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The Conscience of MALIK Fraternity:
- TRUTH SERUM for MALIK's Soul -
MALIK Fraternity, Inc. (formerly Malik Sigma Psi fraternity) is a fraternity full of potential, but
confused. Why confused? Because unfortunately there is a cultural and ideological
that some MALIKs are contending with. MALIK Fraternity is the only fraternity in the world that is African/Latino/Indigenous. Yet... there are some MALIK's that want to revert back and be affiliated with American collegiate Greek/Western culture and be a Greek-lettered/affiliated fraternity. They want to revert back to wearing Greek letters on their chest to feel more "accepted" into American/Western collegiate culture (which btw goes against what the principles of MALIK stands for - thus the hypocrisy, confusion and sadly: the "identity culture crisis"). These particular brothers will give you all the excuses in the world as to why they try to justify wearing Greek letters (M, Sigma, Psi), however sadly they are just wanna-be Greeks - plain and simple. When the confusion ends, the Fraternity will finally grow. Alllow us to explain...
33.4% of Maliks can be labeled as:
= Stand by MALIKs meaning (Malcolm X) and African/Latino/Indigenous Fraternalism to heart and verbatim. They literally follow the MALIK rhetoric. Ideology first, social aspect second. They want to be viably independent from the traditional college fraternal "Greek" norm. They want to create and celebrate African/Latino/Indigenous identity of their own, just as Malcolm taught. They prefer to wear/advertise the Fraternity's accurate name of "MALIK" on their chest and in the community in order to make a bold and cultural statement of pride and self-determination.
33.3% of Maliks can be labeled as"
"Sigma Psi's" or "Greek-Maliks"
to be associated with the Greek-lettered college fraternal/sororal system. Within the Brotherhood, they are also referred to (sadly) as the "
being identified with wearing/advertising "M", "Sigma" "Psi" in order to associate themselves with the Greek life on college campuses and in social Greek arenas. Their priorities are the reverse of "MALIKs". They prefer social first, ideology second. While at the same time stating they are "African/Latino/Indigenous", they hypocritically prefer to wear greek letters (M, Sigma, Psi). They are the ones to come up with any excuse to wear Greek letters on their chest. Their favorite excuse is that the frat was founded on the name MSP so therefore they are "honoring" its foundation (pure bullshyt excuse). This is the EXACT same excuse that Black & Latino Greeks use. The "Sigma Psi's" consider the "M" (for MALIK) to be "African enough" and are content with the weak arguments of justification for wearing Greek letters. They "try" to preach Malcolm, yet know nothing about him. They do not practice what they preach. In fact, by wearing Greek letters, they go against Malcolm's teachings of self-determination and cultural consciousness. They will "attempt" to argue/debate that they are "African" but are the first ones to wear Greek letters and prefer to be identified with the Greek college fraternal/sororal system. A total psychological, self-destructive, self-love/self-hate dynamic. They don't know if they are coming or going. A sad (and hypocritical) complete cultural identity crisis.
33.3% of Maliks could go either way
These Maliks will follow the frat no matter what the direction. They love the frat, because of its positive aspect and will go along with either as long as progress is being made.
NOTE: The authors of this site all identify themselves under the "MALIK's" label
- Which one are you? ".4" or ".3"?
- Which one do you view your MALIK friends/acquaintances/associates as?
- Which one do you think has the most positive effective impact on the people?
ANALYSIS of MALIK FRATERNITY'S IDEOLOGICAL HISTORY:
Fraternity was founded as something a little different to traditional college fraternities. N
ot founded as an African/Latino/Indigenous Fraternity. However the founders claim they were a "non-greek" fraternity (but 2/3 of the name
Founded as Malik Sigma Psi Fraternity.
"M" was chosen to represent "MALIK". MALIK was chosen to be "different" from standard Greek lettered orgs however the "Sigma" & "Psi" were selected to maintain acceptance as a part of the collegiate Greek fraternal norm. Founders wanted to have Greek letters in the Fraternity's name.
Fraternity taught that
=Man. Founders and early members of the Fraternity created the definitions for the 'Sigma' and 'Psi' on their own.
"MALIK" name also chosen to honor Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X).
Malik Sigma Psi however mimicked the Greek fraternity template. Aside from inviting Black/conscious speakers to speak at lectures on college campuses, MALIKs generally operated the same as the rest of the "Black Greeks".
Medieval European pledge stages/titles of: nobles, lords, paupers, pages, knights, prince, kings were implemented.
Fraternity was more social than ideological.
Greek alphabet was instituted as a learning requirement.
