When the lines of academia and Pan-Africanism no longer run parallel, we, the editors of this current special edition, like Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, choose the path that appears to be in the best interest of Black people worldwide. It is from this space that we understand academia to be a tool and sometimes a fetter rather than a path or destination to achieve what is just and righteous. Thus, we are not tied or arrested in this academic journal to abstain from using a word and frame that is absolutely subjective and peculiar to these spaces which is love. We love our Mother and our Warrior/Queen Dr. Frances Cress Welsing and we venerate her as a Divine Ancestor (Nananom Nsamanfo).
Pushing our Pan-Africanist orientation and our love aside for moment, one of the chief aims of this current collection is to illuminate Dr. Welsing's contribution to the academic discourse. A deep examination of the body of literature concerning the system of white supremacy and related matters revel that few have taking on the charge of conducting a comprehensive and longitudinal theorization of the collective and individual actions and behaviors of whites with respect to their relationship and systematic approach to people of color over space and time.
Her theoretical work known as "The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy)" offers an answer to a question that only a miniscule amount of erudite writings have even attempted to answer which is, why White Supremacy? Though controversial in some arenas, Dr. Welsing for well over 40 years was consistent and resolute is her contention that the system of white supremacy was means to ensure white genetic survival which was rooted at the level of the subconscious of whites. Her work has indeed been challenged; yet, again we underscore with few plausible counter explanations.
Returning here to Pan-Africanist orientation and our love, another aim of collecting this works is to protect her legacy. We are reminded of the time just after President Kennedy's assassination when Elijah Muhammad asked that members of the Nation of Islam, including Malcolm X not speak on his death because his was a beloved figure. Dr. Frances Cress Welsing is and was a beloved figure in Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, African-centered, and many other communities. We would never suggest that any scholar's work is above reproach. Yet, we take issue with, not necessarily what recent critiques have been about, rather, the timing...