The man who hasn’t forgotten where he came from
Faruq Hunter is an African-American, Muslim man. He lives in Atlanta. His great-grandparents were slaves. He believes in humanity and he is committed to protecting the legacy he received from his parents. In his civilian work, he strives to sure everyone is given equal opportunities on the information-based job market and finds the suitable opportunities. As a human rights activist, he stands up against all forms of racism. In our interview, he talks about how African-Americans got to where they are now.
Our interview with him can also be found in English on our website.
1. What motivated you to have this profession?
My Father. He saw the future of what was important and he geared me to be in the Information Technology Field. I came from a poor background with hard working parents. But my father was much more intelligent than the people he worked for. His mathematics abilities were beyond that of any teacher than I ever had.
When I was a kid, my father would drive in the car and ask me questions like, what is 459×372. He would expect me to answer in less than a couple of seconds. That strong focus on math and science was a conduit for computer programming.
2. What kind of family roots, heritage you brought from home?
My Great Great Grandfather was a slave in the United States. As a matter of fact the name hunter is not our name. It was given to him by a white american slave master because he was a great hunter. We still don’t know what our real name is as a family. So essentially, our story starts with him. My great grandfather and great grandmother were farmers. My great grandmother attended Tuskegee University as one of its first students. It is a very famous school for African Americans in the United States.
When African Americans were not allowed to learn in the white American schools, Booker T. Washington, a former slave, started the school. The first skill that the students learnt was masonry. They used that skill to build the school buildings. He told them that there was no need to learn to be doctors or lawyers if they didn’t know how to build the buildings to be doctors or lawyers in.
3.How do you define yourself? American, afroamerican, black?
In all honesty, we are black Americans. I like this much better than African American. Stokley Carmicheal mentioned white Americans need to distinguish the black American as an African American in order to alienate our struggle from those of other people of color. The truth is that White Europeans have systematically attacked, enslaved, mistreated and abused people of color throughout the world, for centuries. The primary method of maintaining control over these populations has been to make us hate one another and separate ourselves into groups that cannot unite. It is a basic war strategy of divide and conquer.
4. What do you consider the most important in the integration of blacks in America and in the world?
First, you must destroy the myth of integration. To assume that any group of people need to be integrated is an admission that that group of people are somehow outcasts and not a part of humankind. Instead, integration is a term used to assimilate various groups of people into pre-determined roles of a man made social order or society. Society is developed by a group of people, not inherent to the human condition. The modern post Roman society that we live in is the bastardized subset of the Roman empire. If you research all of the kings of Europe, including Hungary, all of the current blood lines are of Roman origin or anointment. Even the legitimacy and process of inheritance in the Hungarian crown is dictated by the Roman Catholic Church. I do not accept that this is the only social evolution that deems merit and therefore I should spend an enormous amount of energy trying to integrate into a position that was predetermined by people who never had the intention to include myself, my children, my parents and those I love as an integrally successful part.
It is then impossible for any people of color to attempt full integration into modern society without first significantly changing the rules that govern the social structure. In the simplest of terms, we need a “game changer”.
Every so often the basis of the world’s economic structure is significantly shifted. Since the onset of modern globalization in the 1600s the world has shifted from a transportation base to a an agricultural base to an industrial base and now an information base. All of the former bases of economics are still relevant, however, as global economies grow one conduit becomes more significant than the other. The greatest shift of our lifetime, given that I am still in my 30s, is the shift to an information base.
5. Do you have a mission? What is it?
At this point in the interview I believe the mission should be almost clear. I want all people of color to have an immovable position to dictate the terms of their existence within the confounds of the modern social structure.
6. What is your profession? What is your job?
By title, I am the co-founder, Chairman of the Board and President of Global Operations of GeniusCo. It is more significant to note that GeniusCo is the founder of GeniusCorps. GeniusCorps is a global society of IT Developers. The mission of GeniusCorps is to develop the leaders of the information age. The goal of GeniusCorps is to transform the disenfranchised and alienated people of the world into these leaders and bond them for life in a society of brotherhood and sisterhood that stretched through every country on planet earth. My specific role in this is to co-develop and execute the strategies that will make GeniusCorps mission and goal a reality.
One of the greatest things that I get to do is to speak to people about the significance and impact of this initiative and to travel the world to promote this initiative. The greatest tool that we use to accomplish this is our entry program for people who are not technicians, The Junior Engineer Apprentice Program. It is a two year program that can transform people between 18 and 32 from knowing almost nothing about Information Technology to proficient engineers who are employable just six months after starting the program.
The parameters of the program are such that we can start this program anywhere in the world and fund only one person and it can grow at a compounding rate of 500% every six months without any additional funding. Essentially, if I were to come to Hungary and start a modest form of this program with only 4 people in a Roma Ghetto it could grow to facilitate over 1.5 million Roma in just under 5 years. by the way, I plan to come to Hungary and do just that.
The greatest part about it is impact. In the United States, someone can come to us making less than $1000 USD per month and in six months his earning potential can increase to over $4,000 a month. This doesn’t just help him but his family as well. To me it is the job from heaven. We are profitable because we empower the poor and grow with them.
7. How can a successful man look at his people who live among bad circumstances?
I know that there are some who do but in my opinion he can’t. As a matter of fact, just because he has a name, fame or money does not make him successful. I believe a man who has achieved any form of success and is not moved to change the condition of his people is a failure.
8.What is your message to the people?
You are powerful. Everyone else realizes it except you
9.How do you help the people?
By giving them the knowledge and systems necessary to change their lives, the lives of their families and the economic outlook of their country.
10.What is the aim of your association?
The goals of GeniusCorps and my own are completely one in the same.
11. I know you traveled sometimes in Hungary. Why? Do you have any concrete plan program in Hungary?
At first it was because Malev Airlines made me stay the night. But because of that exposure and more importantly because of the wonderful Roma women that came to the United States, I am determined to help the Roma people in Hungary to establish their neighborhoods into such a strong center for economic prosperity and higher learning that the Hungarian people will begin to migrate to the Roma for a better life.
12.What gives you strength to your work?
The same thing that give me strength to breath. An unrelenting belief in the all mighty creator and an overwhelming confidence that I am doing work that pleases him and makes him happy with me.
13. What are the three most important things in your life?
My faith, my family, the people – in that order.
What do you always bring with yourself while you are travelling?
My wife. Honestly, I love people of color. Roma people included. Not only does my wife offer me support and stability in my travels but she keeps the other ladies away.
14. What did you learn while meeting with several people through your job?
We are all the same. We all have families that we love, ambitions, fears, cultures, responsibilities, etc. When the veil of ignorance has been removed and people can see each other clearly there is the possibility for an enormous amount of compassion. Those of us who want to help the world have to exist without this veil in order to increase the things that bind us rather than those things that separate us.
Fordította Bedő J. István