So many of the problems African
people face in the world today are due to the assault on our minds
by those who captured us and removed significant numbers of us
to the western hemisphere. This also includes the mind damage
caused by the tampering of African lands and culture on the continent
African people in America are aware that our minds were tampered
with as a result of our forced capture and enslavement in America. The impact of this process is central
to the international component of the Reparations Movement on
which we must focus, and that is “Repair of Ourselves” at the
same time we demand reparations from the government and private
corporations who benefited from our enslavement and still benefit
today. Examining and reexamining the contributions of the late
Dr. Bobby Wright provides a significant source we can utilize
in addressing our “internal reparations” challenges.
contributions of the late Dr. Bobby E. Wright, in helping us assess
this problem, should be a continuous part of our study and reflection
as we struggle to break the psychological chains of white supremacy.
years before Dr. Wright’s untimely death, he wrote a profound
article titled, “Mentacide: The Ultimate Threat To The Black Race.”
In defining “Mentacide,” Dr. Wright explains that it is “the deliberate
and systematic destruction of a person’s or group’s mind [which]
may give a clue to why the Black race, after developing such an advanced civilization, has for the last 400 years been assisting in its own destruction and
the nearly total subjugation of Africa by foreign invaders.”
an earlier work, written in 1975 by Dr. Wright, titled The
Psychopathic Racial Personality and Other Essays,
he stated that in the relationships of whites with Blacks
“whites exhibit the behavior of psychopaths and their behavior
reflects and underlying biologically transmitted proclivity that
is rooted deep in their evolutionary history.” Dr. Wright says,
“Mentacide is the ultimate goal of the behavior.”
cursory examination of history will bear out and support the following
“incomparable traits” of the white race (Europeans) that Dr. Wright
reveals in terms of:
key points described by Dr. Wright concerning the continued oppressive
psychological condition of African people in the world indicates
to me that our biggest challenge as a people is that of Getting
Our Minds Straight and Stopping Mentacide!
Getting Our Minds Straight
requires that African people begin to relearn the African principle
that renowned historian Dr. Anderson Thompson has been discussing
for the last twenty plus years. According to Dr. Thompson,
the “African Principle represents those standards,
rules, laws, and customs which guide our behavior
and which serve as the foundation for all of our action.” Dr.
Thompson continues by explaining that the African Principle “is
the quality underlying the source of the African value system.
The gift from our Creator passes on to us through our ancestors.”
this juncture in history, we as African
people have the capacity to Straighten Our Own Minds Out without
the help of anyone outside the African Community.
of the ways we can collectively begin this process of implementing
the African Principle is to continue the organizing spirit generated
by the Million Man March called by Minister Louis Farrakhan and
the Nation of Islam on October 16, 1995 in Washington, D.C. The entire African World Community embraced
this self-determining event and provided the vital spark we needed
as a people to begin collectively implementing the African Principle
wherever we are.
the spirit generated by this momentous occasion thirteen years
ago, we must continue to institutionalize
major networks throughout the African world, designed to focus in on our major problems as a people. These networks
are rooted in our efforts to break the cycle of Mentacide
that, once again,
Dr. Wright says is “the deliberate and systematic destruction
of a person’s or group’s mind.”
must be understood that Africa and African
people have been under siege for more than 2,000 years by Europeans,
Asians, and Arabs. The invasions, intrusions,
thefts, murders, pillaging, and the decimation and destruction of African lands,
and spirits over these 2,000 years is the basis for our on-going
struggle for African Liberation worldwide.
our efforts to Straighten Out Our Minds, the following
revelation by Dr. Wright should be understood,
and internalized, by all African people.
Dr. Wright reveals that, “It is very
clear that the Europeans have developed a method whose basic purpose
is to replace all indigenous cultures with their own… Therefore, the Europeans, without any historical precedent
went forth into the civilized world and began to impose their
cultures on others, mainly through religion,
literacy modalities and military force.”
roads lead to our unity. We must work together in organizing and
mobilizing African people in America. All
of our organizing strategies must lead to Getting Our Minds
Straight and Stopping Mentacide. Without this occurring,
we will continue in our present state of mental stagnation and
servitude to other people.
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Conrad W. Worrill, PhD, is the National
Chairman of the National Black United Front (NBUF). Click here
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