Authentically Black : essays for the Black silent majority
Transcription of Annotations
Front and back endpapers include some biographical information on the author's childhood, family, career, and his previous book 'Losing the race'. The author warns that whites have gone about as far as they will to bring about racial equality and that the rest is up to blacks themselves. He claims that blacks want white people to like them, don't want to appear successful to whites, and are strong at home, but act as victims in public. Other notes refer to the high number of black men in jail, racial profiling and its consequences - the adoption of victimhood as a racial identity, the cult of separation, the cult of anti-intellectualism - and the Mother Africa ideology, which is characterized as simplistic and without any historical factual basis. The author's views on Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Randall Robinson, Adam Clayton Powell, John Bryant, and Eugene Rivers, and Cornel West's resignation from Harvard are also included in the notes, as are the following questions, statements and quotes: "What was 'Losing the race'? - What was its impact?" - "Could a white [person] write this book?" - "Is there a scarcity of positive portrayals on TV?" - "What do you think of the War on Drugs?" - "Affirmative action and quotas originally comes from whites." - "Is racism the only thing preventing black students from doing well in school?" - "What are two-tier admission policies?" - "We're taught to resist "becoming white"". - "What is "white guilt"?" - Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book. -- Examples: p. 45: "Profiling is a linchpin in what keeps us from getting past race as so many would like us to." - p. 98: "For almost forty years now, it has been considered "authentically black" in many circles to indulge in year after year of ceremonial agitprop while whites develop all of the policies - successful or not - that have attempted to improve the lot of the race." - p. 218: "The need for a positive history is more urgent for black Americans than for any other American ethnic group."