In Search of Oneness, The Mode

“Great men with great ideals can be separated by hundreds or even thousands of miles and still be in the same place. They can be years or even generations apart in age. And yet, somehow, find themselves on the exact same page. When these men join forces to put the focus of reaching the same goals, to attain the same outcomes, they are not two, but one. Instead of simply adding one’s common attributes to another’s, they somehow tend to multiply all attributes of both. Whether from St. Louis or East Atlanta, whether from a savage land or a booming metropolis, whether they are two or two billion, the greatest their numbers could ever become, is to truly become one.” 

Morgan Freeman From Savage Mode II

Savage Mode: Without fear of consequences. The Urban Dictionary

From Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Stokely Carmichael, A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Freedom Riders, John Lewis, to Black Lives Matter, anti-racism leaders have forced the issue. To Speak truth to power is not easy and faces many headwinds, both visible and clandestine. Breaching the headwinds may lead to outcomes that disrupt the equilibrium of society. All of the while, the march toward true freedom is necessary because society’s equilibrium is not equal. 

Becoming one is aspirational. Dr. Martin Luther King died for it. Fredrick Douglass Lived for it in speaking this great truth:

“Lands intersected by a narrow frith abhor each other;

Mountains interposed make enemies of nations,

Which else like kindred drops had mingled into one.”

“But even this cause does not hold true.—There is no geographical reason for national division. Every stream is bridged, and every mountain tunneled. All our rivers and mountains point to union, not division —to oneness, not to warfare. There is no earthly reason why the corn fields of Pennsylvania should quarrel with the cotton fields of South Carolina. The physical and climatic differences bind them together, instead of putting them asunder.” 


Speech on the War Delivered in National Hall, Philadelphia, January 14, 1862. Douglass’ Monthly, February, 1862. These timeless words speak as powerfully to today’s tribalism as they spoke toward the Civil War. 

Oneness, though aspirational, can be achieved if persistence prevails and passivity pales. What does that mean in a real-world sense? That is where a multitude awakens to address the moment. The moment wants George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others to fade away into the night of history as America moves on to the next story. The Movement presses against that scenario by uniting with the pioneers’ message mentioned above of civil rights. The unity of their goals of focus and the multiplication of these goals progress into enduring change

Change measures by determination. The Savage Mode, i.e., The Mode, will not take no for an answer. In America, the oneness of  E Pluribus Unum (out of many one) turned inclusive thanks to the persistence of those like the gun-toting Black Moses named Harriet Tubman. She tapped into that same force of The Mode to free many. Oneness must not just be managed or manipulated but moved to make room for all. Those slaves that she freed would never have known freedom unless she moved them by her famous quote, “move on or die.” 

The ghost of past attempts to suppress freedom through acts of voter suppression, intimidation, and apathy haunt this nation again. The Mode is what will persist in the face of such attempts. For many, through generations of struggle toward unity, the forged pathways of oneness will navigate the journey. The fight for freedom that echoes from the patriarchs and matriarchs has found a new home in a new generation yearning for justice.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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