By Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson
Persist with the author's odyssey from lumpen drug broker to prisoner, to innovative New Afrikan, a instructor and mentor, one in every of a brand new iteration emerging of felony intellectuals. This booklet is composed basically of letters among Rashid and Outlaw, one other innovative New Afrikan prisoner, smuggled among the segregation wing and normal inhabitants over a interval of months. those comrades train themselves—and us as well—on Marxism and Maoism, the Five-Percenters, Dialectical Materialism, useless Prez, Capitalism, Racism, Imperialism, category fight, innovative Nationalism, New Afrikan Independence, Psychology, and a number of alternative topics, as they grapple with how one can advertise innovative cognizance within the such a lot adversarial of environments.
Rashid has been in criminal for twenty years—the earlier eighteen of which in segregation (solitary confinement). almost immediately after this correspondence among himself and Outlaw, he and his comrade Shaka Sankofa Zulu based the recent Afrikan Black Panther Party–Prison bankruptcy. The NABPP-PC has on the grounds that constructed branches in a number of prisons around the u$ empire and has its personal publication, correct On! a few Rashid's essays written as Minister of safeguard of the NABPP-PC also are incorporated during this publication.
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They were beating each other more than me. Experience has taught me something which may be of use to those resisting organized oppression: pigs don’t tend to spontaneously beat a person who fights back as brutally as they do one who shows fear or passively accepts being attacked. Anyway, Oink arrested me on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. They forgot all about the brother, who’d walked a short distance away and watched the spectacle. At court I declined an attorney and recited to the judge what had happened.
And in the meantime, I’ll continue to write the column and stay open to ways I can assist otherwise, and remain ready to join in if/when a more workable structure is developed. Another critical aspect our author and the NABPP–PC must address concerns the absolute necessity of solving one of the problems the ABB, Atiba, and company never could, and that is a way to couch their Dialectical and Historical Materialist principles within a framework that takes into account that Afrikans (globally) need to grasp that Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideas can and have been used to good effect by Afrikans in the past, and that – at bottom – to simply dismiss them as Eurocentric or foreign, underlines an ignorance of Afrikan history; since dialectics – contrary to popular conceptions – can first be witnessed in use amongst the ancient Egyptians, (whom the most rabid racist cannot justify as anything but Black – due to so many artifacts left by the latter), whom the early Greeks learned it from, passing it on to later Europeans, down to when Marx and company applied their minds to its further development.
And to deal with them and not the Marxist African Blood Brotherhood! For all obvious reasons, which I’ll return to. The ABB for their part were never able to win a mass following, and eventually merged its all-Black following with the multi-racial Communist Party USA. Both the UNIA–ACL and the ABB/Communist Party USA were eventually suppressed and sidelined, while the ABB/CPUSA continued to have a clearer understanding than the UNIA–ACL and the groups it inspired about capitalism’s faults. B.