We have indicated some of the reasons for the repression of the Afrikan American entrepreneurial spirit — immigration, restrictive governmental laws, trade restrictions, and White racist social practices. However, there is an additional set of reasons which, in the end, is almost as repressive as the others — a regressive Black bourgeois leadership establishment held mentally captive — to an-Afrikan assimilationist ideology. This leadership is typified by the NAACP, the Urban League, the late Dr. King, Jesse Jackson, a coterie of Black Preachers, politicians, intellectuals and professionals who not only neither advocate nor aggressively promulgate an economic program for the Afrikan American community, but actively fight against such a program. They seem to perceive the problems facing the Black community as essentially problems having to do with Civil Rights, Human Rights, and moral “turpitude,” i.e., the failure of America to live up to its highly publicized moral, constitutional, political, and civic values. Thus the program these leaders have imposed on the Afrikan American community is the one political scientists have aptly captioned, noneconomic liberalism. The emphasis on noneconomic liberalism as the guiding philosophy of “responsible” Black bourgeois leadership, involves the projecting of “strong reformist impulses in the realms of civil liberties, race relations, and foreign affairs but not in the basic distribution of wealth and power.”Amos Wilson, Blueprint for Black Power: A Moral, Political and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century (New York: Afrikan World Infosystems, 1998), 442.
The relative powerlessness of the Afrikan American community is not primarily due to an absence or paucity of human resources, or even monetary and other material resources. It is due rather to its lack of efficient organization, coordinated development and application under the influence and guidance of a deep and abiding sense of peoplehood and nationhood, of national purpose and destiny. As an aggregation of individuals who can only momentarily act as a people in reaction to their common victimization, the Afrikan American community is a “house divided against itself.” As such it cannot withstand even relatively weakly organized economic, social and political assaults by other non-white ethic groups who easily overrun its territories and domains, let alone the far more powerfully organized and coordinated assaults of its arch enemy, the White American nation.Ibid., 505.
On this episode of the Conscientization 101 podcast we conclude our featured lecture by Dr. Amos Wilson entitled Beyond White Racism, Civil Rights, and Onward to African Revolution, which we digitally remastered. In this final installment of this series Brother Amos discusses the following topics:
- The Black Middle Class’s role as collaborators in Black oppression
- How society will be most racist when it appears that all outward manifestations of racism are bygone
- The true definition of intelligence
- Why Rich Blacks/Celebrities are more beholden to the system of colonial domination of Blacks and can’t be seen as any type of vanguard for liberation
- The chief American dilemma of how to destroy a people while appearing to care for them at the same time
and much more!
This episode features sounds from:
- Chairman Maf’s “The Sea” from his album 1976
- Raggo Zulu Rebel’s “Revolution” featuring Eyesis Star & Ras Senses from his album The Return of Jah Messenger
- Cyclonious’s “Get Free” featuring Raggo Zulu Rebel, Opio Omega & Jajayborn2sing from his album The Chosen
- Big Cakes’s “Silence” featuring Cyclonious & T Bear from his album Omnium-Gatherum (The Assorted Collection)
Dr. Amos N. Wilson, was a social case worker, supervising probation officer, psychological counselor, training administrator in New York City Department of Juvenile Justice, and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the City University of New York.
He was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1941 and completed his undergraduate degree at Morehouse College. He later moved to New York where he completed his masters at The New School For Social Research before attaining his doctorate from Fordham University, New York City, in the field of General Theoretical Psychology.
People familiar with Dr. Amos Wilson referred to him as Brother Amos and he would travel for numerous appearances at educational, cultural and political organizations such as the First World Alliance, the Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Afrikan Echoes, House of Our Lord Church, the Patrice Lumumba Coalition, the Slave Theatre and CEMOTAP to name just a few. His travels took him throughout the United States, to Canada and the Caribbean. Dr. Wilson was a businessman who owned and operated various enterprises in the greater New York area.
A prolific writer, Brother Wilson has written various pertinent works in the areas of education, child development and therapeutic psychology. Brother Amos passed away on January 14, 1995.
(Correction: We noted in this episode we will be returning with a new episode 3-1-17, but it will actually be 3-15-17)
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