Juan Williams and Anti-Victimization

The image “https://i2.wp.com/media.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2006/aug/race_series/enough_bookcov200.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. I’m a big fan of Juan Williams and his thoughtful commentary on the FOX News Channel. That’s why I took delight when I caught some excerpts today from his most recent book “Enough.” I’m adding it to the E.C. Huey Bookclub (click here to buy it from Amazon.com).

The book is over a year old, but the information (on the heels of Bill Cosby’s recent book) is fresh and relevant. And I can name at least one person on the Guilford County school board that could benefit from this book.

A thousand points if you can name that person…

An excerpt from Williams’ book:

The image “https://i2.wp.com/media.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2006/aug/race_series/juan_williams200.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Every American has reason to ask about the seeming absence of strong black leadership. Where is strong black leadership to speak hard truth to those looking for direction? Where are the black leaders who will make it plain and say it loud? Who will tell you that if you want to get a job you have to stay in school and spend more money on education than on disposable consumer goods? Where are the black leaders who are willing to stand tall and say that any black man who wants to be a success has to speak proper English? Isn’t that obvious? It would be a bonus if anyone dared to say to teenagers hungering for authentic black identity that dressing like a convict, whose pants are hanging off his ass because the jail prison guards took away his belt, is not the way to rise up and be a success.

There’s a reason it takes strong leadership to make these points. It takes a leader to articulate why success in a world that so dramatically devalues black people is a worthwhile goal. When young people–and older people–take on a spirit of rebellion in their clothes, language, music, and other forms of expression, they’re only responding in a fairly rational way to a society that has first insulted and degraded them. It takes a real leader to look beyond the immediate emotional satisfaction–and even the academic justification–of throwing up a middle finger in the face of the oppressor, and see the bigger picture. It takes a leader to think through the consequences and outline a better path–even if it requires sacrifice in the short term, sacrifice that may include giving up the easy emotional satisfaction of ultimately pointless acts, unexamined gestures of rebellion that never rise to the level of true resistance or long-term revolution. But that kind of leadership is sorely lacking.

This excerpt was from a site on NPR. Click here to go to it, and while you’re there, listen to the audio excerpts, in Williams’ own words.

Posting this may cost me the election or a crucial segment of support, but it is extremely vital to read, hear, and see these other viewpoints. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

E.C. 🙂


3 Responses

  1. D.H……a thousand points for me!

  2. An no, you didn’t lose this supporter. You are the strong black leader that Guilford Co. kids need badly. Hopefully this bold stance will garner you even more support.

  3. Beth, as usual, you’re too kind.

    I like politics, but I never had an inkling to actually run for office before. Then I saw head-on the problems GCS has, and I couldn’t sit by anymore and NOT do anything.

    I’m hopeful for a victory this year. And I think we the people have a real good shot at reclaiming that seat this year.

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