When exercising dominion over another group, the white power structure will exert control over three branches of society: the education system, law enforcement and religion. Control is extended over the institutions which shape the human mind, body and spirit. Of course you must submit to some method of formalized education, but while you’re doing so, understand that you are being fed the system’s propaganda, giving people control over your minds whose best interest is to keep you ignorant, docile and complacent. So you must step outside the system and create your own curriculum.
“Free agency” as applied to the movement for the uplift and advancement of people of African descent is a bad thing, and when all of us are “unrestricted free-agents,” that is the worst possible situation, because we are without a “team,” which is another way of saying – we are without an “organization.” The Most Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey noted that: “The greatest weapon used against the Negro is disorganization;” In this writer’s opinion, by “disorganization” Mr. Garvey referred to lack of effective organization, or lack of organization altogether.
In the American context, decolonizing the African mind means reversing the seasoning process. For those millions of African POWs who survived the horrors of the middle passage, seasoning was a three to four year period of intense and often brutal slave making at the hands and feet of their European captors and their agents. Because it capitalized on our innate, human fear of pain and death, seasoning was so effective as a pacification method that North American slave owners gladly paid a premium for “seasoned” Africans from the Caribbean. For enslaved Africans, seasoning, when successful, laid the foundation for a lifetime of faithful, obedient service to their master and his children. Click on the link to read the comprehensive article: Decolonizing the African Mind