Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bourgeois Virtues

FLG caught wind of this op-ed:

[Bourgeois] culture laid out the script we all were supposed to follow: Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.
These basic cultural precepts reigned from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. They could be followed by people of all backgrounds and abilities, especially when backed up by almost universal endorsement. Adherence was a major contributor to the productivity, educational gains, and social coherence of that period.

And then this response that makes wild and questionable links to the Charlottesville tragedy and then this:
extolling the virtues of white cultural practices of the ‘50s that, if understood within their sociocultural context, stem from the very same malignant logic of hetero-patriarchal, class-based, white supremacy that plagues our country today. These cultural values and logics are steeped in anti-blackness and white hetero-patriarchal respectability, i.e. two-hetero-parent homes, divorce is a vice and the denouncement of all groups perceived as not acting white enough i.e. black Americans, Latino communities and immigrants in particular.

Uh, okay.   But even the Brookings Institution says more or less the same thing:
Let politicians, schoolteachers and administrators, community leaders, ministers and parents drill into children the message that in a free society, they enter adulthood with three major responsibilities: at least finish high school, get a full-time job and wait until age 21 to get married and have children.

FLG eagerly awaits the March Against Fascism And Evil Incarnate down Massachusetts Avenue.  Justice demands that we confront, by any means necessary, the conclusions of Brookings Institution studies to prevent them from being normalized!

1 comment:

Andrew Stevens said...

Yeah, their "history" is also ahistorical nonsense and a libel against blacks and poor people. Prior to the mid-60s, blacks had higher marriage rates and lower rates of illegitimacy than whites. Poor people were far more likely to extol and practice those virtues than rich people (it was more necessary for them). It was only after the '60s that these vices ravaged the black community and other poor communities and then the white community dutifully followed. This is all freely available information to anyone who cares to check the census records instead of making up history in their heads.

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