Iwuoma 1Dubois with his program of “Cooperative Commonwealth,” Allen makes an effort to prove that hehas taken a comprehensive look at the established ideas of this discipline prior to discussing hisunique perspective. The discussion in this paper will add on to from Allen’s conclusion,
TowardA Transitional Program,
where he introduces Dubois’ program of Cooperative Common Wealth.Before moving forward with this analysis we must establish a definition for cooperativeeconomics. This will help decide if
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serves its purpose to show that cooperative economics can help Black America move towards Black independence. So for this paper we shall adopt the definition for “Cooperative Commonwealth”created by WEB Dubois in his autobiographical essay,
Dusk of Dawn.
Dusk of Dawn
Dubois defines “Cooperative Economics” as the “careful planning of the inner economy and socialstructure of the black community so as to promote maximum development of that community”(276). So with this definition we are now equipped to see if
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serves its purpose. Neocolonialism has infected Black America, and has caused black people to becomesubservient to the dominant white culture. Neocolonialism can be defined as “the direct and overallsubordination of one people, nation, or country, to another with state power in the hands of dominating power” (13). In a political sense it refers to the domination of a subordinate group byrepresentatives of the superior group. Allen claims that black people “cannot afford some half hearted compromise which would make the black community in general, and its educated classesin particular, subservient to the expansionist needs of corporate capitalism” (274). This explanation by Allen speaks to the point of neocolonialism in the colony of Black America. Once Black people begin making compromises they fall directly under the control of neocolonialism. As Allen claims,2
DuBois, W. E. B.. Dusk of dawn; an essay toward an autobiography of a race concept.. New York: SchockenBooks, 1968. Print.