History of the major black Greek fraternities and sororities instituted as a learning requirement.
Wanted to be a part of a Black Greek council.
Latin, was selected as the language to represent the Fraternity's motto.
Climate of the time from public was "why do you have the title "
" in your fraternity's name?"
The Fraternity grew more Afrocentric. Started to implement more African symbolism (Taa Chapter germinated and initiated all of these changes).
Changed pledge stages from Squires, Knights, European Kings to Talibs, Warriors and African Kings.
Implemented learning requirement of the Arabic alphabet (
in addition to Greek alphabet
Creation of talking point: "'M' was placed before the 'Sigma' & 'Psi' to signify that the African contribution to the West pre-dated that of the Greeks'."
Creation of talking point: "one can read 'Malik Sigma Psi' from right to left (like Arabic) thus translating to '
man progressing to be king'
Implementation of African-based symbology and shapes for pledge shield.
Starting in 1982, implementation of African-centric greetings for pledges and African names bestowed upon initiates that crossed.
Fraternity started to affirm that they were "not Greek".
The Fraternity refined and reformulated its concept of "African Fraternalism". Fraternity now taught that the "Sigma" & "Psi" were not Greek, but African.
Fraternity focused primarily on topics around Ideology.
Fraternity grew more deeply afro-centric (indigenous-centric).
Public of color also became more culturally aware (more conscious) of themselves. Climate of the time directed towards the Fraternity from the public changed/evolved from "why do you have 'MALIK' in your frat's name"(Era #1) to "why do you have 'Sigma' & 'Psi' in your fraternity's name?" (
A complete paradigm shift from Era #1
Talking point of "the 'M' is placed before the Sigma & Psi to symbolize African contribution pre-dating the Greeks' contribution" was no longer good enough.
Fraternity developed new strategy of teaching members (and the public) that the 'Sigma' & 'Psi' were "African" letters (
which is inaccurate
). This largely came from only one book: "Stolen Legacy" by George G.M. James. It became mandatory reading of all pledges (to this day).
"Autobiography of Malcolm X" became mandatory reading of all pledges (to this day).
"They Came Before Columbus" by Ivan Van Sertima, "Visions for Black Men" by Naim Akbar, "Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization" by Anthony Browder and numerous other like-minded books were largely referenced for pledges to read.
Creation and adoption of the
construct of "African Fraternalism" occurred in this era.
Members were now taught (
) that the Fraternity was forced to have 2 greek letters to be founded at C.W. Post campus. Apparently this was one of the measures to "justify" the existence having 2 greek letters while being called an "African fraternity".
It was realized that the Sigma & Psi were after all - just Greek letters: specifically and unapologetically chosen to ease acceptance into the Greek Fraternal world. This revelation went against the rhetoric that was taught to recruit members (in Era #3). As a result, some MALIK members began to seriously question and critically analyze what was taught regarding Malik Sigma Psi's name, history, rhetoric and purpose.
Research (from the constitutionally commissioned Nia Committee) revealed that the Sigma & Psi were not African but entirely Greek in origin.
In reaction to the revelation, the Fraternity's motto was democratically changed from Latin to a more accurately reflecting indigenous language.
Some Founders changed tune on what was taught on the origins of the name selection. Facts/statements just not adding up.
It was revealed that the 'Sigma' & 'Psi' were not forced onto the Fraternity by the C.W. Post administration (as was taught during Era #3). Instead, the fact is that the 'Sigma' & 'Psi' were actually freely chosen and were preferred during the Fraternity's founding.
Based on the new knowledge that the 'Sigma' & 'Psi' were actually just Greek letters after all, a paradigm-shift occurred: Fraternity went full-blown African/Latino/Indigenous and eradicated all Greek aspects.
The national leadership implemented a series of ideological discourse meetings to discuss the Fraternity's ideological history, (the then) current stance and future.
Fraternity's name was democratically voted upon and changed to remove the Greek 'Sigma' & 'Psi' and be totally African/Latino/Indigenous and now be called: "MALIK Fraternity, Inc".
Democratically removed the Greek alphabet as a learning requirement.
Democratically removed "History of the major Black Greek fraternities and sororities" as a learning requirement.
No longer mimicking "Black/Latino Greek" college model of fraternities, instead operated wholly as an African/Latino/Indigenous collegiate-based fraternity (the largest indigenous collegiate-based fraternity in the world).
National leadership reformed the pledge process, documented the history, and built a professional organizational model for its members.
Fraternity started to re-establish ties to community networks and to begin to "practice what the Fraternity preached".
