[Marxism] Who's Turning Their Back? The Black Bourgeois

Lil Joe joe_radical at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 7 23:14:43 MST 2005



Snip: "The political landscape of Black America has changed dramatically
since the 80s because a new bread of Black people in America have separated
themselves from the masses. A new breed of Black folks who consistently
judge and sometimes treat other Black people more harshly than they judge
and treat those of other races.  Unless you live under a rock, you must
notice the harsh criticism of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Kweisi Mfume and
other African American political figures; you must notice the people who
look down upon those who suffer in low income communities; and you must also
notice that a large percentage of this criticism is dished out by Black
folks that have more self-hatred than a little bit."

Lil Joe comment: Actually, there is no Black bourgeoisie because there is no
Black nation: Blacks in the US are either capitalists, professionals,
working class or and chronically unemployed, and in these economic
categories the Black capitalists no different from White capitalists, Black
workers the same class with common class interests with White workers.
Therefore, understanding that politically organizations of classes represent
class interests, it is evident that Jesse Jackson, Sharpton and Mfume are
Democrats qua Democrats, representing the class faction of capitalists
represented by the Democratic Party.

I therefore disagree with the authors conclusions, snip: "What this all
means is that the American society is moving away from racism and moving
toward classism which puts the future of the Black community in the hands of
the Black Bourgeois. Until they make major changes in their attitude as a
overall group, the African American community will continue down this road
to destruction."

Lil Joe: This is untrue, because the 'moving away from racism and to
classism' means only that American workers are beginning to see beyond their
socialized ideologies of 'race matters', to discussing class matters which
unite all working class activists regardless of race, creed, color or
national origin into a single class party, Labor Party. It is a good thing,
not a bad thing to be attacked by the enemy, so by the attacks by Bill Cosby
and Black Democrats, representing the thinking of their social base, it is
not 'race self-hatred' but class hatred attacking those of us who are
working class, as 'lower socioeconomic rungs of society'. This is good! This
makes it easier for people like me to dismiss nationalistic and racialist
false consciousness, along with patriotism as bourgeois ideological ploys to
keep workers stupid and at each others throats.

I think the new consciousness of Black working class thinkers and social
critics was represented in the movie Barbershop, the dismissal of the
Democrat's Black icons Rosa Parks and Jesse Jackson: "Fuck Jesse Jackson"
meant: Fuck the Democratic Party.
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                                                  www.emergingminds.org/aug0
3/politics.html
  Who's Turning Their Back?
  The Black Bourgeois
  by Saadiq Mance

  The political landscape of Black America has changed dramatically since
the 80s because a new bread of Black people in America have separated
themselves from the masses. A new breed of Black folks who consistently
judge and sometimes treat other Black people more harshly than they judge
and treat those of other races.

  Unless you live under a rock, you must notice the harsh criticism of Al
Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Kweisi Mfume and other African American political
figures; you must notice the people who look down upon those who suffer in
low income communities; and you must also notice that a large percentage of
this criticism is dished out by Black folks that have more self-hatred than
a little bit.

  The Bourgeois within the Black community are the ones who display this
attitude most often, and are ultimately the ones who have changed the
politics within the Black community so much since the 80s.

  Often times these individuals or their parents grew up in poor Black
communities and through hard work, moved up the social latter. This sounds
great for the Black community on the surface, but the fact is most of these
hard working Black folks move out of the Black community once they make the
move to the middle class, and start few businesses that employ and pay
African Americans high wages.

  If you understand this you should now be able to see why the African
American community has a weaker position in American politics today then
they had 25 yrs ago. The Black "Talented Tenth" or Black Bourgeois has
dispersed throughout majority White middle and upper class neighborhoods
instead of concentrated in communities where Blacks are the majority. In
addition, the Black people who society considers successful are the same
Black Folks who display the most self-hatred (hating on the Black activist,
community and culture) causing other races to discredit and hate on Black
folks right along with them.

  Now the GOP is looking to make the Black Bourgeois crossover, which is not
very far fetched since, like the Republicans, most of the Black Bourgeois
fill no need to help low income communities. The Republicans recognize this
subset within the Black community and are aggressively recruiting "tokens"
to give other members of this class a sense of belonging once they
crossover. The sad thing is that the Democrats do not give a viable
political alternative to Black folks and until a third or forth party
surfaces with a totally new political paradigm, African Americans may
prosper individually, but it may be just a matter of time before there will
be no saving the Black community as a whole.

  What this all means is that the American society is moving away from
racism and moving toward classism which puts the future of the Black
community in the hands of the Black Bourgeois. Until they make major changes
in their attitude as a overall group, the African American community will
continue down this road to destruction.




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