As a black atheist, do any of you use this label to identify yourself? For me, I don't believe in the meaning of what it is to be pro-black. I feel its an unnecessary label to identify yourself with, considering it has so many meanings to an individual person. A lot of negative ideas about this label seems to surface also. Ex, if you're pro-black than you're anti-white. I've met plenty of pro-black black people but they come off as arrogant, cocky, anti-white and they have a sense of black superiority. For that reason that is why I choose not to associate myself with that word. I have no issues with the word to describe yourself as someone who has learned the history and etc...but I guess I'm saying the attitude behind it is disturbing. Thought?.........

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Like you stated, pro-black can have many meanings. I am proud to be black but I never identify myself as pro-black. I don't think it is necessary. I am pro-human rights regardless of race or nationality. Maybe some people's concept of being pro-black may just be a strong concern of the plight of blacks without a dis-like of whites. And yes there are those who consider themselves pro-black because they are anti-white. I don't knowingly associate with anyone who is outwardly racist, black or white if I can help it. Your question reminds me of a pet peeve of mine. I hate when I hear black people say that blacks cannot be racist because they hold no power. They say whites hold the power in this nation so only they can be racist. That is BS. Being racist has nothing to do with who holds the most power. With that reasoning whites in Jamaica can't be racist because blacks are in power.
I agree, I am also proud to be black. I will stand up for all races, not just including my own. I love learning my history and I'm still learning, but I never think gain hatred or superiority over other because of it. I feel more compelled to help lift up my race as well as helping others.
I’m disgusted by any form of nationalism, but I do understand where Black nationalists are coming from and most of them see the world more clearly than any typical White person.

If you don‘t think scientifically and try to find the root of the issue it is rather easy to do a quick glance at history and come to the conclusion that White people are the devil. As they dig deeper into finding the root cause of their oppression though they will discover it is not genetically linked and as the Black Panther Party began to discover and put forth until they were viscously repressed out of existence, the root cause of the oppression of Black people lies in production relations (what is one’s relationship with the ownership of the means of production, now and historically.) and that the only way to end their oppression is through revolution to place the means of production into common ownership.
I do respect those that try and find the true. Just reading history and becoming delusional isn't solving the issue but spreading hate. I want to learn more about the Black Panther Party, when I first heard of them I was fascinated by them but I could never find the right information.

There is a tremendous amount of distortion out there regarding the Black Panther Party. Learning about the BPP from school textbooks and other capitalist mouthpieces is little different than going to a creationist to learn about evolution. I'm not an expert on the BPP myself, I've concerned myself moreso with studying the movements going on in the world now that were in part inspired by the BPP, in particular the revolutionary movement in India (links at bottom) and how we can put a BPP-like party (completely minus the nationalism, enhanced and enriched in many ways) back on the map here. Here's some good stuff on the BPP:


40th anniversary of the assassination of Fred Hampton:

History of the BPP:

Seems to open to negative interpretation.

I agree with you. I don't necessarily identify as Pro-Black. I'm proud of being an African-American, especially after doing a bit of research of the history of the continent of Africa and her people. But a lot of people, in my humble opinion, are still suffering psychologically from the effects of the Willie Lynch policies. There's another issue with our people in that you can either be anti-white, or an uncle tom when it comes to identifying yourself in regards to other races (or at least that's how it seems in the part of the south that I live in.)


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