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December 29, 2003

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P6

I agree with the cetral viewpoint Dickerson is setting forth:

For the same reason that all schoolchildren need to master algebra whether they think they'll ever use it or not, blacks must master the Master's world. They needn't embrace it or even believe it; they must simply render unto Caesar the things, which are Caesar's. And then subvert it from within.

I want the book to see if she puts it forth soundly. A good idea badly explained usually gets ignored at best.

I'd also like to see who her target audience is.

Cobb

I didn't want to say so when I blasted her on Kwanzaa, but as P6 says, we'd probably be cozy in the same room. The question is whether or not her attitude is proper.

I've been disappointed with the lack of entries in her blog, and I think like Glenn Loury, she is more born again than shooting from the hip. So while she may be right, I'm not sure how righteous she will appear.

The opportunity will arise, if she hits the media mark, for a goodly amount of speculation about our generation's conservatism and patriotism, especially in light of McWhorter's celebrity.

Other than that, 'The End of My Blackness' is a personal essay I've been writing every four years since 1982.

Everton R. Bend

It never ceases to amaze me how often conservative crackpots are always advocating The End of ..... (fill in the blanks)
Daniel Bell: The End of Ideology
Francis Fukuyama: The End of History
Dinesh D'souza: The End of Racism
Frum and Perle: The End of Evil
Looking at these titles- Are any of these goals realistic or even practical?
Now along comes another conservative nincompoop advocating the End of Blackness. If she wants to end her blackness she can (1) follow Michael Jackson's lead, straighten her nose and bleach her skin, or (2) put a gun to her own empty head and pull the trigger. This is the better option. Lastly, thank God that I am black and NOT American.

Everton R. Bend

It never ceases to amaze me how often conservative crackpots are always advocating The End of ..... (fill in the blanks)
Daniel Bell: The End of Ideology
Francis Fukuyama: The End of History
Dinesh D'souza: The End of Racism
Frum and Perle: The End of Evil
Looking at these titles- Are any of these goals realistic or even practical?
Now along comes another conservative nincompoop advocating the End of Blackness. If she wants to end her blackness she can (1) follow Michael Jackson's lead, straighten her nose and bleach her skin, or (2) put a gun to her own empty head and pull the trigger. This is the better option. Lastly, thank God that I am black and NOT American.

H2

From the vitriol of this last uninformed poster I would assume that he didn't get past the book's title before making a decision on the validity of Ms. Dickerson's concisely written study on the issues affecting blacks IN America.
It is further obvious that he is either an aging member of the Politburo or an unrepentant black (lower caps "b" to indicate that you are not representative of all Blacks) Marxist left-leaning nincompoop angered by his lack of forward thinking and entrenched in his Whitey-hating ideology. You advance nothing, you do nothing. You only prove Ms. Dickerson's point.
Anyone who took her book as an advocacy to end "Blackness" can either not read and comprehend at a 6th grade level or...well, why pull a punch...is a complete idiot.
The goals are not only increasingly realistic and practical but necessary for to continue in the path of self loathing and self destruction can only result in self imposed prophecy.
Michael Jackson? Gun to the head? A better alternative yet? Check yourself. You better get exorcized of your demonic hate before it consumes your soul...Brother.
Empty head? This wonderfully talented and forward thinking woman has made me, a Native American, come to the realization that not only am I a member of the "American" family, whose history couldn't have been written without you nor I (yes, if you are from here you ARE an American and entitled to all that it offers...take it), and not only should I sit at the table but take my turn at the head of it.
And, finally, perhaps you are right in that she should have titled her book, "The End of...(fill in the blanks)" because her voice speaks to people of all color. I "choose" to rise above the hate for YOUR complicity in the destruction of my people, never forgetting but looking for a time when we all are driven by a sense of morality and equal justice. My suggestion is that we both start within ourselves and let it pay itself forward. Good day!

android annie

Wow, I just happened upon this web site while researching the new book. What a joy to find such erudite black people. I don't have to agree with you, I'm just happy to hear you talking. As for the book, I look forward to reading it a.s.a.p. As for the commentary of H2, while you're railing about black complicity for the demise of the indian people, remember that we are you as well. Ours is such a history that we are all. In my case, I am desceded from West Texas Cherokees, they are Cherokees that stopped in Texas on their journey on the trail of tears. I do not celebrate the buffalo soldiers and as for the other transgressions against native peoples by black people, whom i count as my people. I do apologize, I am sorry for the decimation of the indian nations by all, and by black people in particular. I once met a Navajo man who was very angry that so many americans have native american kin and say so. I believe that he was angry at the appropriation of native american women and the rape of his ancestors. As a black woman in america, I am angry about similar issues as well. In america, we must always remember that we, is us. We have trod a perilous path to arrive at the place where we find ourselves today.

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