Executive leadership (the national office) and some other members possess Nostalgia and Yearning to mimic Black/Latino Greek mentality. Prefers to return using 'Sigma' and 'Psi' because they actually like (prefer) to have the Greek letters on their chest and to be affiliated with the "traditional" American collegiate Greek-lettered system.
Feels that reverting to the Sigma & Psi would be more "acceptable" and "receptive" for spreading chapters across the U.S. (regressive and retrograding mindset to 1977-1981). Basically conformists to Western culture.
Although the Fraternity's name is MALIK Fraternity, the name "Malik Sigma Psi" (MSP) has been re-introduced and re-marketed to the Brotherhood and public. Often both names "MALIK Fraternity" & "MSP" are advertised together i.e. pledge lines, awards, documents, conventions, meetings, picnics, social gatherings, programs, etc. causing further confusion, especially to the public.
In some case, just the name "Malik Sigma Psi" is advertised. In some cases pledges are encouraged to emphasize only "Malik Sigma Psi".
Fraternity's identity, definition and marketing is all confused. African/Latino/Greek/Non-Greek marketed simultaneously... indeed a confusing state of affairs.
Ideology aspect now taking a back seat to the Social aspect.
Gradual regressive shift towards mimicking "Black-Greek" college fraternities.
Principles of Malcolm, African/Latino/Indigenous Fraternalism & consciousness all fading from the forefront...
Priority of national leadership and some members is now of a superficial public perception of supposedly looking "cool" and portraying fraternity as something it isn't (a social national black-Greek college fraternity). Social aspect takes precedence: lifting weights, social gatherings, parties, cook-outs, etc. (superficiality).
(2013 - _ )
Let's see what Era #7 brings us... the world awaits...
The above analysis is not an attack on the Founders or any brothers or era. We know that they meant well. We can safely say that ALL brothers are happy and proud that they founded this organization. Including the brothers of this site. We salute each of you. However this is
the same Fraternity as the one founded in 1977. We do not think they
envisioned this Fraternity to have such a strong ideological base. Initially, it was not created for that, however as from what we can see from the above "stages" it grew ideologically and evolved throughout the years. This is what it has become and proudly so. They laid the seeds. Now it has grown into something potentially mighty. It is "now more than just a Fraternity." It has been often said that Malik is a Movement.
From what you can see from the various "stages" in the Fraternity's history, there are obvious major differences in how brothers view the frat, how they were taught, and what they expect, how they act, and where their priorities are. The major point of contention is the common principle of "practice what you preach".
Today, MALIK Fraternity's primary selling (and talking) point is:
1.) We are an African/Latino/Indigenous fraternity that is non-Greek.
2.) Paying homage to Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) in our name, we claim to adhere to Malcolm's philosophy of self-determination, consciousness and human development.
These 2 points are what sets MALIK Fraternity apart from the sea of thousands of greek lettered fraternities and sororities. This is our Fraternity's niche: these 2 points are the only things that have kept MALIK alive to this day. Now they are in jeopardy because there are far too many MALIKs that do not "practice what they preach".
Today, some malik's are walking around wearing "M" "Sigma" "Psi" on their chest. For those old school brothers that pledged MSP we can understand... i.e. it's nostalgia, tradition, etc. But only to a point. Why? Because everyone on this conscious blog pledged MSP but none no longer wear/advertise MSP. Are we ashamed? Hell no. Are we proud of our MSP past? Hell yes. However we don't wear/advertise it because of the "bigger picture" i.e. what MALIK stands for. We are making a statement of truth to the public, to our people, that they can aspire to greatness being who they already are, without being Greek/wearing Greek letters. That they already possess a "traditional greatness" that only needs to be untapped. Be African, Be Latino, Be Indigenous, Be Proud. Be MALIK. That is what wearing "MALIK" on one's chest signifies. Its breaking "tradition" - western tradition. Its breaking with the Western societal norm that for far too long our destiny was decided for us and shaped us into basically... "not us". Westerners wear Greek letters because they are proud of their heritage and contribution. They are proud of the Greeks because the ancient Greeks were the foundation of their civilization. So it only makes sense as to why they wear Greek letters on their chest. Its because they are proud and want the world to see. Understood.
However... why do indigenous people choose to wear Greek letters on their chest?
