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Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Uncle toms Beware

This excellent book my Mr. Dyson shows the self-hatred and elitism by upper middle class blacks. If you're an uncle tom then this book will show you about yourself.

posted by Anonymous on May 9, 2005

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Personal excuse making

Dyson does a good job of dissecting Bill Cosby's comments and pointing out flaws in those comments. However Cosby's comments, in my view, didn't deserve the full professorial attention Mr. Dyson has given it. After all, Bill Cosby was simply expressing his opinions. ...
Dyson does a good job of dissecting Bill Cosby's comments and pointing out flaws in those comments. However Cosby's comments, in my view, didn't deserve the full professorial attention Mr. Dyson has given it. After all, Bill Cosby was simply expressing his opinions. But Mr. Dyson seems to have taken those comments personally and feels a need to defend the culture of excuse making and victim posturing that is currently prevalent in 'American' society. I wanted to know more about the man who thought Cosby was all wrong. I wanted to know where his views orginated and what experiences affected his opinions. So here's what I found. Dyson grew up in a comfortable middle class family. He was a teenage father (part of the target audience Cosby was focused on) and was living off the welfare system for some small portion of his early adult years. He has been given many advantages in life, a fine education, achieved many accomplishements, so why is he saying poor black people are victims and we can't expect more of them? Mr. Dyson views are at once surprising and confusing. He should go back and study the writings of Martin Luther King or the Frederick Douglas. At no time, did either of these venerable men make excuses for African Americans. They fought against injustice but did not use that injustice as a reason for not doing better. Really Mr. Dyson....shame on you.

posted by Anonymous on May 11, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2005

    Yes!! Bill Cosby is Right

    Professor Dyson is missing the point when dubbs Bill Cosby's efforts as 'Blame-the-Poor-Tour.' We have to stop making excuses for not training our childen. Bill Cosby is like a general giving marching orders, encouraging and challenging us as individuals and communities to go to battle to recapture and secure our 'TOUR OF DUTY' of being effective parents. Cosby's alleged past mistakes in no way diminishes the importance of what he saying about our people and the need to do better. Our Children's future is at stake. Dyson says his aim is 'simply to provoke black folk into serious self-examination.' That is great! but there is no need to 'bash' Bill. Bill Cosby is 'Right'!!!

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