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Page 2 of 5 "Dr. Bobby E. Wright was a "Black" Afrikan psychologist, so labeled not just because he was both "Black" Afrikan and a psychologist, but because he used his education, training, intellectual knowledge and skills always in the best interest of "Black" Afrikan people all over the world." Dr. Wright tells us that the answer to Blacks’ problems can be found in the works and lives of people like Shaka Zulu, Martin Delany, Marcus Garvey, H. Rap Brown, Malcolm X, Chancellor Williams and others.Dr. Bobby Wright was one of the greatest analytical thinkers of the 20th Century. He not onlyskillfully identified the problems that face Afrikan people today but also had a clear solution tohelp solve our problem. Dr. Bobby Wright developed a Black Social Theory that would combatwhite supremacy. Dr. Bobby Wright said, "The Black Social Theory determines the destiny of apeople by establishing guidelines of life. It defines their relationship with other living things, Itdefines values and rituals, methods of education, and how enemies are dealt with, etc." Also,Dr. Wright concept of Mentacide explains some of the self destructive behavior exhibited byAfrican people worldwide. Unfortunately for us, Dr. Wright made the transition to our ancestorsin 1982, but his spirit and wisdom will be with us forever.Recognized for his activism, he was a special guest on the Committee of Science andTechnology at the Sixth Pan-African Congress held at Tanzania in 1974. As a social scientist,he sought an all-encompassing social theory for Black people and formulated the concept ofmentacide. To paraphrase, he defined mentacide as "the planned and systematic destruction ofa groups mentality aimed at the destruction of the group." Thus, Black folk alienated from theirculture and history eventually lose their sense of purpose and direction, the symptoms ofmentacide. Well aware of the implications of technical advances such as behavior modificationand genetic engineering, he presented science as a tool serving greater ends (such ascontrolling the outcasts of white society), neither objective nor neutral.Being an uncompromising critic of Western society, he wrote the following on the relation ofreligion to prejudice from "The Psychopathic Racial Personality" in the Fall 1974 issue ofBlack Books Bulletin: Because of their lack of ethical or moral development, there is no conflictbetween the whites religion and racial oppression. “The white race had historically oppressed,exploited, and killed black people, all in the name of their god Jesus Christ and with the sanctionDr. Bobby E. Wright "Reach One Teach One"
Page 3 of 5of their churches. For example, it is generally overlooked that the Ku Klux Klan is primarily areligious organization. Also, blacks should never forget the Pope [Pius XI] blessing the Italianplanes and pilots on their way to bombing Ethiopian men, women, and children who only hadspears to defend themselves...”The Psychopathic Racial Personality and Other Essays by Bobby E. Wright Ph.D.(44 pages)Published by Haki R. Madhubuti (Third World Press) 1984 Haki Madhubuti describes esteemed ancestor Dr. Bobby Wright as "one of the few Black people who dared to ask the penetrating questions and demand answers and corrective actions to the racial situation in the United States and the world." In these essays, psychologit Dr. Bobby Wright coins the term "mentacide" which he defines as the "deliberate and systematic destruction of a group’s minds with the ultimate objective being the extirpation of the group." "Mentacide," says Dr. Wright, is a worldwide phenomena being implemented against the entire Black race. "Therefore," he says, "Blacks in Africa will begin to manifest the behavior of Blacks in the United States. Dr. Wright "was a thorn in the brain of Black men and women posing as leaders." And his last words were a warning to hisfriends and associates, "Watch the leadership, especially those proclaiming their God-givenanswer to the problems of Black people." "Dr. Bobby E. Wright was a "Black" psychologist, solabeled not just because he was both Black and a psychologist, but because he used hiseducation, training, intellectual knowledge and skills always in the best interest of Black peopleall over the world." Just as Brother Haki considered it an honor to publish Dr. Wright, it was anhonor for me to study and draw lessons from this revolutionary and thought provoking work.Dr. Bobby E. Wright "Reach One Teach One"
Page 4 of 5Dr. Wright poignantly begins the title essay, The Psychopathic Racial Personality, withthe following narrative;"In a bullfight, after being brutalized while making innumerable charges at the movement of acape, there comes a time when the bull finally turns and faces his adversary with the onlymovement being his heaving bloody sides. It is believed that for the first time he really sees thematador. This final confrontation is known as "the moment of truth." For the bull, this momentcomes too late." According to Dr. Wright, the experience of Black people all over the worldpresents an analogous situation. For hundreds of years, our European (white) matadors havebeen holding up the capes of democracy, capitalism, Marxism, religion and education and forhundreds of years we have been charging at the movement of these "capes." Like the bull, wetoo are suffering from near fatal wounds and "indeed have arrived at our "moment of truth."Sisters and brothers, it is time for us to look at the matador and Dr. Wright tries to sharpen ourvision. He defines a psychopath as "an individual who is constantly in conflict with other personsor groups. He is unable to experience guilt, he is completely selfish and callous, and he has atotal disregard for the rights of others." Dr. Wright says Black leaders are reluctant to measurepsychopathic traits of the White race in their dealings with Blacks when there is a threatinvolved. "For example", says Dr. Wright, "everywhere one finds Whites and Blacks in closeproximity to each other, Whites are in control, whether it is Chicago or Zimbabwe." And ourleaders rarely question this "extraordinary universal phenomenon" which Dr. Wright says "defiesevery known statistical law of probability." He also analyzes some of our so-called intellectualleaders and comments that, "Black intellectual enlightenment does not always lead to genuineinsight and it can be very damaging to the intellect as reflected by the behavior and attitudes ofmany eminent Black scientists." As a result of the confusion, Dr. Wright concludes that Blackshave become disoriented and the result is various inadequate and dangerous behavioralpatterns. "Some have become catatonic and do not move at all but wait for divine intervention;others place their faith and energies in charismatic guides who are just as lost as they." Dr.Wright tells us that the answer to Blacks’ problems can be found in the works and lives ofpeople like Shaka Zulu, Martin Delany, Marcus Garvey, H. Rap Brown, Malcolm X, ChancellorWilliams and others. For they all looked at the matador or psychopath for what he was and isand moved against him." The "other essays", deal with Black Suicide, Educating the Black Childand The Black Child: A Destiny in Jeopardy. These excellent essays reinforce the notionsdiscussed in the title essay. Dr. Wright quotes the Afrikan proverb that warns the traveler of life,Dr. Bobby E. Wright "Reach One Teach One"
Page 5 of 5"if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there." He says a social theorydetermines the destiny of a people by establishing guidelines of life and Blacks should thereforedevelop a "Black Social Theory." He warns, however, the ultimate achievement of a Black socialtheory would be the recreation of Black culture and that is a very difficult task. Professor JacobCarruthers (RIU), who reviewed the book said, "brainwashed Blacks who are awestruck byEuropean theory and theorists cannot accomplish this task……and Bobby Wright’s concepts ofthe ‘psychopathic racial personality’ and ‘mentacide’ are major contributions to this culturerecreation process." Since its publication in 1984, The Psychopathic Racial Personality hasproved to be a revolutionary, groundbreaking work on race relations. It is one of the works thatshould be read by serious minded Africans everywhere who are dedicated and committed torebuilding the Afrikan world order.Dr. Bobby E. Wright "Reach One Teach One"