“The lower-class black family was not pathological or broken in this literature. It was a viable, culturally adaptive alternative to the middle-class nuclear family, shaped not just by centuries of poverty and oppression but by cultural survivals from the African past. By ignoring its strengths, sociologists were reinforcing white oppression, while robbing blacks of the power to define themselves. In this way, liberal sociology merely replicated the colonial relationship that was embedded in white capitalist political economy, which exploited blacks for cheap labor and consumer markets while keeping ghetto residents in a state of dependency that prevented them from developing on their own. Rejecting the liberal focus on individual opportunity, the colonial analysis insisted that the key issue was power and that the solution was local, community-based development and political organizing to wrest control over economic and political institutions from the grasp of the white establishment.”

Alice O’Connor (via wretchedoftheearth)