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ERIC Number: ED049685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 13
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Black Studies Year One.
Long, Richard A.
Though Dubois tried to begin a series of scientific studies on the Negro problem in America more than 70 years ago, only recently have attempts been made to present a true history of the Black man in institutions of higher learning. Until that time, the experience of the Black man was defined in Euro-American terms, or in most cases was completely ignored. In the last few years, "Operation Culturally Deprived," a series of interrelated activities grouped around the concept of the disadvantaged, cultural deprivation, social fragmentation, and psychological shipwreck, has become a mammoth industry and a classic boondoggle. There is danger that "Black Studies" may follow the same course if they follow certain trends. The first trend is "imperialism", the involvement of institutions without expertise in Black Culture that, until recently, didn't even admit Blacks. The second is "paternalism" on the part of foundations who decide in which direction Black Studies should go. The third is "nihilism," caused by the demand for Black Studies, often lacking in content, to be taught by Blacks and only for Blacks. The fourth is "materialism," whereby Black Studies become a major source of profit for the software industry. Another basic danger is that Black Studies will make analogies to white studies that have no relation to Black people, e.g., Black Freudianism, etc. The hope is for Black Studies to address the life and history of Blacks in America by avoiding the inherent dangers spoken of. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Atlanta Univ., GA. Center for African and African-American Studies.