“The educated Negro does not understand or is unwilling to start small enterprises which make the larger ones possible.” — Carter G. Woodson

Listen Siblings, I come in peace,

“Our ancestors have thus spoken.  Today, the ABS is the only organization capable of success.”  — Onitaset Kumat

In 1933, Carter G. Woodson described modern America for African people.  In five paragraphs, you’ll read 2012 in 1933.  From the first paragraph we see that in 1933, foreigners dominated the economy of African people: not 2012, 1933.  From the second paragraph we see that in 1933, African people adopted the extravagances of European businesspersons, preferring large and lofty enterprises before small and stable: not 2012, 1933.  From the third paragraph we see that in 1933, African people did not trust African people to share intelligence on business acumen: not 2012, 1933.  From the fourth paragraph we see that in 1933, African people in their paranoia assume too many responsibilities then their individual limitations catch up, Europeans take over the business and the business is no more: not 2012, 1933.  From the final paragraph we see that in 1933, the successful African loses vision and becomes a braggart, he purchases a fine home, distances himself from his patrons, and eventually less successful Africans bring him down like crabs in a barrel: not 2012, 1933.

In 1933, after many years of research, “The Mis-Education of the Negro” was written.  This means that for over 79 years, we’ve lived as we do today.  For over 79 years, we’ve lived as we do today.

But provided your determination the African Blood Siblings (ABS) will change this.  For the African Blood Siblings has already pronounced all the remedies of this economical problem.

Concerning the first paragraph, on foreign exploitation, the ABS have written the most intelligent and concise description and history of the races available anywhere: this knowledge propagated would put into context how interracial collaborations damage African people; instrumental knowledge for racial and economic boycotts.  In addition, the ABS have pronounced the need and necessity of ‘casting buckets where we are:’  available in video format, this posting puts forward the necessary idea of taking over our Local Economic Centers.  Finally, the ABS have printed and published the pamphlet “Maroon and Build For Self” which furthers details the history of races and their destruction of African people; knowledge which can transform us into complete racial consciousness.

Concerning the second paragraph, on smaller institutions, the ABS have detailed the science of liberation and the science of organizing into units.  These two express the truth of the direction here written by Carter G. Woodson.  Furthermore, this science puts into context the success stories of such ancestors as Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Nat Turner; the former started with only twelve members, the latter six.  Garvey eventually organized between around six million Africans (about twice the population of Jamaica) and twelve million Africans (about the whole population of African youth in America).  Turner sought to free three million Africans from slavery in Virginia.  The ABS organize units of thirteen Africans to start small enterprises, thus building up to African unity.  All over the world, ABS communicates with Africans to gather a membership and create a local unit to create small enterprises, eventually gaining African Blood Siblings Community Centers (write to help build), which eventually foster Communities, which eventually foster international Communal conversations, which eventually unites the Continent with free satellite entities in the Diaspora.  This is starting small and building large.  This is why you should communicate with the ABS.

Concerning the third paragraph, on the sharing of acumen, owners of the pamphlet need to only read “Maroon and Build For Self.”  There, in the essay entitled, “A Factorial Summation to encourage self-education,” written by yours truly, Onitaset Kumat, I showcase a mathematical gift and the benefits of freely releasing this forefront of intelligence.  Earlier I express how, unlike in 1933, African people are very involved in the workforce.  I argue then, for instance, that African nurses, though having complete and total knowledge of the school of Nursing, do not freely share their expertise with other Africans; instead, when they gather, they gossip on unrelated material.  This is what the essay argues against and this is what the ABS has fought against.  In other words, if you are an expert in anyway, conspire with other experts, to create textbooks of your knowledge, then release that textbook to the ABS.  With these textbooks, University won’t be necessary, yet the knowledge would be captured for our progeny to be independent of European institutions.  This the ABS have already set in motion.

