By Cedric J. Robinson
During this textual content the writer demonstrates that the efforts to appreciate black people's background of resistance exclusively during the prism of Marxist thought are incomplete and misguided, since it presupposes eu versions of heritage. Black radicalism, he argues, needs to be associated with the African traditions.
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This work is about our people's struggle, the historical Black struggle. It takes as a first premise that for a people to survive in struggle it must be on its own terms: the collective wisdom which is a synthesis of culture and the experience of that struggle. The shared past is precious, not for itself, but because it is the basis of consciousness, of knowing, of being. It cannot be traded in exchange for expedient alliances or traduced by convenient abstractions or dogma. It contains philosophy, theories of history, and social prescriptions native to it.
1250 PREFACE TO THE 2000 E D I T I O N XXXlii PREFACE It is always necessary to know what a book is about, not just what has been written in it but what was intended when it was written. This work is about our people's struggle, the historical Black struggle. It takes as a first premise that for a people to survive in struggle it must be on its own terms: the collective wisdom which is a synthesis of culture and the experience of that struggle. The shared past is precious, not for itself, but because it is the basis of consciousness, of knowing, of being.