Breaking Brown

14/03/11 Opinion # , , ,

Who Are the Middle Class?

Globalism is a recent phenomenon which, mostly because of its deteriortive affects on the American middle class, has become a steady topic of conversation. However, most armchair economists spend little time dissecting the tangible and non-tangible qualitative aspects of this socioeconomic distinction.  In his most recent blog post at Future Capital Kenya, Samora dissects the “engines of growth” both here in America and in Kenya. A snippet;

“The issue of the “middle class” is an elusive concept and at best most definitions given are nebulous. In the U.S.A, the statistical agents describe the middle class very clinically, simply they are the ones in the middle range of income distributions. Therefore as of now, the American middle class consists of people earning roughly between $20,000 and $70,000 per annum. Mind you, these incomes would be for the “landed gentry” in Kenya. However, in Europe especially France and the United Kingdom, the term “middle class” takes on increasing complexity. Issues such as “aspiration, virtues and attitudes” come into play.” CLICK HERE TO READ FULL POST

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12/03/11 Black Culture # , , , ,

Suicide Watch

Francis Holland is an abundantly talented political blogger with a proclivity for  suicide. Now, one may ask why doesn’t someone send him help, therapy, a watchman! Well, it’s apparent from Holland’s blog that he’s been there, done that. But in between his suicidal narratives, of which there are many, Holland effortlessly delves into the racist and oppressive structure of the Obama administration in particular and America in general. For what it’s worth, even his suicidal self reflections are riveting… if you into that sort of raw morbidity. I am.

From Holland’s latest blog entitled “I Feel Anguish”:

“I’m not going to pretend that my life is worthless; I have a wife and three step-children who depend on me to some degree, who receive my love and who love me, too. I have colleagues who have learned to rely upon me for certain kinds of expertise and determination.

All of that notwithstanding,”

Like I said, riveting.

Having lived in more than a few countries, Holland also benefits from a global perspective.  I pray that depression doesn’t overtake Francis. His perspective is one that is absent amongst most African American thought leaders.




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