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"A people without knowledge of their past history, origin or culture is like a tree without roots" - Ancestor Marcus Garvey

"Of utmost importance for the revolutionary is a cogent analysis of the situation in which he finds himself." - Robert L. Allen

CO-OPTED: To neutralize or win over (an independent minority, for example) through assimilation into an established group or culture: co-opt rebels by giving them positions of authority.

Co-opted - This program was formulated by America's corporate elite-the major owners, managers, and directors of the giant corporations, banks, and foundations which increasingly dominate the economy and society as a whole-because they believe that the urban revolts pose a serious threat to economic and social stability. Led by such organizations as the ford foundation, the urban coalition, national alliance of businessmen, the corporatist are attempting with considerable success to co-opt the black power movement.

Their strategy is to equate black power with black capitalism. In this task the white corporate elite has found an ally in the black bourgeoisie.. -In effect, this new elite (black bourgeoisie) told the power structure: "give us a piece of the action and we will run the black communities and keep them quite for you." -the white corporatist accepted this implicit invitation and encouraged the development of "constructive" black power. They endorsed the new black elite as their tacit agents in the black community, and black self-determination has come to mean control of the black community by a "native" elite, which is beholden to the white power structure.

The corporate capitalist, the american businessman, he is interested in maintaining law and order (good for business), but he knows that there is little or nothing to gain and a great deal to lose in committing genocide against the blacks. His deeper interest is in re-organizing the ghetto "infrastructure," in creating a ghetto buffer class clearly committed to the dominant american institutions and values on the one hand, and on the other, in rejuvenating the black working class and integrating it into the american economy. Both are necessary if the city is to be salvaged and capitalism preserved.

This did not mean that every black person should become a capitalist. Rather it implied the creation of a class of capitalists and corporate managers within the black community. The theory was that such a class would ease ghetto tensions by providing living proof to black dissidents that they can assimilate into the system if only they discipline themselves and work at it tirelessly. A black capitalist class would serve thereby as a means of social control by disseminating the ideology and values of the dominant white society throughout the alienated ghetto masses.
Black 'Awakening In Capitalist America’ by Robert L. Allen.

CO-OPTED: To neutralize or win over (an independent minority, for example) through assimilation into an established group or culture: co-opt rebels by giving them positions of authority.

In a so-called third world country this would be referred to as Neo-Colonialism.

Uhuru Now!.

"Of utmost importance for the revolutionary is a cogent analysis of the situation in which he finds himself." - Robert L. Allen

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