My latest at Rare:
"[B]lack pride is a counter-weight to the stereotypes and misconceptions about black people that still saturate American culture. Black History Month and the oft-maligned African-American Studies curricula at American universities provide education and encouragement for young black people. The stories of triumph over slavery, terrorism, and oppression help inspire today’s youth to overcome their own obstacles.
A great irony is that black historical education is attacked for teaching blacks “to be victims,” often by aggrieved conservatives who think “their” country needs to be “taken back.”
The fact is, there is still a large amount of shame associated with being black. Many politicians and talking heads speak of a debauched and harmful “black culture” that explains the many socio-economic disparities in the United States.
Indeed, much of the rhetoric today about racial disparities comes off not so much as white racial supremacy, but black cultural inferiority. That the terms have shifted away from the biological to some nebulous, undefined cultural deficiency of black people is white supremacy re-packaged as a cultural norm, even if it comes out of Mia Love’s mouth."