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Black People Don't Read: The Definitive Guide to Dismantling Stereotypes and Negative Statistical claims about Black Americans Paperback – July 25, 2012
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I like to look at the title as a double entendrë. firstly, the stereotypes "Black People Don't Read", "Black People Don't Swim", etc. are all meant to demean us, but more importantly change how we view our selves, to collectively lower our self-esteem, and to negatively affect how the rest of the world sees us. In this book Mr. Morton very directly and with extensive attention to detail, dispels the lies and equips us to spread the truth with facts from established and credentialed sources, including the very government and media who misinterprets and conveniently omits or manipulates this data.
The second possible meaning is as a warning because many of us Black People have allowed our minds to be conditioned and lulled to sleep with grim lullabies for so long that they now find the inferior stereotypes comforting and cling to them with ferocity and if you are one of those "Black People Don't Read" this book! But truthfully, I only helped in the editing; and for the real insight I, of course, defer completely to the author and I know he has already explained the choice of title many times. What sticks out most in my memory from his explanations, is that the title should shock and provoke you to action (so long as that action is not to judge this cover by your own preconceived notion of what it means and read the pages to truly find out). I think it's a great title for a profoundly necessary book. Once again, KUDOS! to my friend Janks Morton on a great companion piece to your profoundly necessary productions! Thank you for your efforts at uplifting our peoples!
I am expecting to receive a signed copy as a gift for helping with the editing/proofreading but I wanted to buy a copy myself to help support not only the author of this important book but the ideals he promotes, as I said earlier, herein and in the movie currently playing "Hoodwinked", to which this book is an accompaniment. The movie and the book both brilliantly dispel the lies about the black man and woman presented by the media and special interests, and Janks Morton and Dr. Ivory Toldson powerfully and compellingly present the true data and statistics and explains where and how it is misused and misinterpreted (intentionally or unintentionally/maliciously or benignly) to promulgate black inferiority, and how all of us unwarily eat it up. This is a powerful documentary that will at worse enlighten and entertain you and at best will motivate you towards introspection and corrective action with the empowerment of truth. Kudos to Janks Morton for being a powerful motivator and activist in the truest sense!