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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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I don’t think coloreds could be ANY HAPPIER,
Buckwheat is taking care of them,

they don’t work, have sex like dogs, don’t get married, pop kids outs everywhere, and simply drink ripple and take drugs all day long.

Why would they want to change a thing?

1 year ago
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I guess learned racism protects some from the facts that a larger number of 'whites' fits into the category you describe. Sure don't ever want to deal with factual reality, eh?
1 year ago
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“He’s a huckster,” says Kors bluntly... “What would he say if you put him on truth serum? People tend to convince themselves of the positions that are most profitable to hold.”

Michael Eric Dyson needs to meet James David Manning.

Or (were it possible) Booker T. Washington.

“There is (a) class of colored people who make a business of keeping the
troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the
public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their
troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their
wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.
Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances,
because they do not want to lose their jobs. … There is a certain class
of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because
as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of
making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make
themselves prominent before the public.”

– Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery (1901)



1 year ago
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In 2000 there were 33,311,000 individuals below poverty and in 2009 there were 42,868,000 individuals below poverty. In 2000, there were 6,615,000 families below poverty. In 2009, there were 7,956,000 families below poverty. California, Texas, New york, and Florida holding the top four spots. Per U.S. Census.

Money income of familes by race will open some eyes to the importance of doing such studies on a per capita ratio. If one just looks at raw numbers and don't correlate them to anything, the following census reports will show the 'white' race supercecding the 'black' race in each income line. - for example, 2,698,000 'white' people made less than $10K per year while only 1,062,000 'blacks made less than $10K per year.

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0695.pdf

The point being, there is one heck of an economic problem and disparity within our population and as it continues to deepen, it does so across all racial lines with the white population of raw numbers exceeding the black or hispanic, etc., populations. These are the kinds of facts all to many political activists don't want to discuss openly and honestly. Why?
1 year ago
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Immi... immi... immi... immigration.
1 year ago
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In raw numbers 'whites' exceed people of color (PC correct mind you) in all the negative socio-economic areas for which are accredited to blacks and other 'lesser' races. How does immigration fit into that kind of reality?
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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Keeping in mind that more people of todays generations being perceive3d as having 'made' it acquired their beginning or a significant part of the welath by inheritance. If you look at the wealth and income disparity charts and equate the top one percent and then next class down to 79th percentile, too real raw number of people, it represent a very small -- did I say a very small number?

From the 79th pecerntile down to the 19th percentile, it gets very interesting. This is the generally the working class that thinks they hold wealth because they have income, a home, cars, etc. Surprise! Take a close look at all the correlating data of that class sometime. Hello debt and debt to income ratio. And lastly, the most import is, hello real inflation -- real inflation that supercedes their increase in income.

Now when you study all that data come back to the centric question being posed. In the '80s we began to accumulate the very same kinds of statistics that lead up to the '29 wall street crash and the following depression. the perceived great imes of the roaring '20s equates exactly the the perception of the greatr times of the '80s through 2006 -- except during this latter period, the federal monetary system proped up the well known unnsustainable economy until a single component (not even the most powerful economic component) of our economic base collapsed it all.

So, maybe the question being posed has some real merits, in that the two most significant economic times in our history there were equal 'roaring' times and they both eventually failed -- equally!
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/
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