One of the country's best known and most respected black journalists attacks the failure of the post-Civil Rights generation of African Americans to ...Show synopsisOne of the country's best known and most respected black journalists attacks the failure of the post-Civil Rights generation of African Americans to seize on the gains of that historic movement.Hide synopsis
Title: Enough: the Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It Format: Paperback Author:Juan Williams ISBN-13:9780307338242 ISBN:030733824X
A well intentioned, well written denunciation of what Williams suggests is the "official" blindness of established Black leaders to the mindless cultural violence of gangsta (and other) rap. Williams follows Bill Cosby's lead, quoting Cosby approvingly throughout: Black America has got to stop kidding itself and denounce the real oppressor--a tacit willingness to excuse Black social pathologies as a way of denying enemies on the Right (mostly White) a cheap victory. He's got a point, but has a polemicist's way of oversimplifying everything. Ultimately, he wants a new Civil Rights movement, but this one directed at consciousness-raising in the Black community: Study, Work Hard, Achieve. It's hard to argue with common sense, but equally hard to understand from Williams' narrative why such obvious virtues find so little (public) approval. Or do they? Somewhere here there is a Black Silent Majority, middle class and stifled, afraid of its own successful shadow. Williams is no fool, but his book is shallow.
We have grown up in 'civil rights', some more involved than others. We progressed on to see wonderful and amazing changes in our country in 40 years. But what needs to be said today? Today we call the nation to embrace 'diversity' and we continue the struggle. Juan Williams aims his talk straight to the face in the mirror of himself and others of his racial background. Juan says things to the black community that only leaders like himself and Bill Cosby can say. This is a must for persons of color to continue the growth and struggle for change. This is a must for me, a northern white guy soldier in the 60's war in the Civil Rights work as I continue, as only Juan Williams could say, "To keep my ever loving eys on the prize". READ IT!
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