Fascism and Elitism in the Black Upper Class. REPOST for UDC President Mason.

Opinion | “America has an authoritarian voter problem”
“We need to face the fact that our democracy faces deep-seated problems.” — by Brian Klass

I posted the above piece yesterday on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Facebook discussions sometimes help inspire me to go further–especially when family and friends join in with their own opinions and perspectives:

[family member’s name redacted–Facebook discussion]
No, it’s a white man’s fear of POC and a few POC who hate their color.

Cherie Ann Turpin—-Facebook discussion response I gave [greatly edited and expanded for this blog entry here]:

It’s not just skin color here, and your race does not cleanse you of fascist thinking.

The Washington Post’s Editor-in-Chief should have been a bit clearer here in titling this piece–it’s not just authoritarianism here; it’s fascism.

I understand how you got to what you said.

People from a variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds who are, yes, majority-white support Trump’s attempts to become a dictator and support the GOP’s attempts to convert us into a single political party government. However, the glue holding them together is not just racism but also classism and misogyny combined.

This is precisely what Black feminism addresses, going all the way back to Barbara Smith and Audre Lorde back in the 70s when they both warned folk in Black and white communities.

I’m watching that same fascism fueled by racism, misogyny, and classism run UDC and the people of DC into the ground.

It was here before Trump before the GOP did their damage these last four years.

In other words, the Democrats who run DC think and behave like Trump because this really is a one-party town, and UDC is one big playground for politicians to play political chess games with peoples’ lives for their entertainment, which is what elitists who despise poor people do to maintain the very unjust, unfair system that keeps poor people poor and oppressed.

Why is it so hard for prominent Black people to see and acknowledge classism, elitism, and colorism even while reluctantly seeing and acknowledging sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and racism?

Well, for the most part with a few exceptions, prominent Black people are classist, elitist, and colorist. Wealth and privilege tend to do that, and we who are Black are not perfect. We are capable of being selfish, self-centered, greedy, vengeful, bitter, angry, and fearful, just like every other human being on this planet.

It’s called sin.

Praying it away won’t help if you keep using it while ignoring the people you harm while you consume and benefit from the harm you have inflicted.

Those same prominent Black people used and still use what Audre Lorde once mentioned as the ‘Master’s Tools,’ where those feared fascist leather boots are used to get to the so-called top by climbing on the backs and necks of the oppressed masses of poor Black and Brown people to arrive at the top as token examples of excellence and accountability with a certain efficiency and pride expected of most narcissists and psychopaths/sociopaths who exploit and torment the oppressed without expectation or fear of legal repercussions or social isolation.

Capitalism with few to downright zero controls for the last few decades fuels this sociopolitical hate fest among our own people, and unfortunately, almost all of our places of safety, growth, and healing (churches, schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, family gatherings) are, have been, and will continue to be sites of toxicity because we keep ignoring what’s in our faces out of fear, obligation, tradition, or just blindness to the obvious.

These so-called figures of authority model themselves after white supremacists out of admiration, greed, and self-hate.

Fascism has no room for real love or empathy–only hollowness of pretense and performance.

Dear President Mason and CAO Potter, why did UDC the HBCU forget to be an HBCU–a public HBCU with humanities?

  1. No MLK program
  2. No program for our first English Professor as a First Lady
  3. No program for our first Black and Asian WOMAN VP
  4. No program for Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet in recent memory to deliver a poem at a presidential inauguration, who happens to be Black

Are you still committed to equity, or was that bullshit too?

Trump’s gone, so at least pretend to like your own people or go jump on the next flight to Florida to go serve your real boss. We have a university to save, and we don’t have time to wait for you two to reconfigure your good cop/bad cop routine for your latest faculty mind-fuck gas-light game. Go earn your pay.

I’m an alum and a taxpayer watching you two fuck up our school for some really sleazy homegrown DC racial/social class/skin color politics–are you here to help or to fuck it up further? This was low-hanging fruit you two geniuses fucked up in your rush to not upset the alan sessoms/trumpian fan club.


You not only succeeded at appearing even more intellectually dull than the holidays’ hot mess, you have successfully dodged yet another opportunity for UDC fundraising and image hyping to increase our numbers.

I’d say you both are hitting high scores with improving our numbers with that winning strategy. Home run.

Like hell.

Enjoy your cocktails, gentlemen. Not often do I see people fuck themselves so thoroughly as I have seen with the lot of you. Must be something in the water on that third floor. Maybe y’all should get somebody to look at the pipes. Or something else, like a loose screw.

You tell me, Ron. You know it all, right?

Zero excuses for this lack of concern from either one of you. Where’s the customer service when it comes to tending to our students’ cultural and psychological needs? I suppose one would be this neglectful, culturally, if one was, indeed, so out of touch with one’s identity or so supremely fucked-up with the cult of white male supremacy, i.e., painting your very soul with white paint.

Is that the real equity imperative, then, teaching Black people to assimilate into whiteness?

CAO Lawrence Potter on my podcast today!

TODAY AT 1 PM EST—I interview CAO Lawrence Potter on my podcast show: Dr. Lawrence T. Potter, Jr., was appointed UDC’s Chief Academic Officer/Provost in February 2019. With more than two decades in higher education, Dr. Potter has moved through the professorial ranks as an
assistant, associate, and full tenured professor. On the higher education leadership front, he has served as a department chair, associate dean of the faculty, two-time chief diversity officer (CDO), Director/Principal Investigator of a McNair Scholars Program, and Dean of Arts and Sciences for eight years, at two Minority-Serving Institutions.

Dr. Lawrence T. Potter, Jr., CAO, UDC