I was listening to the first part of Claud Anderson's recording http://overstandinguniversity.com/082811.mp3 and it seemed like everything was so hopeless. The way he described the plight of Blacks in this country it's like whites have us sewed up tight. It seemed hopeless. Nobody likes the idea of giving up hope. It seems like an evil thing—like giving up on God. But is it? Truth be told, hope has never been our friend. Everytime it looks like we might do something, they bring hope in to quiet us, innoculate us,make us think things aren't so bad and quench the spirit of revolution. Whenever we desire power for ourselves as a people, hope is offerred to individuals to benefit in a system where whites are still in power. But what is the opposite of hope? Dispair? It doesn't have to be. If we learn to let go of hope without taking hold of dispair we will move forward This means we stop looking to the system to give us what they never wanted us to have or they would not have taken it from us in the first place. We must look to our own resources. We don't have a lot but we have something else they would not still be lying to us. The devil is a liar but he tells the truth to the weak. If they are still lying to us that means we have some strength somewhere and it is our job to find it.