Chapter 6:

Justified Paranoia: The War Against Us

Pre-Reading Glossary

  • Radical Political Discourse

  • Pan Africanist 

  • Garveyite 

  • Complexity

  • Contradictions

  • Warship

  • New World Order

  • Apparatus

  • Institutional Racism

  • Systemic White Supremacy

  • Mass Incarceration

  • Criminalization

  • Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO)

  • Sabotage

  • Incarcerate

  • Mass Incarceration

  • Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

  • Genocide

Essential Question

How does understanding systemic White Supremacy and Institutionalized Racism provide the clarity we need to fight strategically and courageously?

Comprehension Check

Question 1

Where do Mawuli and Butch search for a book to guide the first Black history study group on the USS Forrestal, an American warship?

Question 2

Why was Know Thyself more than just a bookstore? What other valuable experiences would the young Mawuli and Butch gain from their visit?

Question 3

How does Mawuli’s understanding of White Supremacy evolve from a vague gut feeling into a working definition that gives him the clarity needed to fight strategically and courageously? 

Question 4

Why do you think Mawuli is so deeply impacted by Brother Del’s “presentation of the irrefutable and diabolic efforts of genocide against people of African and Native American descent”?

Question 5

At the end of this chapter, Mawuli states, “for us to build an alternative system, a new and better world where Black people are safe and Black lives are sacred; we must fully understand the one in which we currently live.” What is Mawuli’s purpose in ending Chapter 6 with this statement?

Question 6

What is the danger in not analyzing racism and white supremacy as systemic and institutional, or as Mawuli writes, “just my personal skirmishes with racism?” 

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