Black Political Thought

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Black Political Thought

Adjunct Professor: Tara McCoy


Community Nationalist or Black Nationalist


Radical Egalitarian

Black Feminist

Black Conservative

Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Union Address ran for 10 years.  Above are links to the morning and afternoon sessions to the last "State of the Black Union" that has segments that align with themes that we read about and discussed. Should you decide to view any clips, look for who represents each of the following positions?  

Morning Session

Afternoon Session


Concepts you should know:

Community Nationalist or Black Nationalist - often thought of synonymously due to their ability to mobilize the community. Saw this with Marcus Garvey and the Black Panthers. Distinction Black Nationalist are separatist while Community Organizers are not.

Marxist basically argue that all problems (i.e., political and economic) are derived from the marketplace and economy.

Radical Egalitarians advocate equal conditions and opportunities. Saw this through groups like the Urban League and the NAACP with their mission to rid Jim Crow through legal lawsuits.

Black Feminists often argue that class oppression, racism, and sexism are intertwined.

Black Conservatives (Booker T. Washington, first black conservative): minimal belief in free markets (more libertarian notion about intervention in the marketplace), advocate family values and integration. Similarities with Black Nationalists: -Against government programs like welfare and affirmative action -Believe victimhood as opposed to racism is the worst thing that happened to blacks -View their beliefs as essential for racial improvement -Promote self-help  


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For more on Black Political Thought .....see

Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought by Melissa Victoria Harris-Lacewell

Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Contemporary Ideology by Michael C. Dawson

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins