Oct 29, Abstract of Cornel West’s “Nihilism in Black America” by Mike Peterson Description West argues that the two current and polarized “camps” that. Oct 29, Abstract of Cornel West’s “Nihilism in black America” By Jenny Lowry Description of Article West argues that the dilemma of African Americans. Nihilism in Black America. Cornel West ▫ Spring Recent discussions about the plight of African Americans—especially those at the bottom of the social.

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Monday, October 29, Cornel West: West discusses how these camps focus too narrowly on structures liberal structuralists or on values, attitudes, and individualism conservative behavioristsand ignore the nihilistic threat: But now the commodification of black life and the crisis of black leadership have resulted in the crumbling of those structures and amerkca relapse of nihilism. The solution is a politics of conversion, which treats the nihilistic threat as a disease that can be tamed but never cured.


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For this to happen, leadership needs to be strengthened at blcak local level. West argues that national leaders are often too charismatic with little programmatic follow-through, which leads black nationalists, with their myopic visions that cause fragmentation, to pick up the slack.

This all leads to political cynicism, which hampers the efforts of local activists, on whom the progressive effort depends. West says the model of one black national leader must be shunned, and ln local activists must work in conjunction with state, bihilism, and national networks to form the collective responsibility that can hold back the nihilistic threat to black America.

Treating nihilism as a disease that can be tamed by love and care, but that can never by completely cured Focus on structural constraints.

Focus on behavioral impediments. He uses direct, colorful language that is borderline bombastic at times.

Cornel West’s Race Matters

Does this pathos help or hurt his argument? Does this have the potential to hamper his argument? Could critics dismiss blxck as being too emotional or too enmeshed in the culture to be reliable? Very motivational language, but it lacks concrete solutions or follow-through.


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Is West implying that the idea of national leadership is inherently defunct and irredeemable? Or is he saying that these same leaders again, Jackson and Sharpton on the potential be effective leaders if local progressive efforts improve and operate in conjunction with, rather than in subordination to, this national leadership?

Posted by Mike at 4: Newer Post Older Post Home. A blog for thoughtful reflection and concise analysis. Williams’ “Culture is Ordinary” Raymond Williams: