Black Consciousness Journal
“Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time. Its essence is the realisation by the black man of the need to rally together with his brothers around the cause of their oppression - the blackness of their skin - and to operate as a group to rid themselves of the shackles that bind them to perpetual servitude." – Steve Biko, The Quest for a True Humanity, I Write What I Like, 1978. Black consciousness was exactly what Steve Biko, the author of the book quoted above. It is about the way to think positively about the black race and to rid the world of the oppression of black people. In order for black people to feel empowered, they must not care about their colour of their skin or what race they are, they just need to rally against oppression together for their cause. No matter their skin colour they must unite. Biko formed the Black Consciousness Movement, which emerged in the mid 1960’s with himself being as its leader. The Black Consciousness empowered blacks in many ways and as they began to see and experience it and they soon caught on, believed it and finally began to fight for what they saw fit.
Blacks had always been told they are a lower class race due to the superior whites and Biko knew it was time to change that view that was being stamped on his race as the black Africans began to believe that view. In order to change it, he began writing and speaking his views. Rapidly he became more popular. His slogan ‘black is beautiful’ became very popular, and today he is recognised as the man who said that famous slogan. He began telling black South Africans that they are equal to the white people and how much they deserve to be treated equally. He began to be more confident himself, in turn, as Biko being an example of strength to challenge what he saw was right, other black South Africans also began to believe what he...