Thursday, January 23, 2014

how come only black americans have "respectable negroe" leaders? where is the "respectable italian" leader of italian americans?


libcom | For the purposes of this analysis, the most salient aspects of the black community in the segregated south lie within a management dimension. Externally, the black population was managed by means of codified subordination, reinforced by customary dehumanization and the omnipresent spectre of terror. The abominable details of this system are well known.[24] Furthermore, blacks were systematically excluded from formal participation in public life. By extracting tax revenues without returning public services or allowing blacks to participate in public policy formation, the local political system intensified the normal exploitation in the work place. Public administration of the black community was carried out by whites. The daily indignity of the apartheid-like social organization was both a product of this political-administrative disenfranchisement as well as a motor of its reproduction. Thus, the abstract ideal of freedom spawned within the Civil Rights movement addressed primarily this issue.

Despite the black population's alienation from public policy-making, an internal stratum existed which performed notable, but limited, social management functions. This elite stratum was comprised mainly of low-level state functionaries, merchants and "professionals" servicing black markets, and the clergy. While it failed to escape the general subordination, this indigenous elite usually succeeded by virtue of its comparatively secure living standard and informal relations with significant whites, in avoiding the extremes of racial oppression. The importance of this stratum was that it stabilized and coordinated the adjustment of the black population to social policy imperatives formulated outside the black community.

Insofar as black public functionaries had assimilated bureaucratic rationality, the domination of fellow blacks was carried out in "doing one's job." For parts of the black elite such as the clergy, the ministerial practice of "easing community tensions" has always meant accommodation of black life to the existing forms of domination. Similarly, the independent merchants and professionals owed their relatively comfortable position within the black community to the special, captive markets created by segregation. Moreover, in the role of "responsible Negro spokesmen," this sector was able to elicit considerable politesse, if not solicitousness, from "enlightened" members of the white elite. Interracial "cooperation" on policy matters was thus smoothly accomplished, and the "public interest" seemed to be met simply because opposition to white ruling group initiatives had been effectively neutralized. The activating factor in this management relation was a notion of "Negro leadership" (later "black" or even "Black") that was generated outside the black community. A bitter observation made from time to time by the radical fringe of the movement was that the social category "leaders" seemed only to apply to the black community. No "white leaders" were assumed to represent a singular white population. But certain blacks were declared opinion-makers and carriers of the interests of an anonymous black population. These "leaders" legitimated their role through their ability to win occasional favors from powerful whites and through the status positions they already occupied in the black community.[25]
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Given the racial barrier, social mobility for the black elite was limited, relative to its white counterpart. Because of de facto proscription of black tenure in most professions, few possibilities existed for advancement. At the same tune, the number of people seeking to become members of the elite had increased beyond what a segregated society could accommodate as a result of population growth and rising college attendance. In addition, upward mobility was being defined by the larger national culture in a way that further weakened the capability of the black elite to integrate its youth. Where ideology demanded nuclear physics and corporate management, black upward mobility rested with mortuary service and the Elks Lodge! The disjunction between ideals and possibilities delegitimized the elite's claim to brokerage and spokesmanship. With its role in question, the entrenched black elite was no longer able to effectively perform its internal management function and lost any authority with its "recruits" and the black community in general. As a result, a social space was cleared within which dissatisfaction with segregation could thrive as systematic opposition. 

From this social management perspective, the sources of the "Freedom Movement" are identifiable within and on the periphery of its indigenous elite stratum. As soon as black opposition spilled beyond the boundaries of the black community, however, the internal management perspective became inadequate to understand further developments in the Civil Rights movement. When opposition to segregation became political rebellion, black protest required a response from white ruling elites. That response reflected the congruence of the interests of blacks and of corporate elites in reconstructing southern society and helped define the logic of all subsequent black political activity. Both sets of interests shared an interest in rationalizing race relations in the South. The Civil Rights movement brought the two sets together.[29]

9 comments:

John Kurman said...

I would think that, with relation to suicide, impulsivity has to be up there. My understanding is that something like 94% of people prevented from committing suicide never try it again. It is perhaps the one area where gun control would work.

CNu said...

