James Forman was a Black radical revolutionary. This document was written in 1970 and published by the Black Workers Congress. It was sold in Working Women and Man Bookstores. A transcribed version is available online here.
From the Introduction:
"Inside the United States we suffer from the most vicious, racist, capitalistic, imperialistic system known to mankind. Whereas all of us in this room today, at this particular gathering of the National Black Theater, may be struggling for our liberation, there are millions of black people who are not struggling for their liberation, who are not totally conscious of all their oppression. Why is this the case?
Why is it that some of us are dedicated to giving our total lives for the liberation of black people and others are not? The answer lies fundamentally in the mass line of the BEDC and its Black Manifesto; namely the three “c’s”: control, conflict and change.
Operating upon all of us are a whole set of control factors, many of which we are not aware. These control factors, however, have been drummed in our heads for centuries, and we accept them as realities, hence the major reason we are not all totally dedicated to liberation.
It is not enough just to say that the system is tyrannical; that it’s racist; that it’s capitalistic; that it’s imperialistic. Although that is a correct analysis, what are some of the manifestations of racism, capitalism and imperialism that make us submit to tyranny inside this country? This can be determined by a thorough discussion of the control factors operating on our lives.
Any kind of liberation struggle – anywhere in the world – seeking revolution, intending to overthrow oppression, trying to deal with the tyranny that oppresses that particular group of people must, in fact, make this concrete analysis of all of the control factors operating upon that oppressed group of individuals."