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Which Ideology Can Lead Black Americans to Happiness and Wealth?

It's Michael Eric Dyson's victimology vs. Bill Cosby's Americanism in this excerpt from pages 163-172 of Bruce Bawer's The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind.
April 26, 2013 - 7:00 am

Whatever one may make of Cosby’s diagnoses and prescrip­tions, one thing is clear: he’s no hustler. On the contrary, he’s a very rich and respected cultural figure who, by wading into these waters, only risks alienating millions of people whose af­fection and admiration for his work have made his fortune. Yet he’s taken this step because he recognizes that the black “leaders” of our era (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton) and the academic Black Studies establishment (Gates, West, Karenga) not only have failed to say things that need to be said, but have in many cases encouraged the kinds of pathologies Cosby is alarmed about.

Not surprisingly, a leading black academic, Michael Eric Dyson, has taken on Cosby in a very big way. Dyson, who has taught at DePaul, the University of North Carolina, Columbia, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania, is now a professor of sociology at Georgetown University and can frequently be heard serving up commentary on NPR, CNN, and Real Time with Bill Maher. In addition, he is an ordained minister who, in 2010, at the upscale New York restaurant Cipriani, officiate at the wedding of a deejay named La La and a pro basketball played named Carmelo Anthony, who at the time were starring in a VH1 reality series. (“The 320 guests,” according to Dy­son’s Wikipedia entry, “included Justin Timberlake, Kim Kar­dashian, Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom, Ciara, Spike Lee, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, and LeBron James.”) Dyson, it should be noted, is considered an academic star and is paid a salary in the high six figures. This means that he’s several times more handsomely compensated than many of America’s most distin­guished scholars in the humanities and social sciences—or, to look at it in another way, he takes home a bigger paycheck than any dozen or so adjunct professors put together, people who are far more gifted and accomplished than he is and carry much heavier course loads.

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What can help????....how about White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Work Ethic....Hmmm???
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I hate it when people excuse our bad schools by defending ebonics. Demanding that our schools provide everyone with an opportunity to master professional language is not the same as trying to snuff out black culture, it is the "soft bigotry of low expectations." There are plenty of words and phrases I use at home, but would never use in an official document or professional setting.
1 year ago
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How long is The Atlantic going to employ a racial bigot like Coates?
1 year ago
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Which Ideology Can Lead Black Americans to Happiness and Wealth? That's easy. Race doesn't matter, so just use the same ideology that makes anybody happy and wealthy. Ask a rich person how he or she did it.
1 year ago
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Michael Eric Dyson has to reject what Bill Cosby says:
First, his entire career is built on stoking feelings of resentment and victimhood; without that he has no career and America has no use for him.
Second, he will lose his pop star status, because a culture that has no use for his hucksterism is a culture that will recognize him as at best a second-rate mind.
Third, and perhaps most important, he cares less about helping blacks than hating whites.
1 year ago
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Socialist Racial Supremacists AKA Nazis
1 year ago
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Honestly, after the disaster they helped foist on all of us, I don't give a rat's a** if any of them find happiness and wealth. I'm sick of them all, with their whining and strutting and gangsta this and gangsta that. All I feel now for them is anger.
1 year ago
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White girl bleed alot

http://whitegirlbleedalot.com/
1 year ago
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Abortion on demand; Black genocide. Are they aware of that????????????
1 year ago
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wow, there so much to here to get you pissed off about. Guys like Dyson, Sharpton, Jackson and their ilk need to be ignored. People like Sowell, Carson, Williams, Elder need to be listen to more and more. Kvetchers with no solution keep their own people down while their wallets stay thick.
1 year ago
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Why do guys like Dyson disparage people like Cosby, or Alan West, who simply go about the business of being decent and hard-working, and being rewarded with deserved success, rather than use race as a crutch. If baggy pants and Ebonics are such a golden path to success, why blame others for the failure? Grow up. Be a man.
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