Sometimes the best and most immediately practical solutions are the simplest solutions. I believe that there is something to the idea that cultivating the best character possible as a Black person, and the best version of ourselves as Black people, can absolutely help to avoid some of the traps that are set for Black people under the system of racism/white supremacy, and may be constructive in terms of eliminating the system altogether. This, first and foremost, means un-confusing and detaching ourselves from this relatively recently promoted idea that we are “one world” and “there is only one race, the human race”, which is self-serving nonsense that refined white supremacists and confused victims like to promote. There are inherent differences between Black and white people, even if they are cultural and not so much physiological. Anyone who has spent considerable time around all-white environments, and all-Black environments (when we are at our best) can attest to this. This was especially true in the past, as unfortunately in today’s culture, many Black people have begun to take on and mimic the most negative white cultural traits. The fact is, we are not white people, and engaging in the things that whites have introduced into what has now been accepted as worldwide culture as normal (excessive consumption of alcohol, sexual perversion, and just general immoral debauchery) is dangerous, not only from it not being “good for us” literally in the physical sense, but it is also dangerous in the sense that acting like how a white person would act is a trap that could either land us in greater confinement (slavery), or worse yet, killed.
Western society under the system of racism/white supremacy is nothing but a minefield for Black people. The society that has been constructed by the white supremacists is profoundly wicked and immoral, and so much of what Black people get caught up in can just be avoided by simply not engaging in the socially engineered traps that are designed to shape our culture and our reality, in which the white controlled mass media are the greatest salesmen and promoters. The mass media is constantly trying to sell Black people on the idea that being some sort of false tough guy of the racially self-destructive type, engaging in irresponsible sexual behavior in an attempt to prove our manhood or feel desirable in a society which does not allow Blackmen to fully assert our manhood naturally, or Blackwomen to feel as desirable or valued as others, to the point to where some develop self-esteem issues, irresponsibly abusing drugs, or just generally using our time and energy in a non-productive, non-constructive manner is to be glorified. This lines up with their goals of controlling the Black population, making sure that they have an unlimited supply of slaves that they directly profit from by way of the private prison/new enslavement trade, as well as having a lot of confused, impotent (in terms of challenging white supremacy), malleable Black people that can be easily controlled and dominated, and that won’t threaten the system in any meaningful or impactful way.
With western white society essentially being an elaborate set of traps for Black people to get caught into, simply not involving ourselves with the foolishness that is set up for us, and that they depend on us to involve ourselves with goes a long way in defeating our enemies. Of course, none of us are perfect, and we all have our vices, myself included. I will even admit that in my more confused, less disciplined days, I personally have participated in many activities that I absolutely would consider to be debaucherous, mentacidal, and very non-constructive, so I am not trying to come off as a preachy “goody two shoes” who has never lived and doesn’t understand the streets. But my time as a semi-wild person has only afforded me the ability to truly analyze from a complete perspective, especially from a counter-racist, revolutionary, liberation minded perspective. This is not an attempt to be self=righteous or to preach to other Black people as if I, a fellow victim, am in position to do that, because I absolutely am not.
One thing I try conscientiously to avoid is so-called “respectability politics”. Respectability politics is essentially the idea that Black people’s perceived behavioral or even moral faults are the reason for our oppression, and that if Black people just “stopped sagging our pants”, “work harder” and “stopped being lazy” then our problems with racism/white supremacy would just go away. That concept is a short sighted and inherently white supremacist concept. First of all, it is an ahistorical concept that completely and conveniently avoids blaming the system and the people who uphold the system that should be blamed every single time for our oppression, which is white supremacy and white supremacists. Secondly it ignores the millions and millions of Black people who already try our best to live the best lives that we know how, and still feel the brunt of the most powerfully unjust social, political and religious system that has ever been devised. And thirdly it simply does not line up with the reality of racism/white supremacy that I have seen and studied. When whites constructed the system of racism/white supremacy, they did not set out to destroy the Black race and decimate it the way that they have because of any legitimate moral or behavioral wrongdoings (although they have throughout history attempted to use inherent cultural differences as a justification for their misdeeds, which should, to any sane person, highlight their depravity even more), they did it because it is the main characteristic of the white supremacists to seek out people to dominate and lands to conquer, and do so by any means they can think of, regardless of the amount of damage they do to others.
But exercising temperance, disciplined control of our appetites, Black Self Respect for ourselves and each other, and a willingness to turn away from the poisonous toxic culture of our enemies and the version of that culture that our enemies have grafted onto Black people for our destruction, will absolutely have Black people on the track towards eliminating white supremacy, and throw a serious wrench in our enemies plans for us. In some ways, the most revolutionary lifestyle that a Black person who is serious about ending the system of racism/white supremacy can lead is a relatively clean and quiet lifestyle in which we behave as though we are serious about our divine assignment of eliminating white supremacy. Our enemies set these traps and created a culture designed to steer us in a certain direction for a reason, and when they see the targets of their destruction, without any prompting from any of the outside forces that tend to hold a lot of weight in the opinions of Black people, purposely pointing out and dodging their traps, then they will finally understand that they have a fight on their hands, and Black people will finally be headed in the right direction.
Brother Osei, 21st Century Race Man