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- Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 Reprint edition (July 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 030733824X
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Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It Paperback – July 24, 2007
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When Bill Cosby addressed a 50th-anniversary celebration of Brown v. Board of Education, he created a major controversy with seemingly inoffensive counsel ("begin with getting a high school education, not having children until one is twenty-one and married, working hard at any job, and being good parents"). Building from Cosby's speech, NPR/Fox journalist Williams offers his ballast to Cosby's position. Williams starts with the question, "Why are so many black Americans, people born inside the gates of American opportunity, still living as if they were locked out from all America has to offer?" His answers include the debacle of big-city politics under self-serving black politicians; reparations as "a divisive dead-end idea"; the parlous state of city schools "under the alliance between the civil rights leaders and the teachers' unions"; and the transformation of rap from "its willingness to confront establishment and stereotypes" to "America's late-night masturbatory fantasy." A sense of the erosion of "the high moral standing of civil rights" underlies Cosby's anguish and Williams's anger. Politically interested readers of a mildly conservative bent will find this book sheer dynamite. (Aug.)
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Advance Praise for Enough
“Written in the tradition of DuBois and King, Enough is an impressively powerful and courageous book. Williams delivers a blunt and bracing challenge to black America.” —David J. Garrow, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Bearing the Cross and Senior Fellow at Cambridge University
“A courageous and much-needed primer on race relations in America today.” —Thomas Sowell, author of Black Rednecks and White Liberals and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
“Enough is a breath of fresh air and a long overdue, critical insight into today’s stereotypical nonsense that has unfortunately been passing as the new black culture.” —Donna Brazile, political commentator for CNN and former campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000
“Juan Williams has, through Bill Cosby, spoken for the quiet majority of African Americans who desperately look for some voice to articulate what they know is truth. . . . I highly recommend Enough to those who are really interested in knowing our nation’s history, and specifically the odyssey of African Americans in this country.” —Douglas Wilder, mayor of Richmond, Virginia, and former governor of Virginia
“Juan Williams isn’t afraid to give Cosby his props, showing us that a lot of what people call black conservatism is plain common sense.” —John McWhorter, author of Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America
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Juan Williams talks about some of these ills in this book, but stays mainly to the futility of reparations and the defense of Bill Cosby.
The latter is excellent, but I think the Cos can (and should) speak for himself and write his own book (or put out DVDs of his recent town hall meeetings) to get his point to the public.
He (Williams) mentions some interesting incidents involving chicanery from Rep. Maxine Waters and Al Sharpton. This is interesting, but I wished Williams would have added footnotes to this and other material in the book for verification.
With that said about the presentation, I agree FULLY with the message of this book, which is the necessity for self-examination in Black America to stop the self-destruction, as well as dealing with external issues of the inequalities that remain. In short, we need some Booker T. along with the W.E.B.
I'd give it 5 for content, but 4 for presentation.
And to Dr. Cosby and Mr. Williams, I conclude with this-
"A third danger is timidity. Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. Aristotle tells us that "At the Olympic games it is not the finest and the strongest men who are crowned, but they who enter the lists.... So too in the life of the honorable and the good it is they who act rightly who win the prize." I believe that in this generation those with the courage to enter the moral conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the world."
Robert F. Kennedy "Day of Affirmation" speech, June 6, 1966.
Count me in as one of the companions.
He nevertheless points out that racism is still amongst us and that the remnants of slavery have had lasting affects on our collective psyche. I would have liked to see bolder solutions, such as sending our top high school basketball players to HBCUs to generate money for our community, in addition to his conservative message to get married and stay in school. It's about time somebody came to the defense of Bill Cosby, who has committed more time and money to help his people than many of the pundits and false prophets who now point fingers. I have already recommended this book to all of my friends.
The ills that plague black communities, like the one I grew up in, stem from years of self-hate on the part of blacks and Enough is an attempt to reach out and say we can show America a better side of us. We have all the help white america can give us: Affirmative Action, Civil Rights guarantees, money for numerous inner-city programs, etc.
In Enough, there is discussions of Reparations, black leaders and how they have used our ignorance to profit, as well as our (black people's) lack of self motivation as a result. As a child, I was always told, white people are bad. They hate you. They will take everything from you and spit on you. Adult members of my family taught me to be a victim and a prejudiced person. I have not passed those thoughts on to my two daughters.
I recommend this book if you are prepared to do some serious, objective analysis of black communities. Juan's facts are well researched, as he is a correspondent for NPR and is no stranger to research. Eric Dyson's Is Cosby Right lacks the credibility when compared to this excellent book.
Thank you Juan for being brave enough to tell the truth. I am a senior in College, and one day, young people like me will pick up where you left off. I love you.