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At the same time the petty bourgeoisie gained hegemony over the Black Liberation Movement and New Afrikan revolutionaries were imprisoned en-masse, driven underground, exiled or assassinated. The co-opting of the Black Liberation Movement by the New Afrikan petty bourgeoisie and their failure (in the past 30 years) to develop effective leadership or a program has led to a complete demoralization of the entire New Afrikan community who then turned inward on themselves. The New Afrikan community faces a crisis that is affecting the entire New Afrikan nationality. Cutbacks in social services and employment of the poor present an economic crisis, but an even greater crisis is the loss of unity in the community and the misdirection of New Afrikan youth. This misdirection is a growing problem in every New Afrikan community in the country and is a direct result of magazines, movies, and all forms of media from the “new street culture” that has emerged from the drug traffic. Institutions (church, school, family) that had previously provided New Afrikans with a value system for the day-to-day realities that they face, have not responded adequately to the growing crisis. As a result, facing 5060% unemployment, this generation of New Afrikan youth, have lost all sense of having values or morals. They have little or no respect for elders, parents, or any responsible person in the New Afrikan community. Since they have not been taught of the struggles that New Afrikans endured, even to get to where they are now, they are easy victims of the “pimp-prostitute-drug pusher-rip off artist-hustler” culture. With the loss of a sense of identity and sense of community, New Afrikan youth have taken to ripping off (stealing) from any easy prey they can find. There is a precipitous rise of black-on-black crime perpetrated by these youth in our neighborhoods. They, like the larger New Afrikan community, have been ‘lumpenized” by the media culture’s conception of what they should be. Unlike the generation in the 1960s, when New Afrikan youth took to the streets to change the system (Black Social Responsibility); today’s youth are engaging in antisocial behavior, blatant disrespect for adults and even life itself. This tendency towards black-on-black crime is sorely dividing and destroying the New Afrikan community, even as it faces the most severe repression it has faced in years. Black-on-Black Crime When the Black Liberation Movement is at its highest tide, black-on-black crime recedes. The intra-hate complex that New Afrikans harbor due to oppression psychosis produced by the racist monopoly capitalist system has a creative outlet. It is a form of therapy for the New Afrikan nationality and also takes the form of mass social dislocation, mass demonstrations, mass uprisings, and revolutionary self-defense against the system. Most so-called crimes committed by New Afrikans have been out of economic desperation and self-hate. Crimes committed against forms of white power structures (banks, insurance companies, retail stores, etc.) are economic wars by the oppressed class. Black-on-black crime, (murder, drug-pushing, ripping off neighbor’s homes) are crimes stemming from self-hate, even though they are from an economic motivation. The Black Liberation Movement must address itself to black-on-black crime and create the means to eliminate it. It should attempt to restore love and respect in New Afrikans for New Afrikans. While the objective conditions exist for the highest level of revolutionary mass organization, cutbacks in social services, high unemployment, mass racist attacks, blatant police brutality, and the rapid move toward consolidating fascism create the conditions that New Afrikans cannot collectively organize because of the low level of their “national” consciousness. New Afrikan revolutionaries should be creating the special organizational forms that fit the masses’ objective and subjective needs.

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