by jared a. ball
The TV One two-hour special last week featuring panel discussions on the Urban League’s State of Black America report demonstrated yet again the need for an organized and militant political movement and perhaps the preceding necessity of forcibly breaking through falsely established boundaries on our analyses. Much of the special was spent, on the one hand, trying to convince Black people that our continuing struggles are largely the result of our behavioral choices and, on the other, that while imperfect, the presidency of Barack Obama had us on the right track and that we must now, as the Urban League says, “protect our progress” under Donald Trump. For two hours, between so many commercial breaks, the fast-paced sprint through the various ways through which the state has organized its repression of Black people was discussed largely through the prism of our refusal to step up, work together and take advantage of the prosperity that is there waiting our collective will to deserve it. The preponderance of views expressed that night represent dangerous limitations on our collective analyses and though the panelists do not by any means represent the breadth and depth of Black thought they do represent the imposed parameters by which much of our political discussions are measured and against which many of our struggles will have to be waged.