Concerning the fourth paragraph, on assuming too many responsibilities, the ABS has, in “The Units of Organization,” detailed the roles of African people acting in units.  Not only minimizing on individual responsibilities, but using the law of harmony (resonate) to assure that those performing a responsibility actually should be so responsible.  In other words, for instance, the overhead for the cultural aspect of an institution is culturally informed.  This is a phenomenal breakthrough in the organization of African people and it’s limited in practice to the African Blood Siblings.  As I oft repeat, in the temples we had written, “Organization is impossible unless those who know the laws of harmony lay the foundation.”  Our ancestors have thus spoken.  Today, the ABS is the only organization capable of success.

Concerning the final paragraph, on distancing from our patrons, the ABS is the only organization promoting Prosperous, Independent African Communities.  As such, each organizer is determined to improving local communities then expanding outward until we are an internationally inter-racially independent, though intra-racially codependent, united people.  All excesses sought are in the context of thriving communities.  We will socialize our own where there are no people better.

Therefore, with your commitment, all the problems of the last 80 years can be gone within a generation.  Please if you have any sort of commitment to African people, contact me at AfricanBloodSibs@aim.com or fill out this form:

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Excerpt from “The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933)”
By Carter G. Woodson

The educated Negro from the point of view of commerce and industry, then, shows no mental power to understand the situation which he finds. He has apparently read his race out of that sphere, and with the exception of what the illiterate Negroes can do blindly the field is left wide open for foreign exploitation. Foreigners see this opportunity as soon as they reach our shores and begin to manufacture and sell to Negroes especially such things as caps, neckties, and housedresses which may be produced at a small cost and under ordinary circumstances. The main problem with the Negro in this field, however, is salesmanship; that is where he is weak.

It is unfortunate, too, that the educated Negro does not understand or is unwilling to start small enterprises which make the larger ones possible. If he cannot proceed according to the methods of the gigantic corporations about which he reads in books, he does not know how to take hold of things and organize the communities of the poor along lines of small businesses. Such training is necessary, for the large majority of Negroes conducting enterprises have not learned business methods and do not understand the possibilities of the field in which they operate. Most of them in the beginning had had no experience, and started out with such knowledge as they could acquire by observing some one’s business from the outside. One of them, for example, had waited on a white business club in passing the members a box of cigars or bringing a pitcher of water. When they began to discuss business, however, he had to leave the room. About the only time he could see them in action was when they were at play, indulging in extravagances which the Negro learned to take up before he could afford them.

Negro businesses thus handicapped, therefore, have not developed stability and the capacity for growth. Practically all worth while Negro businesses which were flourishing in 1900 are not existing today. How did this happen? Well, Negro business men have too much to do. They have not time to read the business literature and study the market upon which they depend, and they may not be sufficiently trained to do these things. They are usually operating in the dark or by the hit-or-miss method. They cannot secure intelligent guidance because the schools are not turning out men properly trained to take up Negro business as it is to develop and make it what it ought to be rather than find fault with it. Too often when the founder dies, then, the business dies with him; or it goes to pieces soon after he passes away, for nobody has come into sufficiently close contact with him to learn the secret of his success in spite of his handicaps.

The business among Negroes, too, continues individualistic in spite of advice to the contrary. The founder does not take kindly to the cooperative plan, and such business education as we now give the youth does not make their suggestions to this effect convincing. If the founder happens to be unusually successful, too, the business may outgrow his knowledge, and becoming too unwieldy in his hands, may go to pieces by errors of judgment; or because of mismanagement it may go into the hands of whites who are usually called in at the last hour to do what they call refinancing but what really means the actual taking over of the business from the Negroes. The Negroes, then, finally withdraw their patronage because they realize that it is no longer an enterprise of the race, and the chapter is closed.

