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Posted May 1, 2007
I don't think some of you got it....
Admittedly, I did not read the book in its entirety, just the first third or so 'and that was almost a year ago'. However, as I was reading it quickly became clear to me that Dyson¿s book is not about making excuses for black people who don¿t help themselves. Rather, it is an attempt to explain to readers how much harder it is for many African Americans 'or black people, or whatever term you care to use' to succeed in life than it is for white Americans. Essentially, he is trying to get readers to see that it takes an extraordinary black person to execute a bootstrap-lift, and that the fact that society is in such a state should be taken into consideration before anyone lays full blame for lack of success at the feet of those who didn¿t succeed. I am, however, slightly disappointed that he 'from what I read' confined the issue mostly to black people. The disadvantaged state he describes applies to people of all races simply because its cause is inherited poverty and poverty doesn¿t see race. However, this fact is highly forgivable in light of the nature of the book 'a response to an attack on black youth'.
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Posted April 8, 2007
In this book, Dyson takes a daring stab at Cosbys allegations against the 'black poor'. He bodly defends those whom can not defend themselves in this manner and he highlights Bill Cosbys hypocrate like ways. Dyson informs black elites, that the problem is far more complex than the black lower class not knowing how to behave, spend their money properly or just being an out right embarassment of black America. The blame is shared equally among societal structures, lack of access to adequate resources and individual responsibility. However, the points can become a bit redundant.
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