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A Challenge for the 'Hip Hop' Generation
on December 15, 2005
Cong. Jackson's book not only outlines America's flawed and inherently racist political ideology but he sets for a blueprint for action for those born after 1965, the benefactors of the Civil Rights Movement, the authors of the so-called Hip Hop Generation, the people who are caught between fulfilling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'dream' and rushing to the nearest dealership for the latest in bling bling. This book should be required reading for middle school and high school students as it engages you in a critical thinking exercise about what it means to be "American," what it means to be "free" and further unveils the hidden truths in the U.S. Constitution. We live in hypocrisy rather than a democracy, where millions of Americans lack health care, have access to quality education, employment, housing and a corruption free legal/court system. It is clear that we must rally to modify the 10th amendment which continues to undermine the very foundation of the Constitution by allowing the 50 states to operate as seperate and unequal parcels under the guise of a United States. Why do we have 50 separate public school systems; 50 seperate criminal justice systems; 50 seperate policies on everything from immigration to affirmative action to civil/human rights to voting rights...? And how is it that the federal government is not responsible for any? These are the questions probed and answered in this prolific book. In its pages are a challenge for this generation. Do we want power or status? Do we want justice or a lexus? The struggle continues. Forward ever...backwards never.