Cap Against Race Affs—UMich 2013



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L: Political Movement

Black political movements are products of a capitalist system making resistance less threatening by fragmenting it—the aff prevents successful overthrow


Reed 79 (Adolph L., professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, “Black Particularity Reconsidered”, Telos 1979: 39, 3/20/79, University of Michigan Libraries)//AS
The development of black activism from spontaneous protest through mass mobilization to system support indicated the arrival of a new era of domination based on domesticating negativity by organizing spaces in which it could be legitimately expressed. Rather than suppressing opposition, the social system now creates its own. The proliferation of government generated reference groups in addition to ethnic ones (the old, the young, battered wives, the handicapped, veterans, retarded and gifted children, etc.)49 andtheappearance of legions of "watchdog" agencies, reveal the extent to which the system manufactures and markets its own illusory opposition. What makes the "age of artificial negativity" possible is the overwhelming success of the process of massification undertaken since the Depression and in response to it. Universal fragmentation of consciousness, with the corollary decline in the ability to think critically and the regimentation of an alienated everyday life50 set the stage for new forms of domination built in the very texture of organization. In mass society, organized activity on a large scale requires hierarchization. Along with hierarchy, however, the social management logic also comes into being to (1) protect existing privileges by delivering realizable, if inconsequential, payoffs and (2) to legitimate the administrative rationality as a valid and efficient model. To the extent that the organization strives to ground itself on the mass it is already integrated into the system of domination. The shibboleths whch comprise its specific platform make little difference. What is important is that the organization reproduces the manipulative hierarchy and values typical of contemporary capitalism.

L: Academics

Black academia has been coopted by capitalist forces and subjugated to prevent resistance—focus on race continues this


Reed 79 (Adolph L., professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, “Black Particularity Reconsidered”, Telos 1979: 39, 3/20/79, University of Michigan Libraries)//AS

Finally, Prof. Williams does" lay out," as the parlance goes, an interest- ing view of some of the options which might be available if self- management were on the agenda of a politically autonomous black community. However, since we are nowhere near autonomy and since after almost a decade of black community development activity we have only inconsequential results (and no sign of improvement forthcoming),those carefully elaborated options really have little significance. What is signifi- cant is that Prof. Williams reflects those characteristics of current black social thought discussed early in this comment. For all the fanfare he is commited to the type of social order which he seems to protest against. So long as each enterprise is internally democratic, he has no problem. For all the novelty, we come right back to where we have been since the English peasants were driven off the land and African peasants stolen to the plantations. Our author proposes only a little procedural self-management for window-dressing. I am reminded of the quoted passage which began these remarks and of the avuncular esteem held by black "nation-builders" for the American bourgeoisie which is apparently, but perhaps often unconsciously, the model for the "development" which those builders would have in store for us. Fortunately, they are too late and too inept to implement the model. Regrettably, however, black academics and other social theorists, whose social function should be clarification of the ambiguities and illu- sions propagated by those ideologists of the reigning order, have failed miserably. We become epigones to the mainstream currents in social science ideology to hustling black ideologues and to any other bourgeois stimulus available. We allow ourselves to be led into tangential or impro- perly stated argumentslike school-busing, affirmative action, and the like. We never bother to reflect on the social implications of our work, and instead of clarification we seek more after acceptability and vogue. La- mentably, of the mass of recent attempts by black liberal intellectuals at social theory we can make the same observation that Marx made of the work of the last major British liberal, John Stuart Mill: "On the level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the imbecile flatness of the present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its great intellects. ''13



L: Rap

Rap and the surrounding culture have been irrevocably corrupted by white capital—their resistance only furthers the oppressive capitalist project


Comissiong No Date (Simon, educator, community activist, author, public speaker and the host of the Your World News radio program, “Corporate Hip Hop, White Supremacy and Capitalism”, Mystic Politics, http://mysticpolitics.com/corporate-hip-hop-white-supremacy-capitalism/)

Huge media corporations literally bought up Hip Hop in the early to mid-1990s, imposing “cookie cutter themes of senseless violence, excessive materialism, and misogyny.” Progressive voices in rap were silenced. The clear message was, “the minute you dare try to step outside of the ‘box’ and attack their power structure, you will be omitted.” “I won’t believe the hype I understand the Media dictates The mind and rotates The way you think And syncopates slow pace… Brains Can’t maintain A certain Insipid inane crass rain. Insane lame Traditions All praise fame Positions Want to be a star. Drive a big car. Live bourgeois…And won’t know who you are. Lost in the source And praising the dollar” – Kool Moe Dee (1989) It is undeniable that hip hop culture is one of the most powerful marketing tools America has seen in quite sometime. Had hip hop been around during the earlier part of the 20th century the unscrupulous public relations pioneer, Edward Bernays, would have probably also used it to promote the smoking of Viceroy Cigarettes to women. Various aspects of hip hop culture, mainly rap music, generate billions of dollars. However, who is generating this wealth, where is it going and at what cost?Their unfettered corporate feeding frenzy was similar to that of the European conquest of lands inhabited by people of color.” Hip hop culture (rapping, djing, graffiti art, and breaking, etc.) was unequivocally created by youth of color in the Bronx during the early 1970s. Even though the origins of hip hop are entrenched in black and Latino communities throughout New York City it is currently pimped/used by large white owned corporations (media, record labels, etc.) to create astronomical bottom lines, reinforce capitalistic ideals, and adversely mass program black and brown youth. Hip hop has been co-opted, from the black community, by the white corporate establishment in much the same manner as was rock-n-roll (originally called rhythm and blues). Everyone from Allan Freed to Pat Boone cashed in on the original works of black artists, many of whom died penniless. However, where the corporate establishment left off when it came to thievery of rock-n-roll they picked up with hip hop. Once white corporations recognized the multi-billion dollar earning potential of rap music, the mass commercialization of hip hop began. They bought out everything from record labels to urban radio stations. Their unfettered corporate feeding frenzy was similar to that of the European conquest of lands inhabited by people of color. RAP (rhythm and poetry) music has provided corporate radio stations and record labels, alike, with gigantic revenues almost beyond their wildest capitalistic wet dreams. The corporate takeover and commoditization of hip hop began to grow exponentially in the early to mid 1990s. The more money they made the less diversified rap music became on the radio and television airwaves. Balance on the mainstream airwaves rapidly became a thing of the past. Before corporate usurpation of rap music record labels, and subsequently airwaves, the fledging genre (RAP) was the embodiment of resistance for many. During the late 1980s and early 1990s rap music provided many black and Latino youth, including myself, with countless hours of culturally edifying and politically oriented music. If I was not learning how to “Fight the Power” I was proudly sporting my leather African medallion and rocking the map of Alkebulan (Africa) shaved in the back of my head.
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