Revolutionary Daily Thoughts: The Philosophies and Opinions of Our Ancestors/Elders
"There is a society. It's made up of a few men who are willing to
take some risks. They don't initiate anything; they don't even
choose. They are as indifferent as rain. But when a Negro child,
Negro woman, or Negro man is killed by whites and nothing is done
about it by their law and their courts, this society selects a
similar victim at random, and they execute him or her in a similar
manner if they can. If the Negro was hanged, they hang; if a Negro
was burnt, they burn; raped and murdered, they rape and murder. If
they can. If they can't do it precisely in the same manner, they do
it any way they can, but they do it. They call themselves the Seven
Days. They are made up of seven men. Always seven and only seven. If
one of them dies or leaves or is no longer effective, another is
chosen. Not right away, because that kind of choosing takes time. But
they don't seem to be in a hurry. Their secret is time. To take the
time, to last. Not to grow; that's dangerous because you might become
known. They don't write their names in toilet stalls or brag to
women. Time and silence. Those are their weapons, and they go on
"You? You're going to kill people?"
"Not people. White people."
"I just told you. It's necessary; it's got to be done. To
keep the ratio the same."
"And if it isn't done? If it just goes on the way it has?"
"Then the world is a zoo, and I can't live in it."
"Why don't you just hunt down the ones who did the killing?
Why kill innocent people? Why not just those who did it?"
"It doesn't matter who did it. Each and every one of them
could do it. So you just get any one of them. There are no innocent
white people, because every one of them is a potential nigger-killer,
if not an actual one. You think Hitler surprised them? You think just
because they went to war they thought he was a freak? Hitler's the
most natural white man in the world. He killed Jews and Gypsies
because he didn't have us. Can you see those Klansmen shocked by him?
No, you can't."
--- Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison from her book Song of Solomon on
The Seven Days
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to
think critically.. . intelligence plus character - that is the goal of
Martin L. King, Jr.
"You've got to be prepared to lose your life in order to gain your
Queen Mother Moore
To refer to ourselves as ""nationalists"" would suggest that we
desire, at some point in the future, a nation of our own! One clear
lesson that we should have learned from the past is that our enemies
aren''t going to ""give"" us anything but a hard time. Therefore if
we are going to get our liberation, we are going to have to take our
One of the first steps toward taking our liberation is to have
a through knowledge and understanding of our own history of
resistance to the system of white supremacy as well as resistance
efforts by other victims of this same oppressor.
A second step toward taking our liberation is to have a through
knowledge and understanding of our enemies theories, methodologies,
strategies, tactics, and habits in regards to oppression in general
and use of force and violence in particular, since their entire
system rests on the actual or threatened use of military force.
Within that context, we need to examine the Europeans recent and
current use of terrorist groups, militias, death squads, etc as
extra legal means to accomplish state desired goals without direct
government involvement. Serious attention needs to be paid to the
current use of tactical training schools, information and venues as
a method of preparing the general white citizenry for what they have
described as an inevitable racial war.
Since we are a numerical minority in this country, we need to
look at the various current and past methods used by numerical
minorities to successfully prevent numerical majorities from abusing
Finally we need to seriously examine, address, and develop
solutions to address the ""fear factor"" which prevents so very many
people from overtly or covertly challenging our oppressors and
the ""safe, non-threatening"" activities we engage in, to give the
appearance of fighting against oppression, when in fact, we are not!
Gimbu C. Kali
"Proposal for a Resistance Traditions Committee"
"The couple is the bedrock of the nation. Without it there is
no family, no people. Without couples there can be no family to
procreate and rear confident, untroubled, anchored children. No
viable, community-respecting generation can be born to continue the
process of life, living, building and defending.
