When I first read the Spook that Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee, I was struck (yes, kind like against the wall kind of struck) by the genius idea and quality of the novel.
The novel is was about a CIA agent who navigated the climate of governmental agency and became the first black man to become an agent.
He works for government all the while plotting his own devious plot. The time was set in the late 1960s during the heat of the Civil Rights Movement and black power.
It is said to be satire and critique of the struggle and of black militancy. But when I finished reading the story I was miffed that protagonist didn’t use his knowledge more strategically and was more forward thinking in his approach of turning the Chicago youth into capable guerilla soldiers.
I would have preferred that instead of waging war against the country in the short term, with guns and grenades, that war was waged on the long term with systematic economic structure.
Instead of using the violence that ravaged the times and black families as a weapon, the protagonist could have trained those young youth’s mind.
Imagine instead of black power and black militancy being the stereotypical all black attire with rifles on one’s hip, it was about getting the gang member to all have strategic college degrees—lawyers, civil law experts, contract law experts, doctors, historians, civil engineers, business men as well as architects.
Before the government could catch on what was happening an entire structure could be built by black people to support the economic growth and civil protection of black people.
Because as we know the American government was built on the backs and the blood of imprisoned Afrakans and a few years of shouting wasn’t really going to cut it.
But the book in general was a great read and had me thinking a whole lot on what it actually means to black and proud.