Leadership 101 Textbooks: The Black Studies Book: A Black Studies Guide for TeenAgers and Adults and Black Smart. Instructor: Mba Mbulu

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In The Black Studies Book, read "On the Way to the Nuthouse" (p. 56). From the book Black Smart, read "Alienation in the Black Community" (p.103) and "The Ape That Tricked Black People" (p.71). Be able to expound on the following issues.

(1) What does "The Ape That Tricked Black People" say about leadership?

(2) Who is addressed in "Alienation in the Black Community" and why? Is alienation still a problem in the Black Community today?

(3) Relate "On the Way to the Nuthouse" to leadership shortcomings in the Black Community, if you can.

(4) These essays make it clear that Blacks can lose grasp of the Black struggle by getting absorbed into other people's realities. Can a leader be Black centric without losing her or his overall perspective of humanity?

(5) "On the Way to the Nuthouse" alleges that "the conscious portion of Black People's being is not only uniquely abnormal, but critically abnormal." It continues:

"What is at the core of this unique abnormality? We can start by mentioning an inferiority complex that is not properly understood and therefore not properly addressed. We can follow that by exposing the roots of Black People's fear of white people. And, We can add to those the conviction that We are failing to accomplish what We try so hard to accomplish. Let's cover these one at a time."

Have you noticed anything that suggests that Black leaders tend to have an inferiority complex or fear of white people? Does the "failure" element seem to impact on what objectives prominent or well known Black leaders tend to seek?

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