INTRODUCTION

On January 1, 2020, New Black Nationalists circulated its initial Statement of Principles (SOP) for consideration by all self-identifying Black Nationalists. Since its release, NBN adopted the following two new positions that have been incorporated into the SOP.  

In January of 2021, New Black Nationalists adopted the corpus of Frantz Fanon's works as its guiding philosophical system, and re-affirmed its ideology as Black Nationalism. 

In April 2021, we also adopted poet-author Alice Walker's "Womanism" social theory.


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The Principles

*New Black Nationalists adhere to the ideology of Black Nationalism as a set of beliefs and practices that promotes the racial unity of Black people, develops, maintains, and advocates national consciousness, identity, and the quest for self-determination. 

*New Black Nationalist ideology and beliefs are grounded in the philosophical system embodied in the collective writings of  Martinican theorist Frantz Fanon. The coupling of Fanon’s Decolonial Theory on race along with his constructs on dialectics, phenomenology, ontology, and ‘new humanism’ comprises a unified and coherent system of beliefs to work out the nationalist agenda for liberation in America's settler state.  

​*New Black Nationalists believe Black people within the borders of America's settler state constitute a historically evolved nation. 

*We believe the process of Black subject and national formation occurred on a common geographical space in the Black Belt South in which Black people were the majority population. 

*We believe Black slaves and their descendants originated from a common geographical region primarily in West Africa, and over time began speaking a common lingua franca and forging a common culture.   

*New Black Nationalists believe the central and historic task of our movement is to organize for the creation of an independent Black non-heteropatriarchal nation on the continental landmass of America's settler state.

*New Black Nationalists support the Black majorities' right to decide what form(s) of self-determination best serve the interests of Black people. In addition to the option of creating a national homeland in the states of  Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina (Black Belt South), exercising the right of self-determination may also include Black autonomous regions of a larger multi-racial state, independent Black city-states, and the Darker Nation's voluntary incorporation into a new non-capitalist multi-racial state. 

*In creating a non-heteropatriarchal nation-state New Black Nationalists hold that Black women, trans people, non-binary and gender non-conforming people are fully invested subjects of the republic. 

*New Black Nationalists embrace poet-author Alice Walker’s articulation of 'womanism' as an indispensable social theory to achieve Black women’s emancipation, transition to a non-heteropatriarchal Black nation, and its New Humanism ideals.

*New Black Nationalists reject the proposition that only those women designated as female by traditional Western standards are women. We believe gender and sexual identity are socially constructed. In this respect we are not bio-essentialist. We accept trans-women as women and the self-identification of non-binary and gender non-conforming people as integral to the Black nation.

*New Black Nationalists support the full and unfettered participation of women, trans people, non-binary and gender non-conforming in the Black Liberation Movement, especially in leadership positions. 

*New Black Nationalists support the right of self-determination of all oppressed people internationally, including those nations, national minorities, and ethnic groups waging "people's wars" to liberate themselves from foreign domination.

* New Black Nationalists support the creation of an independent homeland for Latinx, and all indigenous people living with the boundaries of American Empire. We support negotiated forms of autonomy for Asian-Americans.  

*New Black Nationalists believe that Black people out of multiple African ethnicities created a distinct and organic national culture that has evolved over hundreds of years on the North American continent. 

*New Black Nationalists are not Pan-Africanists, Afrocentrists, Afropessimists, or Black Atlanticists ideologically speaking. Our strain of Black Nationalism is as an integral part of the African Diaspora. We recognize the African Diaspora movement as an important component and ally of our struggle to create an independent Black nation-state.     

*New Black Nationalists condemn racist ideology in all its manifestations.  

*New Black Nationalists place the collective interest of the Darker Nation above the interest of the individual. As such, we dissent against the bedrock premise of Western philosophical and value systems which place the rights and interests of the individual above all. ​

*New Black Nationalists believe American Empire (the U.S.-led Global North imperialist bloc) has entered a period of accelerating decline that could lead to an existential crisis and the collapse of the U.S. government. Under these circumstances, the possibility of creating a Black homeland becomes a live option as early as the 2020's. 

 
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