in many respects when we ask the question

in many respects when we ask the question today about the relevance of Socialism to black people we have already reached a minority position as it were Many of those engaged in the debate present the debate as though Marxism is a European phenomenon and black people responding to it must of necessity be alienated because the alienation of race must enter into the discussion They seem not to take into account that already that methodology and that ideology have been utilised internalised domesticated in large parts of the world that are not European That it is already the ideology of eight hundred million Chinese people that it is already the ideology which guided the Vietnamese people to successful struggle and to the defeat of imperialism That it is already the ideology which allows North Korea to transform itself from a backward quasi-feudal quasi-colonial terrain into an independent, industrial power That it is already the ideology which has been adopted on the Latin American continent and that serves as the basis for development in the Republic of Cuba That it is already the ideology which was used by Cabral which was used by Samora Machel which is in use on the African continent itself to underline and underscore struggle and the construction of a new society

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