YONCE @WALMART – In Which Class Category Do You Think She “Bey-Longs”?

The best investment is the investment in self. Proof = Beyonce investing in a SELF titled Beyonce CD @Walmart! December 2013

The best investment is the investment in self. Proof = Beyonce investing in a SELF titled Beyonce CD @Walmart! December 2013

Social Class

Social class (or simply “class”), as in a class society, is a set of concepts in the social sciences and political theory centered on models of social stratification in which people are grouped into a set of hierarchical social categories, the most common being the upper, middle, and lower classes.

Class is an essential object of analysis for sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, and social historians. However, there is not a consensus on the best definition of the term “class”, and the term has different contextual meanings. In common parlance, the term “social class” is usually synonymous with “socio-economic class,” defined as “people having the same social, economic, or educational status,” e.g., “the working class”; “an emerging professional class.” The precise measurements of what determines social class in society has varied over time. According to philosopher Karl Marx, ‘class’ is determined entirely by one’s relationship to the means of production, the classes in modern capitalist society being the “proletarians”: those who work but do not own the means of production, and the “bourgeoisie”: those who invest and live off of the surplus generated by the former.

The term “class” is etymologically derived from the Latin classis, which was used by census takers to categorize citizens by wealth, in order to determine military service obligations.

In the late 18th century, the term “class” began to replace classifications such as estates, rank, and orders as the primary means of organizing society into hierarchical divisions. This corresponded to a general decrease in significance ascribed to hereditary characteristics, and increase in the significance of wealth and income as indicators of position in the social hierarchy.

Source (Read More):http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_class

Moral of the story

We can first look at the story by reflecting on the black doll-white doll experiment, when the social scientists concluded that the majority of the black children in the study found the white dolls to be the more socially valuable and visually pleasing doll out of the two.

Moorish Science Temple of America

Practices and beliefs

Beyonce ‘Yonce’ from Forever on Vimeo.

They added the suffixes Ali, Bey or El to their surnames, to signify Moorish heritage as well as their taking on the new life as Moorish Americans. It was also a way to claim and proclaim a new identity other than that lost to slavery of their ancestors in the United States. Thus a Moor could accept that his African tribal name may never be known to him/her, and that the European names they were given were not theirs, either.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moorish_Science_Temple_of_America

Judging from the Yonce video from the self titled Beyonce visual album that was released this month with revolutionary record breaking sales, this simple change in perspective for our consideration as provided by Bey may show itself as a solution and effective remedy for a lingering social ill and a cause that is way greater than just entertainment and pop music.