Carol Platt Liebau: Giving War a Chance

Friday, March 31, 2006

Giving War a Chance

I admire people like Errol Lewis, who, in this piece, calls on black leaders to conduct a culture war within the black community against counterproductive attitudes that retard black progress. It's brave, because he's arraying himself against the likes of Jesse Jackson -- the perpetual big-mouthed "poverty pimps" who couldn't care less about the plight of their people, so long as they themselves remain "influential" and well-to-do.

Here's Lewis' call to arms:

Specifically, we need aggressive, concerted action by members and institutions of the respectable black middle class to do open combat against the rise of an ancient enemy: a bold, seductive street culture that exalts lawlessness, addiction and anti-family behavior like pimping, sexual promiscuity, ignorance and personal selfishness.

And for those who think this is just a "black" problem, it's worth noting that many of the attitudes and poses popularized by rap music and street culture spread far afield; even today, they are hardly restricted to the African-American community.

2 Comments:

Blogger LQ said...

Anyone heeding Lewis’s call faces an uphill fight. White liberals and the black leaders covered by the mainstream media will cry “victim-bashing.” The truth, however, is that blacks are most often victims of our own attitudes, not of racism. A culture war is what we need, but it would be long and difficult. Frankly, I’m not sure it would be won.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Fear of losing the war isn't always reason to avoid it. This type of war will of course be a long one. But the cost of not fighting is already being realized. I can handle attacks on my motivations, as faith and religion are often berated by those on the other side of the culture war. Yet, it's a fight that needs to be waged, not only within the black community, but within the borders of this nation.

11:48 PM  

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