[Marxism] Crisis of the Negro Intellectual

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Aug 29 07:00:43 MDT 2007

Inside Higher Education, Aug. 29
40 Years of ‘The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual’

By Scott McLemee

Polemics seldom age well. But when Harold Cruse published The Crisis of 
the Negro Intellectual during the fall of 1967, he aimed his verbal 
artillery in so many directions that it seems as if some of the missiles 
are still landing four decades later. (At the time of his death in 2005, 
Cruse was professor emeritus of African-American studies at the 
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.)

Crisis was certainly a product of its time – a moment when the alliances 
of the Civil Rights movement were disintegrating fast, and arguments 
over the direction of African-American politics and culture filled the 
air. Cruse took the measure of various ideologies and found them 
wanting. He had no use for what he saw as the illusions of the 
integrationist agenda. He was a black nationalist, yet quite pointed in 
criticizing the influence of Marcus Garvey and other pan-Africanists 
from the Caribbean. It was obvious that Cruse owed a lot to Marxist 
theory — but he complained about the blind spots of radicals spreading 
the gospel of proletarian revolution to the ghetto. At the same time, he 
was critical of leading figures within the African-American arts.

full: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2007/08/29/mclemee

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