Rev. Daughtry's weekly article that appears in the NY Daily Challenge every Wednesday and Friday

11-22-06

Black Power Revisited- Part XII

By: Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry

The following is the continuation from part XI of the Black Power series published Wednesday, August 11, 2006. This excerpt is taken from excerpts of my writings on Black Power over 40 years ago. I hope the reader finds the articles as interesting as I have found them.

Fear of Isolationism
In the past there were never coalition—for coalition implies equal—or the recognition of the strength of each party. In the endeavors of the past, paternalism, or maternalism characterized the situation.
In former times, Blacks would approach the presence of whites with importunities and whites from the pinnacles of paternalism would toss Negroes what they wanted them to have.

Negroes would comfortably protest; or gladly receive whatever was offered; or accepted with the silent mutual understanding that they would be back again soon. And so it went!

I have observed three phases in the struggle. There was a time when whites would come together to discuss the “Negro problem.” After that, they decided to have a Negro leader, or leaders, chosen by whites, at all the conferences—which were called by whites—to discuss an agenda—prepared by whites. The whole thing was really white controlled!

Now we have moved into another phase. It is the Black Power phase. Now Blacks choose their own leaders; call their own conferences; prepare their own agenda; discuss their own problems, and dictate their own terms.

It is not hatred. It is not Black supremacy. It is not Black Nationalism—not in the sense in which the term is generally used. It is not Black segregationism. It is not Black isolationism. It is simply Blacks shaping their own destiny, united to assert their strength; flex their muscles, if you will.
Stokely Carmichael (later known as Kwame Toure) put it this way, “That black people have to politically get together to organize themselves so that they can speak from a position of strength rather than a position of weakness.”

The point is grasped well by Silberman. He wrote, “The crux of the matter summed up, is the difference between the words, conversation and negotiations. Whites are accustomed to holding conversations with Negroes, in which they sound out the latter’s views or acquaints them with decisions they have already taken. The Negroes insist more and more on negotiation—on discussion as equals, designed to reach an agreement, designed ‘to come to terms especially in state matters.’” As Webster’s Third International dictionary defines the word, “to negotiate mean to recognize the other party’s power.”

When whites negotiate with Negroes, therefore, it not only helps solve the Negro’s “Negro Problem,” it helps solve the white man’s “Negro Problem,” as well; for whites begin to see Negroes in a different light—as equals or men.

The assertion of independence means that Blacks now have a healthy distrust of Whites, a healthy desire for independence and a healthy desire to negotiate.

To be continued

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December 11, 2006

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The Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry is featured in The Daily Challenge’s Wednesday and Weekend Edition. Reverend Daughtry, known as the “People’s Pastor,” is the National Presiding Minister of the House of the Lord Churches (HOLC). He also pastors the Brooklyn Church. A prolific writer, his books include “No Monopoly on Suffering, Blacks and Jews in Crown Heights,” “My Beloved Community,” “Effectual Prayer,” and “Tupac, Letters to a Son.” HOLC has a weekly broadcast which airs on WWRL 1600 on Sunday from 10:30am-11:00am. He is also on BCAT the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 2pm. Website: www.holnj.org