There’s a potentially interesting online debate occurring this weekend between two black bloggers: conservative Michael Cobb Bowen (who blogs as Cobb) and racial nationalist Michael Fisher (who leads a group blog called The Assault on Black Folk’s Sanity).
The debate is being hosted by E.C. Hopkins at his blog. (Mr. Hopkins is an ideological bedfellow of Michael Fisher’s.) Hopkins even came up with a logo for the event.
For 48 hours, beginning last evening, Cobb and Fisher will trade vigorous arguments around this proposition:
That America’s black elite should devote itself to tearing down “the Global System of White Supremacy,” said system being “the foremost hindrance to the cultural, political, and economic advancement of Black people in the U.S. and around the world.”
The “Global System of White Supremacy” is defined as “all thoughts and behaviors that work to establish, promote, or sustain the global dominance of people who define themselves as ‘white’ and to suppress the advancement of people whom they define as ‘non-white’ or ‘black’ on the basis of color.”
The run-up to this debate – which has included personal rancor and mutual declarations of respect – you can read about in the archives of the aforementioned blogs.
As for me... my recent discovery of Michael Fisher’s blog has stirred up my own antipathy to his fevered politics of racialist resentment and conspiratorialism.
Thus, this: my 1st Annual Black-Nationalist Fantasy Deconstruction Weekend.
The ideology of black nationalism – into which I’d fold radical-left “Black Power” movements, esoteric religions such as the Nation of Islam, and “Afrocentric” pedagogy – has enchanted many black folks, especially in the last 40 years.
And black nationalism has inspired some very valuable cultural expressions, especially in the areas of music, literature and oratory. In the normal mix of things here at UBM, I would celebrate those and study those.
This weekend isn’t about that. It’s about deconstruction. It’s about challenging the romanticism, anti-intellectualism and hatred of America that suffuses a racialist ideology.
I’ll begin by simply presenting a piece of audio... an excerpt of a 1974 track by the noted poet Haki Madhubuti (formerly Don L. Lee), backed by the Afrikan Liberation Arts Ensemble. The piece is titled “Black Man.” It epitomizes the fantasy ideation of black nationalists.
Click here to hear it on my Vox blog. (Madhubuti’s album “Rise Vision Comin” is downloadable from iTunes.)