The word “Hotep” has gained a lot of traction online in recent years. By definition, Hotep means peace—like a greeting. To have Damon Young of Very Smart Brothas tell it, Hotep is the Egyptian version of “What’s good?”

Now the word represents a very specific form of male performative pro-blackness that is anti-everything except limited black masculinity. So when did Hotep take a turn and land in the sunken place where trolls dwell? Who knows?

But just in case you were considering dabbling in Hotepery, here’s what you need to get started.

The Hotep Starter Kit

  • a vat of ash
  • a beard with no mustache
  • a copy of the fictional Willie Lynch letter
  • an attache to carry around all of your conspiracy theories