All of the failures of the Negro business, however, are not due to troubles from without. Often the Negro business man lacks common sense. The Negro in business, for example, too easily becomes a social “lion.” He sometimes plunges into the leadership in local matters. He becomes popular in restricted circles, and men of less magnetism grow jealous of his inroads. He learns how richer men of other races waste money. He builds a finer home than anybody else in the community, and in his social program he does not provide for much contact with the very people upon whom he must depend for patronage. He has the finest car, the most expensive dress, the best summer home, and so far outdistances his competitors in society that they often set to work in child-like fashion to bring him down to their level.

25 thoughts on ““The educated Negro does not understand or is unwilling to start small enterprises which make the larger ones possible.” — Carter G. Woodson

  1. Onitaset, I’m reading that very book right now! It’s a masterpiece. From the preface, ” They are anxious to have everything the white man has, even if it is harmful.” Wonderful!!! And so true. I’m writing a post on blacks with bad spending habits.

    Great post.

    1. “The Mis-Education of the Negro” is an excellent book. The tragedy is that it’s not an article of history but a living document. It was printed in 1933 but it describes 2012. This is for what I insist on our organizing. Because this is not the natural order of things. The natural order of things is African people controlling themselves. This is a tragic order and we as an African people are allowing it.

      I just returned to my house. I was gathering emails to hasten our liberation. One young man, at 17, couldn’t see, though we stood where every business wasn’t our own, that our people were not in control of our economies. He thought that I was mad saying “foreigners.” He thought, in his affected pseudo-intellectual tone, that we were all “Americans” and these are not “foreigners” but just “individuals” blah blah.

      He was a testament to the “Mis-Educated African.”

      I explained to him the conspiracy of foreigners and he uselessly interjected not all of them. He just couldn’t get it through his head that the monies of a people belong with that people and our problems are partially linked to our eighty-year history of being economically exploited. The character even mentioned the Great Depression–that’s the depth of our mis-education. Confronted with an 80-year-consistency, our people look for unrelated convenient excuses.

      I knew from his tone he was the mis-educated type. I had me a laugh hearing him reason the exploitation of our people. The issue here especially is that most of our people don’t even know what being “African” means.

      That ties in the quotation you have sent. On that issue though I have another great post: We are Nbogboni — https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/we-are-nbogboni/

      Thank you for commenting–and making me comment on my day. Lol. :)

      I’m looking forward to your post.
      Thanks for

    1. I never read “Black like me” but if it means anything, when I was in Junior High School a White teacher (unfortunately redundant) showed the class a clip of that film. I don’t remember how I was thinking, but if I thought I knew the race problem in Junior High, I know now that I didn’t. Still, from what I absorbed, it was better than the Disney films or classical novel films that they showed us.

      Though today, I’m reluctant to read a European’s interpretations. Their observations are sometimes sound, but their interpretations are always off. I take it that he’s mostly observing?

    2. Sis, I don’t want to engage with that troll over at your site. But proof of “The Fear” is the bombing of Black Wall Street (the first airplane bombing on American soil–not surprisingly done by Europeans against Africans). I’m on your side! I’m just not trying to catch that disease.

      Another fight, ok? :)

      But I’ll share here why I principally don’t debate Europeans:


      1. Jon is….for lack of a better word..crazy. A picture of Obama is the Joker, is one his site. And yes, sometimes I do like to argue with them. A terrible trait I have when it comes to my black pride. I’ll read your link now.

      2. If you must argue, I suggest that you make it pay off. In my experience, especially as this site is for an African audience, and especially as I defined Africans in one way and Europeans in another way, I inform my African audience how the comments posted fit the definitions given.

        One time I did it beautifully, not engaging the commenter but pointing out his “Whiteness” and he never wrote again: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/the-story-of-rekia-boyd/#comment-745

        But another time, I engaged with the European and ended up with a long-winded and useless back and forth that while informative for African people was just ammunition to someone who was gathering ammunition. I don’t even want to show it, lol.

        If jon were here (notice how White folk have “j’s” in their usernames?) I’d point out how he fits the definition of the “Occidental,” in seeing us as property and viewing us through a tribe mentality; informing him on Black Wall Street or how Europeans did this or that won’t do much for him. ‘Cause in the end, he’s a man of his tribe who views Africans as property rather than people.

        This is the definition of Europeans: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/navigate/abs/lore/races/occidentals/

        Oh and here is our definition: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/navigate/abs/lore/races/originals/

        You know, I was talking to a Brother on the street yesterday, explaining to him the importance of organization. I told him that culturally we try to be African people–or “Black” if you will. Yet we don’t have our own definition. We let others define us. That’s what jon did. He said “thug culture” and that’s you guys.

        But here I give us a great definition–and it’s a true definition. I also give the European’s their definition: true.

        I’ll strive to get some organizing done for us. I’ll await hearing your progress where you are. Where is that anyway? I understand you moved from the city.

    1. I have not. One time I sat on the train with an African paper in hand, seeing that of all the passengers I was the only one.

      I just can’t be satisfied being ‘the only one.’ Or knowing a few other readers.

      I’ve given up so much just to bring our people closer to what we deserve.

      You know, when we were illiterate, our literate would read the paper to us (or our young would memorize phrases and recite them in gatherings). Now, we read books to ourselves and put them down.

      I want to reconnect us. It’s so difficult but I want to reconnect us. You are my Sister, truthbetold. All of us are Siblings.

      But we were taught to think otherwise.

      I heard about the book Brainwashed, but it more saddens me to sit down with a good book. Because unless my Siblings are reading it too, for who am I reading?

      I’ve given away Onitaset Kumat the individual a long time ago.


      Though if you don’t mind sharing a striking excerpt, that’d be nice. :)

      1. We moved from NYC to rural PA, a farming community with wildlife and animals in our backyard. It’s so peaceful. We want more land, about 50 acres if we can, but money is tight. I’m not happy having neighbours close by. Bad experiences.

        I’d love to segregrate, just us with our money, banks, schools and such…Wishful thinking, eh? Whites can’t seem to get enough of us.

        As for Brainwashed? Hmmmm…an good excerpt:
        pg 16: …since a very young age, black men and women are inundated with messages that they cannot trust or depend on one another….lack of love and violence often become inevitable conclusions…

        WOW. And that’s just page 16! I read it twice. Once wasn’t enough to digest it all.

      2. I noticed this before and knew no way to tell you; but Malcolm distinguished separation from segregation in his debate with Bayard:

        Your living conditions seem pleasant. The book seems pleasant too. Though I like to orient with solutions. In a documentary I saw a scholar hinted at our collection of books but our deficit of solutions. In addition, I noticed that at least some problems are clear to everyone of us. I’m sure you remember the ‘segregation’ in the classrooms of NYC and wanting to do something about it. It’s you and another million, but how many of us did something?

        For instance, our Sisters know that the Koreans sell us hair; and our Brothers know that the Arabs sell us chips; but somehow as far as organizing against this, we all want to sit back. Our problem is that none of us wants to stand up. Some of us fear assassination, some of us think something will change all its own, but most of us just find ourselves weak.

        That’s why strong people like you need to show your strength and pick us up.

        On my television show, I would recite this one Allegory: “The Allegory of the Classroom.” Oddly enough, “The Allegory of the Balloon” is more popular. Still, I advise you read the former. And of course, go through with gathering your team. :)

      3. Believe me when I tell you that I would get joy from segregation as long as we control our own money and education.

        I will read the Allegory. It’s hard getting people to join me in this mentality. People are happy being docile and happy to complain it seems. I’m also very tired of fighting…I’m in the midst of leaving medicine due to the stress of my paler counterparts.

        Somedays, when I am most tired, I wish God would just do as promised in the Book of Revelations and end all of it. Start anew..

      4. Sister,

        It shouldn’t be hard to get people to join you. I should write out the easiest way, but in essence, you have to connect on a common concern.

        Head to the main thoroughfare with a clipboard and raise a concern with people your age, collect their information after telling them that organizing is the key, and continually talk with them until they are up to speed on what to do.

