Black People : Classism Creating Huge Divide Amongst Blacks

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  1. Destee

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    Are all Blacks created equal?

    Classism creating a huge divide between upper and lower-class Blacks

    Issue date: 1/9/08

    In the black community in America, there is a severe disconnection among those of different classes. Many upper and middle-class blacks feel as if they can look down on, talk down to, and overlook black people who are considered lower class.

    I often witness black people who are college-educated, living in a nice home, driving a fancy car or earning a high salary, looking down on blacks who are less fortunate.

    Why is it that some blacks who have "moved on up," by working hard and achieving the American dream feel they can distance themselves and underestimate poor black people? Is it because they feel they have nothing in common with lower class black people? Is it because they feel they are more accepted among white people?

    Maybe it is because lower class blacks get blamed for many of the problems the black community allegedly has, such as speaking poor English; having babies outside of wedlock; high dropout rates; using and selling drugs; and filling up the jail cells.

    Even rich black people are not globally in control of as much as they could. They are rich, but they have to be careful what they do or say because if they make the wrong move all of their money can be taken away in the blink of an eye.

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    Is it because they feel they are more accepted among white people?


    Sigh!
    What a waste of time to sit around ruminating..."oh woe is me, whitefolks don't know I'm as good as them"!
    The operative phrase here being [accepted among white people] Why would that be a badge of honor? Something of which to be proud? Unless of course you have been weakened from the mental and spiritual onslaught, or; traumatized, maybe hypnotized into eternal submission. We all should understand that under the existing (universal) racist socio-political-economic structure we (non-whites) are the victimized masses. Each of us handles their victimizatiion differently that some are able to flourish within the rigid hateful racist infrastructure known as white supremacy while others appear to drown under the pressure, should not result in gloating or condescension. Rather, we should recognize our responsibility to the shared struggle against racist injustice and rather than look down at our struggling brother or sister; throw them a lifeline.

    We cannot afford to give up on each other believing that white people will replace the brother we/I reject. To do something as vile as this (even though sometimes that brother or sister rubs my nerves too) is to walk consciously like a herd of lemmings...into the abyss!
    Let us not contribute to our own extinction! Peace!
     
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    "Classism" is not creating the divide. The divide is created by the monoply capitalist economic system and social structure which gives rise to and reinforces class divisions within the society.

    Classism is the effect, not the cause.
     
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    I have been appauled in the last few years, at wealthy blacks who use the media to ridicule developing or poverty stricting African Americans. I think it is quite childish to take a pretentious attitude towards working classor poor citizens.It really shows unsophistication and weakness IMHO.
     
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    Classism as Old as African Civilization

    The problem of classism is something we have burdened ourselves with for over 20 thousand years, practically all African empires had a caste system for better or for worse.
    (Chiek Anta Diop, "Pre-Colonial Africa")(and basically all scholars of Classical African Culture will testify to this, Molefi Asante, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Marimba Ani and others)
    Also in regards to Capitalism, many of the freedom fighters of the 60s, Julius Nyere, Kenneth Kaunda and others stated that after the Europeans had left, creating a condition of true socialism, in the newly liberated nations, was exacerbated by pre-existing cultural class seperations.
    The aspects of tribalism and classism,
    unfortunately were reinforced in us for 400 year by Wilie Lynch and others, while the self developing, nurturing, healing, and positive magical elements of our Great African culture were removed by hundreds of years of torture and terrorism.
     
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