Black Rage, Inc.

by Brad Nelson   8/20/14

Glenn pointed out a very good article to me this morning: “A Grotesque Pantomime of Repression and Redemption.” Fred Siegel is also author of the acclaimed book, The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class. The chapter, “Black Rage,” is highly relevant to current events.

Here are a couple of the money quotes from Siegel’s article (I’m attempting to gain permission to publish the entire piece):

But after 50 years, what has this bargain achieved, except to cultivate a community that excels in resentment?


The drama persists in part because so many journalists and academics, not to mention black activists, have so much invested in it. It’s the conceptual air that they breathe. Sadly, to paraphrase the philosopher Ernest Gellner, some failed practices cannot be the subject of reconsideration, because they already shape the way we think.

That last paragraph, in particular, sounds like the kind of astute observation that is common of one of the premier social philosophers of our day, Theodore Dalrymple.

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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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4 Responses to Black Rage, Inc.

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    I don’t know if he mentions this, but a crucial aspect is that black rage encourages the continuation of the identity-group politics and victimization cult, which encourages blacks to continue to vote almost monolithically for Democrats. The harm this does to the community (especially the black community) is irrelevant to Democrats for whom political expediency is their sole concern. The biggest delusion in America is the belief that liberals (such as Barry Zero) actually mean well.

  2. Glenn Fairman says:

    An excerpt from Siegel’s Revolt Against the Masses chapter entitled “From Jim Crow to Crow Jim:”

    “(Shelby) Steele recalls listening to a 1967 speech by the comedian Dick Gregory, who called on his black audience to “get hip” and raise their consciousness. Thinking back, Steele notes that he was witnessing the Birth of Hipster Marxism.” The hipster knows the game is rigged but tries to subvert it to his own advantage….for working over the master for the rube that he is. Like mayors selling poverty for dollars from Washington, the black leadership sold black weakness to guilty whites looking to buy redemption. The race hustlers claimed there were separate ways of Black knowing and fad after fad like ebonics was an attempt to circumvent the hard work necessary for upward mobility. Steele suggests that it is the black leadership who sold forgiveness to guilty whites, who turned a blind eye even as black leaders were bilking their own people.
    America’s little big men such as Coleman Young of Detroit and Marion Berry of DC seized power in their chocolate cities. Young came to power in the long political wake of the 67 Detroit riots, in which the National Guard and the 82nd Airborne were called in to quell 5 days of rioting; during the uproar, 40 people were killed, 1000 injured and 7000 arrested. Hewing to black nationalist principles, Mayor Young all but formally invited whites to leave the city. What remained after the riot….was something worse than a slum. The remains of the downtown had become inscrutable megaliths in a wilderness of rubble so desolate that you can stand in the middle of Woodward Street: the heart of the riot, at midday and not see a single auto for miles in any direction. Young was an innovator of sorts. His victorious fight to extend the city’s income tax to commuters was part of a signal shift in liberal politics….All these black leaders de-professionalized their work forces and redistributed jobs and money to their political retainers….they created unbeatable political machines in the name of the poor, who became increasingly impoverished. They left their cities….in ruins.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      National Review had an article a couple of years back on what Young did to Detroit, and comparing his methods to current liberal techniques, which likewise involve securing political domination by driving away voters inclined to support their opponents — no matter what the cost to their economy. They care only for their power, with their constituents merely the fertilizer for that political success (much as my father once observed about Communism).

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Jesus is the only plausibly legitimate distributor of Redemption. And even that I’m not absolutely sure about.

      But, good god, what kind of a vapid people are we when those who have no direct connection to slavery are buying into the BS of the race-hustlers (also who have no direct connection) in order to absolve themselves from something they had no part in?

      I smell a rat…or just a fair amount of indoctrination. Have pity on a nation that has lost its mind and its soul to such an outstanding degree.

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