What is radical Blackness? Being bold, outspoken, and undeterred in pursuing the highest level of empowerment, advancement, and upliftment for our people.
Sound too lofty?
While looking online for some inspiration, I found a political science discourse summary:
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
POL 4S6. African American Political Thought
Dr. Floyd W. Hayes, III Office: LAEB 2254
Office Hours: MWF1:00-3:00 P.M.,
MWF 11:30 A.M.12:20 P.M. or by appointment
BAFB 1254 Office Phone: 494-2785
Purpose of the Course
This course is designed to introduce students to African American political and social ideas. Through critical examination of some of the major expressions of that discourse, we hope to arrive at some understanding of the principles, goals, and strategies developed by African American women and men. The course will focus on major philosophical, theoretical, and ideological formulations put forward during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In light of the historic and contemporary problems associated with race, class, and gender oppression, we will probe carefully the manner in which these structures of domination and exploitation have differentially and similarly affected and infected black women and men. We also will study closely contrasts and similarities in the ideas put forward by African descended women and men in their monumental struggle for human rights in America. In this way, the course will highlight the critical significance of black feminist social and political thought.
Political thought is the practice of theoretical, philosophical, or ideological construction that attempts to say something meaningful about how individuals a n d groups organize and conduct their lives. It is an activity, a process, a conversation that situates the observing or theoretical self within an everyday life world that involves speculation and some separation from the ongoing processes of political life. In this view, political thought is that discourse concerned with the ways in which the human self relates to surrounding forms of cultural, economic, and political life.
Black political and social ideas reflect the attempt to construct an African American identity and community in response to historical and contemporary structures a n d processes of dehumanization, exploitation, and oppression where rugged individualism and the lust for power and private wealth have corrupted America’s national character, political culture, and institutional practice. These conditions also have influenced the thinking and behavior of African Americans and have established and reproduced systems of domination which African descended Americans continue the struggle to dismantle. Yet, as a result of the Atlantic slave trade and chattel slavery, which served to create a new people, African Americans are among America’s truly native populations. The often ambivalent condition of being African American simultaneously excluded from and included in the American political community provides the theme for this course: “Power, Interpretation, and Difference: Duality in African American Discourse.”
The rationale for this course is rooted in the necessity of every generation to grasp the character and dynamics of social development of earlier periods. For African Americans, the historic process of dehumanization, which set in motion their struggle for salvation and survival, continues to operate today. We study African American political and social discourse in order to understand the meaning of the African American experience. Further, in critically examining these ideas, we also probe the character and dynamics of the American social order its contradictions and dilemmas in regard to racial, gender, and class domination. Finally, the study o f African American political and social ideas encourages us to examine ourselves and our own perspectives about the inherent contradictions between cultural domination and social justice.
Well, I’d think for those who call themselves Nationalist; it’s a no-brainer. However, for those who call for integration with our oppressor/enemy, this sounds to much like separation, and must be deterred.
You see, whenever Black people start projecting too much independence of the white mainstream and have the audacity to make their thoughts audible; it becomes a problem. It’s all about control. And that’s why whenever Black people become too vocal about the real problems in America; the oppressor will choose its handpicked co-conspirators who will talk against their own, in order to keep the status quo.
When will we see the radical Blackness we saw in the 1960’s? When will it finally take precedent and become the norm? Can it happen in America?
White America is scared of radical Blacks. They act like someone who is fearful of too much of the truth exposing the game. And it’s all about game. But who is winning it? How do we master it?
Are you bold enough to be RADICAL?