The interesting thing for me studying those old “self-segregation versus integration” debates from the Black Power Movement is how flimsy the integration argument was. It was especially weak during the time period because the argument was still raw and unpolished, so the holes in it stood out even more than they do now, after half a century of perfecting that anti-Black, ying-yang/ping-pang gibberish.
It didn’t stop that side from winning though. The establishment forced it through and they weren’t open to hearing anything about real solutions for anti-Black systemic racism that the American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) actually needed to recover from 400 yrs of anti-Black systemic racist savagery. Integration was created as the risk response plan to protect the white racist aristocracy by giving the illusion of providing solutions to racism.
The illusion wasn’t that strong to begin with, and the fact that the white conservative crowd was fighting tooth-n-nail to keep even the mere illusion of ADOS equality from taking hold, demonstrated the whole scam was on shaky ground anyway.
ADOS needs a strategic self-segregation from out of this abusive anti-Black system and the U.S. government needs to replace the centuries of stolen wealth and land they allowed the white racist aristocracy to plunder from our communities with a Reparatory Justice payout so we can begin the long overdue process of recovery. That’s all that matters, and any alternative opinions aren’t worth considering.
MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.