Since my arrival at this site, I've seen a number of posts that seem to promote a hatred of the Black Middle-Class, the well-educated, and the strivers in our community. While I have my own personal criticisms of our "elite", I still recognize them as our "elite." In spite of the backwardness of some of them, with their silly effrontery, and waste of their resources on impressing no one in particular, I don't believe that attacking and "wetting" them up with criticism is the way to rectify their behavior. First of all, I don't believe it is intelligent to put all of the Black Middle and Educated class in the same bag. They are no more monolithic than the Black Poor, many of whom have middle class aspirations themselves, and have the EDUCATION to prove it. It is like we Blacks don't understand that many of us have attained high levels of education in a white supremacist society that is incredibly threatened by conscious and educated Black folk. So our first error is in associating the educated exclusively with the middle class.. We have many Black folk who are extraordinarily smart and intelligent and educated, and yet are POOR. We have Middle Class Blacks who got their status by hustling and criminal endeavors. We must THINK about this, as Dusty Elbow said on another thread, which means that these labels can be quite artificial. The best way to hip and enlighten this class/cadre of people we are talking about is through our own behavior. Many of them are so into "impressing no one in particular" that any behavior which they feel meets with the approval of the larger community, is a behavior they are sure to latch unto. Attacking them only leads to them saying you are envious and jealous of their success, and too lazy to achieve your own in this society and this life. To some extent, they are right on, because if all you do is talk smack, and do absolutely nothing, your criticism sounds more like a cry to be saved from drowing, than honest evaluation. However, if one can SEE your light shining, they cannot create diversionary arguments against the substance of your truths. Frankly, I believe the Black and Educated class is our only hope, though without an enlightened directional power for all the resources they possess, they are no more or less helpful to the rise of Black people, than the indigent and uneducated. Please NOTE, I am talking about the EDUCATED VS. THE IGNORANT when I talk about education and class. Not the Moneyed and the Non-Moneyed. Class is a very artificial label in the Black Community, believe that. Flatfootfloogie with the floy floy!