Princeton University Professor Eddie Glaude Jr. Says Black Leaders, Churches Need to Stop “Sweet Talking” the Black Experience


When David Wall Rice ’95, assistant vice provost and chair of the Department of Psychology, introduced Eddie S. Glaude Jr. ’89 during a recent lecture, he made note of the guest speaker’s reputation for “courage and candor.”

Rice was not kidding.

For Glaude, who is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, there were no sacred cows.

Not the applauded recovery from the Great Recession.

Not the black church.

Not even President Barack Obama.

Glaude did what he is imploring other blacks to do: “stop sweet talking” about the black experience.

He was on campus Jan. 25, 2016, to discuss his latest book, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. In a lecture hall in Dansby before nearly 100 men of Morehouse, he began his lecture the same way he begins his book: talking about the Great Black Depression.

While the nation celebrates “turning the corner” with regards to the Great Recession, Glaude points out that the black community is still in crisis.

 “During the Great Recession, the black community lost 240,000 homes, where most of our wealth lies,” he said.

As the nation applauds the uptick in employment, there are “pockets of sheer devastation in the black community,” he pointed out, noting that, in certain parts of Washington, D.C., unemployment is as high as 40 percent.

Furthermore, for many blacks who found jobs after the Recession, it is not translating to a better life, he said.

“People are working harder, working longer, but not making a livable wage,” he explained.

Add to this litany the string of the all-to-familiar murders of black men and women at the hands of police officers, and Glaude is left exasperated.

“Why is nobody screaming from the top of their lungs about what’s happening in our community?”

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SOURCE: Morehouse News
Vickie G. Hampton

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