Most of the Black Power heads often like to cite this book in effort to implement Islamaphobia and to use it as a reference to point to blame their own Ancestors for their modern situation in the United States. They often like to blame the Muslim Moors for Slavery and ignore that Slavery existed during the times of what they call "Kemet", that is times before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, all in effort to make Pre-Islamic African civilizations appear to be "Disney Land" where everyone was happy and living in harmony, kum by yah, etc.
Despite the information provided by Chancellor as to what many may deem to be negative attributes of the so "called" Black Civilization premised on the Rise and Fall of Empires founded by tribes considred to be "Berbers".
Chancellor's conclusions are usually glossed over by the Black Power Groups. One in particular was his position that Blacks need to Contend for Recognition as Moors, that the name Moor was taken from them. See Why Status Correction? Capitis Diminutio Maxima Means Stripped of Name and Heritage
What does contend mean?
struggle to surmount (a difficulty or danger)."she had to contend with his uncertain temper"
synonyms: cope with, face, grapple with, deal with, take on, pit oneself against"the pilot had to contend with torrential rain"
Chapter 8 : The Resurrection and the life: Case Studies by States Chancellor states:
"Now, again, just who were the Moors? The answer is very easy. The original Moors, like the original Egyptians, were Black Africans. As amalgamation became more and more widespread, only Berbers, Arabs and Coloureds in the Moroccan territories were called Moors while the darkest and black-skinned Africans were called "Black-a-Moors." Eventually, "Black" was dropped from "Blackamoor." In North Africa, and Morocco in particular, all Muslim Arabs, Mixed breeds and Berbers are readily regarded as Moors. The African Blacks, having had even this name taken from them, MUST CONTEND FOR RECOGNITION AS MOORS"
() Same Chapter: "In Considering the flowering of learning in West Africa and its brutal interruption by the Moors, certain important facts should stand out because they run through the Entire field of black history. The first, and perhaps the most important fact is that the general enslavement of Africans (proclaimed to the world as savages) began during the very period and in the very West Africa, the center of which held one of the great universities of the world and other colleges."
"The term Black was given a rebirth by the black youth revolt. As reborn it does not refer to a particular color of any particular person, but to the attitude of pride and devotion to the race whose homeland from times immemorial was called The Land of the Blacks. Almost overnight our youngsters made Black Co Equal with White in respectability and challenged the anti Black Negroes to decide on which side they stood. This was no problem for many who are light or even near white in complexion for they themselves were among the first to proclaim with pride "Call me Black" Destruction of Black Civilization Chancellor Williams". Pg 24
"The second important fact is that Black Muslims were not spared from destruction by non-Black Muslims. The third all-important fact was the non-enslavement of Mulattoes and their classification as " White," "Egyptians" and "Moors". This crucial fact must not be glossed over, as it has been throughout our history, first because there were many tribes or societies in Africa which were exclusively Mulatto ( to use the term loosely)."
Nothing was more characteristic of the mixed breed clans, tribes or societies than their unceasing efforts to emphasize their separate identity, and their constant fear of being considered "Negros " or Black Africans. Hence, their over-anxious crusades or jihads against black states and their spearheading most of the slave raids in Africa. They further emphasized their "ethnic difference" by always retaining thousands of black slaves in their own service, while selling the others . The white man, by driving his offspring's as a wedge into the black race is not only able to keep it weak by keeping it divided, but he is able to maintain effective control over it without the necessity of his own presence." (Pg. 208)
1.)I have been referring to the name changing throughout the book; yet I doubt whether Blacks in general fully realize the role this played in loss of the sense of self worth..
2.)A reminder: "Berbers" and "Arabs" generally included Black Africans, Afro-Berbers and Afro-Arabs -all converted to Islam. The most fanatical Muslims were often the Blacks and Mulattoes. See Introduction to Moorish Race and Nationality
3.) The term "Black" was given a rebirth by the Black youth revolt. As reborn, it does not refer to the particular color of any particular person, but to the ATTITUDE of pride and devotion to the race whose homeland from times immemorial was called "The Land of the Blacks," Almost overnight our youngsters made "black" coequal with "white in respectability, and challenged the anti-black Negros to decide on which side they stood. This was no problem for many who are light or even near white in complexion, for they themselves were among the first to proclaim with pride "call me black!" Those who hate the term but hold the majority of leadership positions, feel compelled to use it to protect their leadership roles. See Why Status Correction? Capitis Diminutio Maxima Means Stripped of Name and Heritage