Merely by describing yourself as black you have started on a road towards emancipation, you have committed yourself to fight against all forces that seek to use your blackness as a stamp that marks you out as a subservient being.
The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
Being black is not a matter of pigmentation – being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.
A people without a positive history is like a vehicle without an engine.
Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time.
We know that all interracial groups in South Africa are relationships in which whites are superior, blacks inferior. So as a prelude, whites must be made to realize that they are only human, not superior. Same with blacks. They must be made to realize that they are also human, not inferior.
If one is free at heart, no man-made chains can bind one to servitude, but if one’s mind is so manipulated and controlled by the oppressor, then there will be nothing the oppressed can do to scare his powerful masters.
It becomes more necessary to see the truth as it is if you realize that the only vehicle for change are these people who have lost their personality.
Tradition has it that whenever a group of people has tasted the lovely fruits of wealth, security, and prestige, it begins to find it more comfortable to believe in the obvious lie and accept that it alone is entitled to privilege.
In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift – a more human face.