Black People : The Decadent Veil: Black America's Wealth Illusion

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  1. RAPTOR

    RAPTOR Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    by Antonio Moore

    The constant flashing of Black celebrity wealth – much of it earned in sports, entertainment and
    media – “has allowed for a broad swath of America to become not just desensitized to black poverty,
    but also hypnotized by black celebrity.” But, the real Black economic condition ranges from bad to
    hopeless. “Thirty-five percent of Black households have Negative or No Net Worth. Another 15 percent
    have less than $6,000 in total household worth.”

    "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships."
    W.E.B. Dubois, Souls of Black Folks


    “As black celebrity has been shown to millions of people, millions of times, the story of
    real lives has also been lost, and with it the engine that thrust forward the demand for
    social justice by the masses.”


    I write this piece following the groundwork laid by W.E.B. Dubois's Veil of Double Consciousness. The
    veil he described was a visualization of the racial duality blacks take on as part of their American
    identity. I now undertake the daunting task of clarifying the new veil of economics that has covered
    the struggles of a generation. The decadent veil looks at black Americans through a lens of group
    theory and seeks to explain an illusion that has taken form over a 30-year span of financial
    deregulation and newfound access to unsecured credit. This veil is trimmed with million-dollar sports
    contracts, Roc Nation tour deals and designer labels made for heads of state. As black celebrity invited
    us into their homes through shows like MTV cribs, we forgot the condition of overall African American
    financial affairs. Despite a large section of the 14 million black households drowning in poverty
    and debt the stories of a few are told as if they represent those of millions, not thousands. It is this
    new veil of economics that has allowed for a broad swath of America to become not just desensitized
    to black poverty, but also hypnotized by black celebrity.

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    'Back to life/back to reality'...

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