Introduction to Kwame Toure on the fBI and cIA
By Sister Asli Mohamed
This speech certainly reminded me why a militant state of mind is essential. Like Malcolm X said "If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary."
Kwame Ture in this speech repeatedly reminded us 'No African in this country has arrived at any individual position without the shedding of the blood of the masses of our people' to reach a certain level of freedom militancy and sacrifice is needed.
This speech was very effective unlike others I have watched as he made it clear that situations concerning race needs to be addressed harshly with no compromises as compromises just make it easily digestible for some. Racism is harsh and the truth of it must be exposed in a harsh way.
Kwame Ture goes on to talk about individualism. African Americans that reach a high position which is the result of the shedding of the blood of the masses adopt this concept of individualism. Which we've seen in the new era of the Hip Hop scene (the sleeping baby of the white power structure) where collective struggle is ignored.
Kwame Ture then went on to say they will tell you Kwame Ture was crazy in the 60's and crazier in the 90's which he then quotes Malcolm X saying 'Nothing wrong with that as Malcolm X said extreme conditions must have extreme solutions and we are certainly in extreme conditions'. The common problem with black leaders is that they grow less militant with age. From 1968 when Kwame Ture was tracked by CIA till his final years, he grew more and more militant whilst making us aware that American imperialism will be the cause of his death.
I do wonder why black history month in school didnt stress on the relevance of the man who popularized 'black power' but this speech just makes me understand more.