Ture Taught Me: What Black Power Is & Isn’t

Black Power is Pan-Africanism! Free The Continent & Free The People!

Jordan McGowan
Feb 19 · 5 min read
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It is a level of resistance that we must begin to look for among our people. Pick up that thread and do what has to be done so that our people will survive. Three things. First and foremost: he has been able to make us hate each other. He has transplanted that hate and the love for each other for a love of his country… HIS country. We must begin to develop number one — and this is the most important thing we can do as a people — we must first develop an undying love for our people… If we do not do that, we will be wiped out. We must develop an undying love for our people. Our slogan will become: ‘First our people, then, and only then me and you as individuals.’ Our people first… our people first.

Kwame Ture

An undying love for our people is a requirement in order for us to survive, as Ture puts it “if we do not do that, we will be wiped out.” We must recognize the genocide going on due to amerikkkas imperialist neo-colonial government, so in order to survive this genocide, we must build a connection, a relationship, a love for the people. Not just any love either, but as Ture puts it an “undying love.” The type of love that is never-ending, a love that makes you live for the people, the type of love that Assata talks about. See in order for us to really love the people, we must understand: we are the people. No one is above the people; we must walk with the people and be among the people. This must be properly understood in the context of how we have lived for thousands of years on The Continent, as Ture tells us we must be for the unification and liberation of Africa.

Black Power is self-determination; therefore, in order to know what we are struggling for (our political motivation), in order to create an undying love; we must first know who we are: Africans and reclaim our identity and history from white supremacy. Black Power, therefore can only come from the liberation of The Continent. “We shall have to struggle for the right to create our own terms through which to define ourselves and our relationship to the society, and to have these terms recognized.” Kwame Ture teaches us what Black Power is; Black Power isn’t Black capitalism like the neo-colonial Black Elite would lead you to believe, Black Power isn’t being an elected official who has accepted the genocide of our people by assimilating into this fascist regime, representation isn’t power. Black Power is having the ability of self-determination, Black Power means recognizing who we are as Africans and working to free The Continent.

I also know that while I am black I am a human being, and therefore I have the right to go into any public place. White people didn’t know that… I knew it the whole time.

Kwame Ture

Black Power is about affirming our humanity as Africans, not begging white people to recognize our power. We must take it, we must reclaim it. We must have the power to determine what systems are best for us as Africans. We do not seek to assimilate into this white supremacist genocidal empire, we need to be proud to be Black, proud to be African. “We weren’t fighting to integrate, we were fighting against white supremacy… No man can give any man his freedom, every man is born free.”

Ture is one of the most brilliant political minds the world has ever seen and he gives us direct insight into the psychological disorder that is white supremacy and how those who believe in it, particularly around amerikkanism, suffer from this God-complex. Kwame Ture provides us a decolonized history of the world that allows the one studying a proper analysis for the world then, today, and moving forward. Kwame Ture’s profound oral teaching is a long-standing African tradition as well as a direct demonstration of a social practice that directly is tied to his politic of Black Power. We are grounding ourselves in who we are and our history; gaining a strong understanding of who we are as Black people globally as Africans, and through understanding we are African, we understand the holocaust of The Continent and therefore gain an understanding that we must unite under scientific socialism to defeat colonialism and free The Continent!

This country is a nation of thieves. It stole everything it has, beginning with Black people. The U.S. cannot justify its existence as the policeman of the world any longer. I do not want to be a part of the American pie. The American pie means raping South Africa, beating Vietnam, beating South America, raping the Philippines, raping every country you’ve been in. I don’t want any of your blood money. I don’t want to be part of that system. We must question whether or not we want this country to continue being the wealthiest country in the world at the price of raping everybody else.

Kwame Ture

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Black Power isn’t Barack Obama. Black Power isn’t Kamala Harris. Black Power ain’t even Beyonce and Jay-Z. Black Power is Pan-Africanism, Black Power is the complete liberation of The Continent! Black Power is about stopping exploitation, ending the genocide on our people. Black Power means you must develop an undying love for our people, and Ture told us that means that we must prioritize “first our people, then, and only then, me and you as individuals”.

You cannot assimilate into the white supremacist imperialist power structure and proclaim Black Power; oh contrare my n*gga you are actually a neo-colonial agent; in other words Judas from the Black Messiah. The Black Elite serve as propaganda of the colonial empire as “goals” and “goats”, idols for our children to grow up to be, but why would we want our children to be someone who chooses to place their individual privilege over the power of the people? The Black Elite exploit us based on our shared identity. That ain’t Black Power, that is Black propaganda. I am thankful for Kwame Ture who taught what Black Power was and what Black Power wasn’t. Long Live Kwame Ture!

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