For the past 461 years there has been a constant war of attrition for control over the minds of Black America. When the first slave ship landed in 1555 (the vessel was interestingly named Jesus), it was clear to our oppressors that in order to subjugate a mighty people, the history of their greatness had to be thoroughly hidden.
The European had to cause a Superior people to see themselves as inferior. This could only be done through lies and deception. This could only be done by brute force, inhumane treatment and wholesale murder. This could only be done through trickery. It could only be done through the use of propaganda.
In a previous writing, I wrote about Black America’s Appetite for Propaganda. In future articles I plan to go in depth about how to “break the chokehold” that keeps us in the perpetual state of the waterfall chase. He who controls the diameter of your thinking controls the circumference of your activity. Carter G. Woodson stated “when you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.” One of the greatest minds to ever take up the plight of Black America was the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.
This week I decided to share some extremely powerful lessons from Garvey’s writings that have been of great value to me personally. As we explore different ways to inoculate ourselves from Western society’s propaganda machine, let’s take a look at “The Garvey Way.”
GARVEY’S LESSONS IN LEARNING
Lesson 1: One must never stop reading. Read everything that you can read, that is of standard knowledge. Don’t waste time reading trashy literature. The idea is that personal experience is not enough for a human to get all the useful knowledge of life, because the individual life is too short, so we must feed on the experience of others.
Lesson 2: Read history incessantly until you master it. This means your own national history, the history of the world, social history, industrial history, and the history of the different sciences; but primarily, the history of man. If you do not know what went on before you came here and what is happening at the time you live, but away from you, you will not know the world and will be ignorant of the world and mankind.
Lesson 3: To be able to read intelligently, you must first be able to master the language of your country. To do this, you must be well acquainted with its grammar and the science of it. People judge you by your writing and your speech. If you write badly and incorrectly they become prejudiced towards your intelligence, and if you speak badly and incorrectly, those who hear you become disgusted and will not pay much attention to you, but in their hearts laugh after you.
Lesson 4: A leader who is to teach men and present any fact of truth to man must first be taught in his subject.
Lesson 5: Never write or speak on a subject you know nothing about, for there is always somebody who knows that particular subject to laugh at you or to ask you embarrassing questions that may make others laugh at you.
Lesson 6: You should read four hours a day. The best time to read is in the evening after you have retired from your work and after you have rested and before sleeping hours, but do so before morning, so that during your sleeping hours what you read may become subconscious, that is to say, planted in your memory.
Lesson 7: Never keep the constant company of anybody who doesn’t know as much as you or (is) as educated as you, and from whom you cannot learn something from or reciprocate your learning.
Lesson 8: Continue always in the application of the things you desire educationally, culturally, or otherwise, and never give up until you reach your objective.
Lesson 9: Try never to repeat yourself in any one discourse in saying the same thing over and over again except when you are making new points, because repetition is tiresome and it annoys those who hear the repetition.
Lesson 10: Knowledge is power. When you know a thing and can hold your ground on that thing and win over your opponents on that thing, those who hear you learn to have confidence in you and will trust your ability.