If you’re not pro Black women, then you’re not pro Black, PERIOD! The difference between a Hotep & a Fauxtep.
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What does “Hotep” mean?
“Hotep” is an Egyptian word that means “at peace.” It’s basically the Egyptian “What’s good?”
Hotep is an Egyptian word that roughly translates as “to be at peace”. The word also refers to an “offering” ritually presented to a deity or a dead person, hence “be pleased, be gracious, be at peace”.
Over the past several decades, the word has also been utilized quite frequently by black Americans who happen to be more Afrocentric.
In the conscious community “Hotep” was adopted as a greeting. Since the 1990s, “a Hotep” has come to be used to refer to a proponent of radical or fanatical black nationalism.
Even if you haven’t heard the word before, you may be familiar with the kind of person it’s meant to describe. Usually a man, sometimes dressed in kente cloth or a dashiki. Who preaches about the oppression of the Black race and how we are all descended from African kings and queens. It’s a figure born from the emergence of Afrocentrism in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement and its subsequent reemergence in the late ’80s and ’90s. It’s easy to understand why — black nationalism emerged as an empowering system of belief in the face of centuries of subjugation and systemic oppression.
But online, where the word has proliferated in recent years, hotep signifies a faux-wokeness associated with misogynoir, toxic masculinity, and misguided understandings of history and science.
Within the conscious community hotep was and still is used as a greeting loosely meaning “I come in peace.” The original word can be traced to Ancient Egypt, where it meant “to rest, to be satisfied, or to be content”.