As went black folks, so went America. Sectional economic conquest of the south by American elites in the 20th century was effected in large measure through the machinery of the civil rights movement. Pacification of black political rebellion laid the foundation for the Cathedral apparatus through which one-dimensional governance of the full-spectrum of potentially politically oppositional demographies was achieved. Can't quite tell which pieces of this multi-faceted puzzle were engineered, and which pieces were emergent from processes which once set in motion resulted in clear and repeatable results. http://subrealism.blogspot.com/2014/01/sectionalism.html

BigDonOne said...

Audio quality in that video was so totally unintelligible it was worthless, BD bagged it after the first couple minutes....

CNu said...

lol, windows XP is end of life and no longer supported by microsoft and internet explorer 8.0 is two versions back. I'm guessing you're running these crusty critters on an old Gateway P1 or P2 with less than a gig of RAM. With that kind of setup, I'm surprised you can see or hear much of anything.

Nakajima Kikka said...

In light of Obama's crushing of Occupy, the philosophical triumph of neoliberalism, and the systematic destruction of communitarian-based cultural institutions since 1980 (even bowling leagues and chess clubs are now seen as potentially subversive), I'm curious as to whether Reed still sees any value in traditional class-based political organization. Are there any seeds of a contemporary political strategy here, or does the class-based, anti-capitalist Left in the U.S. just have to wait until the identitarian Left burns itself out?

CNu said...

I'm about 2/3's of the way through that most recent paper of Reed's you linked the other day, i.e., Reed as movie reviewer. (still deeply disappointed with that) - but anyway - neoliberalism (status-seeking/conspicuous consumption/dopamine hegemony) as a method of human livestock management has wholly overwhelmed organic communities. Now that available net energy, production, commerce, and consumption are all in decline at a pace and to an extent where the contraction will be strongly and fairly uniformly felt across the 99% - a strong opportunity to reintroduce communities of competence as the basis for meaning and fulfillment apart from dopamine hegemony has opened up.

Couple that with the serotoninergic tidal wave eminent in marijuana legalization and there's no telling what kind of previously unrealized possibilities will develop.

Nakajima Kikka said...

Marijuana legalization is a BFD, no doubt about that.

CNu said...

Do you ever wonder if the level of development of performance enhancing drugs has reached a plateau where the supreme who have access no longer need concern themselves with the mind and performance altering effects of natural and more familiar entheogens a la Limitless?

Constructive_Feedback said...

[quote]With its role in question, the entrenched black elite was no longer able to effectively perform its internal management function and lost any authority with its "recruits" and the black community in general.[/quote]

THIS IS NOT AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF FACT.



The "Black Community 'Human Resource Development Institutions'" were contaminated - made into POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS to support Progressive Political Opportunism.


IT DIDN'T MATTER that they were not able to serve as INTERNAL AUTHORITY. They succeeded in shifting the Americanized Negro's DEVELOPMENT HOPES into GOVERNMENT and then upon taking over all of the seats of power of local governments - they retained their power by NATIONALIZING the "Social Justice Struggle".


YOU DON'T NEED TO retain the INTERNAL AUTHORITY. THEY CONTROL THE MEDIA that the Black community consumes.
As long as they stand up two key forces - there is nothing else needed in the distopia:


1) Show how the ENEMY HAS RACIALLY OFFENDED you and compel the Americanized Negro to seek revenge - thus he will YIELD his TIME AND FOCUS that should have been focused upon internal governance - into the national political arena - just as the Embedded Confidence Men were contracted to do and the White Right-Wing was hoping that they'd do.


2) Compel the Americanized Negro to DISARM from protecting his own permanent interests - asking those who he gave his harvest to with tepid returns: "Where Is The Money That We Gave To You For Our Development". By making a TEAM BRANDING for the "Americanized Negro" - he won't be prone to ask such a question, lest his "settlement" and punitive payment bankrupt "the team", leaving it unable to fight the right-wing enemy.


BEFORE we get to a discussion of AUTHORITY - we MUST stop the Negro from assuming that the White man is the "PERFECT 100%". There is a problem with "Non-White White Supremacy" and through this the Negro leaders get to eschew their AUTHORITY and the accountability that comes with it.

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