Just about everything black people did and said carried political implications. Their labor, religion, and mutual support systems all addressed social and economic relations of power. Black folk revealed views on social policy with their benevolent societies, they communicated their sense of community through religion, and they protested economic conditions through strikes, riots, and stoppages. These were all significant, but black folk articulated political views in clear and explicit terms.Gomez, On “Conceptualizing the Solutions,” p.200
One thing I appreciate about Reversing Sail is that it counters the argument of a monolithic approach to constitutions of Blackness and the African diaspora. That is to say that in a moment when we see myriad attempts at reconnecting to Africa, they vary in tenor and terms. Here is one example of one such attempt.
For this section, I’d like you to locate three sites where Black people try to reconnect to Africa. Speak to the terms on which they do this and their intended aims and goals (a three-four sentences for each).
After outlining these three examples, I want you to begin to conceive of how you’d write the next three lines of the paragraph in the excerpt at the top of the page. Your extension of Gomez’s thought should draw upon and summarize your observations–generalizing from the specifics you’ve outlined.