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Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black america--and What We Can Do about It

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Half a century after brave Americans took to the streets to raise the bar of opportunity for all races, Juan Williams writes that too many black Americans are in crisis—caught in a twisted hip-hop culture, dropping out of school, ending up in jail, having babies when they are not ready to be parents, and falling to the bottom in twenty-first-century global economic competition.

In Enough, Juan Williams issues a lucid, impassioned clarion call to do the right thing now, before we travel so far off the glorious path set by generations of civil rights heroes that there can be no more reaching back to offer a hand and rescue those being left behind.

Inspired by Bill Cosby’s now famous speech at the NAACP gala celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Brown decision integrating schools, Williams makes the case that while there is still racism, it is way past time for black Americans to open their eyes to the “culture of failure” that exists within their community. He raises the banner of proud black traditional values—self-help, strong families, and belief in God—that sustained black people through generations of oppression and flowered in the exhilarating promise of the modern civil rights movement. Williams asks what happened to keeping our eyes on the prize by proving the case for equality with black excellence and achievement.

He takes particular aim at prominent black leaders—from Al Sharpton to Jesse Jackson to Marion Barry. Williams exposes the call for reparations as an act of futility, a detour into self-pity; he condemns the “Stop Snitching” campaign as nothing more than a surrender to criminals; and he decries the glorification of materialism, misogyny, and murder as a corruption of a rich black culture, a tragic turn into pornographic excess that is hurting young black minds, especially among the poor.

Reinforcing his incisive observations with solid research and alarming statistical data, Williams offers a concrete plan for overcoming the obstacles that now stand in the way of African Americans’ full participation in the nation’s freedom and prosperity. Certain to be widely discussed and vehemently debated, Enough is a bold, perceptive, solution-based look at African American life, culture, and politics today.

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While recognizing the continuing impact of racism, the political analyst identifies key problems within the black community that have resulted in the persistence of black poverty in America, arguing that a skepticism about formal education, perverted individualism, hip-hop nihilism, and a politics of protest and performance rather than meaningful action have exacerbated the problems. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

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Juan Williams is a senior correspondent for NPR

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307395191
Subtitle:
The Phony Leaders, Dead-end Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America-- and What We Can Do about It
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Author:
Williams, Juan
Author:
Juan Williams
Subject:
Political Science : Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Social Science : Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Political Science : Political Process - Leadership
Subject:
Political Science : General
Subject:
Social Science : Minority Studies - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Political Process - Leadership
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Political Advocacy
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070724
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Politics » General

Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black america--and What We Can Do about It
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"Synopsis" by , While recognizing the continuing impact of racism, the political analyst identifies key problems within the black community that have resulted in the persistence of black poverty in America, arguing that a skepticism about formal education, perverted individualism, hip-hop nihilism, and a politics of protest and performance rather than meaningful action have exacerbated the problems. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Juan Williams is a senior correspondent for NPR
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