Why Did the Black Power Movement Fail as an Economic Objective for the African-American Community in Cleveland?

  • 2014

Why Did the Black Power Movement Fail as an Economic Objective for the African-American Community in Cleveland?

Author:
Deuel Palmore
Abstract:

Many factors contributed to the economic malfunction of Cleveland's African-American community both internally and externally. First, desegregation laws implemented during the Civil Rights era allowed African Americans to move into neighborhoods once dominated by whites, leaving behind the poorest inhabitants. Second, a clash of economic philosophies between Black businessmen and members from various Black Nationalist organizations also caused the movement's economic failure. This clash of ideologies undermined the collective community development program. Third, influences from mass media rhetoric caused many African Americans to view Black Power as a violent movement mostly associated with the Black Panther Party and Black Nationalist organizations, as opposed to an economic agenda to empower the whole African-American community. The violence portrayed in the media helped to create negative images that diverted the Black Power movement's economic objective.