Hotep Amon, Brother Minister Paul Scott,We read your BlackList message to the people highlighting the parable of the 1970's comic book creation, Luke Cage, Power Man. (If you have read anything of it in this century, he has a white woman as his wife and has a biracial child)A few of our wiser friends who aren't into electro-magnetics (eg computers, digital anything) have come up with a way to see our community through actionable lense in which we can assess and measure how to best effect change to the planet. Our enemies do not rely on the full participation of their race to enable their programs. Neither have we ever.Without giving too much away in an unsecured and open forum, since much of our strategy will come in time and will come in person out of the watch of others who monitor threats, one can look at the breakdown of our community in the way first codified by Brother Steve Cokely in his lecture series The Factor:Black Elites: [10%]These are Black folk who see the destiny of the Black race, for good or bad, tied to the dominate structure of America and are in effect deputized as leaders by White MSM. They tend to see Pro Black Race talk as a threat to their status and power and seek to neutralize it. (The talented Tenth concept, "Boule" type of organizations, Condelezza Rice, and families who have long histories as upper class)Black Status and Status Chasers: [15%]These are the others who idolize the Black Elite as examples of achievement and success as well as successful Blacks who are not seen as vital to the interests of policy making. (Entertainers, athletes, most politicians and other business interests are typical of this group). They tend to avoid Pro Black race talk as their fortunes are tied to white economies, although they can be somewhat sympathetic to the issues. The status chasers are also the people who worry about celebs and other personalities like radio personalities Tom Joyner, fame by association.If there is any philosophical difference between these two groups of Blacks, is the Elites are very pragmatic in the realities while the Black Status and Status Chasers tend to have a far more idealized perspective (selling of hope) of the realities of Black conditions.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Black Masses: [40%]These are where most of Blacks can be classified into. These are normal families who are the working class who have communities across the country who are the most open to the various focuses of the other groups. They care about the issues but are most likely connected into movements by leaders of the other groups. They can be sympathetic to any of the reasonings of other groups (open mind) but have a tendency to support for a set period of time. Few become the other groups. They tend to also see all sides and can embrace W.E.B. Dubois (originally a Black Elite) and a Marcus Garvey (a Black Focused/Hardcore) into a workable lesson.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Black "Focused" or On Point or Hardcore: [15%]These are people who have the ability at a moments notice to shift their focus to an activity needed for the benefit of Black people for extended periods of time, not burdened by other responsibilities like a job for the white dominated society. Many of Marcus Garvey's, Dr. King, and Malcolm X's efforts fit into this category. There are many modern day versions of these efforts that do not become aware to the Black Masses (who gets most of it's information from White MSM and filtered by their partners Black Elites) The Black Hardcore has been the most targeted by external enemies (The Black Panthers and the Garvey UNIA) where now it is very decentralized yet surprisingly organized.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Black Unorganizable: [20%]These are a group of our people that cannot effectively be organized into action groups. These include young children, mothers with infants, disabled, mental illness, and some elderly. This can also include many in the criminal culture who like the Black elite, have taken oaths and have relationships that prevent them from being a part of any group. The Blacks who are connected with organized crime are the best example of this. We can also include some Blacks who have non-Black heritage and deny their African legacy is this group as well as some within be-racial relationships (couple or parent)
Quick takeaways:- Philosophies and Professions are independent of these groups. There are police who range from elites to the masses to the hardcore, for example.- There are Afrocentric Elites who may oppose Afrocentric "Focused"/On Point group.- There are Gay "Focused"/On Point which begs the point that groupings are about focus on how issues are dealt with more than being social.- Black nationalism and "Focused"/On Point are not the same nor is militancy.- Black Elites are not the only rich; There are very rich within all these grouping, supporting their groups activities- Many Scholars of Black Liberation are not within the "Focused"/On Point group; indeed, many are within Black status (although they may covertly support the On Point group)- The Black Elite is not necessarily an enemy to the Black "Focused" nor vis-versa. Think Spook who Sat by the Door.- The groupings of Black are relative and not absolute. Like with all living things, the groups are a human tool to frame a structure to assess our challenges.- Partnerships can occur if each group understands the limitations of the other. (eg don't expect the Black Elite to protest and openly attack Whites, don't expect the Black Hardcore to trust the the process, don't expect the Black Masses to tolerate patronizing lectures on why they have to a part of another groups solutions, don't expect Black Status/Status Chasers to appreciate being labeled "sell outs")Challenges:Because groupings can be independent of philosophy, a clear cut demarcation can be difficult. Case in point: Francis Cress Welsing (Status) has a following and consensus of Blacks (Masses) who agree with the Cress Theory on Race. During the riots that broke out during Rodney King trial where people rebelled (the unorganizable and other from Hardcore and Masses groups), many who are supports the theory disagree with her on the response tactical level of street confrontation with Whites. [Welsing is reported to have told the rebellion that it's best to not to riot. Many of the Black Hardcore disagreed given the success of momentary loss of White control.]Conclusion:We say all of this to help you, we, and many of us who seek with all of our being to right the legacy of African people on this planet and we propose this tool to asset as a grid to begin any organizing efforts of our people. Where does your Luke Cages aka Power Man fall? Where do you fall? (to be answered to yourself)Is unity among our people necessary for organizing efforts for change?What is the strategies that can help to get cooperation between groups that have differing goals and alliances with forces within and without the race?
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  • We also believe that the history of African experience in the United States can be looked at with the lens of the Factor. How has these groups help chart the course of African history in American? What is the histories of the Black Hardcore in relations to the Black elite (which where we get Black History Month)?
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