Amos Wilson- We Must be Crazy

When we talk about abnormality in the black personality, when we talk about feelings of inferiority in black people, feelings of self-hatred and self-alienation, feelings of incompetence, feelings of powerlessness…we must recognize that these feelings are a political and economic necessity. And, we should start from that premise if we’re to understand the psychology of black people.

…In order for us to be in the state we’re in today as people, we have to be out of our minds. We literally have to be crazy. It is necessary for us to be crazy; it is necessary for us to be backwards; it is necessary for us to be maladjusted; it is necessary for us to be dis-united; it is necessary for us to be self-hating, it is necessary for us to be filled with an inferiority complex.

In a world where the European is essentially about 10 percent of the world’s population, if that 10 percent is to continue to rule over the other 90 percent, it must keep that 90 percent out of its mind. It must keep that 90 percent in a state of deception. It must keep that 90 percent filled with a feeling of powerlessness and incompetence.

If this 10 percent is to continue to consume more than 60 percent of the world’s resources, if this 10 percent is to continue to rob African, Asian and other nations of their material wealth, then it must keep those people in a state of maladjustment.