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Black Bourgeoisie: The Book That Brought the Shock of Self-Revelation to Middle-Class Blacks in America Paperback – February 13, 1997
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Edward Franklin Frazier proves that the so-called "Negroe's" pursuit of a College Degree is not to increase one's academic proficiency, or contribute excellence to a particular filed of endeavor, or even to pass the knowledge on to our offspring, but simply to make more money.
This book has made me ponder why so many of my acquaintances that have Master's Degrees, never pass along anything they learned, or even discuss the knowledge they have gained, for any reason other than vocational?
I have no doubt that had he lived, he would have continued to accurately predict the social conditions that spawned the terms: "Money makes the world go round", "You can't live on love", "Cash Rules Everything Around Me (CREAM)", and "I love the dough, more than you know".
I am saddened that his gifted insight did not allow him to suggest a viable, detailed solution to these problems.
I do not agree with the extent to which he portrayed the negatives of black middle class, although admittedly a lot of it is still relevant. Overall, I learned a heck of a lot from the book, because I can read such a book and then make up my own mind. I would definitely recommend it.
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E. Franklin Frazier’s classic work Black Bourgeoisie is a sociological study and critique of the rising African American middle class in the 1950s. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lindsey M
this is a MUST READ. It opened my eyes to not only my past but what I need to do for the future of my family. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Patricia Watson
This is my favorite book by E. Franklin Frazier, answers many questions about the division amongst blacks.Published 10 months ago by Lisa
I enjoyed this book immensely. I enjoyed it so, that I put the book I was reading down. I give this book a four because I had a few problems. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Big Sistah Patty
An excellent book to have in your library. I am very pleased with my purchased.Published 12 months ago by Sherry
I think the author, although black, had a problem with the black middle and upper classes. I saw him as a self hating black person who hated others like himself. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Weldon M. Blake
A wonderful read, great insights that makes you say to yourself "why isn't our community further along".Published 13 months ago by Marlon