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Title of Course: Philosophy 101: "Black Race Matters" Instructor: Mba Mbulu

Textbook: Essays by Mba Mbulu are provided online.

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Read the following Essay. Think about the questions below and explore them more fully.
(1) "Less than five years-- that's all it would take to bring Us to that level of political awareness and commitment." What does the author mean by that statement?
(2) In your opinion, is this a reasonable essay?
(3) How much time do you think is needed for Black People to achieve independence and self-government?
(4) "The future is the here and now for those of Us who are serious." What future is the author talking about?
(5) Is this essay relevant to your aspirations?

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Class #10 "Five Years"

White people are not one of the major obstacles to Black Nationhood at this time (they will be later, but not now). Right now the major obstacles to Black Nationhood are (1) selfish self interest, (2) ignorance and (3) fear. If Black individuals could eliminate 75% of their selfish self interest and one half of their fear, in less than five years Black People can be at a level of political awareness and commitment equal to that of the so-called founding fathers in the early 1770s. If Black individuals could eliminate 75% of their selfish self interest and one half of their fear, We would realize that (1) We could be better off if We were independent and (2) We have the right to be independent. Less than five years-- that's all it would take to bring Us to that level of political awareness and commitment.
Some simple definitions will suffice. Selfish self interest is looking out for "#1" rather than Our People. After the basic needs have been met, Black individuals should be able to put wants and desires on hold. Selfish self-interest is the failure to put wants and desires on hold after one's basic needs have been met. Ignorance is not knowing what you need to know to make an intelligent decision; it is not being exposed to the right information in the right way or not being exposed to the right information at all. Fear is the absence of enough "guts"; it is not having the nerve to confront an issue, an abuser or an enemy in the way that issue, abuser or enemy needs to be confronted. If We can eliminate 75% of the selfish self-interest and one half of the fear in Our communities, in five years We can be at a level of political awareness and commitment equal to that of the so-called founding fathers in the early 1770s.

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Some individuals are making it their business to discourage the Black masses and keep them ignorant. Such individuals always speak of Black "liberation" in terms of hundreds of years; 100, 200, even 300 or 400. It is impossible for a knowledgeable student of history to make such a statement. At no time, never! never! never!, have a people embarked on a struggle for liberation around such an extended period of time. Why? Because "liberation" can not be achieved that way!
It can't be done that way, and I'll tell you why. To begin with, it requires a level of consistency from one generation to several succeeding generations that has never been maintained. Exigencies (critical needs and emergencies) vary from generation to generation, and responses to similar abusive conditions vary also. That type of variety will strangle a liberation movement over an extended period of time. Secondly, it is impossible to harness and sustain human energy for such an extended stretch of time. A liberation movement is based on releases of energy. This kind of energy cannot be generated at one's convenience or stored until the right moment; it has a life of its own and must be taken advantage of when it makes itself available. Thirdly, a hundred year plan would fail to shake the status quo decisively at any given moment. It would therefore give the status quo opportunity after opportunity to undermine the forces of progress. And, fourthly, people are primarily concerned about the destiny of themselves and their contemporaries. It is for them that they want relief, not for persons whose great grandparents have not been born yet. People live in the here and now and die in the here and now. The here and now, therefore, is the basis of their struggles.
What do We have to do that will take 100 or more years to accomplish? Are We supposed to be so dumb that it will take Us 100 years to learn what others typically learn in less than one generation? If that's the case, then We will never succeed. Few persons live 100 years and those who do don't have the physical ability in their later years to erect a Nation. Our learning ability is exceptional, so that 100 year talk is nothing but crap.

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Are We so disorganized that it will take Us 100 years to get Ourselves together? No group of people is that disorganized. In fact, no group of people has ever been as disorganized as Black People are supposed to be. Quite to the contrary, Our level of organization is greater than that of a lot of people who are already governing themselves, so why are We 100 or so years away? We aren't, and Our enemies and their stooges know it. They just don't want Us to know it.
Will it take Us 100 years to organize an army? It didn't take the American colonists that long. It didn't take the Blacks of San Domingo that long. It didn't take the new state of Israel that long. So why is it going to take Black People that long? In fact, organizing an army will be one of Our less difficult tasks because the United States has already organized many of Our troops. When it comes to organizing an army, We will have an advantage that few liberation movements enjoyed. That 100 year talk is "keep them stupid" propaganda, calculated anti-Black propaganda.
In less than five years Black Nationalism can become the dominant political ideology espoused by Black People in the United States. That would leave Us less than 20 years away from the hoisting of Our Black flag on Our national territory. Most of Us are already Black nationalists, but We don't know that because We don't have a proper understanding of what Black Nationalism is. Therefore, We have to make Ourselves conscious of that fully mature conviction that is already inside of Us, and expose it to the world's people.
The future is the here and now for those of Us who are serious.

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