The Rise and Fall of Chattanooga's Black Middle Class
The rise of the Black middle class in Chattanooga can be argued to have had a distinct emergence by 1911. Therefore, with the establishment of the discriminatory and corrupt commission form of government in 1911, we also witnessed the beginning of Chattanooga's Black middle class. In most instances in society the middle class is a positive move up the economic ladder. But in many Black communities the middle class is a euphemism for the advocates of Black on Black discrimination and the sell out of the Black community. Thus, in reality the Black middle class becomes Uncle Toms and contemporary SNiggers. Also let it be written that this system is self-destructive. We argue that this system is self destructive because it opposes the law of God and the democratic principles established by the founders of the Republic.
For the record, middle class can be defined as "the people between those that are wealthy and the working class." For our analysis and for the sake of clarity the wealthy are White people that seek to control and manipulate Blacks for economic and political gain.
Walter C. Robinson was appointed as the first Straw Boss of the Black community by the White power structure in 1928. Thus, Walter Robinson set precedents that have been passed down to contemporary times. These precedents involve corruption and the discrimination of those that do not bow down to the appointed Straw Boss and the people he works for.
Robinson established an organization to carry out the wishes of the power structure and to serve his personal needs. The ranks of Black professionals were organized into "The Colored Voter's League of Chattanooga."It can be documented that the core of Black professionals' in 1928 were Black school teachers. There were other examples of Black professionals, for example doctors', ministers, and civil servants but most of the professionals were employed by the Chattanooga school system.
Thus, in order to give Walter Robinson leverage and power over these people, Chattanooga's racist White power structure (the rich families on Lookout Mountain) gave Walter Robinson patronage power. As truant officer (yes that's right truant officer) with the Chattanooga school system Walter Robinson was given the power to hire and fire Black school teachers. Robinson's power base was further enhanced as the political boss of the fourth Ward which housed the bulk of the Black population.
The Colored Voter's League established by Robinson was an organized political force. With the Fourth Ward being a significant Ward in local and national elections Robinson as a staunch Republican was a political power broker in the Black community. Walter Robinson set in motion the destruction of Black political and economic empowerment. He caused this reality because he conspired with the White power structure to buy and sell the Black vote. Also, as the publisher of the Chattanooga Observer he enlisted his newspaper to promote his self serving political goals. Meanwhile, he further established himself as the first significant Black traitor in ( A Ranking SNigger) Chattanooga and paved the way for a system bent on destruction.
The system of control and manipulation set in place by Walter Robinson took on numerous aspects of immoral and abnormal behavior. This system set certain precedents for many Black female's who wanted professional jobs in Chattanooga. Teaching school was one of the major professional jobs for Black women. Often this system stipulated that Black women had to sleep with the Straw Boss are one of his henchmen to land a job. Many were passed around in a decadent and degenerate manner. But, the most self destructive aspect of this system is that many so-called Black professionals followed without question the immoral and corrupt policies of Walter Robinson. With the passing of Walter Robinson in 1968 a new Straw Boss was appointed.
As the path of self destruction moved forward, John P. Franklin was chosen as the contemporary Black Straw Boss. (For the record Johnny "Safe Negro" Franklin took SNiggerism to a new level). With the advent of the Voting Rights's Act of 1965 the White power structure in Chattanooga and throughout America knew that they had to visibly include Blacks in political office. By this time the Straw Boss system had taken on measures of sophistication and sustained deception. Gone were the days when a "Nigger Straw Boss" could openly wield almost total power over the Black community.
So with Franklin's selection as the heir to Walter Robinson and his rigged election to the Chattanooga City Commission at the start of the 70's decade a more deceptive system emerged. (Does Chattanooga still rig elections?) As the so-called elected Commissioner of Health and Education, Franklin continued the practice of sexual favors (in fact Franklin took this immoral behavior to a new level of degeneracy) for jobs than transcended all aspects of Black professional positions.
In the process Franklin along with Black school administrators, turned the Chattanooga school system into a personal fiefdom of corruption, degradation, immorality and educational demise. Meanwhile, Black professionals followed the dim-witted and retarded behavior of Franklin and held him up as leader and spokesperson for the Black community. As this self destructive attitude unfolded Chattanooga has witnessed a consistent decline in population.
The population of Chattanooga has especially declined in the Black community where there is a serious brain drain. ( For the record, check the census figures of 1960, 1970, 1980 and 1990). While most cities the size of Chattanooga in the South had an increase in population Chattanooga had a decrease in population. In sum Franklin and his gang of mediocre Uncle Toms waged a war on Black intellectuals because they would question the reign of terror he waged against the Black community. Those found with the intellect and skills to make the proper analysis were terminated from their jobs and ran out town. You either had to abide by the corrupt and immoral guidelines of the Straw Boss and his supporters or be economically lynched.
Furthermore, as the self-destructive scenario unfolded, the decline of industry has placed service jobs in the forefront for those unemployed. But with a local school system that still produces students (graduates) that can barely read, many are lost and with no background to adapt to technical and computer knowledge that is the sign of times.
So in 2001 even with the demise and passing of many legendary Uncle Toms the situation in Chattanooga for Black and poor people is bleak. Why does the Black community in Chattanooga have a history of following Uncle Toms and not question their crimes against the Black community?