The premise of Carter Godwin Woodson’s 1933 book is that African-Americans of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. This conditioning, he claimed, caused African-Americans to become dependent and to seek inferior positions in the greater society of which they are a part. He challenges his readers to “do for themselves,” regardless of what they were taught. Woodson wrote: “Those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”
Twenty years of research and analysis based in part on the treatment of African-Americans in her private practice were poured into this thought-provoking book by Frances Cress Welsing who probed the symbols and practices of the white supremacist system to reveal the psychological dynamics of racism. The book reveals fascinating insights on such topics as the relationship between Black children and their parents, AIDS and its threat to Black Americans and the crisis in Black male and female relationships. Her unraveling of the network of fear embedded in such European symbols and practices as ball games, money, gold, guns and even the white Christ-figure will force readers to examine their own participation in a system of racial violence and negation.