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August 15, 2006

Stop being a professional victim!

Well, you might think I'm talking to the gay community. I am, inadvertently speaking, but that's the message I'm getting from Juan William's new book (take a deep breath) Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America -- and What We Can Do About It.

Williams, a black senior correspondent for National Public Radio, takes up the mantle of entertainer turned real black daddy Bill Cosby in calling for change. He contends that current the "civil rights leaders" have time and time again sent the wrong message to poor black people desperately in need of direction. Amen Juan. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters, Eric Micheal Dyson and some of the other race baiting professional victim trainers need to get another job. We are sick of their whining and pointless finger pointing.

I think Williams is speaking what the great majority of black folk are thinking. What's our real problem? Our foreparents were slaves and yet they emerged from that racial scourging with pride, self sufficiency, strong moral and family values, and most of all a VISION for their lives. Even in the face of jim crow, lynchings, and unfathomable discrimination, we survived and thrived. But it seems like with the "successes" of gaining our civil rights, the black American family has deteriorated. Our claim to fame seems to be little more than blaming somebody else for everything bad that happens to us. We have lost our way listening to a cadre of race hustlers intent on infusing a doctrine of victimology into our daily life.

Maybe, just maybe, we need to go back to water hoses and dogs for a couple of days in order for us to see that we are doing a whole lot better than the race pimp's gloomy race forecasts. Maybe then, our people will drop the professional victim from our ethnic resume.

Additional Reading

  • More on Cosbyology from Independent Conservative
  • Keith Boykin's wrong about Cosby...and Black men
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