Black Nationalism 101 Textbooks: Ten Lessons: An Introduction to Black History and Not Dark White: The 411 on Black Nationalism Instructor: Mba Mbulu

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Read pages 107 through 120 of Ten Lessons: An Introduction to Black History and the Not Dark White Essay that follows. Be able to expound on the following issues:

(1) Do you agree with the RNA that the rebellions carried out by the slaves were geared toward self-determination and Black nationhood? Support your position.

(2) Is a process taking place that is transforming Black People into dark skinned white people?

(3) Do We, Black People, need a nation of Our own? If yes, why? Is no, why not?

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"We Need Our Own Nation"

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We are Black People, We are not dark-skinned white people. We need a Nation of Our own.

One of the reasons We need a Black Nation is in order to establish, as a legal reality, the difference between Black People in this country (the United States) and white people. We have no idea of how stupid We look to the rest of the world! Why? Because every time the United States pulls off an act of stupidity or racism, everybody else in the world thinks We, Black People, support that act. The fact of the matter, as We all know, is that most of the measures white Americans support here and throughout the world are directly opposed to what most Black persons in the United States support. Therefore, We need a means of letting the world know that white America and Black America are two entirely different realities. We need a means of letting the world know that white America and Black America represent two entirely different value systems. In order to do that effectively, We need Our own base of operations, Our own center of control. We, Black People in America, need Our own nation, a Black Nation.

Can you imagine how silly Black People in this country looked in 1986 when the United States invaded the small Black nation of Grenada? Grenada, a country smaller than every city in the United States, a country whose total population is only around 100,000 people, was attacked by the United States marines. Grenada's 36 year old Black president, Maurice Bishop, was murdered in cold blood, and the entire country was put under the control of the United States military. Why? Because the white U. S. government, under the leadership of Ronald Reagan, was not willing to let those independent people run their country as they saw fit. And who was Ronald Reagan representing? As far as the world's people are concerned, Ronald Reagan was representing white people in America and Us, Black People in America. After all, people around the world saw white soldiers and Black soldiers carrying out Ronald Reagan's orders. How can We, Black People, continue to allow Ourselves to be caught up in such embarrassing situations?

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Additionally, because We didn't represent Ourselves as an independent group of people, Black People in the United States were seen as supporters of apartheid in South Africa. It's the truth! The major moral, economic and propaganda support given to the white Afrikaaners in South Africa were through efforts of the United States. Everybody in the world knew that, including Black People in the U. S., and that is one of the reasons so many Black individuals organized anti-apartheid programs and demanded that the United States end its support of the South African government. But those were unofficial acts, and they pale in comparison to the impression made by official United States forces and official persons, Black and white, who were spending white and Black tax dollars to maintain a racist machine that was visible to the entire world.

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that you didn't support the US government in any of those activities and everybody with any common sense realizes that. Well, you're half right and half wrong. True, you didn't support it, but false, everybody with any common sense doesn't realize it. You know what you felt but you're the only one who knows it because everybody else saw Black individuals like you representing the United States in the form of diplomats, spokes persons, troops, athletes and taxpayers, etc.; that's what everybody else saw every day of the year. And that's what everybody else will continue to see until you make your position clear in a way that is visible to everybody. That visible expression must be by way of seeking and supporting a Black Nation.

In the beginning, I used the phrase "as a legal reality" in reference to making the world aware of Black People's differences with white people. Why "as a legal reality"? Because as a legal reality We can enact laws that are binding that will be beneficial to Black People. As a legal reality We can obtain recognition from international organizations like the United Nations. As a legal reality We can gain membership in international organizations like the United Nations. As a legal reality We can make treaties with other countries and establish self defense alliances with other countries. As a legal reality We can raise an army or a militia and legally defend Ourselves against those who attack Us for racist reasons and other reasons. As "citizens" of the United States, We can do no more than whisper about America's wrongs (you have to understand that protests and riots are merely political whispers). As citizens of Our own country, We can scream loud and clear about America's wrongdoings and carry out actions that unequivocally correct the wrongs. We won't have to kowtow to racist laws that will be enforced by the FBI, IRS or America's police forces. We will have Our own legal reality, and that is the way it is supposed to be.

After all, We are Black People, We are not dark-skinned white people. What we need that We don't have is a Black Nation.

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