This book, authored by the late psychologist Amos N. Wilson, was completed posthumously by editors Sababu N. Plata and Adisa Makalani. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be going through this book to raise some issues that I believe merit a deeper discussion.
The subtitle of the book, “A Moral, Political and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century,” runs more than 850 pages. There are a number of themes that are explored in more or less detail. One of the larger issues that is not part of an extended conversation is the question of a Black political party.
Wilson articulates the need for a Black political party – and much of his argument is hinged on William Greider’s analysis of functional unity between Democrats and Republicans, particularly with respect to fundamental class issues and foreign policy. He quotes Greider’s finding that, “In the contemporary Democratic party, the ‘regulars’ at the grassroots are regarded as an impediment to governing.” Wilson goes further and asserts that Blacks are “the primary impediment to governing.” Wilson posits the need for an independent Black party whose primary aim would not be to win elections, but rather to provide a framework for policy/political work on issues critical to a black agenda.
Interestingly, and correctly (I believe), Wilson argues that the primary goal of the party would not be to win elections.