We want to bring you some updates on the question of identity. You know, it’s crucial for a people who’s culture has been destroyed. If one doesn’t know who one is, one really cannot know what one’s interests are or where one is going.
Indeed the first job of the oppressor is to wipe out the culture of the oppressed and have the oppressed believe that they have the same culture as the oppressor. His job is to have you think you have the same history as the oppressor. Once you think you have the same history, once you think you have the same culture, you will think that the enemies of your oppressor happen to be your enemies. Once you know your history, once you know your culture, you will know that the enemies of your enemy must be aided to bring down your enemy.
This has to a lot with the question of identity. Any time you make an analysis of an oppressed people in any aspect of their lives and you leave out the enemy, you will never come to a correct analysis. On the contrary, you will blame the oppressed for all of their problems.
Even if one where to talk about the drugs in our community, if you just talk about drugs and not talk about the enemy, you make no analysis at all. If you haven’t brought in the question of who brings the drugs in, why the drugs are brought in, for what purpose they are brought in, you will never understand the problem at all.
When we speak of the conditions of the African masses we begin with the enemy of the African masses, especially the racist, capitalist system in the United States of America.”