I love and support Womanism and Womanist; I just wish it/they had better nomenclature; also more aggressive promotion among Black women and a stronger opposition to Feminism.
African people have been contaminated with all the dysfunction and hang-ups of our Oppressors from the Arab World, Europe, and Asia; Sexism is one of those major hang-ups. and Black/African Women need to lead the attack to purge it from communities and cultures. Womanism, at it’s best articulates and moves in that direction.
I’m not saying that there was no Sexism in Pre-Invasion, Pre-Colonial African, but today, we can’t find it manifesting independent of Colonization, Enslavement, and the ravages of the to on Africans and the African Diaspora, so all opposition to Sexism by Black people needs to be approached from a Pan-African, anti-White Domination, and Black Liberation stand point; not from simply a Woman’s Liberation standpoint like Feminism puts fourth.
The Sexism of Black men is not the same as the Sexism of White Men, it dosen’t come from the same place and it can’t be addressed or solved without understanding the Oppression of African people, historical and current Oppression. Feminist want to lump all men together and not focus on the very different power positions of White males and non-White males, Feminist wanna end Patriarchy, but they never see how it’s tied to White Domination of the world, or how White women feed and profit from White Domination. So Black women need distinctly separate formations to address Sexism and Black Women’s Oppression which is starkly different that the Oppression White Women face.
Some text for Pan-Africanist, not particularly for men or women:
- Wrenched of the Earth by Franz Fanon
- The Cultural Unity of Black Africa by C.A. Diop
- African World Revolution by John Henrik Clarke
- The Falsification of African Consciousness by Amos N. Wilson
- Yurugu by Dr. Marimba Ani
- Class Struggle in Africa by Kwame Nkrumah
- The Philosophies and Opinions of Marcus Garvey by Garvey
- The Destruction of Black Civilization by Chancellor Williams
- Carlos Cooks and Black Nationalism by Harris
- The Psychopathic Racial Personality by Dr. Bobby Wright
That’s a good list, but it dosen’t do the body of work on Pan-Africanism, and by Pan-Africanist any justice.