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This is the REAL Meaning Behind the Red, Black, And Green

This is the REAL Meaning Behind the Red, Black, And Green

Many who are new to Black consciousness may not understand the true meaning behind the rbg flag, or why we use red, black, and green as our defining colors. The RBG are the red, white, and blue of Black consciousness, and have very specific meanings that every Black man, woman, and child should know.

The History of the RBG Flag

The red, black, and green flag was first designed and used by Marcus Garvey and members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in 1920. A racist 1900 song called “Every Race Has a Flag but the Coon” was one of the hottest songs of the time among white racists, and was responsible for establishing the term “coon” in reference to Black men and women in America.

This song so infuriated Marcus Garvey, that he commissioned the RBG Flag as the standard of Pan-Africanism.

“Show me the race or the nation without a flag, and I will show you a race of people without any pride. Aye! In song and mimicry they have said, “Every race has a flag but the coon.” How true! Aye! But that was said of us four years ago. They can’t say it now….” -Marcus Garvey

Since the flag first came into existence, numerous African nations have adopted the colors as a symbol of their sovereignty.

Every August 17 (the birthday of Marcus Garvey) should be celebrated worldwide as Universal African Flag Day by flying the red, black, and green banner.

The following are meditations on the meaning of the colors behind our movement.

Red

The color of fire, aggression, and blood.

Red represents the blood of our  martyrs, the 100 Million men and women who have shed their blood and given their lives for the cause of liberty, unification, and redemption.

Red compels us to remember the Oscar Grants, the Trayvon Martins, the Sean Bells, the Troy Davises alongside the Malcolm Xs, the Martin Luther King Jrs, the Huey P. Newtons, and the Denmark Veseys.

Red represents the passion and the aggression born within every Black man and woman, the life forces that must be tapped to release the collective energy that we will need to achieve our divine purpose on this planet.

Black

The color of the infinite, the mysterious, the unified, the definitive. The color of the most fertile of soil from which all life springs forth, and to which all life must return.

Black represents the color of the Original people.

It compels us to remember that we Black men and women are all unified as members of one family.

Black represents the uniformity of our intentions. Black also represents the ignorance – the void – from which we must emerge before we are able to lead and enlighten the rest of the world.

Green

The color of fertility, productivity, and prosperity.

Green represents the fertile cradle of Africa in all her prosperous glory. Green reminds us of our mission as Pan-Africanists; the unification of Africa into one mighty nation – protected, self-sustaining, and developed to her full potential.

Red represents the color of the blood that has been shed.

Black represents our identity.

Green represents the color of the land that must be redeemed and reclaimed for us, the original people of the world.

Now you know. Click here to buy your own RBG Flag!

Some Toughts (30)

  1. EbonyGAmor
    added on 1 Sep, 2013
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    RBG For Life

    • RECONDO
      added on 26 Aug, 2016
      Reply

      You have just as much freedom as any other person in this nation Your slave days was hundreds of years ago. And you have been free through the civil rights act for over 50 years. As far as a flag goes you are all americans so the american flag is yours as much as it’s mine. The only problem is YOU WANT to be YOUR own nation and you are not the original natives of this nation. Only the indians have that right. You just want to be GIVEN everything you can get……Get a job…join the Army…Do something besides blame the white man for your lazy ass excuses for not getting anywhere.

      It’s the white man who has no White colleges, chamber of commerce or ANY private White organizations….If we did we would be called Radicals. But do not think for a moment that we fear you or are intimidated by you. So keep on demonstrating, looting, burning and robbing …However one day you will be in the wrong place and WE will strike you down like ants and you will know your world is crumbling AND then we will KILL you……. S S & D

      • added on 10 Sep, 2016
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        The fact that white supremacists like you exist is why we exist. Troll.

        • Michael White
          added on 13 Nov, 2016
          Reply

          If you’re suppose to be the “leader”, why don’t you lead your people to peace and prosperity through education, hard work, a greater sense of community?

