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Reply to "... Of Burning Houses & Pipe Dreams"

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The Super Negro thing is a form of exceptionalism, that goes back centuries.

...They saw themselves as God's chosen people, as the elect, and as such, they have something special to give to the world... the notion of redemptive suffering for others... the Civil Rights rhetoric of enduring suffering (better than anyone else) for the redemption of the nation.

I really think that we need to jettison this tradition...
I don't have any particular problems with it. It has its place but, most importantly, it has its proper proportion and applicability.

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  • Black folks have said for centuries the words of Joseph in Genesis, "what you meant for evil, God meant for good."

  • Black folk find it hard to confront the possibility that our suffering is pointless or meaningless, so they tie this redemption myth to it.
  • Properly proportioned or applicable, relevant and realistic = the former. The latter is out-of-proportion. The former deals with the psychology the latter aims to combat while at the same time being realistic in its attempt to encourage, motivate or mobilize.

    It's done all the time when people invoke MLK and others "who died to give us..." the right to vote, the opportunities, etc., etc., etc. None of that ventures off into the Super-Negro stratosphere.

    ... Anyway, thanks! I appreciate you breaking it down like that and "exceptionalism" was exactly what I thought about...
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