A Review of The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, No. 1, 1969
Harold Cruse book The Crisis of the NegroIntellectual continues to be on the required reading lists of many college courses. The following excerpts are from the review Ernest Kaiser wrote for Freedomways.
. . . Cruse's problem [in Crisis of the Negro Intellectual] is an old one. After breaking ideologically with the Left and Marxism, he searched desperately for an ideological alternative or critique of Marxism. But answering Marxism which synthesized originally the German philosophy, English economics and French socialism of the 19th century and has been modified and brought up-to-date by later Marxist thinkers and writers is no easy task for anyone no matter how formidable his learning and scholarship. Cruse also wants to blame someone for the plight of the Negro people. . . . Unable to oppose his real American oppressors, . . . he blames the Marxists or Communists and the Negro people themselves for the Negroes' plight and lets the capitalists off the hook. But being an intellectual, he has to have an elaborate rationale for this. . . .