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Doing What's Right: How to Fight for What You Believe--And Make a Difference Paperback – December 26, 2000
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This collection of essays from popular syndicated radio and BET talk-show host Tavis Smiley hinges on his philosophy of self-improvement through community involvement. Smiley tackles racism with a quick wit, relying on the rich historical legacy of African American achievement to make his points while avoiding social-science stereotypes. At its core, Doing What's Right is a call to action. After briefly outlining some of the societal problems he sees, Smiley lists specific ways to begin solving them on both a local and national level. Railing against cynicism, he emphasizes the power of the individual to make a difference, challenging readers to fight for causes they believe in. Interjecting his own biography throughout the book, Smiley recounts his origins as a community advocate at the age of 13 and the tragedy that led him to devote himself to his community. Now, with an audience of millions, Smiley's message is being heard on a grand scale. Using hooks such as seven "land mines of Democracy," five reasons "why people shy away from advocates," and a slew of "Tavis Tips," he succeeds in bridging practical advice and an inspirational message. Equal parts Norman Vincent Peale and Dear Abby, Smiley is proof that the seeds of human self-esteem always outgrow the weeds of self-doubt. --Eugene Holley Jr. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this commentary, TV talk show host Smiley points out that because our neighborhoods are unsafe, our communities are falling apart, and our most basic values are being destroyed by the Oval Office, we should stand up and take action for those causes we believe in.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Judging by the lame self-improvement suggestions Tavis has made for blacks living in dangerous urban areas, he's very lucky to have been given permission to write a book like this. Live amongst crack houses and pimps? "Change your attitude," says Smiley.
Unfortunately, Smiley does not discuss the failing drug-war, which has placed a disproportionate number of blacks in prison and is one of the main reasons for the degredation of black neighborhoods; nor does he discuss the fact that whites, filled with guilt for imaginary crimes, have allowed blacks to inhabit an independent moral universe than they do, where no problem exists that cannot be blamed on "white racism."
If you are serious about this topic, skip this book and check out Jared Taylor's book, "Paved With Good Intentions."