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Go Ahead.Get Disturbed
—a Bill Curtis Book Review
- As the 20th century comes to a jagged close, Farai Chideya explores American Caucasian behaviors and cultural practices against Blacks in her book, "Don't Believe The Hype-Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African-Americans." Most people will stick their head in the sand rather than discuss, much less confront, Caucasian American pathological (racist) cultural norms and practices that seem to, unwittingly, suffer Black self interest, self determination and full participation in US society.
- Chideya handles a controversial subject matter, while reducing the information overload and the intimidation factor, so that readers can consider, if not digest, her debunking of media projected stereotypes and propaganda about Black people. If a computer is "user friendly", then Chideya's book is "reader friendly". Don't Believe The Hype-Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African-Americans is primed with useful statistics, making the book a must-have for anyone, Black or Caucasian, with an interest in justice and truth.
- While many people are aware that media character assassinates people, Chideya gives example after example to shed light on three broad concepts: #1, the Big Lie; #2, the Truth; and #3, statistics and research supporting the truth and, consequently, exposing the Big Lie propagandized against Black self-determination, self-definition and life.
- This is a serious book, one that reveals the insidiousness of Caucasian superiority complex syndrome. Blacks ought to read it to strengthen their truth; Caucasians need to read it to learn something about and gain freedom from the lies believed in. Caucasian superiority complex syndrome is a dangerous state of mind devolving into nazi-like behaviors that show up in media as police brutality, political and cultural nullification, and Black acquiescence and cooperation with their oppression.
- Chideya's research shows that most Black folk are hard working, law abiding, non-drug using citizens. The media, however, propagandizes the exact opposite image in a myopic view making Blacks synonymous with crime, murder and mayhem, and sports. For those knowledgeable of nazi news media's myopic focus in Hitler's Germany, the methodology is strikingly similar.
- This courageous, important book steps on toes. It educates people to consider, if not understand, that Caucasian American behavior against Blacks is a pathology, deeply conditioned in the mindset, and blind to itself. One could argue, as well, that Blacks have equal responsibility for the perpetuation of this madness, but that is a review for another book.
- Chideya crushes comfort zones and brings to mind something Dr. Sonia Sanchez wrote about Toni Bambara in Warpland, a journal of Black Literature and Ideas. Dr. Sanchez said that Toni Bambara "asked the most important question we can ask ourselves. What are we pretending not to know today?" Chideya exposes some of it. Don't Believe The Hype-Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African-Americans is a confrontation with what it is we are all pretending not to know today. You better tell somebody. Bill Curtis recommended Must-Read-Reading: MRR****.
Bill Curtis' commentaries and reviews have been published in the Afro-American, The Baltimore Chronicle, The Baltimore Press, The Baltimore Times, The Baltimore Sun, Financial Independence Magazine, Every Wednesday, Blind Alleys, African-American News & World Report, and at Barnes and Noble on the internet. Contact Mr. Curtis at WebReady@theglobe.com or P.O. Box 2043, Baltimore, MD 21203-2043.