Black Psychology 101: "Exploring the Anti-Black Mindset"
Mba Mbulu, Instructor
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Class 4

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.

Lesson 4 will concentrate on excerpts from various chapters of Black Skin, White Masks. Think about the following issues as you study and learn.
(1) The concept of leadership that Black People have adopted as a result of being dominated by white people stresses the importance of the so-called "elite." Is it rational to expect the Blacks who are most damaged psychologically to provide quality leadership for Black People?
(2) What does it mean when Fanon says "The Antilles Negro who goes home from France expresses himself in dialect if he wants to make it plain that nothing has changed."?

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Lesson 4: The Better Educated Blacks [Audio Version]

p. 25 The Negroes' inferiority complex is particularly intensified among the most educated...
The greater degree to which a Black person invests emotionally into a white system, the greater is his or her degree of imbalance. The educated are the ones who are most fascinated with talking "right", being "proper", displaying "good manners" and imitating white conduct in general. The educated are the ones who have bought into the white lie to the greatest extent. Their primary objective is to become non-Black; that is, to distinguish their essence from that of other Blacks and show white people that they are "above" other Black individuals and worthy of being ELEVATED to the status generally reserved for white people.
To the educated Black, the fact of Blackness is particularly traumatic. For them, Blackness is a FACT, a regrettable FACT. Blackness is an all too obvious weakness or disadvantage that can assert itself at any time and ruin their aspirations. Blackness is a fact that they are forced to face up to. Blackness is proof of the lie they have constructed for themselves; an unfortunate reality that keeps them in a state of dis-ease and disease.
But it is not Blackness that keeps unwilling people of color in a state of dis-ease, it is their rejection of Blackness, their rejection of their reality. Self-rejection is an unreasonable response, a sick response. Wanting and trying to be someone other than who you are is an unreasonable response, a sick response.
p. 118 I was hated, despised, detested, not by the neighbor across the street... but by an entire race. I was up against something unreasoned
Because the educated are so unbalanced, they are unable to respond reasonably when they find themselves in the midst of unreason. A healthy individual would recognize that white people's lack of reason disqualifies them as an appropriate model, and reject the white model as a result. Since the educated Blacks have bought into the white model to such a large extent, their logic is aborted and their common sense is short-circuited. To them, in spite of their color and in spite of the unreasonableness of white people, the only worthwhile solution is whiteness. The only worthwhile solution is anti-Blackness.
Conclusion p. 37 The Antilles Negro who goes home from France expresses himself in dialect if he wants to make it plain that nothing has changed.
Making it plain that nothing has changed is not the objective of the better educated Blacks in the United States. Quite to the contrary, they want to make it clear that everything has changed inasfar as their relationship to Black People is concerned. Thus, they attach a positive understanding and value to nearly everything that represents whiteness, and they attach a negative understanding and value to nearly everything that represents Blackness. As such, they attach a negative understanding and value to nearly everything that represents themselves. It is impossible to do that and remain a psychologically balanced individual.

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