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It's All About Team: Exposing the Black Talented Tenth [Kindle Edition]

Burgess Owens
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Book Description

Former Superbowl Champion Burgess Owens takes an in depth look at the black community in America, analyzing the progress and setbacks the community has experienced since the beginning of the twentieth century. Owens examines the paths presented to the black community, the growth of the NAACP, and offers solutions for lifting the community out of the less than ideal position in which it currently finds itself, including NOT re-electing our nation's first black president, Barack Obama.

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  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Paperless Publishing LLC (August 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008YKSJJ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!!!! August 17, 2012
By SRayn
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In-depth look into the history and background of the "talented tenth". Very engaging and informative. Couldn't put it down!!!! Definitely recommended for all readers
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Saw the Interview on the Web August 24, 2012
It was very intriguing. I wish the book was paper because I don't have an e-reader. I'm a Tea Partier and I don't care what color you are, as long as you support individual freedom and liberty. Thank you Burgess, you are as hard hitting a writer as you were a defensive back.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Needs editing! August 24, 2012
By Reader
I watched a fascinating interview with the author and was inspired to look up his book here on Amazon. Owens is a very articulate and compelling spokesperson for his point of view, and I hope many people will hear his message. But, about the book (an e-Book) -- just because anyone can now self-publish a book does not mean they should attempt it without a good editor. There were so many bad typos on the first page it was difficult to continue reading ("our Foundering Fathers" to mention one). The author has a very timely and important message to get out, and I would beg him to withdraw this book, give it to a good editor, and then re-release it. Lack of editing will make the best writing look like an amateur effort and will cloud the message. Believe me, the best authors know the importance of having a good editor!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The TRUTH be told! September 30, 2012
I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the root causes of social dysfunction and financial hardship in the Black communities in the U.S. Even more important, Burgess is promoting solutions although it will require fortitude to fight embedded interests behind the status quo.

I am well aware of the destructive role played by today's leaders in the Black community. I did not know that this direction started when the NAACP formed in 1910 by 19 socialist-leaning white board members. They invited W.E.B. Dubois to join the board as the token Black and `face' of the organization as editor of their magazine, "The Crisis." The NAACP focused on selecting influential Blacks to `lead' the Black community in the direction desired by the NAACP Board. One of these was focusing on integration that weakened the black communities as well as setting the environment for Planned Parenthood's Negro Project.

The NAACP then set to work destroying Booker T. Washington for his successful approach in building up segregated black communities. Burgess points out that the establishment of segregated ethnic communities is how other ethnicities first established themselves in the U.S. I reflected on that because I had not considered that before now. My knowledge and experience affirms that various ethnic groups did first establish themselves in different cities and within ethnic enclaves in the larger cities. Members of various ethnic communities would cross over to other ethnic communities for goods and services that were unique, or of superior quality, opening doors to voluntary integration. I believe voluntary widespread integration in the workplace, and eventually across communities, was primarily the result of major industrialization, such as the auto industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome man! August 24, 2012
By Blake
What a powerful, historical, and inspiring read. I would suggest recommending to all of your peers! (and even the younger generation)
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This book is a ferocious rant against W. E. B. Du Bois, the NAACP, and "integration at all costs." It misses realities like the fact that Du Bois split with the NAACP in the 30s precisely because he did not think integration was the highest priority, whereas Martin Luther King, whom the author presents favorably, said desegregation was only a step toward the ultimate goal of integration. Burgess Owens contradicts himself because he doesn't actually know much about the American history he discusses. He does know his life story, and it is compelling and admirable. This book, however, is a disaster.
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