“What matters is not to know the world but to change it.”
“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” – Rosa Luxemburg
Oppression, more often than not, is both physical as well as psychological.
By internalizing our own oppression we help to perpetuate it by failing to recognize its systemic causal factors. In so doing we fail to grasp the meaning of Frantz Fanon’s words: “What matters is not to know the world but to change it.” And in order to “change it” we must first recognize the external and internal national and global systemic causal factors of our oppression.
Systemic oppression must be seen for precisely what it is: A deliberate and callous dis-empowering of everyday people. Nevertheless, we ordinary people, are the ones who hold the keys to our own systemic liberation – both mental and physical. We must make a conscious and constant effort to, be aware of and reject, the internalization of our own oppression. We must collectively be, both determined and creative, as we struggle to bring about real systemic change and a more just and humane society and world based on human need, not corporate greed and exploitation!
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member and Columnist, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil / political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to view Larry’s interview of October 26, 2012.