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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Class #7 [AudioVersion]

Read the Not Dark White Essay that follows. Be able to expound on the following issues.

(1) This class addresses polemical snags. What are polemical snags and can they be fatal to the Black Nationalist movement in the United States?

(2) Has the media contributed to the lack of popularity of the Black Nationalist movement?

(3) Is it probable that "successful" Blacks would play a productive role in the Black Nationalist movement?

(4) Is the conduct of Black governments in other parts of the world having a negative impact on the popularizing of Black Nationalism in the United States?

(5) How does the American dream hamper the popularity of Black Nationalism in the United States?

(6) Have Black People in the United States played a political role that suggests Black People are capable of self-government?

(7) Why are the masses so crucial to a revolutionary Black Nationalist movement? Is the necessity of their participation unsettling?

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"Popularizing Black Nationalism" Part 4

Copyright 1996,1998, 1999 ASET, M. Mbulu All rights to everything on this web site are reserved.

We are Black People, We are not dark skinned white people; We need a Nation of Our own. In order to succeed in this endeavor, We need to anticipate argumentative snags that can make it seem as if Black Nationalism can not work and has not been clearly thought out. Since most individuals are not prone to explore ideological matters deeply, they can be led astray and made to view Black Nationalism as an unrealistic, improbable or undesirable undertaking. We need to limit this probability at all costs, and We can do so by anticipating as many of these polemical snags as possible, and appropriately addressing them when needed.

There are weaknesses in any resistance movement, including the Black Nationalist movement in North America. We must admit to weaknesses but explain that all movements that succeeded had weaknesses also. Every thing a human being organizes will have weak points because humans are lacking, but those weaknesses have never stopped humans in the past and they will not stop Black nationalists today. The snags that await Us will be overcome (each Black individual, including you, can help Us overcome them). Let's look at a few of them:

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(1) The fact that its advocates have not adequately made the mass of Black People aware of the Black Nation's right to exist hampers the progress of Black Nationalism in the United States. That is a consequence of at least two factors: (a) Black nationalist-minded individuals do not control any of the major modes of media in the United States and (b) Black People in the United States are educated by white and dark white individuals. Black nationalists must respond by (a) gaining control of alternative media bases that individuals can tune in to and (b) emphasizing the importance of the non-mainstream and underground media to the Black masses. That way, Black nationalists can play a greater role in educating Black People, demonstrate that Black Nationalism is a legitimate undertaking and present Black Nationalism not only as a material reality, but as an emotional reality, a spiritual reality and as a political necessity. Individuals, particularly skeptics and subversives, specialize in creating and spreading doubt. Doubt makes it easy for persons to abandon movements even as they remain mired in a status quo that abuses them. Black nationalists can neutralize the ability of individuals to generate doubt by using more and better means of getting the word out.

(2) The lack of commitment of successful Blacks to the ideology hampers the progress of Black Nationalism in the United States. In the United States, adoration, know-how and expertise are accorded based on one's financial status, visibility or notoriety. The richer one is or the more famous one is, the more credit one is given for knowing what one is talking about. Of course, riches and fame have nothing to do with intelligence and leadership, and We must make sure all of Us keep this in mind. We must explain to Black People, make clear to Black People that (a) We do not expect to receive material assistance from rich and famous persons of any color and (b) rich and famous persons are generally not capable of helping large groups of people attain a higher level of political sophistication. We must make the Black masses understand that rich and famous persons who are Black have decided that they have more to gain by supporting the status quo than Black People. In effect, Black nationalists must reduce the glitter and star appeal of Black persons who are rich and famous, expose their political limitations, make public their material attachment to the status quo and make sure Black People do not view them as role models in the real world.

