Black Psychology 101: "Exploring the Anti-Black Mindset"
Mba Mbulu, Instructor
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Class 12

Read the information that follows. In order to benefit the most from this course, you must constantly keep the following points in mind and refer to them frequently: (1) 50 years after the writing of Black Skin, White Masks, Black People in the United States still perceive of their potential and capabilities within an unnaturally or abnormally limited context. (2) The psychological molding of Black People predisposes the best educated among Us to be anti-Black: anti-Black nationalism, anti-Black centric, anti-Black whatever. (3) In addition to being victims of racism, Black People in the United States demonstrate all of the qualities of a people who have been victimized by colonialism.

This final class will concentrate on an excerpts from Chapter 8 of Black Skin, White Masks. Think about the following issues as you study and learn.
(1) Can We effectively change things by appealing to reason? Support your response.
(2) Can We effectively change things by fighting? Support your response.
(3) Do you think some individuals will debate over what Fanon means when he uses the term "fight?" If so, what do you think is wrong with those individuals?

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Lesson 12: Facing Up To Reality [Audio Version]

Conclusion p. 224 I do not carry innocence to the point of believing that appeals to reason or to respect for human dignity can alter reality. For the Negro who works... there is only one solution: to fight.
What is the reality of white America? A brief quote from Ten Lessons: An Introduction to Black History will help Us in that regard:
"In the American social structure, given a positive emotion, action or possibility (love or equality, for example) and a negative emotion, action or possibility (hate or racism, for example), the negative is the more powerful, the more persuasive, the more domineering. In a different type structure where positive emotions and thoughts are planted, nourished and tended, such would probably not be the case. It is important that We recognize that We do not presently live in the latter-mentioned type social structure. As such, it does little, if any, benefit at the moment to theorize or philosophize about such a structure. We should, instead, accept the fact that the reality exists and deal with the reality; the reality of the negative outweighing the positive, the reality of an oppressive economic structure, the reality of a powerful and dominant political concept and practice called racism, the reality of exploitation and discrimination, the reality of Black and white. Yes, We, Black People, must accept the reality of Black and white. We must, in Our minds and within Our thought processes, accept the reality of white people dominating Black People, of white people enjoying their domination of Black People, of white people doing whatever they feel is necessary to continue their domination of Black People. We must not allow a dream to interfere with Our ability to recognize this reality, nor can We allow an emotion to interfere with Our ability to act intelligently in the face of this reality. Visions of Black People and white people holding hands at some time in the future should not determine Our response to the racial abuse and exploitation of Black People today, and the fear of what might happen should Black People challenge the reality of racism alone (without the assistance of white people) should not cause Us to submit to that reality until white people are ready to challenge it. What is real is real, and We can only maintain what is real, change what is real or destroy what is real by first accepting the fact of its realness, its reality."
In the face of that reality, "there is only one solution: to fight." Appeals to reason or respect for human dignity CAN NOT alter that reality. Fighting is the only solution, the only effective solution.
Black individuals who do not recognize the importance of fighting are not being innocent, they arebordering on stupidity, irresponsibleness or cowardice. There is only one solution: to fight. That, Brothers and Sisters, is one of the things a normal person would be preparing to do.

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