“IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT WHEN YOU DO ANYTHING, UNLESS YOU UNDERSTAND IT’S ACTUAL CIRCUMSTANCES, IT’S NATURE AND IT’S RELATIONS TO OTHER THINGS, YOU WILL NOT KNOW THE LAWS GOVERNING IT, OR KNOW HOW TO DO IT, OR BE ABLE TO DO IT WELL.” Problems of Strategy in China’s Revolutionary War, (DEC.’36) Selected works, Vol. 1; p.179. Taken from Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung.
The challenge we face when learning anything is to do more than simply understand the facts as given. We must interpret the facts within the perspective of our own heritage. This gives the information validity.
Chairman Mao Tse Tung was the leader of the country of China. He was a Communist. The fact that he believed in the tenets of communism made him an enemy of the U.S.A. That should have no meaning to Africans anywhere on this world. The Chairman led a revolution against other Chinese who were not acting in the best interest of their country and their people. Mao Tse Tung was a very important leader of the people of China. Let me emphasize this point. Mao Tse Tung was a very important person who led the common folk, the masses, and the peasants, the everyday men and women of China in a successful revolution.
His thoughts, ideas, and actions would have much value to Africans all over the world if we interpreted and applied them in an African-centered context. It is unnecessary to know Marxist-Leninist ideology or become communist in order to recognize and utilize the essential truths that the Chairman not only spoke and wrote about but also lived in his lifetime. Africans know Martin L. King, El Hajj Malik Shabazz, Jomo Kenyatta, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, and many others were all great men. Chairman Mao was greater than all of them because Chairman Mao achieved his goal!
None of the great Africans listed achieved their goals. The reality that they did not reach their stated goals in their lifetimes does not make them any less than great. They are great due to the foundation they laid for those of us who follow. We must walk in their footsteps only until we come to the pile of manure they slipped, tripped, fell, and wallowed in. We then have the duty to step over it or step around it and generate a new path for ourselves and those who follow us.
An analysis of the insanely named “civil rights movement” through the prism of the above statement by Chairman Mao will shed much light on the problems of strategy in the “Negro Revolution.”
- The organizations in the Negro civil rights movement appealed to the moral center of white people.
- The organizations in the Negro civil rights movement wanted whites to perceive and treat all Negroes as equals.
- The organizations in the Negro civil rights movement allied themselves with ethnic whites and white “liberals.”
- The organizations in the Negro civil rights movement had no independent means to finance their endeavors.
- The organizations in the Negro civil rights movement had no independent means to protect themselves from bodily harm.