More on maroon community...

I see the maroon depending on a slave society for his very existence. There could be no maroons without a slave society. A maroon community is essentially a free community but living still within a slave society. The word maroon assumes an existence away from or other than a "home existence".

To clarify my conceptualization of the word maroon (link) a bit more.

Maroons on Jamaica, for example, escaped slavery but did not escape slave society. They escaped the plantation, but were still in the British colony of Jamaica, which was now an entire slavery society. This is what I mean when I differentiate the "maroon existence" from the indigenous organic "home existence". I take for granted that true escape (admittedly, at earlier points in slavery) meant a return to the home -- an actual homeland that had been left behind, or a "home existence" that we hoped to recreate.

What I'm saying is the desire for a community of true friends, and relationships built on exploration and true knowing and compatibility is a characteristic of the "home existence" of community. Whereas, a community that exists mainly as a collection of maroon comrades with a common goal to get free is characteristic of the "maroon existence" of community.

When I say that maroon community is not enough, for me, I'm saying that I've given it a chance, and I find the personal bonds it creates lacking. When comrades are functioning in the context of battle, the ties of maroon community are strong. But when comrades need close friends and family there seems to be a lacking of closeness. Yes, someone like a Kwame Ture can have "the community" come out to support him when he needs medical support, and yes we go visit Dr. Ben as he's ill in the hospital, but that does not replace the sacrifice of a community of true kindred spirits.

Even though I remain loyal to the cause of collective freedom, my desire for the "home existence" is growing to the point that I can no longer accept the "maroon existence" in total. I envision moving to a place where, at the very least, there is a coexistence of the "home" and the "maroon", and, at best, moving towards a place where there is only the home existence. Where there is no longer a need for existing as a free community within a slave society. Where the free community would live in the context of a free society.

Here is where the metaphor comes in though, because the "home existence" can be created in the modern context of "slavery". While there are prisons, for those of us with at least our physical freedom, our slavery is mainly cultural. We are becoming capitalists, consumers, exploiters. We are being enslaved by the lust, the greed, and the coldness of this society. But because the plantations are not physical, the "homeland" need not be physical either. I envision the home existence being able to be created anywhere. In fact, I've witnessed it to an extent with my own family, who was able to cling to rural land, and maintain a "home existence" separate from their "maroon existences" back in the city. At the old cabin my great grandpa built, I experienced a lifestyle freer than any conference, or community celebration, or protest I've ever been to. I tasted my ideal freedom. Yet I've also tasted the freedom of community back in the city, where even though we are symbiotic with the capitalist structure in our urban and suburban neighborhoods, we've found ways to maintain our free ways in small and large ways.

I've come to know that I prefer the home existence for the disconnection it allows me to have from the capitalist, racist structures of my urban consumer lifestyle. I've never felt a truer self determination then that which comes from separating from the "slave society" that I know as modern euro-judeo-Christian capitalist civilization.

The "maroon existence" -- of freedom within the larger context of the slave society-- is no longer enough, for me.

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