YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

July 15, 2010

Index to Black Power blogs

Judith Bernstein’s allusion to Black Power

Illustrated is an invitation to feminist artist Judith Bernstein’s new exhibition of work not seen since 1973. Her work was famously censored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art because it was seen as incendiary and a representation of black (phallic) power.

What follows is an index to blogs dealing with source materials that demonstrate the upper-class enabling of the black power movement, thus co-opting the integrationist civil rights movement. It is worth noting that when Ralph Bunche was on the board of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation, he suggested a pilot program that would begin to break up urban ghettoes by gradually integrating them into small towns and cities. If memory serves (I refer to Sir Brian Urquhart’s biography), the Rockefeller Foundation did nothing and Bunche resigned.

It is also important that the Bunche Center at UCLA has predictably become an advocate of separatism, with Charles Henry, UC Berkeley professor and keynote speaker at the conference I participated in (2004), insisting that Bunche had converted to black power at the end of his life. There is no evidence for that in Bunche’s papers: quite the contrary. Was he angry at the slow pace of progress? Yes. Did he renounce integrationism? No. Would he approved of the term “African American”? No way: he was a proud American who believed that blacks had helped build this country and wanted no other label than that of  “American.” His biographer understood this and subtitled his life of Bunche with this: “An American Life.”

http://clarespark.com/2009/08/18/storming-pacifica-revising-my-view-of-pacifica-history-july-22-1999/

http://clarespark.com/2009/08/13/my-life-at-pacifica-radio-a-memoir-part-one/

http://clarespark.com/2009/08/14/my-life-at-pacifica-part-two-with-gory-details-and-more-on-identity/

http://clarespark.com/2011/03/26/race-class-and-gender/

http://clarespark.com/2011/02/11/undoing-multiculturalism/

http://clarespark.com/2009/09/26/nea-neh-and-cultural-freedom-not/

http://clarespark.com/2009/10/05/arne-duncans-statism-part-one/.

http://clarespark.com/2009/10/05/arne-duncans-statism-part-two/

http://clarespark.com/2009/10/09/conflict-resolution-ralph-bunches-nobel-prize-3/.

http://clarespark.com/2009/10/10/ralph-bunche-and-the-jewish-problem/.

http://clarespark.com/2009/10/19/finians-rainbow-washes-out-red/.

http://clarespark.com/2009/10/22/identity-and-race/

http://clarespark.com/2009/10/26/answer-to-a-comment-from-a-pacifica-producer/

http://clarespark.com/2009/10/31/the-offing-of-martin-luther-king-jr-and-ralph-bunche/

http://clarespark.com/2009/11/02/a-ride-through-the-culture-wars-in-academe/

http://clarespark.com/2010/07/04/pacifica-radio-and-the-progressive-movement/.

http://clarespark.com/2010/07/18/white-elite-enabling-of-black-power/

http://clarespark.com/2011/05/12/the-great-common-goes-to-the-white-house/

http://clarespark.com/2012/12/01/petit-bourgeois-radicalism-and-obama/

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2 Comments »

  1. Hello! nice blog!

    Comment by propecia — January 23, 2011 @ 8:15 am | Reply

  2. [...] represents the chief tenets of black liberation theology. For my numerous blogs on black power see http://clarespark.com/2010/07/15/index-to-black-power-blogs/. And don’t miss the ones on Arne [...]

    Pingback by White elite enabling of Black Power « YDS: The Clare Spark Blog — July 29, 2010 @ 7:39 pm | Reply


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