of colour of the body we wear.

We have already provided part of the answer. As spiritual seeds in our home in the spiritual, we are here in the school of life to grow to that level of consciousness that would enable us get back to our home Above, in Paradise, as fully mature spirits that are not only conscious but fully self-conscious.

In that state, we are glowing flames that have acquired the form of the species, which is the human form.

The only way to achieve the objective here is to feed us with the food of life which is the way it is up there in the Heights.

The physical body needs physical food – fruits and vegetables; eba and egusi soup; bread and butter; rice and beans. The physical food is needed to provide fuel to drive the physical body which the soul needs to move and act in on earth.

The brain is the work station of the body. It is the base of the intellect. The intellect is thus a product of the brain and must go the way of the dust of the earth.

But the intellect needs its own type of food for nourishment. The intellectual food is provided through the school system. You acquire your degrees in satisfaction of your intellectual hunger.

All your degrees are stored in the brain and when you leave your body, the dust of the earth, the intellect goes down into the grave and is dead.

It is like the material stored in the memory of a computer. When the computer packs up, all that is stored in there is lost.

But the school of life you attend on earth is for the spiritual food you need to mature.

The physical and intellectual foods are meant to help you grow in search of the spiritual food.

The physical food comes through the farmer; the intellectual food through the teacher, and the spiritual food through the prophets.

It is the instruction on how we must live to be able to sustain in our home in Paradise that should regulate the intake of any other food. In other words, we must eat to live, not live to eat.

We are living to eat when we emphasize the material well-being of man and establish institutions that compete to accumulate what man had no part in bringing into being– the material resources which are laid out for nourishment of man on earth so that he can grow in the recognitions that he is here to imbibe.

Not any of these resources did we bring here and not one of them are we going to take away. Even if our bodies are buried with silver and gold and diamonds, the bodies remain cloaks of the soul on earth, just dust and no more. We who lived in them would have gone, with or without the spiritual food we would have garnered through the experiences we had when we lived here.

And that experience of life can be explained by religion. But how you acquire that experience is your personal affair, through the exercise of free will which is a gift of the Spirit.

The exercise of will is free, but determines where your path leads to. Up or down. Salvation or perdition.

While here, you exercise that gift in one of three ways – what you do, what you say and what you think. They all bind you because they are sowings, the fruits of which you must reap.

They make the bed on which you must lie, and because it was your decision, you cannot cry foul. There is nothing foul in life, and this is a basic truth you must accept.

Ladies and Gentlemen. I have tried to approach this matter of discrimination in whatever form from the spiritual dimension, for our species is spirit and has a home outside of here.

What we are preoccupied with and which has taken a lot of planning and conferences and laws have been things arising because of narrowness of vision. If we knew why we are here, what we are supposed to do here, the journey into here and out of here, we would reach out to different people in different body-types and enrich our experiences here, because it is only here we can gain the lessons of life because it is only here birds of all feathers have the opportunity to flock together.

Is the question not answered from the presentation as to how much humanity there is in the skin colour?

Humanity here has meaning in the sense of visioning. The human material on earth is materialistic and the development of his intellect is to enrich his ability to accumulate material wealth. He can only do so by promoting and sustaining the law of competition, not cooperation.

The law of competition is the law of taking and this is the law of Satan, not the demand from the Creator that only in giving shall we receive.

Until we see ourselves as human beings who recognize themselves as human spirits whose longing for home away from here should bond their relationships, there will continue to be pre-occupations with the clothes we wear, and we shall continue to take the hood for the monk.

I thank you for the opportunity afforded me to make a presentation at this forum and I do congratulate Otunba Gani Adams, OPC National Coordinator; and Dr. Joy Fraser, Associate Professor, University of Athabasca, Canada, who are listed as the 2008 Hero of Democracy Peace and Good Governance Award recipients.

Once again, I thank you for your attention.

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