A Ramble on the Failures of the Black Middle Class.

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African shall develop an aristocracy of its own, but it shall be based upon service and loyalty to the race – Marcus Garvey

The Boston Brahmins revered history and worshiped their forbearers, shunned materialism and promoted art, culture, and spirituality. These Bostonians stood atop America’s caste system and were called Brahmins-after the Indians who owned a similar position in their culture’s caste structure. A lesser known social phenomenon were strata of Negros who lived adjacent to these elite Bostonians, who emulated these values. They were highly literate, loving knowledge, lived to glorify their ancestors and their sense of noblesse oblige led them to be at the for front of the abolition movement. Unfortunately, they were quite insular, practiced an odd form colorism and engaged in middle-class snobbery. They, of course, weren’t Brahmins, but middle class, Negros hadn’t the freedom to gain such a status. Still, they sat astride Northeastern Black America’s class structure and maybe even Black America’s. They also exhibited the failure of our nation’s Black upper and middle classes to lead, inability to create a model of an aristocracy based upon values owned by them. Never created a philosophy of thought particular to African Americans, matter of fact they embraced White American values wholeheartedly, though fortunately, they emulated the noblest of whites.

Today, we have a very different Black middle class, one which is crassly materialistic, hardly aware of their ancestors and their culture & values. Embracing all that middle America has to offer without the noble aspirations of their forbearers.  They practice a form of middle-class snobbery based upon only the superficial, one could make the argument that they haven’t come up one cultural innovation. They’ve certainly have not created an entrepreneurial culture. Never attempting to create enough businesses to keep black folks unemployment rates at the level of Asians. Matter of fact they have actually fought not to have to create their own businesses and are the main promoters of Affirmative Action. Before that, they flocked to politics and the church to make their livings, as Booker T Washington pointed out. Weary of having to prove themselves in the rough and tumble free market.

Of course, they have participated & prospered  in innovations started by poor Blacks quite successfully; Miles Davis and Duke Ellington in Jazz comes to mind and so does Langston Hughes, who borrowed mightily from Negro folklore, in literature and prose.  I don’t begrudge them these successes I admire all three of them and their cohorts and find Sir Duke to had a seminal impact on American culture, classed rightfully in the same lonely stratosphere as Louis Armstrong. But as a class, their contribution on a cultural and institutional level have been dismal. What few institutional and communal achievements they had, they sold them out as soon as whites decided (mostly forced) they were willing to accept them into their neighborhoods and businesses and to a lesser extent their social circles.
Every day there are kids graduating from college, joining sororities and fraternities, and starting businesses. Theoretically, there is always a chance to reverse this trend in horrible leadership. All it takes is a few in leadership roles to take assertive steps toward creating an upper middle class with a stake in the community and the ability and outlook to lead the community in the right direction. The lower segments of society would have to do their part no doubt, which so far they’ve shown no inclination to do. Leading me to think, whatever happens, it will be a long, and slow ascension.

Building Sustainable Communities

It is sad we have excluded ourselves from the sustainable communities discussion. Through out much of our history we lived in self sustained communities practicing what they now call organic farming. Imagine how lower our crime rates would be, and how much more efficient our schools would be if you took greater control in what we do and produce in our communities. It is time to remove the government from the equation and get back to controlling our own destines.

http://www.todaysdrum.com/11466/what-is-a-sustainable-community-and-why-should-blacks-care/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+todaysdrum%2FvVVb+%28Today%27s+Drum+-+Positive+Black+News%29

RLJ Companies to Bring Jobs, Build Homes in Haiti – BLACK ENTERPRISE

Great idea, an African American spreading our influence through out the diaspora. Robert Johnson also promoted we take ownership of Liberia and treat it as our Israel. That is an idea I agree with, we started the nation.

RLJ Companies to Bring Jobs, Build Homes in Haiti – BLACK ENTERPRISE.

NAACP, Desegregation and Sending the Wrong Message?

It seems the NAACP has tried to take the old civil rights fight and apply them to this era. As a Fogey I can understand an inability to let go of the past. But this is worst. The NAACP is attempting to apply the directives of the pre-1970 Civil Right fight onto today’s supposed problem with school desegregation. They do this and of course send the message that Black children do not have the ability to learn whilst sitting next to other Black children. That waking up at some ungodly hour, taking a bus out of town to sit next to white children will somehow help their child do better. It is a silly idea and ignores to true problem with in our community. The NAACP should be focusing on making sure the teachers in our schools are up to par, they need to try to influence parents to be more involved, create programs to support these children and first and foremost recognize it starts at home not with busing. They must stop promoting the idea that Black kids can’t learn simple because they are sitting with Black kids, stop placing responsibility outward.

http://www.todaysdrum.com/11482/north-carolina-faces-claims-of-resegregation/

Building Sustainable Communities

It is sad we have excluded ourselves from the sustainable communities discussion. Through out much of our history we lived in self sustained communities practicing what they now call organic farming. Imagine how lower our crime rates would be, and how much more efficient our schools would be if you took greater control in what we do and produce in our communities. It is time to remove the government from the equation and get back to controlling our own destines.

http://www.todaysdrum.com/11466/what-is-a-sustainable-community-and-why-should-blacks-care/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+todaysdrum%2FvVVb+%28Today%27s+Drum+-+Positive+Black+News%29