Dr. Amos Wilson will never be discussed on CNN. He will never be taught in public schools. In fact, the world would like you to forget about his work. But we remember.
We remember how he revolutionized Black psychology. We remember how no one spoke with more incisiveness and intelligence than he did – a clarity born out of his Morehouse education and experience in the streets as a social worker.
Baba Wilson was – and remains – the intellectual compass of the modern day Afrikan. That is why his work should be studied, discussed, and taught in every Black home.
Dr. Amos Wilson died physically of an aneurysm in his home on January 14, 1995. He left behind no wife and no children. Instead, his legacy lives on in the hundreds of thousands of Pan-Africans who answered his call to wake up the masses. And we have been holding the line ever since.
And no matter how many times his lectures are deleted from Youtube, and no matter how many times his books are taken out of print, we will continue to use his teachings to liberate the masses.
Here are excerpts from Dr. Amos Wilson books that I hope will inspire you to go deeper.
The Process of Decolonizing The Black Mind
Dr Amos Wilson was known for asking questions to stimulate critical thinking and to draw out ideas and underlying presuppositions.
Can you name one African God? How can you then define yourself, the very true essence of yourself and the very essence of your soul and organize the very nature of your life here on Earth based on a god handed to us by our slave master and say that you have no slave consciousness?
This was the question that Dr. Amos Wilson asked of our people during one of his lectures years ago. And even though we would like to believe that we have made progress since then, our people still reject African spirituality in favor of white supremacist Christianity.
Slave consciousness is not only alive and well today, it is more deeply ingrained in the Black subconscious than ever before. Why? Because we have become increasingly more detached from reality.
Social media, subliminal seduction, and technology have all combined to distrort, disrupt, and distract us from critical Black thought.
- Historical and Social Construct: The Inducement of Self-Hatred Through “Equal” Education, Innate Inferiority, and Biblical Assault
- The white Attack: The Eurocentric Creation of the Afrikan Personality and Afrikan Mental Pathology
- Ham and Race: Innate Afrikan Inferiority and The Hamatic Myth
In his book Afrikan-Centered Consciousness Versus the New World Order he writes that “The very essence of pathology, whether political, ideological, economic, social, or psychological, is a lack of knowledge of reality. How can one deal with reality if one does not know what it is? How can you deal with reality if you’re blind to it or if it is distorted?”
And he suggests that our detachment from the truth can only be corrected when we as a people gain knowledge of self. He goes on to write that “…a people who suffer from a lack of knowledge of themselves and of their history, a lack of knowledge of their creation, are a people who suffer from a loss of identity.”
Answering the question of who we are as a people lies at the heart of almost everything Dr. Amos Wilson taught. He used trenchant questions to expose just how much white supremacy – and neocolonialism – have removed us from our truth.
“What kind of food do you eat?”, he asks. “A food that we learned to eat in the slave quarters! And yet we dare say that we have escaped slavery!”
“What kind of clothes are we wearing? Were these the clothes of African people?”
“What kind of names do we respond to? What kind of names do we identify with? Why is it that African names sound strange to us now, as a people? And yet we dare say that we have a [consciousness that is different from] our great slave grandparents.”
As we work toward mental liberation the lesson taught here is that decolonizing our minds is about changing the things we eat, say, and wear as much as it is about changing our thoughts and beliefs.
Challenging The Lies of White Supremacy
One of the greatest lies told by white supremacy is that we are a people who have no past worth mentioning. Or even worse: that Black history started in 1619.
When we separate ourselves from the full scope of our history, we are left with a narrative that begins with our interactions with whites. We disconnect ourselves from more than 300,000 years of real Black history.
This was a deliberate effort on the part of white supremacists to divide the African diaspora with an edited history that was written by white so-called scholars. Once again, Dr Amos Wilson brings us to our senses:
“We recognize, as Garvey recognized, that this lack of self-knowledge was deliberately induced into the mind and psyche of Black people.
We could not be African and slaves at the same time; we could not hold onto our African identity, our African selves, knowledge of our African culture, and be enslaved – the subordinates of another people.
It is only when that knowledge is removed, erased, degraded, stolen, taken and distorted that we lose our identity. It is then that an identity is placed upon us by another people and by external forces.”
To the opening point of this section, when we focus on our history from 1619 onward, we participate in the same tactic of miseducation that white supremacy used to colonize our minds.
If anything, Black history in the context of white supremacy did not begin with our defeat – but with our victory over whites in 711 A.D.
In Reclaiming Our Stolen Legacy – 300,000 Years of Untold Black History we learn how Black rulers transformed Europe from a barbaric wasteland into a paradise. Once Moorish Spain fell to white supremacists in 1415, Moorish technology was weaponized against Africans by Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and others.
