This is a powerful lecture by the late great Amos Wilson. He explains how black men need to become warriors as well as healers and builders. He breaks it down as only he can. We need more warrior scholars like him. The time as come for black men to stand up and reclaim their neighborhoods. We need to be there to raise our children and protect black women. We need to be there to guide our sons and be a positive influence on our nephews and male cousins. We need to also be there to protect our daughters. Also to love the mother of our daughters and show them how a real man is supposed to treat a woman.
An Afrikan warrior scholar refuses to be at peace with anything less than the total liberation of his people. In fact, he should daily affirm that “I am an Afrikan warrior, a warrior scholar. I refuse to be at peace with anything less.” He is culturally and politically a PanAfrikan nationalist. He believes that Afrikan people are Afrikans wherever we are found. I.e., the Afrikan warrior scholar believes that he should unselfishly employ the same dedication and energy to the defense and empowerment of Afrikans everywhere. The warrior scholar is not a racist. There is no confusion. His loyalty is conscious, race conscious, placing “Race First.” Or, as the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey would say, Afrikan warrior scholars are “Race Men.” They know that to be pro-Black is not to be anti-white unless Europeans interfere with them doing their work. The Afrikan warrior scholar is an educator, not a teacher. He politically explains conditions so that his children, his students, will become better warrior scholars than he. Teachers only dispense another’s information in order to train their students to become nonthinking citizens in an alien culture and society. The warrior scholar does not separate word from act. Leaving his people without a viable example to guide them in freeing their minds would be beneath his Afrikan reasoning. The Afrikan warrior scholar is a worker of the first order and, therefore, a leader by example. He is a doer, a nationbuilder, a maker of his people’s way. In this respect, he is a nonintellectual in that he practically applies his knowledge. He does not see war waged in some debate, whether great or small. There must be a field application of tactics and strategies. As an educator, he fits information into reality. He understands the cultural ourstory which has created his people’s conditions and distorted their vision. He studies the problem, internally and externally, not those victimized by it. He does not define Afrikans as the core problem. And whatever internal symptoms he observes are logically attributed to our “cultural misorientation.” He does not pass on his miseducation. He corrects it. He educates himself so that he can teach an ancient Afrikan truth. Therefore, he reads a revolutionary ourstory, the theory of causes and solutions to our people’s problems. He feeds himself and the community from the library he builds. The Afrikan warrior scholar unconditionally respects Afrikan women. He is their defender, their lover, their divine complement. The Afrikan warrior scholar is an entrepreneur. He instills independence in other Afrikans by finding a way to provide, regardless of circumstance. He creatively controls the process of production, the input, throughput and output. He distinguishes wealth from income and power from influence. He pursues empowerment, not subintegration, because he knows that the quality of a substance is felt through its ability to autonomously determine its path. He creates meaningful employment, even if only because he knows that poverty spawns antagonism among a people. The Afrikan warrior scholar is a perimeter defender. He is the first line of defense for our people, for our most valuable resources, our elders, women and children. He is always prepared for any exigency. Afrikan warrior scholars are exacters of justice, using nonviolence as only one tactic in a collection of measures making up his strategic arsenal. He speaks to Europeans in their language. And he also speaks in the language of those Afrikans who mentacidally seek to help destroy our community. His words cut deep and clean. No one leaves with doubt as to his intent. He protects his daughters from misguided sons and sons from confused peers. He is ready to die for his children, biological and otherwise.”
– I have an unqualified love and respect for my/our children, complement, fellow warriors and Elders.
– I believe in our “Race First.”…
– I do not sleep with my enemies. I have no white (or other nonAfrikan) bed partners and do not procreate with them.
– I am strictly heterosexual. I neither condone, support nor promote sexual insanity.
– I am not an interracialist. I do not have “white friends.”
– I do not associate with enemies unless my survival depends on it.
– I look to the wisdom of my Ancestors and Elders for direction.
– I am prepared for any exigency.
– I dress for war not display. A traditional sense of decency always guides my appearance.
– I daily listen to consciousness raising, revolutionary music.
– I am a thinker, not an intellectual. I apply what I know.
– I am deeply spiritual (not religious).
– I do not align myself with enemy based (communist/socialist/internationalist) organizations.
– I uncompromisingly work toward the complete and total liberation, empowerment and sovereignty of Afrikan people.
– I am not contradictory in what I think, say and do.
– I am resilient. I never give up.
Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti