The Powers Report: Volume 3
If We Should Die Before We Wake…
To The People? Black Power Atheists
Tyrone Powers, Ph.D.
n important lesson was missed during the trial of alleged serial murder
Charles Manson. The prosecutor, Vincent Bugliosi, indicated that Manson
and his band of middle-aged white killers believed that eventually Black
people would tire of being ruled, used, and abused by white people.
Manson suggested that after many unproductive attempts at non-violent
compromise, Blacks would rise up and violently overthrow their white
oppressors. Manson indicated that due to a lack of confidence in themselves
and in their ability to rule and govern, Blacks would return the reins
of power and governance to a white person. That person, Manson believed,
would be him. To help the process along, Manson ordered his gang to
go out and jump-start the process for Blacks - by killing off upper
class whites. Surly, he thought, Blacks would be blamed (seems logical
in light of recent history) and thus a race war would ensue that Blacks
would eventually win.
Manson thought his help necessary to get things started because Blacks
seemed afraid of their "masters," and it appeared that even under the
worst conditions and treatment, Blacks seemed reluctant to fight for
freedom and independence. There is little argument against the notion
that Manson was a bigot, racist, and a nut. In fact, he was known to
identify Blacks as "spades." But, as my grandfather often reminded me,
it is possible to learn "something" from anyone - even a fool. In light
of recent events and recent choices made by some prominent Black leaders
and their followers, part of Charles Manson's "Helter Skelter" scenario
must be revisited with renewed interest and a fresh analysis. Charles
Manson seems to have more "believers" than those that joined his cult.
And it is the covert "Masoneers" that might hurt us the most.
Best Black Leader Is A White Man
September 14, 1999, the good citizens of Baltimore City in the state
of Maryland voted into the office of Mayor a white man by the name of
Martin O'Mally. Despite the fact that other well-qualified Black candidates
were in contention, many "prominent" Black "leaders" endorsed O'Mally
and the followers of the leaders voted for him. Baltimore city is approximately
65% African-American. In translation and summation, a city of people
comprised of a 65% Black population came to the conclusion that a white
man - from the 30% pool of white people - (5% other) was best qualified
to represent them and thus, after having only one elected Black Mayor
in its history, returned the reins of power to a white man. This is
not to say that Martin O'Mally is not qualified to run a city. Martin
O'Mally is probably a good man. But, it does beg the question: Is there
not one great Black person in a city of approximately 700, 000 people
who is equally qualified? And if there is not one great Black person
who is currently involved in politics - should we not be creating and
educating or own leaders? Have we not learned anything in 400 years?
Shouldn't we be creating, developing, and supporting "our" leaders financially
so that they do not have to rely on the good graces of others? So that
they do not have to subordinate their hopes, goals and aspirations for
a people to the political backdoor deals of others? What group of people
gives up power to another group of people when all are in agreement
that the now powerless group is being mistreated, oppressed, discriminated
against, and brutalized? Imagine, if you will for a moment the State
of Israel electing a qualified Arab citizen as its leader or an Arab
state electing a qualified Jewish citizen as its leader. Imagine the
Japanese electing a Chinese Prime Minister or the Chinese electing a
Japanese. Can't imagine it? Neither can I. Does this selection of us
to represent us mean that one group hates the other group or does this
mean that one group is intelligent? Not only will Israel not allow the
election of an Arab they will not allow the United States to try a person
of Jewish descent. See the Samuel Shiebein case.
Are Black people afraid of power? Are Black people afraid of Black faces
in high places? Do the so-called leaders actually believe in Black people?
Was Charles Manson right about Black people and power? Unfortunately,
the situation regarding the "complexion" of leadership in Baltimore
is not an aberration. We see it across the nation. For example the good
Black folk of the 18th Ward in Chicago elected Alderman Murphy, a white
man, to represent them despite a group of well-qualified Blacks candidates.
Alderman Murphy had to move into the 18th Ward to qualify to take the
office from Blacks who were already living there. Alderman Murphy garnered
over 60% of the vote - more that all the Black candidates together.
It was obviously not a matter of splitting the Black vote, but more
so an indication of the psychological and mental chains of slavery.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson may have said it best, "Control a man's thinking
and you do not have to worry about his actions." In the wake of the
Baltimore election some Black leaders indicated that they were proud
of Black folk for showing that they were colorblind. We have gone from
"Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm proud," to "We are proud to be colorblind."
From "Power to the People," to Black Power Atheist."
How Much is That "Darkie" in the Window?
Sadly, we confirm the predictions of intelligence organizations. As
I have mentioned on many previous occasions, during my tenure as a Special
Agent with the FBI, the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico, Virginia
produced a psychological profile of Black America. The FBI concluded
that Black people are emotional and not intellectual. Using our emotions
as a weapon against us has allowed the FBI and others to predict what
stimulus we will respond to. We have become Pavlov's dogs. We salivate
when we hear the overt and covert proffers of others. They ring the
bell - we run to their feet and swear that it was our "independent"
choice. All too often the FBI has used its profile of Black America
to bring down sincere Black public officials who did not and will not
respond to Pavlov's bell. The FBI have utilized its profile to set up
"sting" operations to bring down leaders or to put them in a position
where the perception of compromise is present. See the effect of the
FBI's operations, (the same effects that we appear to be blind to) some
whites, in pursuit of political positions in majority Black communities,
utilize similar methods to buy off (or out) prominent Black leadership.
An endorsement - with thousands of votes attached to it - can be bought
for next to nothing or for a few "hollow" promises. The formula is easily
repeatable. (Hear the bell ringing) Having removed the belief in competent
Black leadership and replaced it with cold hard cash, the taking of
the people and the people's political office becomes all but complete.
The "darkie" has been bought. In the minds of the so-called, self-described
Black leaders, the best man for the job has been (s)elected. Black Power
The More Things Change…
In the April 2, 1961 edition of the Jamaican newspaper Gleaner, a student
from the University of the West Indies wrote, "In spite of all they
have suffered the black man still likes to serve and honor the white
man in preference to his own brethren…It is a insult to the Negro race."
Sadly enough this still seems to be the case. A colorblind society is
an unrealistic goal that is oft repeated from the mouths of the ignorant
or from those with bad intentions. Even the late great Reverend Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. would have abandoned such a fantasy by now. In
fact, a true reading of history indicates that Dr. King had already
put such notions aside. A country built on race division will not all
of a sudden start seeing one shade of color.
Color differentiation is taught from pre-school through high school.
We need to stop playing and, as the young people say, "keep it real."
It was the great educator Dr. Booker T. Washington who stated, "In all
things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers,
yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress." Asking
the Black man to recognize himself as a Black man and to have faith
in Black people is not racism, it is good common sense and, for most
people, human nature. Unfortunately, many of us do not believe in us,
despite our rhetoric. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad indicated that many
Black leaders "have accepted a position of permanent servitude." Having
accepted such a proposition they hastily move to install their "natural"
leaders in positions of power and leadership. If questioned about their
choice they quickly evoke the "colorblind society" rule. The color they
are blind to is Black. Some have a fear of Black power - Blackpowerphobia,
others are simply Black Power Atheist.
A Message To The Black Youth
It was the great African leader Kwame Nkrumah who wrote, "It is far
better to be free to govern, or misgovern, yourself than to be governed
by anybody else." Our so-called Black leaders constantly discuss the
importance of self-confidence to our youth. But the message they send
by giving Power to other people contradicts all the pep talks. Theoretically
our leaders believe in Black folk - but practically - they are Black
Power Atheists. J.C. Bell wrote, "Words spoken without meaning have
no tentacles. They float endlessly, bouncing here and there, restless
pieces of the spirit; sent out without any mission or specific destination,
landing no where and serving no purpose, except to diminish the spirit
of the speaker." But not only do our Black Power Atheist diminish themselves,
they diminish our youth and their future. They place our very survival
and continued existence in peril. They allow the Charles Manson's of
the world to predict our actions, reactions and lack of action.
We cannot teach our children to be financially independent if we are
financially and politically dependent upon others. Welfare leaders cannot
instruct young people to shun welfare. Nor can we tell our young people
to strive to be elected to positions that we refuse to elect young people
who look like them to. Imagine what Martin O'Mally is able to say to
his children this evening. Imagine how he explains that he is the best
leader for a city of Black people. O'Mally cannot claim colorblindness
because he too spoke of the significance of having Black folk in his
"camp." But he can have his children aspire to positions of leadership
- especially if they can find a Black city just laying around somewhere.
Black Power Atheist.
Message To The Black Man In America
Minister Louis Farrakhan has often indicated the danger of false leadership
with evil intentions. The great Jamaican Political leader, Black Power
advocate, and musician Bob Marley warned us of "Race Mercenaries" who
make money from the condition of Black people. Marley indicated that
some of these mercenaries look like us but are not for us. It was Marcus
Mosiah Garvey who advised us, "In a world of wolves one should go armed,
and one of the most powerful defensive weapons within the reach of Negroes
is the practice of race first in all parts of the world." The Honorable
Elijah Muhammad noted that 'No one wants foolish people who love everyone
but themselves and their own kind." Who can afford to ignore the Messenger.
For us to continue to choose others to lead us is for us to deny the
wisdom, knowledge and work of these great men. To say that race doesn't
matter is to discount the tremendous effort put forward by the men and
women who have gone before us. To say that anyone but us can lead us,
save us is to deny history. The movie the Amistad suggested what occurs
when you trust others to navigate the boat and to take us in the direction
toward freedom. Somehow I feel that despite all that we know about history,
we are getting back on the boat.
What Black People Should Do
Black people must make use of their considerable economic power - garnered
from Black businesses and Black consumers to build Black political leaders
and Black Power
Brokers that are beholden to Blacks. If Black politicians are to be
bought let them be bought by us for us. (FUBU) An education process
must take place in the Black community whereas Black communities see
an investment in Black politicians is an investment in Black communities,
in Black schools, in Black vocational centers, in Black Business, in
Black book stores, in Black recreational centers, in Black technology
centers, in Black people. There must be a community fund where all Black
preachers - separate from their churches - but it could come from money
put into their salaries by their churches for this unstated purpose
- are required to contribute in proportion to their congregation size
and/or income level. This fund will help to fully buy Black politicians.
There must be some quid pro quo. "Let's keep it Real." Sincere and hardworking
Black politicians should not have to live in poverty, or worry about
the cost of housing, or how they are going to finance a vacation for
their families. Their families should be taken care of and protected
and those who threaten them should be assured that they, and all they
love, will be destroyed. MAD - Mutually Assured Destruction. Thus, there
should be nothing that Black politicians and Power Brokers want for
- nothing that others can offer them that is not being provided by us.
Their total concentration - except for quiet time spent with their families
- should be on the advancement of Black people and thus on the advancement
of all people. So-called Black leaders who have historically been the
overseers for their perceived masters must understand that they are
servants of Black people-not the permanent servants of white people
or any other group of people. This will take a massive re-education
process, as these leaders have been fully emerged in the cesspool of
subordination and white Supremacy. They have become Black Power Atheist.
Again, at the bottom of everything else there must be economic empowerment.
Economic Power and Political Power are not mutually exclusive. We should
not expect poor politicians - no more than does a congregation expect
a poor raggedy pastor.
The Mis-Education and Re-Education of Black Folk
The process of re-education must take place right away. We must go into
elementary schools and begin to select our future leaders. We must educate
them, protect them and prepare them. Somewhere as you read this another
Martin O'Mally is being educated and prepared to take a throne in a
Black city. We cannot afford to fail to prepare because we know that
failing to prepare is, in fact, preparing to fail.. A training camp
for future leaders must begin today. This camp does not consist of lay-ups
or down and outs. No fly balls or fly boys. If we truly believe in us
we will succeed. If we do not the smiling, chuckling Black Power Atheist
will sell us out - and we will have to rely on Charles Manson as our
Copyright 1999 Tyrone Powers