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Many degreed Black individuals have decided, themselves, that they know what is best for Black People, and therefore try to keep Black People from being exposed to any information that is not consistent with what they have decided is best. They apparently think they are the only ones capable of coming to a reasonable decision, and that everyday Black persons are a bunch of dummies and dimwits. Such individuals must be taught how to stick a pin in their fat heads. They are denying Black People the right to review all of Our options as a first step toward taking control of Our destiny, and they must be made to realize that that is a serious crime.

(3) A lack of value-weighted examples of viable Black governments hampers the progress of Black Nationalism in the United States. In spite of the numerous Black governments on the African continent, in spite of the number of Black governments in the Caribbean, and in spite of the number of successful periods of Black government in North America, Black People tend to think that Black People are not capable of governing effectively, and definitely not as effectively as white people. And for apparently good reason. As one explores the world, there are many examples of Black governments functioning in a repugnant manner, while the ones that are doing well do not carry value with Us because We either don't hear about them or use warped measuring sticks to judge them. We have tied Ourselves into the American standard, and this is one example of how that tie is crippling Us. It must be broken!

In the meantime, Black nationalists have to make the good examples known to and appreciated by the masses, and make sure We all understand why the repugnant governments are the way they are. The Black masses must understand that the leaders of these repugnant governments are white installed stooges who are incapable of leading, while others have either sold out to white power, been impoverished by white interference in the economic life of their country, or been destabilized by white interference in the political and military life of their country. Thus, many of those governments are repugnant not because of Black organizational shortcomings but because of Black leaders' failure to rid themselves of white power influences.

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(4) The promise of riches and the good life that can be realized in the United States hampers the progress of Black Nationalism here. We have not yet realized that individual riches lose their advantage in an impoverished environment. We have not yet figured out that individual riches are not the key to a healthy society, nor has it hit home that most citizens of a capitalist state cannot succeed in the way America leads us to think. In a small way, Negroes are at the root of this, but they are intricately wired into a myriad of United States propaganda wheels. Additionally, because We are so un-educated, We do not realize that many people in other parts of the world live a quality of life equal to or greater than that of the United States. We have to be made aware of the world and the options it offers; Black nationalists must take on that task.

(5) The lack of a viable, alternative Black political reality in this country hampers the progress of Black Nationalism here. For nearly one hundred years, We have not done anything political that broke with the status quo and forged ahead on its own. This, in and of itself, is a consequence of Us not struggling intelligently. Since the turn of the 20th century, Black "leaders" in the United States have abandoned every Black institution that could shoulder the burden that an alternative standard would require. They have totally followed white America's lead. We have to make it clear to the masses that We are capable as independent organizers and point to the first 300 years of Our presence here and the period between 1860 and 1900 as proof of Our ability to get along very well without the guidance of white people. We must also point out that much of Our desertion of Black institutions during the last century was due in part to subversive activities on the part of the United States government and dark white negroes who did not want Us to successfully establish independent objectives and reach independent goals.

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(6) The fact that the masses are depended on to play a consistently vital role hampers the progress of Black Nationalism in the United States. White people's educational processes and points of emphasis subliminally convince its students that progress and nation building is the exclusive domain of special persons, "great" men and women as the history books say. Because of the way the masses have been schooled, as opposed to educated, the masses do not think in long range terms and are prone to react, not act. The masses are also primed, here moreso than in other countries, to "just do it" and expect immediate gratification. Relying on the masses therefore requires their re-education, not just from individual to individual but from generation to generation. This is a huge task, and because it is so huge it can seem overwhelming and impossible to attain.

But it is a task that must be assumed. Political tasks can not be accomplished in one fell swoop, particularly huge ones. They must be broken down into smaller and smaller quickly realizable stages, and completed step by step. Even though this task has to be started now, it does not have to be completed before We can move ahead with Our Black agenda. As a matter of fact, most of the re-education of Our People will take place after Black Nationalism has taken root.

The masses must be at the core of Black Nationalism. That fact will differentiate the Black struggle from all others and ensure that Our People, all of Our People, will benefit and continue to benefit from the economic and political affairs of Our Nation.

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

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