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(written 2008)

We must overstand that greek mythology is just that... a myth!

These made-up stories are of people that never existed. Why YT created them? Probably to validate their existence. But we must understand many customz we've adopted have been done so through ignorance of this "little white lie". Case-in-point, the use of the word 'mentor' we so lovingly use for our Afrikan scholarz that have influenced us.

We forget the power we give to somethin' when you call on its name. Couple this with ignorance of the origin of these wordz, we actually disrespect somethin' we intend to respect.

The word 'Mentor' is defined as an "adviser, guide, guru, counselor, consultant; confidant." Look at the last word in the definition... 'confidant'.

Now let's look that definition up: "a person with whom one shares a secret or private matter, trusting them not to repeat it to others." Now let's look at the history of the word 'Mentor' again.

In Greek mythology, Mentor was the son of Alcumus and, in his old age, a friend of Odysseus aka Ulysses. When Odysseus left for the Trojan War he placed Mentor in charge of his son, Telemachus, and of his palace. Mentor, however, apparently had other plans that went beyond the mere development of Telemachus' cognitive skills—Mentor, like many a societal norm of greece, was a homosexual who preyed on young boyz to be used in their queer escapades. Mentor carefully cultivated a sexual relationship with Telemachus.

Many are not aware that greece was a society where homosexuality was the norm. Men took great pride in feelin' the greatest love could only be experienced between two men—and women were only used for procreative purposes. The excuses given for this imbalanced, yet societal acceptance of sexual misconduct, was often explained as a man literally injecting male principles into the child through his buttocks—and we can see figuratively the sick pleasure a predator has in "having his way" with a child never thinking of the natural displeasure and residual damage done to said child.

This is the source of the modern use of the word mentor: a trusted friend, counselor or teacher; usually a more experienced person. Some professionz have "mentoring programz" in which newcomerz are paired with more experienced people in order to obtain examples and advice. Schoolz also have mentoring programz for new students who are having difficulties. Even apprentices often refer to superior's and even Elder's as their mentor. This word must be analyzed, historically processed, and frankly, removed from Afrikan vocabulary.

This is key for when we use this word, we are unknowingly honoring and condoning the acts of a predator, something that's been widely accepted even in the perceived "holiness" of the Roman Catholic Church.

The history of the hedz who created the english language have a completely different value system than us. That's why it's important we get in the practice of using the right terminology.

Author of 'African Psychology', Dr. Wade Nobles introduced a more suitable word when referring to those who've been an influence. The word is Jegna (Jenoch, plural form) are those special people who have

1) been tested in struggle or battle
2) someone who demonstrates fearlessness
3) one who has the courage to protect their people, culture and way of life
4) shown diligence and dedication to our people
5) produced an exceptionally high quality of work, and
6) dedicated themselves to the protection, defense, nurturance and development of our young by advancing our people, place and culture.

"Jegna", yeah, that’s more appropriate...

I highly recommend reading 'Homosexuality and the Effeminization of Afrikan Males', by Mwalimu Baruti

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