I Am A Negro Communist

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I am slowly writing an essay entitled, I am a Negro Communist. This essay will reflect the rise of black literary academics in the social sciences who were major actors in the development of the early black plight of academic thinking.

During the course of the 20th century, the emergence of Marxism as an academic philosophy in education set forth a new wave of examining American culture. It was during (and really before) the Cold War and its sub conflicts (Vietnam), as well as the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s that promulgated many academics to make an ideological shift to the far left. With social and political instability taking place in the United States, Marxist academics were training young students of history, political science, economics, etc., for an intellectual war; this conflict was set to transform the thought process in classes, lecture halls, professional meetings, and published works.

Because academia was dominated by WASP who saw their plight as elite, other minority groups and women were excluded from various forms of higher education. With so many groups being silenced by early modern academics, the process of infiltration of Marx’s racialist ideology was slow to take hold in educational settings. Once white leftist academics bought into the “conflict analysis” idea of absolute political, social, and economic equality, the academy saw a transformation in the writings of history. The historiography became more about the elements of class conflict in society, rather than about the story of the conflict. One of the biggest challenges Marxist and New Left academics faced was that of conservative academics, many who believed that the educational curriculum in America should reflect the Protestant tradition of Anglo thought. Of course such a traditionalist curriculum would exclude a number of oppressed voices.

 

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6 thoughts on “I Am A Negro Communist

  1. Interesting synopsis and it reminds me of a video interview with conservative intellectual, Saul Bellow. He seemed to waiver from the left to right over time. Ultimately favoring the conservative idea. Please see the link for more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hls050A0We0&list=WL&index=11

    The intellectual movement amongst the conservatives today seems to have revitalized their ideas. However, the leftist of today seem to be limitedly motivated and don’t posses the same 60’s and 70’s vigor. Social and political degradation in America is severely hampered by unscrupulous hatred. And, although Marxism may not provide a total solution, it perhaps address issues of those heavily marginalized.

    The ultra conservatives have retaken the academic circles, and now we’re seeing the fruits of their hatred in today’s America. University fraternities are exposing their long hidden hatred, police organizations corrupt and abusing power. We’re seeing abuse and hatred on all levels. Hatred and overzealous media towards the president. Severe hatred towards the federal government unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the past 30 years. It feels completely out of control with no protocol of acceptable behavior. White Anglo-Saxon Protestants created an America that’s extremely challenging for the modern day cosmopolitan person.

    On the other hand, leftist, especially Blacks need a social revolution an almost Harlem Renaissance to awaken the intellectual consciousness. I feel as though intellectually we’re at an all time low. Culturally we’re suffering from selfish, almost post traumatic emasculation disorder, which is a hyper aggressive super macho exaggerated persona. A disorder that most suffer from, through being denied jobs in order to feed their families and being locked in chains and not being able to protect their own. So, the moment we get a significant amount of respect we become very loud and boisterous in expressing our manhood, much like we see with Hip Hop culture.

  2. Eddie,

    I have been thinking about your exact points. There seems to be a Revolution under way; I am not sure it has the kind of political organization that it needs. I have mixed feelings toward the Harlem Renaissance; I once noted in a paper and to my students that it was too localized to be as revolutionary as needed. With social media today, I think it is much easer. I sense there has been a system of comfort among some, but not all. As you pointed above, there seems to be a system in place that protects and further encourages attitudes of elitism by dominant culture toward others. I am hoping recent events of violence and exploitation by dominant culture will force “others” to galvanize behind a campaign to encourage greater awareness of the inequalities that exist. Black Lives Matter has done well with this. I watched part of the Bellow interview. I should finish it a bit later. What a profound writer and intellect.

    What a great comment. Well thought out . I particularly like your point here: “And, although Marxism may not provide a total solution, it perhaps address issues of those heavily marginalized”. I am curious to learn more about your leanings.

  3. I find myself leaning towards the Bernie Sanders school of thought. Countries such as France, Sweden and Norway are great models. The difference is as you already know, most of those countries are homogeneous in their makeup. It’s a lot easier to cater to a society where the majority of the people are the same ethnically.

    America is culturally complex with a history of oligarchy. It certainly didn’t start out this way, but has developed into this model of the “haves and have not’s” over the last 100 years. My historical facts may be off somewhat. A society that offers free university education, free health care seem to strive to a more productive society for everyone. A man who’s not working, is a man who’ll steal. Simple logic.

    As for marginalized people, Blacks have a generation that is considered “the lost generation.” The current state of things and the current educational system does not provide a viable solution to awaken the psyche. People who can not follow instructions, or who don’t respect rules limit themselves and success is almost impossible. It will take a talented bunch to pull us out of this non existent intellectual slump. The current culture and overall mindset of acceptable behavior has to change. We have to change our own situation and become the master’s of our destiny. We can’t wait for someone to provide, and the most talented among us will pave the a pathway.

  4. Eddie,

    We need to sit down one day over a cup of coffee and talk. Though I am not sure about Sanders, he does offer a different political model. I fear plutocracy. Hence, a reason why I have moved away from democrats. I like your point regarding blacks as “the lost generation”. When I think about systematic racism and its impact on black communities, I first look to education. I heard a fantastic interview on NPR the other day. It was about integration and how the levels of segregation in education has added to the problem of racism and black poverty.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=243951597

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