We don’t manage ourselves, we let other people manage us. We need to manage ourselves, meaning our own bodies, minds and spirits—BREATHE SL-OW-LY—and then we need to unite as powerful people into a powerful people.
Some of us have a very childish attitude. You hear some Black people say, “I don’t look at color.” “I don’t see the world in color.” A person victimized in terms of their color and they don’t see it. And it’s such a foolish, illogical statement. It’s sort of like a child that closes it’s eyes, and because it doesn’t see believes it’s not seen. And so we often think because we don’t see color, the world doesn’t see us as colored. And because we don’t see ourselves as Black, the world is not going to look upon us as Black. Foolish, stupid kind of thinking.
And so they have some people who think then, if they don’t see themselves as African, or they don’t see themselves as Black, they’re not going to be treated as Black, but that very case itself illustrates that problem, doesn’t it? It’s like some people who think they get degrees they’re going to be protected. You know that kid that got killed the other day in the park? And a lot of people were alarmed, “Oh, he went to a Black private school and he got a full scholarship,” as if that would had stopped the bullet. And so those of you who get these degrees, when these people start attacking you, do you think they’re going to stop and ask you, “Where did you get your degree from?” “DMCC, let me off!” No, no. They’re going to see your Black skin and they’re going to lay it on you the way they lay it on anybody else. As a matter of fact, if the system works right, it’s going to be the educated ones that get it first.”
In 1990, whites committed 54% of all violent crimes while Blacks committed 45%. The right of increase has been the same among Blacks and whites. But why do we get this image of Black folk as being the criminal folk? Violent crime between racists are by far the exception. Black people are not out here wholesaling attacking white folk. Black folk are victimized more by other Black folk than by anyone else and so are white folk. In 1990 93% of violent crimes committed against whites were committed by other whites while 84% of violent crimes committed against Blacks were committed by other Blacks. So why do we get this image here of some Black folks stalking in the shadows looking to victimize white folk more than they victimize themselves? Why is crime even talked about with that image anyway?
You must recognize then that there’s a political game going on here, a psychological game, a mythology being created, a managing of image to justify domination. A managing of image to justify unemployment and to justify locking people in city reservations, and to justify the continued control of the lives of African people by non-African people. Going against the very facts that these people themselves collect and know better.”
Imagine you have two glasses of water. One glass is so dirty it’s opaque. The other is so clean you can see right through it. If you add one drop of oil into the dirty water you may see a very minor change, but if you add even one drop to the clean glass of water, the color will change dramatically. In other words, if you add even a small drop of impurity or indecency into something that’s pure, it will be more greatly altered than something that’s already heavily tainted.