Black Nationalism is sometimes viewed as a group of militant Black people who urge separatism from White people and the establishment of self-governing Black communities. This definition of Black Nationalism is the first mistake that White America has made in defining what is a movement to create a fair playing field for Blacks, with Blacks and by Blacks.
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/The Independent Business News Network
United States (IBNN NEWS/Editorial/March 5, 2012)…It’s been 30-years or more since the United States has seen an active Black Nationalist Front., , Heuy Newton, , the Black Panthers, Honorable Minister and Dr. Martin Luther King – (who some questioned about his position on Black Nationalism), are leaders that have done great things on behalf of Black people.
In 2012, Black men that were considered part of Black Nationalism have become more conservative in their actions for the betterment of Blacks in the United States. While the Honorable Louis Farrakhan has suffered though health challenges, he is really the only current and true Black Nationalist. The Reverend Al Sharpton has relaxed his radical position in favor of a paycheck from MSNBC where he can be seen nightly carrying the liberal flag of democracy. The Rev. Sharpton of the 1960’s is definitely not the Rev. Sharpton of 2012.
What has happened to the creation of Black Nationalist in the current generation? Has Rap Music or Hip-Hop changed the dynamics of this once street protest in favor of selling records and entertainment? This could be the answer on why Black Nationalism in its purest form is dead.
Developing economic power and community and ethnic pride among Black Americans has been a “Titanic” endeavor considering Blacks in the United States have the worse disparities, second only to America’s First People in almost every possible area. Many Blacks looked at the election of Barack Obama as a “change” because this was the first Black president and having a Black president might help the economic situation for Blacks in the USA. In 2012, President Obama has done little to nothing for Black America – not out of spite – but because he is the leader of the free world and the mainstream who elected him demands attention. This could all change if President Obama is elected to a second term – safe from political dress downs by critics and the Right wing who haven’t learned that most of America, including more than 20% of Republicans know that taking back America is rooted in a racist platform to reclaim America by “taking” it away from a Black man – not a political rival.
One person who might still be considered a Black Nationalist would be the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Wright, President Obama’s former pastor became a media sensation and household name with his rhetoric spewed from the pulpit during the 2008 presidential campaign. Needless to say, Rev. Wright might have been right, but didn’t have Barack Obama as a member of his church anymore.
Today, Blacks don’t agree with each other. Black organizations and people are pigeonholed into certain groups or clicks. When one Black person steps out in the name of resistance, protest or insurrection, he/she is cast to the wolves, marginalized and overlooked. This is the current stigma of Black America: “If I’m comfortable – I’m comfortable and don’t need to participate in any betterment of Blackness.”
This has become the status quo of 2012.
Black Nationalism has died along with Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and others who have paid the ultimate price. Who will Black America turn to who can right the wrongs of history and cast away the misconception of separatism while building a better tomorrow, based on action today?
Black Nationalism would be my first choice – but it’s dead in America.