“The Black political class and those who aspire to cement themselves in that class are shrewd, opportunistic and surreptitious. They will tell us we have to meet the people where they are. This is true, but not in the way that that mean it. It is clear from their neo-liberal opportunistic orientations that meeting the people where they are means going to the people in their degraded state, exploiting their ignorance, ensuring they stay in their ignorance and encouraging the poor masses that the best avenue for “power” is living vicariously through their personal achievements and ascension. We should certainly meet the people where they are, but we should have the intention on helping them to move beyond where they are through political education and engagement. This should be done without any regarding to our own personal ambitions or other opportunistic endeavors. Our meeting the people where they are should be focused on building the collective power, skill and agency of the masses and not on promoting individual personalities and their opportunistic agendas disguised as being for “the people”. Ella Baker taught us well when she stated, “strong people don’t need strong leaders.” Majority of these people situated out front will never attempt to truly educate the masses because they know a truly politically educated group cannot be exploited and maneuvered. A person who is truly politically educated is not interested in living vicariously through some surreptitious and opportunistic politicians and non-profit industrial complex operatives. A truly politically educated people want power and nothing less. Herein lies the reason that many so-called political organizations and/or networks don’t engage in political education or serious critical study. If they did, they know the people would be in a prime position to expose their opportunistic maneuvering. That’s bad for the type of business these political opportunists want to engage in and will hurt their political “brand”. We must stop letting people fool and misuse us to advance their personal agendas to the detriment of our collective struggle and pursuit of collective power. – Adofo Minka

"The Black political class and those who aspire to cement themselves in that class are shrewd, opportunistic and surreptitious. They will tell us we have to meet the people where they are.

This is true, but not in the way that that mean it. It is clear from their neo-liberal opportunistic orientations that meeting the people where they are means going to the people in their degraded state, exploiting their ignorance, ensuring they stay in their ignorance and encouraging the poor masses that the best avenue for “power” is living vicariously through their personal achievements and ascension.

We should certainly meet the people where they are, but we should have the intention on helping them to move beyond where they are through political education and engagement.
This should be done without any regarding to our own personal ambitions or other opportunistic endeavors.

Our meeting the people where they are should be focused on building the collective power, skill and agency of the masses and not on promoting individual personalities and their opportunistic agendas disguised as being for “the people”. Ella Baker taught us well when she stated, “strong people don’t need strong leaders.”

Majority of these people situated out front will never attempt to truly educate the masses because they know a truly politically educated group cannot be exploited and maneuvered.

A person who is truly politically educated is not interested in living vicariously through some surreptitious and opportunistic politicians and non-profit industrial complex operatives.
A truly politically educated people want power and nothing less. Herein lies the reason that many so-called political organizations and/or networks don’t engage in political education or serious critical study.

If they did, they know the people would be in a prime position to expose their opportunistic maneuvering. That’s bad for the type of business these political opportunists want to engage in and will hurt their political “brand”.

We must stop letting people fool and misuse us to advance their personal agendas to the detriment of our collective struggle and pursuit of collective power.

- Adofo Minka
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