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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Focus on structural constraints.

Regardless, I was infected by nihilism as merely an onlooker of injustice, acting as if I was some Camusian Absurd hero for simply watching Sisyphus grapple his rock, and felt the overwhelming rage toward everyone including those who shared my struggle.

Historically, blacks were armored against this threat through culture and community, but something happened along the way that changed this. The trouble with activism is that even when it approaches a transformative solution as it did with black radical thinkers of the 20th centuryor achieves real and measurable outcomes as with the civil rights mass movements, civil litigation and new law: These models must not only question our silent assumptions about black leadership — such as the notion that black leaders are always middle class — but must also force us to interrogate iconic figures of the past.

Subsequently, an exceptionally powerful-looking African American student sauntered calmly toward him. Nor does he endorse Black nationalism or the revolutionary vision of Malcolm X as the answer. Unlike most socialists, he does not point his finger at capitalism as the primary source of the problem. Particularly, I often wondered if all this violence and anger could simply boil down to a community rebelling against a constant and never-ending unjust society.

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It sounds like he is arguing that those people are being threatened by nihilism because they cannot afford what other people can.

Cornel West’s Race Matters

West and his writings are a valuable addition to the debate over racism and discrimination and the divisions in American society.

Monday, October bladk, Cornel West: The liberals say it is a lack of resources. It must reach out to all people of color too.

It is not a new debate, of course. Newer Post Older Post Home. This argument is ludicrous. It’s been a few years. Every “culture and race” goes without “something”, but blacks are structurally deprived of particular opportunities that give them a disproportionately small share of the nation’s corbel. Self-worth, or Black pride, is an important issue.

He also feels like black politicians, particularly Jesse Jackson, only serve to 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. Such an effort would be the end of a promising career in capitalist politics.

Cultural Studies: Cornel West: “Nihilism in Black America”

But it is more than just Black versus white. 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.


A blog for thoughtful reflection and concise analysis. I hope you’ve educated yourself on Black history and the real evils of capitalism by now. Finally, the changing and changeable nature of Gargantua appears in the 21st century as the malleable structure of undefeated white supremacist thought, the cold war of racialized violence, and the power of the state to maintain white privilege at all costs. Instead, he says the main problem facing Black survival in the s is nihilism.

In this sense, it seems that culture is inseparable from politics and economy; that culture is often times made by politics and economy. This is a long process and arduous way forward, and at least years in duration forward from this point in time.

Very motivational language, but it lacks concrete solutions or follow-through. Just when one would have guessed that Black America was flexing its political and intellectual muscles, rigor mortis seems to have set in. Is West implying that the idea of national leadership is inherently defunct and irredeemable? This all leads to political cynicism, which hampers the efforts of local activists, on whom the progressive effort depends. Posted by Mike at 4: