Reading 101 Textbook: None. Selected writings found online will constitute the textbook.Instructor: Mba Mbulu

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Class #8

 Review

 Lesson

 Explanation

In previous classes we have discussed some important hints. Included are:

(1) Assume a comfortable position, but get out of it every eight to ten minutes.

(2) Practice blinking while you read.

(3) If a sentence "loses" you, reread that sentence until you have pinpointed the source of that confusion.

(4) Don't worry about what others might think when you read.

(5) Think about what you read.

(6) Keep a good dictionary within reach.

Subject Matter

Read the following Extract and think about it. Then read the Explanation and compare your thoughts to those in the Explanation.

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Class #8 Reading Extract [Top] (From Black Smart, page 118)

Black People in America have a lot of work to do. In the next three to four years We have to be especially productive because these are the years when We must lay the cultural, social and educational foundation for a Black nation. Now there are some of Us who don't want to hear about a Black nation. Some of Us still think whitey is going to treat Us right by giving Us more equal rights, better jobs, better educational opportunities, better apartments (because housing is out of the question) and a lot of other goodies which tend to make Us better at being passive. To all of you who think that way, we answer that how whitey is going to treat Us isn't the issue anymore. The issue is the development and elevation of a race of people to its proper position in Nature's order of life. The issue is Black pride, Black self-determination, Black liberation. The issue is Black People being responsible to/for all other Black People. The issue does not involve whitey at all. Whitey isn't important anymore, and if you are too brainwashed or too afraid to admit or realize this, then you are part of what will become known as Our Black Problem.

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Explanation of Class #8 Extract

The paragraph that explains this extract follows.

There are two responses to injustice: (1) ineffective responses and (2) effective responses. Emphasizing how others react is an ineffective response. Emphasizing how you act is an effective response. When that is applied to race relations in the United States, it equates to the fact that Black People have to stop complaining about what white people do to hold Us back and start doing the things that need to be done to free Us and enable Us to establish a nation of Our own.

Note the closing words: "what will become known as Our Black Problem." Once We begin to make effective responses, We will define the problematic elements among Us according to a game plan that is completely Ours. Recent definitions of Black problems, with their white undertones, will not have any value. New guidelines, Black guidelines, should be Our only guidelines.

Reread the extract!

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