        I should send you some questions to answer; but for now, I say design the clipboard and capture people with the concern. For instance “Do Black people own enough here?”

        The rest is in the cards. :)

  2. The unwavering truth is that ownership of businesses is what true independence is. The ability to provide jobs for one’s own people gives the youth respect for their elders who should have paved the way in this respect. It is hard to engage in true liberation of the mind and spirit when our basic needs such as a job, which provides food, clothing and shelter is dependent upon the historical haters of Blacks.

    In all fairness to Blacks there has been a systematic destruction of Black attempts to do for self, such as “Black Wall Street” , “Rosewood”
    and many others. Government has played a major role in conjunction with white masses to make sure Blacks could not enter many businesses. (See: Blueprint for Black Power, Ch. 8, “The Power Processes Of The Ruling Class” by Amos N. Wilson.)

    The struggle must continue, however, for survival sake. We have come this far and must continue the journey for the sake of the children we have. It is not fair to have children to forever be servants of another people.

    1. True, but the main lesson is to start small, not large; for the latter was the issue going back eighty years for eighty years straight.

      Before even ‘jobs’ we must form cohesive and balanced units devoted to liberation. Until we have these units as the groundwork, we can create jobs and still fail our people. Indeed, Carter G. Woodson knew that we had jobs and employers, but the employees weren’t up to speed with African mannerisms and thereby in twenty-years vanished.

      Where you are, Sister, form your unit. With that unit you’ll profit from the experience and the businesses. And eventually you can create the Center and really accelerate our progress. But it all starts with our people becoming active toward forming units. For as it were, we remain ‘individualistic’ lest our readers become leaders.

      But thanks for Commenting my brilliant Sister. :)

  3. Onitaset:

    I finished the book. It was indeed a masterpiece. I am in the midst of starting my own business at home but learned that without a business license, $250-500, you can be fined by the IRS. It seems like every avenue you take, there are obstacles to jump over.

    I’ve been thinking…the reason why we don’t support black owned businesses is pure jealousy. Being brainwashed, we can’t stand the thought of a black person having something that we don’t have.

    I’m going to protest big business by asking my readers not to spend one penny during the holiday seasons. That means no gifts for Christmas. I hope that they will follow.

    1. You are impressively well-read. On top of being prolific, optimistic and intelligent, I must concede that I am impressed.

      Business licenses are a hassle. But you can jump all of their obstacles. Let us know how you progress. I advise that you don’t go in alone.

      Though, speaking to the people few know of (many) African-owned stores and it’s not as if our stores are boycotted. Many just view them as stores and ‘prefer’ Chinese or McDonald’s or Wholefoods or the Falafel place. This preference is due the mis-education or the lack of consciousness gained through Community Centers, but pure jealousy is a hard claim: why do you say it?

      To me, disorganized people have disorganized goals.

      1. Onitaset:

        Blacks, following the Wille Lynch Syndrome, are conditioned to be fearful, suspicious and envious of each other’s success. That’s why when one sister has a diamond, the other must get an even bigger diamond.

        We’ve been brainwashed into competitiveness, which is counter-productive to our struggle. This brainwashing is seen in today’s hip-hop culture with the wasteful extravagance of jewelry, all brought in Jewish stores…our clothing, cars, which have no value the minute they leave the lot, mansions that are not lived in or paid for, drugs, which are sponsored by the DEA and the exploitation of women.

        This is wasteful and silly. But we do it…to show off!

    1. Peace King,

      Even those outside of the ‘mainstream’ have no business acumen. One woman asked about my meeting “How many people are there?” and shows up late only to see how many we can gather; her idea is join us when we are large and neglect us when we are small. Investments is a lost art on us.

      1. Quite sure Godwin Woodson wrote about that some 80 year ago….the Negro needs to see something large before commitment as they cannot become a part of a small venture – the idea of developing it is beyond them

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