World Counter Hegemonic Movement Of The 1960 ' S Essay

1098 Words Dec 6th, 2014 null Page
I’m glad to hear you’re doing well at your university. We’ve covered a lot of new material in my Dimensions of Culture class since I last wrote you. One topic emphasized recently has been the concept of counter-hegemony, which, intuitively, is defined as opposing the existing hegemony. In layman 's terms, a hegemony simply refers to the status quo engrained into the constructs of a society. Many of the standards which we label to be “common-sense” or “normal” are truly just hegemony in application. To clarify, counter-hegemonic movements do not, and cannot, remove hegemonic power entirely from society, but rather serve to change underlying ideologies. To better understand the complexities of counter-hegemony, one must examine a real world counter-hegemonic movement. One such movement we’ve discussed in class is the Black Power Movement of the 1960’s, as summarized by the “Black Panther Platform.” This ten point plan was introduced by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, the founders of former black nationalist revolutionary group, the Black Panther Party. The Party was founded in 1966, a time where police brutality towards blacks was a dire reality, Malcolm X had just been assassinated, racial riots had been erupting throughout the United States, and people were eager for something to change. The Black Panther Party took advantage of the revolutionary energy being amassed throughout black communities and designed this Platform. The program serves as both a list of demands to the…

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