Blueprint for Black Power: A Moral, Political, and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century (Paperback)
by Amos N. Wilson
Afrikan Americans earn a take-home salary of near $500 billion yearly, not to mention the millions they generate. Yet they retain only 5% of this income. Viewed as a nation, their economy would be the 8th to 9th largest in the world! Afrikan Americans possess enormous potential to amass effectual social, political and economic power and this control their destiny and secure their liberation. Professor Wilson argues that were the Africkan American community to see itself as indeed a de facto nation, then its scourges of poverty, disemployment, crime, mis-education, wanton consumerism, alienated/deficit spending, misleadership and powerlessness would be drastically reduced, if not eliminated.
Blueprint posits that an Afrikan American/Caribbean/Pan-Afrikan bloc would be most potent for the generation and delivery of Black Power in the United States and the world to counter White and Asian power networks. Wilson frames this imperative by deconstructing the U.S. elite power structure of government, political parties, think tanks, corporations, foundations, media, interest groups, banking and foreign investment particulars. Potentially strong Black institutions as the church, media, think tanks; industry; collectives such as investment clubs and credit unions; rotating credit associations such as Afrikan-originated esusu, tontine. and partner are analyzed. Pan-Afrikanism, Black Nationalism, ethnocentrism and reparation are assessed, often misused and underused financial institutions as securities, mutual funds, stocks, bonds, underwriting, and incubators advocated, thus elucidating oft-negated opportunities for economic empowerment. Blueprint deligitmates White power and roundly critiques the Black sycophantic bourgeois religious leadership establishments for their historic moralizing of Black socio-economic conditions and programmatic ineptitude. Wilson warns the consequences of Black obsolescence –biological annihilation!
Aptly titled, Blueprint for Black Power stops not at critique but prescribes radical, practical theories, frameworks and approaches for true power. It gives a biting look into Black potentially. This 900-page treatise is a journey into the protracted.
About the Author
Dr. Amos N. Wilson was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on February 23, 1941. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, mastered at The New School for Social Research, and attained a Ph.D. degree from Fordham University in New York. Wilson worked as a psychologist, social caseworker, supervising probation officer and as a training administrator in the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice. As an academic, Wilson also taught at the City University of New York from 1981 to 1986 and at the College of New Rochelle from 1987 to 1995.
Wilson believed the vast power differentials between Africans and non-Africans was the major social problem of the 21st century. He believed these power differentials, and not simply racist attitudes, was chiefly responsible for the existence of racism, and the continuing domination of people of African descent across the globe—white people exercise racism because they have the power to do so. Wilson passed on January 14, 1995
Category: Liberation Studies, Empowerment
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Afrikan World Infosystems
Date Published: January 1, 1998
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