Review: Black Bourgeoisie

Black Bourgeoisie
E. Frankin Frazier

Skillful Analysis

Like The Mis-education of the Negro, this book is perhaps more relevant today than when it was first published in 1957.  E. Franklin Frazier’s Black Bourgeoisie skillful dissects the growing black middle-class.

Frazier contends that the black bourgeoisie have unconditionally accepted the values, morals, and the standards of beauty of whites.  Even with this emphasis on conformity to white ideals, they will never gain the acceptance they seek.  Despite their “wealth” the black bourgeoisie will continually be the subject of contempt for whites and consequently will be excluded from participation in white society.  At the same time because of their social isolation and lack of cultural tradition there are effectively alienating themselves from their own and are “in the process of becoming NOBODY.”

This is one of the most important books I’ve read [all year].  It caused me to do a thorough self-examination and view at how I was representing myself.


(written:  12/20/2004)


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