Will the National Black Arts Festival be the black bourgeoisie model for the Black Arts Movement Business District in Oakland?


According to Dr. E. Franklin Frazier, Black Bourgeoisie, this class of Negroes live in the "world of make believe" and conspicuous consumption." For example, they have closets full of clothes and shoes but live one paycheck away for pushing shopping carts! As per the BAMBD, if you don't know where you're going, for sure you won't arrive at your destination. You may want to reach Africa but poor planning will land you in, yes, Negroland! Notice in the name National Black Arts Festival, the word "movement" is deleted from the original National Black Arts Movement, sister of the National Black Power Movement, successor to the National Civil Rights (Rites, Sun Ra) Movement. Let us, therefore, keep the BAMBD moving forward ever, backwards never!

Negroland: A Memoir

by Margo Jefferson

The house Negro, according to Malcolm X, looked out for his master’s interest and put the field Negro back in his place on the plantation when he got out of line. The house Negro lived better than the field Negro, Malcolm X explained. He ate the same food as the master, dressed and spoke just as well. The house Negro loved the master more than the master loved himself, while the field Negro prayed for a strong wind to come along should the master’s house catch fire. Malcolm X said that he was a field Negro and for him the black establishment, the black upper class, became synonymous with the house Negro. “You’re nothing but an ex-slave. You don’t like to be told that. But what else are you? You are ex-slaves. You didn’t come here on the ‘Mayflower.’ You came here on a slave ship.”
The black elite provoked some scorn in the civil rights era of revolution in mass black consciousness. In The Negro Family in the United States (1939), E. Franklin Frazier had described how migration and the urbanization of black America changed the criteria by which a black upper class defined itself. Bloodline gave way to position. In his grand remonstrance, Black Bourgeoisie (1957), Frazier castigated the black upper class for having deteriorated into a sad imitation of conspicuously consuming white America.

Marvin X. Jackmon

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