Every indigenous culture has the same tradition, pride and contributions to humanity. So why not express who you really are and wear
on your chest, rather than that of the pride of the West: the Greeks (thus Greek lettering). MALIKs have already broken through and made a historic move with wearing "MALIK" on their chest. It more accurately defines their culture, contributions, and existence. With that said... so why do some Malik brothers want to revert back to wearing Greek letters on their chest?! Answer = pure Greek envy. Deep down they just want to be Greek. Plain and simple. You ask them why they wear MSP, they respond with, "well that's our history", "well um, I'm paying homage to our founders, our past", "well uh, Greek letters are actually African"... That garbage may work on weak-minded people but our response to all those whack excuses is simple;
. Let's keep it real. Let's keep it Malcolm. We call it like it is. That's what real MALIKs do.
Deep down, these MSP-wearin', greek-wanna-be's just want to be Greek and are infatuated with the 3-Greek lettered system. And you know what? That's cool. Its okay, it really is. Continue to "Greek it up". But do society a favor and stop saying that you're an African/Latino fraternalist because you're not. Stop running that "Sigma & Psi are actually derived from Coptic alphabet (Africa)" nonsensical talking point. Because its not. They're Greek letters - plain and simple. Stop running that "M stands for MALIK/Malcolm X" bullshyt because you're not following Malcolm at all. Because if you were, you would understand that the conscience of mankind meant everything to him. And that he lived for his people and not for his self.
Wearing the Greek letters is not for the people… its for yourself... your greek-wanna-be weak-minded selves. These fools might as well go full-blown Greek and replace the M with "Mu": Mu Sigma Psi. Yes that's greek enough for you. Perfect. Fools. Cats look like idiots walking around with Greek letters on their chest and preaching they are African Fraternalists and not Greek. GTFOH.
People of Color Wearing Greek Letters is
Greek/Western-envy and deep psychological sub-conscious self-hate
You can spin it anyway you choose, but deep down its undeniably Greek/Western-envy and deep psychological self-hate. Exactly as psychologist Kenneth B. Clark’s “Doll Test” so eloquently and so appropriately illustrates:
The irony in all this is that this is the very thing that Malcolm was trying to reverse. Instead, now you have MALIK brothers claiming and wearing Malcolm’s name next to 2 Greek letters on their chest. Oh the irony! Would Malcolm ever wear Greek letters? Would he approve of us using his name with Greek letters? Hell no! Of course not! (Bunch of fools).
Malcolm is probably turning over in his grave watching down on us MALIKs, as some of us continue to desecrate his name and legacy by preferring to be para-Greek (or semi-African). Brother Malcolm never conformed. He always grew. He was a man of principle, not conformity. He followed his conscience and did what was needed to elevate himself and for humanity. Even if it meant breaking with the norm. He was a true change agent. He practiced what he preached.
MALIK Fraternity is at pinnacle moment in its history. Just like the 1860's of the U.S when slavery was not the answer for America. Just like Malcolm realized that the Nation of Islam was not the answer for oppressed peoples. A difficult decision was made by Lincoln and Malcolm to break away from the "societal norm" and do what was right. So is the time for MALIK Fraternity.
It is difficult to be MALIK Fraternity - it requires sacrifice, hard work, results, leadership & vision.
It is easy to continue as Malik Sigma Psi - it only requires ego, tradition, conforming and self-gratification.
But what is best for our people? Tradition & Complacency? Or Progress & Human Development?
Its up to MALIKs to decide where they want to be placed in fraternal history. Just another 3-lettered Greek fraternity that has nostalgia for the ole' black greek glory days? Or a truly revolutionary fraternity that breaks all molds and becomes a beacon of change, hope, leadership and results for all...
You can interact and develop life long respect and collaboration as self-sufficient and upright men with all organizations working for the development of our communities which also
members of Greek lettered organizations. Yes, that's right! You can be independent and well received by any group as long as you stand on solid ground.
Once again, would Malcolm wear MSP on his chest? Of course he wouldn't. It goes against everything he stood for.
- If MALIKs want to be Greek (semi-African) and prefer to wear and use MSP then by all means indulge. However in all good conscience, stop saying that you practice African/Latino (Indigenous) Fraternalism, because you're don't. You're just walking contradictions: African-Greeks, Black-Greeks, Latin-Greeks, etc. its all the same. Also... stop claiming Malcolm X in the title "MALIK" because there's nothing "MALIK SHABAZZ" about you nor do you follow his example. You've learned absolutely nothing from his existence and use his name in vain.
- If MALIKs want to be real and actually practice what they preach... then do it. Stop trying to mimic Greeks or what you perceive as being "hot" or "live" about them. Instead be the leaders and conscious men that exist to better your people and ultimately humanity.
Take ............................................ my name (Malik)..................... off your damn greek Malik Sigma Psi t-shirts!
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