          • added on 13 Nov, 2016

            You clearly have no idea what we are doing. If you were intelligent you would have asked “What are you doing to lead your people to peace and prosperity?” Instead, you assume that we are not. Thereby making yourself look like an asshat. Get more information before commenting out of ignorance. This isnt Facebook where you can leave ignorant drive by comments.

      • koko
        added on 22 Sep, 2016
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        It’s things like you that make me hate amerikkka and krakkkas like you that make me hate others with white skin you should just drown in your own tainted blood and die!!!! Go back to the caves where you belong and make this God forsaken place great again!!! Rbg for life

      • mckinley walker
        added on 18 Nov, 2016
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        I Just read this nonsenSe this person wrote and you sir are completely uninformed and YOU SOUND stupid white people do have there own orGanizations and far as blacks Wanting there own nation white Men came to so called america and conquered the native people here so this isnt your land either whiTe people are on a high horse and need to be taken off it we as a people are not ready for war but far as our world crumbling yours will before ours cause we are original peOple and all colors come from black all i can say is eye for and eye We will not go extinct we are first we will be on this eArth last
        Have a nice day

      • D Quad
        added on 16 Feb, 2017
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        “You have just as much freedom as any other person in this nation”
        “one day you will be in the wrong place AND then we will KILL you”

        Yeah, sure, checks out.

      • Nazi Hater
        added on 20 Jul, 2017
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        Next you’ll be saying that the Holocaust is a lie, and that six million of my “missing” relatives were not murdered by nazi fascists. oh, and Oswald acted alone and the moon landing was a Hollywood mock-up. Ironic thing is you very likely have black blood…brother.

    • A. Falcone
      added on 3 Dec, 2016
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      “Black represents the color of the Original people.” God did not state the color of Adam and eve.

      • added on 4 Dec, 2016
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        Which God are you referring to?

        • Shakim 30013
          added on 14 Feb, 2017
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          EAT AFRICA IS CALLED THE ” CRADLE OF HUMANITY” BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF PREHISTORIC REMAINS FOUND IN THE REGION. IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. AS FAR AS ADAM AND EVE, NO ONE WITH COMMON SENSE BELIEVES THAT FICTIONAL STORY ABOUT TWO WHITE PEOPLE THAT STARTED THE HUMAN RACE. THAT STORY CAME FROM A RELIGION THAT IS ONLY 2000 YEARS OLD. HOW DARE YOU??? YOU BETTER DO SOME RESEARCH ON THE CAUCUS MOUNTAIN PEOPLE WHO WERE TAUGHT BY THE ORIGINAL MAN. POWER!!!

  2. added on 5 Jul, 2015
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    It’s Imperative That We Share This Important Information With As Many Brothers And Sisters As We Can!

  3. added on 19 Jul, 2015
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    In truth,we as an original people should be interested in putting our flag up instead of taking down our enemies flag. We should be concerned about those who is behind the confederate flag who suffer from the mental illness of white supremacy. Surely a rebel flag can not harm us. Plus it does not mean they’re hearts and minds will change by taking down the confederate flag from government buildings. We have our own flag now we must learn the true history behind it and every black household on earth should have it in their homes. Allah-u-Akbar!!1

    • Patrick Biachi
      added on 9 May, 2017
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      dear assad et al:
      A point of correction,kindly note that your”allah-u-akbar’ does not represent black spiritual ideology, but promotes terrorism and blood thirsty ideology. if you intend to promote your religion “islam’,your best bet should be to fly the flag of isil, not the flag(rbg) presented to us by the sage,marcus garvey.
      it is very clear you trouble makers have hidden agenda,certainly, you guys are not true muslims,because true muslims don’t condemn CHRISTIANITY or judaism; but promote ideals that unify humanity under one only true god(yahweh)
      asad,i have read some of your articles, in which you destructively CRITICIZE christianity,making it look like a spurious faith.it is unfortunate that you chose the way of the radicals without truly assessing the faith(islam), you are CUNNINGLY promoting as the most ideal for our african people.
      your adopted misconception will lead you no where but doom: because,history did not acquit islam from the guilt of hatred and prejudice against the black people.
      i stand for the truth and support people who are ready to promote the advancement of HUMANITY,not terrorists who hide under racial umbrella to promote africanism.
      surely,by condemning christianity(my faith) in the most disrespectful manner ,you unknowingly exposed your ignorance and hidden hatred for all.
      if you want to be seen as sincere in your pursuit,stop being a judge over others.

