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ruin wrote

This article made me think about my brushes with the old guard black intelligentsia in the south. I was working in agriculture and spent a bit of time at conferences at Tuskegee and other similar institutions. The contrast between the farmers (mostly former sharecroppers) and the top organizers (black academics working with USDA) was stark. Three piece suits, well kept beards and spectacles vs dirty coveralls and muddy boots. The common ground seemed to be Baptist Christianity and a strong sense of knowing and maintaining ones role in the whole charade. Bizarre.


Pash wrote

Class matters.


OdiousOutlaw wrote

Respectability politics always got on my nerves.

The worst part is when my family members start adopting similar positions.


kinshavo wrote

Respectability politics

I think this is one reason some people misunderstood Obama presidency. He was the first Black President in the most powerful country in the world and people expected him to act like a Black Revolutionary. He needed to bomb foreign kids to pump the dying economy like the other white boys before him..

But I still have a good (or tactical) opinion on Black Money and all


OdiousOutlaw wrote

But I still have a good (or tactical) opinion on Black Money and all

It depends on how much of that money belongs to select individuals; pooled resources are another thing together and that depends on what the goal of the group is.


pappamandingo wrote

New Orleans is a hotbed for this kind of thing. I work for the city. our division, parks and parkways is a modern plantation. the darkest blacks in the field, jews and whites in the office. The only difference is cafe au lait creoles run the whole thing.