How should black folk resolve their problems? Well, the way the RNA was thinking about it is provided below in a figure I created a while ago:
Before getting to this point, however, there was the question of who should be in the nation. The RNA was clear on the problem as well as the solution but they were less clear on exactly who should be involved. During the founding convention, two opinions emerged: 1) all people of African descent should be included; and 2) only people of African descent who were conscious of the discriminatory situation as well as its resolution. The choice made would be an important one. If the first approach was taken, then all African Americans would be immediately included and this could be a potentially large as well as varied group. This would also facilitate infiltration from government agents. If the second approach was taken, then a smaller/select group of African Americans would be included and this could make it a bit difficult to pursue some of the objectives under discussion. At the same time, this approach limited the ease of infiltration.
What would they choose???