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"Why do black people get in office and feel it necessary to neglect their black constituency in order to prove to their white constituency they are not playing favoritism? Why are we apologizing for somebody else's sin? What is the Black middle class thinking, or are they thinking?" --Dr. J

 

 

 

 

 

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
“What Black Middle Class?: Wannabees, Jigaboos, Ballyhoo!"

Episode 008 – 09-19-12

 

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SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
"There is a sense that middle class status. however that's construed...Black middle class status represented...metaphorically...the promised land...so that we could enjoy more of the leisure opportunities that were available to white Americans...and this was like conquering by degree this notion of the middle class...what it truly meant to be accepted in American society..." --Dr. Matthew V. Johnson is on the air now...breaking it down...then things very quietly started to slip away..." Are you here?

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
The more we accepted post-racial, Dr. J is explaining, the more overt racism became.

Loga Michelle Odom
When you participate, you begin to validate certain behavior, says Dr. J, of the way we often ignore racist behavior on the job in order to keep a paycheck. "That works OK on an individual level," he said, "but on a collective basis it has a different kind of impact."

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
"There's an awful stretch of land, a sea and a desert, between us an white folks in America; but we didn't want to see that," said Matthew V. Johnson, PhD.

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
When Bill Cosby came out with his critique, he attacked a group who are already fatigued...that kind of moralistic critique, drawn itself out of a Judeo-Christian ethic that has shown itself to be morally bankrupt.

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
It became fashionable to adopt a judgmental, Victorian manner...and to choose professional fools as our spokespeople.

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
When Bill Cosby came out with his critique, he attacked a group who are already fatigued...that kind of moralistic critique, drawn itself out of a Judeo-Christian ethic that has shown itself to be morally bankrupt.

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
It became fashionable to adopt a judgmental, Victorian manner...and to choose professional fools as our spokespeople.

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
"I think in a variety of ways, this notion of let's live as if, or let's pretend...is pretty much what we've been doing...as if being black middle class really means something in terms of stability...this need to appear a certain way...we have allowed it to drive a wedge between us and blacks at others stations in life, because we don't identify with our interests..."


SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
Dr. J highly recommends this book: Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement, by Tomiko Brown-Nagin
http://www.amazon.com/Courage-Dissent-Atlanta-History-Movement/dp/0...

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
Book Description
Publication Date: February 9, 2011
The Civil Rights movement that emerged in the United States after World War II was a reaction against centuries of racial discrimination. In this sweeping history of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta--the South's largest and most economically important city--from the 1940s through 1980, Tomiko Brown-Nagin shows that the movement featured a vast array of activists and many sophisticated approaches to activism. Long before "black power" emerged and gave black dissent from the mainstream civil rights agenda a new name, African Americans in Atlanta debated the meaning of equality and the steps necessary to obtain social and economic justice.

This groundbreaking book uncovers the activism of visionaries--both well-known legal figures and unsung citizens--from across the ideological spectrum who sought something different from, or more complicated than, "integration." Local activists often played leading roles in carrying out the integrationist agenda of the NAACP, but some also pursued goals that differed markedly from those of the venerable civil rights organization. Brown-Nagin discusses debates over politics, housing, public accommodations, and schools. She documents how the bruising battle over school desegregation in the 1970s, which featured opposing camps of African Americans, had its roots in the years before Brown v. Board of Education.

Exploring the complex interplay between the local and national, between lawyers and communities, between elites and grassroots, and between middle-class and working-class African Americans,Courage to Dissent tells gripping stories about the long struggle for equality that speak to the nation's current urban crisis. This remarkable book will transform our understanding of the Civil Rights era.

Loga Michelle Odom
"How long are we going to pretend? How long are we going to live as if...how long before the black middle class really becomes the staff and flag bearer...and not have the need to be validated by white folk..."

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
"Why do black people get in office and feel it necessary to neglect their black constituency in order to prove to their white constituency they are not playing favoritism? Why are we apologizing for somebody else's sin? What is the Black middle class thinking, or are they thinking?" --Dr. J

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
The beginning of that new Negro was seen in the way Vanessa Williams refused to address any issues related to race after winning Miss America...yet would readily address the issues that the enemies of black people had put on the table, such as abortion...and NAACP gave her an image award...fast forward, Ben Jealous jumps on the bandwagon to attack Shirley Sherrod 30 years later...something in the Black middle class that's very troubling and very dangerous.

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
http://www.salon.com/2012/09/03/can_the_black_middle_class_survive/

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
At the end of the day, this little argument between the wannabees and the jigaboos, doesn't amount to a hill of beans...and at the end of the day, we will have lost the whole farm, paraphrases the point Dr. J is making now, about the need for relevancy and strategic thinking in our community.

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
Not Dr. J added in the chat room: There really is a valid question of
whether or not there is an authentic Black middle class.

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
"A Black woman is the easiest thing in the world to attack," said Dr. Matthew V. Johnson in describing the way Barack Obama, Ben Jealous and Roland Martin...three black men...threw her under the bus.

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
"Only a fraction of us are willing to take the risk; only a fraction of us are even willing to speak the truth..." --Dr. J

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
Dr. J is looking at how we change our style of worship every time we see our class status going up a notch...this time toward prosperity gospel. "When we become secure in our status, we look for religion that reflects it."

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SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
( not Dr. Johnson) Good question - Who is going to force their hand ? Every Black movement in this country was initiated by young people.

Loga Michelle Odom
Jeff from NC on the line with Dr. Johnson. He is looking for your call at 914-338-1610.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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is a live talk radio program hosted by Dr. Matthew V. Johnson, Sr.  The call-in program Inspires and Incites the personal spirit to come alive and reach for the fire within.  Whether your life moves in the nests of tumbleweed against desert dryness, or flows quietly in the sanctuary of lush foliage of a tropical riverbed, you live in the realm of a claimed or neglected human spirit. SOUL AFIRE is about the human Spirit and how it navigates Blackness.  The program features Dr. Johnson’s weekly commentary, “Spirit Matters."

 

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Matthew V. Johnson, Sr., is a graduate of Morehouse College and earned his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Theology from the University of Chicago.  He has done post-graduate studies in Psychoanalysis, and is a member in training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  In the ministry for thirty years, Dr. Johnson is the Pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd-Baptist located in Atlanta, GA.

 

 

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