In the schools and the universities the Black child is taught to be “dumb”. This is the purpose of the schools. The Black child is taught to have a sense of dependency. [See also: Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society; J. Krishnamurti, Think On These Things and J. Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me.]
The European/Asian/Arab can exist to the extent that we [Afrikans] are not in control of our common sense, our identity, of a shared collective activity level, to the extent that we are not in love with ourselves, or our people. We will not be taught any of these things in their schools.
No Black person has ever been taught to think like “White Folks”. If you thought like a Whites, you would want your own nations, to control your own neighborhoods, to control your own economy, to have your own military, to control the resources in your own ground. Blacks come out of these schools and universities to be highly educated servants, slaves not in control of their own destiny. You would want to remove them from power.
Knowledge must be wielded to a sense of purpose, people-hood and destiny. Then it becomes protective of your survival as a people. It is measured by how it protects your survival as a people, nationhood.
Change your mind, your consciousness and change your circumstances. See your consciousness in terms of its Afrikaness, its life enhancing benefits, its consequences for your survival and goals as a people, measured in terms of its characteristics, what it must acquire. You must have certain intentions to do this. These intentionalities are the intent to be truly free, truly self-determining, to create prosperity for your self and people, to be able to protect your interests by any means necessary, to stop depending on white folk for your life, job and well-being. Your mind will generate what you need when you give it a goal or purpose.
If you want to develop an Afrikan-centered curriculum, start by asking “What problems must we solve as an Afrikan people? Our problems include the problem of being dominated, not controlling our nations, being poor in the midst of affluence. What goals do we want to reach? What quality of life do we want to enjoy? What kind of people must we become in order to solve the problems that we must solve as a people? What kind of attitudes, relationships toward ourselves, one another, and Europeans/Asians/Arabs? What institutions must we develop so that we can act in terms of our interests? What kind of social and educational experiences must we expose ourselves and young to become the kind of people we need to become to solve the problems we need to solve? Unless education, politics and economics are designed to solve our problems as a people they are pointless. What kind of education and knowledge and information and skills and so forth must we develop so that we can build the institutions, develop the relationships, attitudes to be the people we need to be? Then work from there to look at your developmental psychology. In what ways do we grow and develop? At what point are we most ready to undergo particular kinds of experiences, so that we can match those experiences, with the developmental readiness of ourselves so we can maximize the kind of growth we need?
We are only free in this country to do the wrong things. We say freedom is being able to do what we want to do-but ask yourself- What makes you want to do a thing? Your wants and desires have been induced. What we want and desire maintain the system of domination and destroy us as a people. Our problems, behavior etc. Have a political and economic function.
We are “alienated” so we can serve aliens. Our alienated psychology shows that we are controlled from outside. This state of alienation is functional for European/Asian/Arab power.
Equality. Equality with whom? With enslavers and exploiters. Or do we want a new social system different from the current one. This is a moral issue and should have been debated and deliberated by the Black community. The “Civil Rights Movement” [NAACP, CORE, etc] was founded on faulty moral premise of “Equality of opportunity
You must know who and what you are as a people. Question all that you have accepted as right and true. Your time given to certain tasks in your curriculum is determined by your culture and history. If you say you suffer from low self-esteem, etc. Then give time to that in the curriculum. Failure to do this causes Black children to be destroyed by the time system in these schools and universities, which are set up to deal with the problems of Whites/Asians/Arabs.