Social Phenomenon Essay

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Social Phenomenon

Social phenomena
The occurrences of modern Black social phenomena's reflect Black people's history in
America; they are byproducts of a social system that has neglected their equality,
liberty, justice, and needs. Most Black social phenomena are ironically misunderstood by
the very system that help creates them. Along with being misunderstood, Black social
phenomena's are also blamed for many of society's ills. The present welfare system was not
created by black people but they receive the blame for its inefficiency. A vicious cycle
has been created. Black social phenomena's occur with little control by black people, but
the negative effects and consequences are blamed on Black people.

The Social phenomenon of Black Rage as depicted in Nathan McCall's Makes Me Wanna Holler
Has numerous causes and repercussions. The opening scene of the book is a description of a
random white boy being beat senseless by Nathan and his friends. Nathan recalls the
incident: "I gritted my teeth as I remembered some recent racial slight: This is for all
the times you followed me around in stores... and this is for the times you treated me
like a nigger.. and this is for G.P- General Principle - just' cause you white." The
oppressive way of white society was the cause of this senseless beating. The white boy
came to represent white society. Much like the beating of Reginal Denny, black people's
frustration found an outlet.

One effect of the Black Rage depicted in McCall's book was a sense of satisfaction.
"Fucking up white boys like that made us feel good inside"(McCall 4). The oppressed
beating the oppressor was a liberating experience it made them feel powerful and free.
Black Rage also helped fuel the stereotype that Black men were of a violent nature and
libel to snap at any time. Retaliation and reaction by the system that helped create Black
Rage was common. The Black Panther's Party, one of the most significant symbols of Black
Rage was undermined by the Federal government.

The social phenomena of the Black Communities are quite different from other ethnic
communities. Black communities are different because black people had little or no control
over their location. In most cases black communities were a result of economics; black
people created communities where it was affordable. Nathan McCall gives two opposing
reasons as to why his neighborhood of Cavalier Manor was built. To inspire pride and help
the lot of black people was one view. An opposing view was that Cavalier Manor was built
to encourage blacks to move there instead of white neighborhoods.

Black communities have advantages and disadvantages. The fact that they represent the
clientele in their communities forces businesses to cater to their needs. Politicians
representing districts with large percentages of black people must appeal to their needs.
These communities have also been able to flex their political and economic muscle with
boycotts and demonstrations. The fact that most of these communities are located in
inner-city areas with little economical growth or opportunity is a severe disadvantage.

Lack of economical opportunities in black communities has severe consequences. Economical
dependency in the form of welfare runs rampant in these communities. Lack of employment
leads many to pursue any means necessary to survive. Nathan McCall turned to a life of
crime. There is no question that the amount of crime, specially drug-trafficking is
directly related to the lack of quality opportunities in black communities. All society
does is point the finger without truly understanding the whole situation. Black people and
their communities become scapegoats for societies' ills.

The social phenomenon of Black-against-white crime in many instances is motivated by a
need to lash out against the system that has taken its toll on black individuals. Some
black people are generally fed up with trying to become members of the white mainstream. A
mainstream that judges them on the basis of skin color rather than merit often causing
disillusionment and a life in crime. Black-against-white crime can also be symbolic. The
thought of robbing "old Blum's" in Richard Wright's Native Son served such a purpose.
"They had the feeling that the robbing of Blum's would be a violation of ultimate
taboo..., it would be a symbolic challenge of the white world's rule over them." The fact
that old Blum was white meant two things, although a successful heist would mean more
because it is a white institution, the punishment would be more saver. Bigger stated " If
old Blum was a black man, you all would be itching to go, cause he's white everybody's
scared."

The repercussions involved with Black-against-white crime have always been harsher than
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