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5.0 out of 5 stars "Post-racial" America? - Here's why not., February 23, 2010
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This review is from: Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority (Paperback)
Once I began to read Brainwashed by Tom Burrell it was difficult to put down. His explanation of how the purposeful destruction of slave families 150+ years ago has evolved into a self-perpetuating cycle that, if left unchecked, insures continued enslavement for years to come, is powerful. Burrell convincingly rebuts arguments that say the Black family was restored during reconstruction and that its decay is of more recent origin. Brainwashed invites the reader to check your guilt, leave your defenses at the door, and allow yourself to consider that we can all make choices to both be free and set each others free. As a professor of multicultural counseling at a Midwestern university, I added the book to my recommended reading list before I was halfway through reading it. I have also ordered a copy for the school library. This is a must read for those who long for a truly "post-racial" America.
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Initial post: Mar 19, 2010 11:49:58 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2010 3:02:58 AM PDT
You've had blacks "as close friends for years and years"? How...when you refer to "black cultural life" as being "dysfunctional?" Do your "friends" know you feel this way???

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2010 11:17:10 AM PDT
D. Reynolds says:
You should keep your observations about black people to yourself as they are highly offensive and racist. It does not matter to me how many black friends you have. You are part of what is wrong with America.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2010 6:42:38 AM PDT
Leah says:
In many ways, blacks have the advantage. The color of their skin prevents them from becoming assimilated into the melting pot and their culture and heritage disappearing as did that of my white ancestors. Still, why do you claim that black cultural life is dysfunctional? Could it possibly be that white cultural life is dysfunctional? Or might it not be that each group has set up the culture and norms that work for that group?

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 12:01:16 AM PDT
Torey says:
I'm a therapist and am glad you are adding this to your suggested reading list. I work primarily in inner-city schools and find many ideas and questions this book poses very relevant not only to me as a Black man and therapist, but also to question and challenge the young Black teens I work with to take control of their lives and create a better future for themselves and their communities.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2010 2:54:04 PM PDT
Leah,

From my perspective they're both "dysfunctional" as they've been socially engineered to be that way.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011 10:12:17 PM PST
lloyd, in general amerikan family life is dysfunctional. and as a step-mother to a step son who attended a prestigious private mostly white high shcool i can tell you that dysfunctional family life is alive an quite well in white families. there were many times when my husband and i had to sit his son down to explain why just because his rich white friends parents allowed their children to do certain things did not mean that that certain thing was right. please do not continue to castigate black families based on your limited knowledge of our lives.
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