Beginner’s Notes About “The Black Thing”

There seems to be an on-going discussion that I find slightly disturbing. It sort of correlates with what I discussed in the “Q4” post about the term “nigger”. There seems to be a growing belief that just being black is going to create some black nation, or black pride. Without vision a people perish. The problem is that people may not know exactly what thoughts have been put out there.


Black Pride is having pride in being an American Black. Sure it can extend to others of either the Diaspora or the continent of Africa, but truthfully, it really is an American Black sentiment. Black pride is a sense of ethnic identity and strength in an environment that is oppressive towards Blacks. It is a sense of oneness with others based on a historical oppression, and it is a psychological remedy for the assassination of the positive image of Black People conjured up by the likes of Thomas Jefferson, D.W. Griffith, and Theodore Roosevelt. The list of personalities that have presented American Blacks as less than human, or have presented whites as superior to Blacks is a lengthy one. Black pride works to give the American Black a sense of collective accomplishment and an understanding of national community within the ranks of their ethnicity.


Black Nationality is the desire for American Blacks to have their own country in the same manner as the Jews have been given the land of Israel. Many Black Nationalists over the course of time have concentrated their visions on the southern states. Black Nationalists believe that American Blacks need not only their own schools, but they need their own systems of economics and governance. Usually, the more rational line of thinking is not an anti-white, or even anti-European line of thought, just more so about self-determination for a group of people who have never had that ability without terrorism.


Pan-Afrikanism is the belief and the practice that communicates an affinity between all members of the Diaspora and all the members of the countries of Afrika. Of the three it is the most inclusive. It espouses a political agenda that unites Afrika and establishes ties to those throughout the Diaspora.


I have my own criticisms of each of these patterns of thought, and I exercise the right to take from each what is best for me, and what I deem appropriate for the times. This is simply a blog post, and as such, the content here is simply a synopsis. I would ask that those reading this research and discuss with those of like mines the similarities and differences of each. I would also be willing to extend any names or books for anyone so concerned to read.