The Battle Of The Black Race: Is There A Division In The Black Race Between the Bourgeois Blacks And Urban Blacks?

Today on Powertalk with Lorraine Jacques-White, we took a closer look at the division of the black race.  Earlier this week we spoke with nationally recognized MSNBC Journalist Toure` about his new book “Are You Afraid of Post Blackness?”.  His book prompted our discussion today about the black race being divided into two different classes.

Some people feel there is a great divide between the Educated Black People and Under Privileged Black People.  Our listener Hasan called in and stated “Black people have forgotten their roots”.  Many people agree with Hasan, and feel like the black race is divided.

Do you feel that there is a division in the Black Community amongst the Bourgeois Black People vs Urban (Less Fortunate) Blacks?

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  • Buck O'Fama

    It’s hawd ta keep da udda brudda’s down while talkin da talk. Ask that communist you elected for advice on how to properly race bait. it’s an art form and you need to do it right.

  • blaze

    Dumb comment above. There are no bourgeois blacks. There are educated and uneducated blacks, which leads to poor blacks and financially stable blacks. I have never in my 49 years met a bourgeois black person. Even the educated blacks with money are brought back to reality when they get around their folks. That so-called boojy attitude goes right out the window when they get in familiar black environments, so it’s all just a game.

  • one

    if its a game – who’s getting played?

  • Pete

    I have lived around black folks all my life. I believe I have spent more time arount them then any other race in my life time. I have dated Black American Women but ended up marrying a Nigerian Woman. That is an entirely different deal. I could go on and on and tell you all kinds of things about black folks good and bad but what difference does it make. Most black folks that want to talk about race just want to fight. They have issues. There are bougy ones though. They go to these debutant functions and carry their family names around their necks. In some place that counts for something. More and more it does not.

  • Mark

    It’s called class warfare. The sooner we realize it’s about class and not about race the better. The uneducated mostly hate and are jealous of those that are, not privileged, but chose to work hard to get somewhere in life and they vote for socialist candidates that will give them more money and benefits. There are lazy and uneducated of all races.

  • Sagarian

    Class divide is nothing new in the Black community. It has always been lurking somewhere close by since the time of Garvey and DuBois. Whenever severe social and economic threats crop up and rear their ugly face, such as now, class division becomes more pronounced and seemingly apparent. What seems to be different this time around is that more middle class Blacks are seeing their wealth disappear more quickly and that is troubling in and of itself. We have survived before and we will survive this time as well.

  • Joseph J.

    Your labels are misleading. You mean blacks who wish to educate ourselves and live a decent non violent stable self sufficient life and the ghetto trash who want to breed for benefits and live a drug and alchohol fueled, violent life of lazy dependence on the our hard earned tax dollar. Can you blame us for looking down on those who continue to perpetuate the negative stereotypes of our race?


    no way the huxtables would ever get crunk with the brothas at the barbershop. they’re all darkies and need to remember their roles.

  • Obamaniqua

    Who dat Bourgeois Blacks?

  • Sambo

    blacks trying to be white,,whites trying to be black,,listen to their accents,,a blind person can tell the difference Live with who you are. Lets all stay in our own back yards. If thats segration,,so be it

  • Janice Mathis

    Education matters. Not all self-sufficient folk are well-educated, but most of the well-educated are self-sufficient. As a black female, I feel a special obligation to other blacks to share wisdom, resources and love. I know many who feel the same way. When we move to the suburbs or exurbs or wherever, we have to make sure we spend time with famiily and friends who live different lifestyles, not only for them, but for ourselves.

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