Afrikan couples must be whole, individually and as one. They
must be able to trust themselves and each other implicitly. And
that is what makes it imperative that we carefully choose our mates
for Afrikan reasons. We must choose with vision. For we are the
Our unions have purpose far greater than the wants or needs of
either member individually or the couple together. We do not bemoan
this privilege. In fact, it is just the opposite. We are soldiers
in love with forming beautiful families; rearing happy, thinking
children; building strong, lasting communities; raising a mightly
nation and removing all enemies. For Afrikan warrior scholar
complements, there is no other reason for being."
Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti
Complementarity: Thoughts for Afrikan Warrior Couples
"History should tell a people who they are, where they came from and
what their potential is as a people. If it fails to do so, it is
Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization
"Use to the limit what we already have."
Zora Neale Hurston
"Court Order Can't Make the Races Mix" (1955)
"It is tough being a parent, especially in an alien, hostile cultural
environment where your children are viewed as problems to be contained,
detained, suppressed, repressed and if necessary terminated."
Paul Ifayomi Grant
Saving Our Sons
"What the fool does in the end, the wise man does in the beginning."
"Mentacidal Afrikans find every possible excuse to forgive Europeans
for what Europeans continue to do to them mentally and physically.
It is almost as if they believe that their salvation is based on how
much punishment they can receive and then forgive and forget from
those who so easily play with them like powerless toys. But even
more importantly, they do not even recognize Europeans as predators.
They fantacize about the love of an enemy that will not love them.
They lack the basic understanding that no one loves a fool. There
may be pity but never respect or appreciation. No one respects the
loser who chases the winner, begging him to kick and spit on him
Self-hatred results from learning to be ashamed of and/or hating
one's own story, one's own traditions, one's own people, one's own
self. We cannot separate our self-esteem from our people because we
cannot avoid the fact that we are the culmination of our ancestors
(just as eu-rope-an children today are the culmination of their
ancestors). Without those before us, we would not be. We are because
they were. Therefore, we are them. We respectfully suffer their
pain (so we will come to know it is ours) and are righteously sworn
to obtain justice in their name. Whether conscious or not, treason
against one's ancestors is the worst possible sin an individual can
commit against self. And that is exactly what people who choose to
ignore or dismiss the significance of the past on the present do."
Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti
Mentacide and other essays
"Sankofa is an ancient concept. Though the word is ostensible Akan
(West Afrika) it is a timeless principle of all creation, and applies
to both spiritual and material aspects of creation. Sankofa is not
merely 'going back to fetch that which you have lost.' It is a dual
process of internal and external development... is analogous to a
forest of giant oaks with a linked and intertwined root system. Sankofa
is that process epitomized in an ever-expanding root system that
develops almost imperceptibly. That root system of timeless historical
tradition anchors and nourishes our cultural reality, the flower of our
Kwame Agyei & Akua Nson Akoto
The Sankofa Movement: ReAfrikanization & The Reality of War
"The white man regards the universe as a gigantic machine hurtling
through time and space to its final destruction: individuals in it are
but tiny organisms with private lives that lead private deaths:
personal power, success and fame are the absolute measures of values,
the things to live for. This outlook on life divides the universe into
a host of individual little entities which cannot help being in
constant conflict thereby hastening the approach of the hour of their
Youth League of the African National Congress
Policy Statement, 1944
whenever there may be a half an eardrum
the ancestral steering committee beats in my soul
and speaks thru me, turning any and every conversation
into a lecture, a prayer for all the scattered
to scatter back to Blackness for humanity's sake
for Afrika's sake
for our children's sake
Never As Strangers
"Right now Black people keep assuming that what they feel about other
people, white people also feel. Nonwhite people all over the world are
baffled by how easily white people move into hypocrisy and deceit. We
just have not been able to fathom it. If you are oprerating on one
logic system and you encounter somebody who is coming from a completely
different logic system, you may not be able to figure it out,
especially if they are really fine in their methodology of deceit. And
then to further complicate it, they place certain kinds of controls
over you, so you can't peep the game."
Francis Cress Welsing
Essence magazine interview, October 1973