August 26, 2004

The human need to be heard and the Negro-Con

I think that it is close to being ubiquitously true that most humans want to be heard. Being heard, I believe, is part of the human social interdependency that subsequently arises from a need for attention by each individual. We are all victims of these needs to one degree or another.

Much of living is a competition. This is true of all forms of life, seeking survival and progeny. Thus, in group dynamics, there is often a competition to be heard or for attention, by individuals. Thus, in order to “stand out” and be heard in a group, one must find a way to separate themselves from the others, or simply blend in as part of the collective voice, with not voice being distinguishable from another.

These phenomenons, I due believe, is another cause of the effect of the creation of the Negro-Con. Becoming a Negro-Con can be a conduit for the fulfillment of the individualistic need of being heard and hence, getting attention. Think of a mass choir, such as the Mississippi Mass Choir, with 50 voices singing in harmony. It is hard for one person to get attention is they are all singing in unity. However, one can easily get attention by being off key or out of harmony with the others. This is the Negro-Con in the mass choir of black America.

The Negro-con cannot be heard and cannot get attention, and hence cannot be promoted in the mass choir of black thought and opinion, so he or she needs to think and opine out of tune with the masses. Now, obviously, being heard and getting attention is an individualistic objective and individualistic objectives are often the enemy of collective objectives. Singing in concert, like a mass choir, is not promoting individuals, but the collective.

The Negro-Con has started a new choir, sponsored and funded by white conservatives who provide what songs to sing and what keys to sing in. However, they get promoted by the white conservative power structure, which then allows there singing to be heard nationwide. Many of the Negro-Cons are often more than glad to speak out against the mass black choir singing in harmony, because they resent the choir not allowing them to be heard or to sing off key to the collective harmony and interest of the group.

What the Negro-Con really covets is power and before he can get power he must gain attention by being heard. He or she wants a coup of the current black leadership, who they feel are controlling the mass choir, by choosing the songs and what keys to sing in.

The Negro-Con has simply fallen victim to the plague of individualism that is eroding collective institutions.


At 10:42 AM, Blogger NmagiNATE said...

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At 1:16 PM, Blogger Noah TA said...

Whats up Nmaginate? I read your comments belated on an earlier essay, in which you welcomed hearing from me again. I like to thank you for your thoughts and concern. I equally hope everything is well with you and your family. I always value your input and marvel at your well rounded areas of knowledge and your ability to articulate that knowledge. You really were kicking some knowledge to those protest warriors, Mr. Plymouth Rock. I was like…man, who is this cat? You were saying what I was trying to say, but more articulately. Then you told me who you were…and It all made sense. Hahahahah…

I really respect the integrity and presentation of the knowledge that you and brother Faheem kicks.

At 2:29 PM, Blogger NmagiNATE said...

Respect for how you brothers put it down Noah... (you and Faheem) is the reason why I'm hear. Trying to soak up as much as I can and no matter where I go in this vast world of cyber-space I have yet to find any a two brothers that I respect more for their intellect and focus as you two...

But enough of the kissy, blissy stuff.
All is well with me. And, yes, I very glad to hear from you both personally and with you On The Mic so to speak... So, pardon the interruption... go 'head and "Speak, Brother! Speak!"


(I forget what I posted earlier... :{ )

At 2:37 PM, Blogger NmagiNATE said...

( :) Maybe this was it! )

"The Loudest Silence Ever Heard": Black Conservatives in the Media

(In major papers and magazines on the Nexis database, Jan. 1, 1984 to July 20, 1992.)

Cites: .......... Features On:
Thomas Sowell 417 .......... 4
Shelby Steele 345 .......... 12
Glenn Loury 130 .......... 10

Cornel West 63 .......... 1
Manning Marable 32 .......... 0
Adolph Reed, Jr 27 .......... 0

Other Interesting Articles on our beloved Negro-CON's:

At 2:50 PM, Blogger NmagiNATE said...

You know what NOAH... ha!ha!ha!ha!
I followed you around to another board under another name and them thinking I was you. I'm not particularly proud of taking on a different name-identity but it was fun. It was funny when they didn't exactly know how to label me. It was my pleasure to back you up and I enjoyed just reading your the angles you threw at them and the undeniable stuff they wanted to get around but couldn't... cause you had all the bases covered.

That's what drew me in...
I betcha they'll think three times before invading another Black forum. lol

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Are you refering to anyone in particular ?

Btw: I have read much or the Cornell West reader. He does not write for the masses.


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