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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Cornel West on Nihilism in Black America by Matthew Roach on Prezi

Williams’ “Culture is Ordinary” Raymond Williams: Is West implying that the idea of national leadership is inherently defunct and irredeemable? Some point to racism a definite factor.

The strength of his view is that he takes on taboo subjects including Black anti-Semitism, sexism in the Black community, and homophobia and demands a critical look at how to reverse Black degradation and remove the color line.

In the last two decades, this percentage jumped to well over twenty-five percent. There can be and will be individual exceptions.

Self-worth, or Black pride, is an important issue. We must fight for nonracial, color-blind societies as the African National Congress advocates for the new South Africa. While I am not a black American, this article is rather disturbing to me. A relative term not used in a Marxist sensehe notes that the back class historically constituted no more than five percent of African-Americans before the civil rights era.

Cornel West’s Race Matters

In the s it is more and more a class problem. Is capitalism to blame for their criminal deeds as well? Nihilism in Black America.


However, he fails to explicitly show the link between nihilism and the need to organize the fight corel end oppression and exploitation. It must reach out to all people of color too. In medicine it surely means the exposure of certain practices that do not appear racist but in their effects on cancer research, access to care and treatments prove to be so nihliism 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.

Presently, Black middle-class life is principally a matter of professional conscientiousness, personal accomplishment, and cautious adjustment. The trouble with activism is that even when it approaches a transformative solution as it did with black radical thinkers coenel the 20th centuryor achieves real and measurable outcomes as with the civil rights mass movements, civil litigation and new law: A blog for thoughtful reflection and concise analysis.

The self-fulfilling prophecy of the nihilistic threat is that without hope there can be no future, that without meaning there can be no struggle. For as long as hope remains and meaning is preserved, the possibility of overcoming oppression stays alive.

That debilitating nihilism that consumed me for those years stared me straight in the eyes when thinking about how predominantly poor African American communities could turn on each other with such fervor. Treating nihilism as a disease that can be tamed by love and care, but that can never by completely cured I agree that political progress should be made within black culture, as it should be in many other cultures in America.


Throwing away all the redneck trash about slaves being freed years ago hlack Jim Crow ending 46 years ago implying social equality, I am beginning to see the Absurd horror experienced in these time periods flowing over into today.

The liberals say it is a lack of resources. Particularly, I often wondered if all this violence and anger cognel simply boil down to a community rebelling against a constant and never-ending unjust society. The middle-class layers of all colors are incapable of leading the oppressed and poor to their complete emancipation.

West argues that national leaders are often too charismatic with little programmatic follow-through, which leads black nationalists, with their myopic visions that cause fragmentation, to pick up the slack.

It is not a new debate, of course. In this sense, it seems that culture is inseparable from politics and economy; that culture is wsst times made by politics and economy. But, I also recognize, that such a transformation, including for South Africa, is only possible with the end of capitalism, a dest which breeds divisions and bigotry.

Does this have the potential to hamper his argument?

Newer Post Older Post Home. The solution, of course, is activism, both within white and black communities, producing real and achievable outcomes. My question of whether it resulted from a community rebelling against society was in fact overly simplistic and idealistic.