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Black Lies, White Lies: The Truth According to Tony Brown Hardcover – November 21, 1995

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Like a series of talk shows (the author hosts Tony Brown's Journal on PBS), this somewhat disjointed book raises both interesting and half-baked ideas, with no one topic fully developed. Brown's basic theme on race relations is sound: blacks shouldn't expect whites to rescue them, but whites must also see that their fate is linked to that of all fellow Americans. A prominent black Republican, Brown has harsh and sometimes appropriate criticism of black leaders, but he undermines his case with a broad-brush assessment of the black community (which he divides into four "tribes") and exaggerated references to black leaders' support for (and America's drift to) "socialism." Also, Brown argues that AIDS is misidentified and connected mainly to drug use, sees "cultural diversity" (defined vaguely) as a cure for institutional racism and proposes the Internet as a new frontier for black entrepreneurship. And he may run for president, riding an idea for self-help associations "within electronically-linked neighborhoods." Author tour.
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Review

PBS commentator and show host Brown provides a strong challenge of both black and white leaders' lies in Black Lies, White Lies as he attacks self-victimization trends and condemns integration efforts. Black Americans must take control of their own lives instead of waiting for white structures to assist, Brown maintains: his hard-hitting ideas and controversial opinions provide much food for thought. -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 379 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (November 21, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688132707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688132705
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,813,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have always been impressed with the thoughts of Tony Brown. So I read his book and deeply enjoyed it. The most interesting aspect of his book was his discussion regarding the so-called "AIDS" epidemic. If you want to be enlightened and challenged in your thinking, than this book is for you.
It is refreshing to hear an African-American question both black and white leadership with courage and honesty. For me all of his arguments are logical and if you weigh the facts, it all makes sense.
As a young person(age 25)I am encouraged by Mr.Brown's entreprenural spirit and vision.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book starts out with some ideas on Black empowerment that will be surely taken as revolutionary by many, but to me seem right on the mark. Basically, he says, success for Blacks (like every other group) depends on their economic self-reliance, which in turn comes from better economic education, better support by Blacks of Black-owned businesses, etc. What was surprising and refreshing to me was to hear his attitude of bringing people together to succeed (i.e. Blacks, Whites and other groups working together) as opposed to an "us-vs.-them" mentality. I don't think the majority of the book is "weird," at all, as one reviewer claimed. He does veer off into a weird section on the non-HIV AIDS epidemic of which I couldn't really make sense. Otherwise, I think the book provides a good recipe for improving Blacks' future and also that of America as a whole.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Forget Jessie"the left-winged commy facist" Jackson, Louis"The chip on my shoulder is bigger than my mouth" Farakhan, or Al"give the ghetto some more welfare so we can keep the man out of the house" Sharpton. There is only one real black leader in this country who knows how to empower African-Americans and truly it is Tony Brown. He is an inspiration. It was this book and the speech he gave at The Ford Hall Forum in Boston about American society's woes. Mr. Brown deserves our upmost respect for helping black people find a sense of direction in this country instead of blaming the governemnt and white people for being racists and evil, cold greedmongers. It is because of this book I can give my attention every week to catch his show. Mr. Brown has managed to show both black and white America the greatness, history and talent of the African-American. Truly what our biased race-war stirring media will never show us. It is a side of blacks I never thought I would see.Even I would never have guessed how empowered and intellegent Africans in Great Britian are. It just shows you how discredited black people have been all these years. I am glad that Tony is focused on creating oppurtunities for every race and help us set aside our differences and understand each other. I am also glad he goes out and finds the truth and not demand a communist system of affirmative action. Mr. Brown's book gets my approval any day for showing us what a critical time it for our country when next century we will compete with Europe and Asia. I am glad Tony Brown has endorsed the computer as a must-get appliance. How many of your phony communist minority leaders want to empower the inner city and give them computers. Tony Brown deserves more credit and recognition for his honesty and ability to speak the truth! Thank you Mr. Brown for helping us get empowered and steering us in the right direction for the future.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
Mr. Brown's proposition for a wholly independant Black America is the best thing I have read in a while. However, I find fault in his conclusions because he speaks too much of "what could have been" had the civil rights movement taken a different angle. We must discuss a viable solution for 1999.
I laud Mr. Brown for his stance on Black Capitalism! If Money=Power, then More Money=More Power! The primary goal of Black Americans should be to start their own businesses, small and large, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, services etc.! Once this takes place, we can build our own economic infrastructure, semi-independent of that of the "establishment". I believe this is what I read in Black Lies, White Lies. It is the defnitive solution to Black dependance.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2000
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...I read a large chunk of this book in one sitting, and recommend it. I didn't think I would. His criticism of racism wherever it is found, his historical analysis of the history of the two major parties, the role of the dole in the destruction of African American family structure, and his proposals for a new political movement are well worth your time. This book is cheap, buy it and read it.
The Amazon search engine wouldn't come up with this book when I entered "Black Lies", nor would it when I entered "Tony Brown" or "Brown,Tony". Only when I entered the ISBN directly could I find the page. I'll bet that's not a problem with Martin Bernal's and Molefi Asante's rubbish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
In Black Lies, White Lies, Tony Brown does what few high-profile African Americans have done before: He dares to challenge the lies of both Black and White Leaders and he dares to tell the truth. He attacks White racism and Black self-victimization with equal vehemence. He condemns integration as a disastrous policy, not just for Blacks but for the entire country. And he confronts the Black Talented Tenth, White liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, demagogues, and racists on all sides for their self-serving lies, their failures, and their lack of vision.

Tony Brown spares no sacred cows. Black America must chart its own course, Brown says, and stop waiting for White America to solve its problems. And White America, he warns, should look into the societal deterioration within its urban ghettos and realize that the same fate awaits it, unless this nation rids itself of crippling debt and sacrifices and changes so that it can reclaim its position as a global economic power.

Tony Brown does not simply slash and burn. He also offers farsighted, workable solutions to America's problems.
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