So, now that we have established a class vision from which to view the process in which people function, we can now define and discuss the differences between African revolutionaries and black power pimps. Revolutionaries, be definition, are people who fight to transform society from an exploitative one to one of service to humanity. Revolutionaries must be highly politically educated, disciplined, principled, selfless, honest, fearless, and hardworking. True African revolutionaries provide information to the masses of our people because they want the people to be empowered to take control of their own destiny. Revolutionaries carry out their work in a way so that the work isn't focused on them, but on the objective of transforming society. Revolutionaries give much more of themselves then they ever receive. In fact, that's their life mission. There are many examples of genuine African revolutionaries from Kwame Nkrumah to Sekou Ture, Amilcar Cabral, Teodora Gomes, Malcolm X, Kwame Ture, Assata Shakur, etc. Revolutionaries are always interested in spreading the message of organization because they understand that history is only made by the masses of people and not individuals. On the other hand, black power pimps are the people who exploit the fearless image created by revolutionaries to advance a program that is really only designed to bring about advancement for them on an individual basis. The black power pimp (bpp - not to be confused with the BPP for Black Panther Party) demonstrates their selfishness and lack of integrity by having a focus that is polarizing and not designed to bring about true unity among African people. The revolutionary is skilled at bringing together all segments of the African community, even those segments she/he may not agree with, because she/he understands that the people coming together is more important than her/his individual judgments about who is worthy and who isn't. The bpp isn't really interested in bringing together all segments of the African community, although she/he talks up unity all the time. Instead, this person is primarily interested in exploiting segments of the community with a message designed to stir up false hopes of empowerment (under capitalism) - while rewarding the bpp for delivering the message. If you pay close attention, you will notice that the bpp never promotes mass organization among African people when it's clear this is the only solution. The bpp doesn't promote this because the minute Africans start taking responsibility for ourselves and organizing against the forces that oppress us, there will no longer be a reason for you to buy the bpp's books, dvds, and other feel good propaganda. The bpp knows their material is like masturbation. It feels good, but produces nothing. So, they will never promote mass organization because the minute you start down that path, feeling good is no longer enough and the bpp's purpose and ability to capitalize and make money off our oppression is eliminated. You see, for the revolutionary - the people's class proponent - the people are the end all by themselves. For the black power pimp - the opportunist of African suffering - the people are no more than a means to an end.
The value of having a class analysis is that you can understand that the black power pimp can very easily function in the ways described above without having any overt desire to exploit the masses. Since class lines are blurred, a race analysis e.g. "I am interested in the masses of Black people" can easily mean anything. This is demonstrated by the various definitions attributed to our movements and periods of history. The "Black Power" movement. The "Pan-African" movement. In a bourgeois sense, black power can be defined as individual power and advancement within the capitalist system. As black visibility and symbolism. As having a black president (who serves the interests of white supremacy and international capitalism/imperialism). By the same token, Pan-Africanism, in a bourgeois sense, can be defined as Black people all over the world having unity. It is the class analysis that gives our nationalism focus and integrity by calling into the question the reasons Black people, African people, need to unite and what we are uniting to do. With a revolutionary people's class analysis Black Power and Pan-Africanism can only mean the movement to unite African people worldwide to fight for one unified socialist Africa as a means of making an African contribution to the worldwide struggle for justice and human progress. So remember, revolutionaries advance this definition of Black Power and Pan-Africanism. Revolutionaries are organizers who work with our community to prepare to make this definition our reality. Black power pimps are mobilizers who just appear to spread their message and then they leave, with your money, but not infrastructure to organize our people. So, the next time you are wondering how to make a determination between a genuine African revolutionary and a black power pimp, ask yourself; Are we leaving the room with a call for us to become involved in a specific effort to organize our people for collective forward progress or are we leaving the room with the only clear result being you having a full range of emotions and someone else having a full pocket?