Afrika Speaks: Mama Frances Cress Welsing Tribute pt2 feat Mama Marimba Ani
How should we preserve and defend the legacy of Mama Frances Cress Welsing?
Due to the overwhelming response to our tribute show to Queen Mama Frances Cress Welsing, we are compelled to do a follow-up not only to further explore her ideas but also to examine the nature the critiques that have rapidly emerged since her passing. Before that we can announce that the Memorial Service for Dr. Frances Cress Welsing will be held on: Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 3:00pm to 7:00 pm at the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 and will be live streamed and live broadcast from WPFW 89.3 FM, http://www.wpfwfm.org. When Queen Mama Frances Cress Welsing drafted and published her Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy), the Black Power movement was in the midst of the military and ideological war declared on it by the US state. FBI intrigues had effectively exiled Kwame Ture and killed or incarcerated many leading activists. As a consequence her previous Marxist ideology was replaced by something she felt was more solution oriented.
The Cress Theory and accompanying essays (later collected in The Isis Papers) were embraced by large elements of what is termed the Black Nationalist or Cultural Nationalist community and has endured to this day as a tool to understand the nature of the enemy and plot a strategy for victory:
“Once the victims of oppression accurately and completely decode the system and its objective of oppression and once they fully analyse the symbols and patterns of logic, thought, speech, action emotional response and perception (consciously or unconsciously determined) that constitute the system, the oppressed will be able to reorganize their own behaviour effectively. This reorganization will result in self/group-respect and support, and thereby end their oppression.” (1)
She also cited the promotion of Afrikan masculinity as one of the key sites of conflict:
“Black male bisexuality and homosexuality has been used by the white collective in its effort to survive genetically in a world dominated by colored people, and Black acceptance of this imposition does not solve the major problem of our oppression but only further retards its ultimate solution.” (2)
In contrast, much of the black left/socialist school (which includes a significant portion of black academia) opposed the Cress Theory, in concert with its historical opposition to Black Nationalism. In the 1960s Black Panther Party leadership equated Cultural Nationalists with “Black racism.” Considering themselves revolutionary, they routinely characterize nationalists as reactionary, “non-persons” or even “a**-holes” (3). This is spite of the fact that the most successful model developed in the last hundred years is a nationalist one – that of Marcus Mosiah Garvey and the UNIA-ACL. What further seems to alienate much of the black left from Cultural Nationalists is the latter’s embrace of Afrikan spiritual mores that identify what is termed “homosexuality” as anti-Afrikan (4).
Therefore, it was unsurprising that within hours of her passing, critiques began to surface on social media from advocates of the left and homosexual politics. although thus far these have been dwarfed by the torrent of praise.
In declaring that they are putting their “whole reputation on the line” (though it is not clear who this person is, nor the nature of the reputation they are endangering), R.L. Stephens II asserted:
“The devastating miseducation wrought by her work will continue to plague Black political efforts years after her passing… Welsing built a career convincing thousands and thousands of people, mostly Black, that racism wasn’t the result of political economy, but was instead a product of biology. Her work, in effect, helped gut Black political resistance by delegitimizing anti-capitalist Black radical politics… Frances Cress Welsing’s anti-gay ideology isn’t a side dish, it’s the main course. Hating gay sex and gender fluidity is an inevitable and essential element of her theory, because her whole racial analysis hinges on heterosexist biological determination.” (5)
Stephens’ position ostensibly encompasses much of the obligatory menu of causes and positions to which much of the black left likes to subscribe:
Read in full here: http://alkebulan.org/2016/01/0....7/afrika-speaks-defe