Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era

After Hearing Dr. Baker on NPR, I decided to purchase his book Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era.  I am in the process of reading it now. Here is a question for you:  Are black intellectuals doing enough?  Should they be working on the ground as well as in the academia? 

The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t and Why-by Jabari Asim

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In 2003, Randall Kennedy’s book Nigger started an intense conversation about the use and implications of that epithet. The N-Word moves far beyond Kennedy’s short, provocative book by tracing the symbiotic growth of the n-word and racism in America over the past 400 years. Charting this parallel track reveals how the slur has reflected—and enhanced—bigotry. Asim pinpoints Thomas Jefferson as the source of our enduring image of the “nigger.” In a seminal but now obscure essay, Jefferson marshaled a welter of pseudo-science to define the stereotype of a shiftless child-man with huge appetites and stunted self control. Asim then reveals how nineteenth-century “science” colluded with popular culture to amplify this slander. What began as false generalizations became institutionalized in every corner of our society: the arts and sciences, sports, the law, and the streets.

 Here is a recent interview that Asim did on WUSA channel 9 news. Video

To Sir, with Love- Edward Ricardo Braithwaite

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 Many have never heard of this man. I must admit up until today I knew nothing about him, or that the movie which stared Sidney Poitier.  Please read his bio.  He was on the Joe Madison show this morning and he is local; right here in Washington, DC!!  He is truly amazing.  He gave a speech on blacks and education which had me raise up from my seat.  He is a brilliant intellectual who does not get the recognition he deserves.  His memior is called To Sir, with Love

Bury that Sucka!: A Scandalous Love Affair with the N-word

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Bury That Sucka! explores and examines what makes the African American community the epitome of an incredible paradox. On the one hand, there is this unbelievable love affair with the word nigger-at the same time, when used by a non-black, the word suddenly becomes an insult. A self-inflicting, mental genocide is the road that the community appears to be traveling down…prompting an appeal to the black community to bury the N-word.

Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress? by Jeremiah Camara

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Holy Lockdown addresses the paradox that exists within the Black community. One that reflects the abundance of Black churches coupled with the abundance of Black problems. There are approximately 85,000 predominately Black churches in this country, meaning, we could have 1,700 Black churches in every state!

Holy Lockdown takes a critical and long overdue look at the psychological impact the church and sermonic rhetoric has made on the Black collective, and it explores the possibility of the church as being a contributing factor to many social problems facing Blacks.

State of Denial: Bob Woodward

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Bob Woodward’s third book on President Bush is a sweeping narrative — from the first days George W. Bush thought seriously about running for president through the recruitment of his national security team, the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the struggle for political survival in the second term. After more than three decades of reporting on national security decision making — including his two #1 national bestsellers on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bush at War (2002) and Plan of Attack (2004) — Woodward provides the fullest account, and explanation, of the road Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and the White House staff have walked.

War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War onthe American Dream and How to Fight Back

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Now, with War on the Middle Class, Dobbs takes an impassioned and rousing stance on the all-out class war that is turning the American dream into a nightmare.

In a sweeping analysis, Dobbs looks at every aspect of the decline of the middle class—from a lack of political representation to America’s corrupt health-care system—to demonstrate how the gap between America’s newest haves and have-nots is no longer merely financial, but instead includes the erosion of education, employment, government, and community. Dobbs proposes a series of measures to resolve each issue and incite people, whose future is being mortgaged to benefit a powerful few, to preserve their rights and dreams.