Oct 29, Abstract of Cornel West’s “Nihilism in Black America” by Mike Peterson Description West argues that the two current and polarized “camps” that. Oct 29, Abstract of Cornel West’s “Nihilism in black America” By Jenny Lowry Description of Article West argues that the dilemma of African Americans. Nihilism in Black America. Cornel West ▫ Spring Recent discussions about the plight of African Americans—especially those at the bottom of the social.

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It would have meant organizing all people against the two parties.

But, I also recognize, that such a transformation, including for South Africa, is only possible with the end of capitalism, a system which breeds divisions and bigotry. Du Bois, Anna Cooper, E.

He knew the liberal Black leaders have no alternative to him and the Democratic Party.

It is not a new debate, of course. Does this pathos help or hurt his argument? West points to the failure of the new Black middle class. It makes you realize how little 46 years actually is. And the conservative idea that what is needed is a change in the moral behavior of poor Black urban dwellers especially poor Black men, who, they say, should stay married, support their children, and stop committing so much crime highlights immoral actions while ignoring public responsibility for the immoral circumstances that haunt our fellow citizens.

But the more fundamental reason was a lack of perspective to take on the poverty and corruption of those cities. Posted by Ryan Carroll at Thursday, October 13, Nihilism in Black America.

Cultural Studies: Cornel West’s “Nihilism in black America”

Such an effort would be the end of a promising career in capitalist politics. The media lynching of Lani Guinier was made easier precisely because the independent power of the Black community is not organized. In this sense, it seems that culture is inseparable from politics and economy; blcak culture is often times made by politics and economy.


A relative term not used in a Marxist sensehe notes that the middle class historically constituted no more than five percent of African-Americans before the civil rights era.

He, however, does open a nihillism about issues generally not hung out to dry in the broad public. In the s it is more and more a class problem. This was not an ultraleft or sectarian stance.

In the last two decades, this percentage jumped to well over twenty-five percent. What about white criminals? It seems like West is dooming black Americans with this incurable disease. In medicine it surely means the exposure of corrnel practices that do not appear racist but in their effects on cancer research, access to care and treatments prove to be so – The immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks being a most remarkable case; and finally universal single payer access to health care for all children of any class of parents to begin early in life assuring the physical foundation.

Malcolm rejected that notion. Newer Post Older Post Home. It would have meant challenging the real powers. He also feels like black politicians, particularly Jesse Jackson, only serve americw halt progression toward eliminating this threat.

But unlike earlier times in American history when African Americans were mainly slaves or sharecroppers, Blacks today are legally equal and more integrated in all segments of capitalist society.

Subtlety and lifelong ‘guerilla’ actions would be necessary, including the training of children in homes and schools to resist dehumanization of any sort, requiring a different sort of parent at least; deep changes in health and medical care to end pervasive neglect and hostility to black life in medicine; and so on. West says the model of one black national leader must be shunned, and that local activists must corrnel in conjunction with state, regional, and national networks to form the collective responsibility that can hold back the nihilistic threat to black America.


My question of whether it americ from a community rebelling nihi,ism society was in fact overly simplistic and idealistic. The leadership must be based on militancy and unity. Both the liberal structuralists and nihilsm conservative behaviorists ignore the nihilistic threat, and the conservative behaviorists add to it.

Not surprisingly, he sees the problem of Black survival in moral and political-economic terms.

Cornel West’s Race Matters

In the political arena, a new vision means a break with the two-party system. Under Jim Crow this was less the case since the first task was to end American apartheid.

He argues that this threat is invading black America, but the only example he gives is that of commodification of goods in poverty ridden communities. There can be and will be individual exceptions. The failure of the Black middle-class leadership and the failure of their liberal ideology the conservative ideology will always have only a handful of supporters points to the need for a new vision and strategy.