  4. Carlos
    added on 6 Oct, 2015
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    I am a black man in my late 50’s and for the last 5 years I have been reading about Ancient African, and the history just keep’s coming. I am proud of our history and know our strength will carry us through.

    • added on 8 Oct, 2015
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      Sankofa, Brother! We are going back and picking up what our ancestors left behind for us. Thank you for reading, and for being a part of this new movement! We are building THE FUTURE OF BLACK HISTORY!

  5. Diva
    added on 16 Oct, 2015
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    I came across this website, due to the selection of colors I chose to use in crocheting a clothing item for myself. I am afro-American woman in my 50’s, article very well put and every man, woman and child should be aware the true meaning of RBG colors.

    • RBG4Life
      added on 14 Jan, 2016
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      I’m surprised you don’t the meaning of these colors being a black woman in her 50’s. Have you never seen this flag or colors on pins patches etc during the 60’s and 70’s?

    • added on 25 Nov, 2016
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  6. Claudeo Davis
    added on 17 Nov, 2015
    Reply

    To be a panafrican is to be the best that God created. This lesson about the RBG will be shared until the end of days.

    • Rebekah RoySTON
      added on 7 May, 2017
      Reply

      Sounds a lot like another group of people who flew a flag and claimed to be a superior race. We are all god’s children. This world and its people will only find peace when we stop separating ourselves and each other.

  7. KenpoKid
    added on 13 Dec, 2015
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    For the last 40 or so years, members of my Kenpo Karate lineage (initiated by the late Dr. John Womble of Washington, DC) have hung the Unity Flag, as we call it, along with the American and Japanese flags in every dojo. As a Jamaican, I’m even prouder to know Dr. Garvey created the flag.

    • added on 14 Dec, 2015
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      Where is the dojo located? I believe EVERY Black man, woman, and child should know hand to hand combat! How is your lineage different from traditional Kempo (Kenpo)?

  8. Darrell Level
    added on 18 Feb, 2016
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    It definitely sets the tone for those of us who search and finally find what is the essence of us; the Red the Black and the Green.

  9. largemarge
    added on 26 Apr, 2016
    Reply

    red: communism
    black: anarchism
    green: environmentalism

    ftfy

  10. Sidiki Kamau Nkrumah
    added on 9 Jul, 2016
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    RACE FIRST, thank you for your definition of the flag, but you left out that it is the Government flag of the UNIA-ACL Government. Flags are flown by Government’s and this is what this flag is associated with. To separate it from its respective meaning, is a misrepresentation of the UNIA-ACL Government Constitution.

    RACE FIRST.
    Brother Sidiki Kamau Nkrumah

    Candidate for 1st Assistant President General of the UNIA-ACL Government

  11. mckinley walker
    added on 3 Nov, 2016
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  12. added on 6 Feb, 2017
    Reply

    Dear Asad Malik, I am actually trying to reach you to request permission (or information on how to obtain permission) for use of a picture you had accompanying a post of yours entitled “Race is not changeable.” it’s one face made of many faces of different colors/races. http://i0.wp.com/panafricanalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/RacialDifferences.jpg. Sorry for contacting you like this. I couldn’t find your email or any other means of contact. Thanks for your time. ~Rachel

  13. J hammer
    added on 1 Apr, 2017
    Reply

    So much hate on both sides of the coin. This country will never be truely at peace and one. The answer to someone hate is met by more hate. Its truely sad. Nobody asked to come into this world, nobody asked which skin color they wanted. Stop the hate.

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