The fall of the Port of Ceuta in 1415 marked the beginning of the maafa – the Great Struggle against white supremacy that lasted until the formation of the OAU on May 25, 1963.
In short, we did not begin our relationship with whites as their slaves. We began as their conquerors.
Black on Black Violence or White Paranoia?
Black on Black violence is another common white supremacist idea that must be challenged and corrected. All of us have wondered why our Ancestors sold fellow Africans into slavery. We all have felt shame at seeing endless parades of Black faces in the news for fighting, killing, raping, and robbing other Black women and men. Even Tupac rapped that “they say its the white man I should fear, but its my own kind doing all the killing here.”
Baba Amos Wilson devoted an entire volume to understanding our self destructive behavior in his book Black-on-Black Violence: The Psychodynamics of Black Self-Annihilation in Service of White Domination.
- Used Book in Good Condition
- Wilson, Amos N. (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
In the book he explains how identifying with the oppressor leads to taking on the values and behaviors of the oppressor. In other words, the oppressed become oppressors themselves in an attempt to regain their power.
When we ‘act white’ we act towards our people in the same way that whites act towards us.
He also brings light to the idea that constant media coverage of and discussions surrounding Black on Black violence are often exaggerated. We have our fair share of criminals, but media coverage and prosecution are disproportionately aimed at us.
That the White American must see virtually every Black male as criminal or as a po- tential criminal regardless of facts to the contrary, bespeaks an intense psychic need of White America to perceive him as such. – Dr. Amos Wilson
Baba Wilson explains:
“Alleged Black criminality, while evoking White American fear and loathing, reassures them of their vaunted self-worth, their assumed innately superior moral standing, of their self-congratulatory self-constraint in contrast with presumed Black American unworthiness, innate inferior moral standing, inherent criminality, lack of self-constraint and self-control.
White America’s self-appreciation is enhanced as it insatiably feeds on overblown reports about Black criminality while denying its own incomparable criminal record, and its own racist-imperialist incubation and giving birth to the very same criminal forces which now threaten to destroy it.
Black criminals function as a negative reference group vital to maintaining the White American self-image. The Black criminal is used to support the White American community’s self-serving, self-justifying judgments of itself.
White America’s preoccupation with Black criminality betrays its own need for reassurance; betrays its own basic insecurity regarding its projected moral purity.
Consequently, the higher the incidence of reported Black criminality, the more exceptionally righteous White America feels itself to be.
The more righteous it feels itself to be the more intensely and guiltlessly it promulgates and justifies its domination and exploitation of African peoples at home and abroad.
The alleged innate criminality of Black America, particularly of Black males, and their actual high level of self-destructive criminality remain incontrovertible psychopolitical necessities if the White American-Eurocentric culture of inequality is to be self-justifiably continued without end…
Under these circumstances, the need of the collective White ego to project an image of endemic Black criminality in order to main- tain its power status quo, is tantamount to the creation of Black criminality, particularly of the self-destructive kind.”
Uniting The Masses With A Blueprint For Black Power
Dr. Wilson teaches us that the unity of the Black masses can only come after we begin to think of ourselves as a nation. During one of his lectures he cut to the heart of the matter like only a Jegna can:
“If you are not thinking in the terms of Nationhood, then…you are not thinking seriously of being liberated.
Trying to integrate and merge with our enemies is not going to solve our problem, and it’s not going to happen as a matter of fact. It is a fantasy that has kept us from taking care of business for far too long. That the idea, that one day we’re going to be one with these people, that we’re going to merge into invisibility, with these white folk.
And even if that were possible, we should question our motives for wanting to do so.
Why would you want to merge with the world’s greatest criminals and thieves, with the people who has had the worst values the world has ever known?“
We know that a nation is built on the values that people share. And we also know that integration – forcing one group to accept an alien culture – is one of the weapons of white supremacy used to erase Blackness.
So if we are obedient to the teachings of our Ancestor, then our focus should be on abandoning white supremacist belief systems while reclaiming our indigenous values.
- Wilson, Amos N. (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 889 Pages – 04/01/2000 (Publication Date) – Afrikan World Infosystems (Publisher)
Like the process of mental decolonization, reclaiming our values extends to our everyday habits. The food we eat, the names we use, and our cultural expressions must all be re-aligned to foster our sense of nationhood.
7 Must Read Books By Dr Amos Wilson
Amos Wilson Books For Black Parents
The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child (click here)
Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children (click here)
Understanding Black Male Adolescent Violence: Its Prevention and Remediation (click here)
Amos Wilson Books For Decolonizing Afrikan Minds
Black-on-Black Violence: The Psychodynamics of Black Self-Annihilation in Service of White Domination (click here)
The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness (click here)
Blueprint for Black Power (click here)
Afrikan-Centered Consciousness Versus the New World Order (click here)
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