The individual of Afrikan descent who may be designated as demonstrating a
wholistic self-concept is one who exhibits the following characteristics:
– He has consciously and unconsciously rejected White racist stereotypes of
Afrikan people as fact.
– He does not reactionarily define himself but proactively defines himself in
terms of his Afrikan culture, heritage and reality, and in terms of the reality
of his personal and social experiences and expectations. Thus he defines
himself in ways which permits him to assume an authentic, coherent, cohesive
Afrikan and human identity.
– He builds his identity on both intrinsic and extrinsic factors; on his
association with Afrikan-centered persons and those who respect his Afrikanness;
on consumption and cultural symbolic displays which uplift him and his people
and maintain their mental and physical health and welfare; on pro-social
behavior and dress.
– He develops and appropriately transforms his attitudes, associations,
perceptions, ways of defining himself and the world which permit him to directly
comprehend and confront reality and to take personal responsibility for helping
to rectify his, and his people’s problems as well as problems common to
– He is ‘centered,’ balanced between a wholesome drive for self-preservation and
continuing positive evolution and a wholesome drive for group preservation and
evolution. His love of self and group are synonymous and he maintains a healthy
sense of social interest, responsibility, and priorities. He recognizes that
his personal health and powers are finally dependent on the health and power of
his ethnic group. The priorities of his ethnic group come first. He is
dedicated to the liberation of his people from bondage of all types.
– He is motivated by his self-determined needs based on accurate, realistic,
self-examination; self-knowledge and self-acceptance; on self-actualization,
task-oriented problem-solving drives to resolve conflicts which bedevil him and
his ethnic group.
– He is realistically self-confident. He does not doubt his capacity nor that
of his people to equal or surpass the accomplishments of others. He feels that
his talents are best displayed and utilized in the service of his people and
against domination by other people.
– He realizes knowledge of truth and the continuing, joyous pursuit of knowledge
are liberating. He is deeply aware that Afrikan peoples have the longest
scholarly and intellectual tradition, that scholarship and intellection are
Afrikan traditions and inherently Afrikan. When he practices mathematics,
science, philosophy, etc., he celebrates the best of Afrikan tradition and
through such practices maintains Afrikan cultural identity and consciousness.
He recognizes that there is nothing foreign or alien about his pursuit of the
highest level of cognitive competence of which he is capable.
– He avidly seeks self-knowledge, knowledge of his and other cultural groups;
knowledge of the world and of reality in general. He seeks to be productive and
contributive. He continues to integrate into his personality and self-concept
an honest knowledge and self of ethnicity. The infrastructure of his personal
and social identities consist of a resolute and unassailable sense of ethnic
pride, ethnic and human connectedness.”
Amos N. Wilson