“Cutting to the chase…the real cause behind all the destructive circumstances stacked within Cosby’s itemized ‘laundry list’ combined is the absence of a strong positive Black self-concept…African-American self-hatred being profound, pervasive and tragically under addressed in US society is a hard cold fact…”
Trouble In Black Paradise, page 258 (commentary on Bill Cosby’s controversial May 17th, 2004 address to the NAACP).
Greetings dear readers!
Trouble rumbles right along in Black paradise…
An October 13th, 2014 Time Magazine commentary by Joe Klein raises eyebrows indeed! “The Delta Blues” is part of his On The Road With Joe series where he travels to various communities reporting on their current political and social status.
Klein attends two separate Mississippi town hall meetings: one, a Tea Party event near Jackson (firing-up conviction and hope “pep rally” style) by member and failed Senate Challenger Chris McDaniel; the other convened at New Hope First Baptist Church (conversely shrouded by hopelessness and deepening despair)—it was organized by Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson who pulled together mostly Black elected officials and social/educational activists from around Greenville’s Delta town.
The white domineering Tea Party schemes and organizes to take over the state’s “rightwing” power structure, to oust the conventional Republican Party, replacing its platform with an extremist brand of classist, socially archaic policies; the Black community bemoans devastating infrastructural (and overall investment) loss.
Losing to those entrenched Republicans McDaniel sets charge to Tea Party attendees with a quote from Hollywood’s Braveheart: “Men don’t follow titles, they follow courage”; words uttered by the movie’s protagonist (played by Mel Gibson) William Wallace, a Scots-Irish ancestor of most who are present—the room blazes with fervor filled emotion.
On the other side Black hopefuls draw out a long laundry list of losses incurred since gains from the Civil Rights movement—a cause they lent a powerfully organized base to. Gone are “Black banks, insurance companies, bakeries, newspapers”; now, otherwise deserted, what’s left is “churches, drug dealers” and one famous restaurant.
Reinforced by my book a glaring difference in what drives these two meetings (and what establishes their contrasting tone) screams: the whites proudly pool affirmation from ancestors deep in European antiquity; the Blacks do not (amplifying the thunderous breach between themselves and Africa’s deeply rich cultural legacy)—they never even call on critical Black leadership voices ringing from Civil Rights legacy (at least not in Klein’s article).
For Blacks two-plus-two (calculated to reveal a key answer to their continued spiraling losses and growing social chaos) still doesn’t seem to “add up!”