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Free the LandThe Republic of New Afrika and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State$
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Edward Onaci

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469656144

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469656144.001.0001

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The Fruition of Black Power

The Fruition of Black Power

Paper-Citizenship and the Intellectual Foundations of Lifestyle Politics

(p.43) 2 The Fruition of Black Power
Free the Land

Edward Onaci

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 2 analyzes the movement’s intellectual foundations. It uses the theoretical power of the New Afrikan concept “paper-citizen” to explain the various founding documents, including the RNA Declaration of Independence, the New Afrikan Oath, and more. Highlighting the major ideas from these documents reveals several important concepts through which New Afrikans critiqued the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and organized around their concept of New Afrikan citizenship. Besides the question of citizenship, New Afrikan political identity, Third World solidarity, and the governmental—not organizational—apparatus anchored a significant portion of known New Afrikan activism. Specific actions, such as supporting the independence of Puerto Rico, seeking out political relationships with U.S. indigenous nations, and running for political office exemplify NAPS as a lived experience of ideology. An assessment of those outcomes and the ideas behind them prepare readers for a deeper exploration of how and when NAPS and everyday life intersected within individual persons. The term lifestyle politics captures this phenomenon.

Keywords:   New Afrika, citizenship, political, activism, Black Power, identity, Lifestyle politics, Fourteenth Amendment, Paper-citizen

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