That’s because Whites have not only waged a relentless and genocidal wars of conquest, enslavement, and genocide against Black people’s lands and bodies, they have waged a relentless assault against our minds, our history, and our understanding of our history.
This war against the African Psyche was termed the Process of Mentacide by Dr. Bobby E. Wright.
Dr. Wright defined Mentacide as the “deliberate and systematic destruction of a group’s mind with the ultimate goal being the extirpation of their bodies.”
Blacks suffer from such high levels of “low Racial Self-Esteem” or what I call Self-Rejection and Self-Hatred because we have not effectively acknowledged and countered the psychological warfare Whites have waged against Blacks since the Roman Empire (that’s how long they have been attacking our minds and distorting our historical legacy and contributions); and we’ve yet to really begin to fight them on the psychological and propaganda fronts. It’s really incredible when you thinking about it.
There have been some Black Psychological and Propaganda Warriors, but they have never been able to get mass acceptance of their work and advocacy. You have psychologist like Dr. Wright, and Dr. Harry X. Davison (who wrote the great two-volume works: “Somebody Is Trying to Kill You). You have propaganda researchers and media analysis like Kedi Awadu and Del Jones. You have scholars like Dr. Wade B. Nobles, and Jacob Carruthers, Dr. Khalid Muhammad, and so many more who’ve address this issue, but I don’t think the larger community and movement deal with it enough.
Dr. Wright said that at this stage, the “war is for the African mind,” because if we lose the battle for the African mind, then all else is lost.
The state of our people is not accident, it’s not our fault, and it’s not permanent; it’s planned and sustained by our enemies and oppressors. We need a direct and deliberate counter measures. We have some moves towards that end, but they are disjointed, we need unity, coordination, and intensification of the Black Self-Love Struggle, African/Natural beauty movement, and the Black Consciousness Community. We also need all aspects of Black culture and Black aesthetics politicised and Revolutionized.
I could say more, but I’m tryna keep my responses short and concise. I hope I’ve giving you some insight and you can follow the references. I would link to the names and shit but my computer is fucking up. Sorry; but you can DuckDuckGo (not Google) their names and find their vids and writings on the web.