What does Hotep mean?
There are many misconceptions that are associated with the Hotep movement. Through this article, I will explain and clarify what it means to be “Hotep” as well as debunk and breakdown the various misconceptions associated with the movement. Let’s begin with the meaning of the word Hotep. The actual term Hotep is thousands of years old and can be derived from Ancient Africa more specifically Ancient Kemet (Egypt). “Hotep” has several meanings but mainly it means, “Peace”. Here is a lot further in depth detailed explanation.
To me, being Hotep means Self-Accountability, not a being victim, not having an oppressed mindset, healthy living, black economics, financial responsibility, and maintaining the black nuclear family. These are key elements that are the core of the Hotep movement.
With the accessibility of social media and activism; various social justice groups, organizations, movements and “ism’s” have appeared. Each group has a personal agenda, ideology and different methods and ways of achieving their agenda. At times when these groups’ ideologies contrast with Hoteps, tension is spawned. At times these groups have an entitled & arrogant mindset. “If you don’t support or agree with my view/opinion then you’re anti my view/opinion”. However, this not the case and untrue. Unfortunately, people start to create these misconceptions if you don’t necessarily agree or support their views.
Subsequently, many misconceptions about Hoteps have been generated. For example, people say Hoteps are misogynist, homophobic, hate black women, or only care about hyper-masculinity. These misconceptions are absolutely and simply false. It’s very unfair judgmental and hypocritical that people will generalize and put everybody in a “box” just because we have a differing view of your agenda.
One of the biggest misconceptions, that “grind my gears”, is Hoteps hate black women. This is absurd, ridiculous, false and blasphemy. For starters, some of the most influential people of the Hotep movement are black women (s/o Char). Black women are the strongest and most educated group on this planet. They are the backbone of the community, the, family and creators of life.
One of the main core of aspects of Hotep is maintaining the black nuclear family. Mother, Father, and Child. Our queens are essential! We must support them and each other if true social progress is to occur. The next misconception is that Hoteps are homophobic. I believe all members of the LGBT community deserve equal rights and opportunity just like any other citizen. Denial of opportunity based on sexual orientation is wrong and should be condemned.
These misconceptions have been generated by social justice groups with differing agendas. These include the modern feminist movement and LGBT group, known as Black Lives Matter. I’m not attacking or blaming these groups, however, they especially have contrasting ideologies to Hoteps. One of the most conflicting contrasts is maintaining and strengthening the black nuclear family (mother, father, and child).
Unfortunately, these groups do not focus on maintaining the nuclear family. These groups actually specially focus on dismantling the nuclear family. Because of these differing ideologies, Hoteps do not necessarily support these groups, however, that does not mean we’re anti these groups either. Obviously there are many people who are anti and are (homophobic, sexist, misogynist). Unfortunately, these groups cannot separate between not supporting and being anti and assume anybody who does not support their movement is anti their movement. When this large generalization occurs, Hotep starts being used as a derogatory term, which is unfair and unjust.
We do not live in a utopian society. Everything is not perfect; people are going to have differing views and opinions as you at times. We can’t play the victim every time something bad happens or someone has a differing view and opinion from yours. These groups seem to play the oppression Olympics, each complaining about who has it worse.
For true social progress to occur this requires self-accountability. With self-accountability, this victim and oppressed mindset will be removed. This will help start building our community as a whole. That means exercising black economics, supporting black businesses and supporting each other. There is a large amount of self-hate that resonates within the black community which has contributed to this “crab in a bucket syndrome”. We must continue to support each other for social change. Hotep is about peace and unity and will bring this change. Please follow us at @HotepNation on Twitter and here at HotepNation.com