Blacks at a Political Impasse

Source: The Black

Well, the publishers of The Black have done it again. They have analyzed the deep and widening chasm between the African-Americans (Black Americans) and those who purport to represent us.

The article is a must read for those interested in African-American political and social change. Here is some of what the publshers write:

The Black  

We have arrived at, and long passed, the juncture in Black politics when we can afford a false unanimity. Although there does exist an overwhelming consensus of progressive opinion among African Americans at-large, there is a deep and widening chasm between the people and those who purport to represent the masses – such as has not been seen since the mid-Sixties, when distinct strains of divergent Black political opinion gave motion to various oppositional movements. These movements were not opposed to each other, but were joined in opposition to racial oppression.

The result was a social transformation of America – accomplished by Black people – and which spawned the women's and anti-war movement: children of the Black movement, without which these social advances would not have been possible. The entire society was restructured, for the benefit of most citizens. But there was a price to pay – a great "white backlash" that has been most dramatically manifested in mass Black incarceration as a national policy since the early Seventies, the white reaction to Blacks stepping out of their place.

At the same time, during the early Seventies, we saw the ascension of a newly liberated class of Blacks who had cashed in on the chips that the Freedom Movement had provided. These African Americans saw a clear cut through the forest to the sunlight of profit – and took off like gazelles. The masses of Black folks applauded them, believing that their political and financial victories were our own. But they were not.

The Black political-business class positioned itself to accept the largesse of the much more powerful white capitalist class. It took a generation for the white corporate denizens to realize that their money was their power, and that they should use it to influence the now-established Black political-business class. White corporate America convinced itself, fitfully, to sit down with Negroes who would sit down with them, and come to agreement. They found a willing audience.


By the mid-Nineties, the corporate approach to Black politics had matured. They would use their financial resources to create a new Black leadership, and to infiltrate the urban environs in which Black politics operates – the Democratic Party.

From what was a trickle of cash to the only right-wing member of the Congressional Black Caucus – Floyd Flake (NY), in the mid-Nineties – to a Mississippi of money to the "derelicts" who have been identified by the CBC Monitor, we have witnessed a sea change in the behavior of the Black business-political class. They now try to define racial progress in terms of their own aggrandizement. But we are not applauding, anymore.

This deal has run its course. It is now clear that the class that was catapulted to Black leadership was – with some exceptions – out for itself. Too much blood has been spilled to be wasted on them.

To Read the whole article please visit: The Black


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