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White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
by Carol Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.42
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38 of 177 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel, June 23, 2016
This is absolute drivel written by a member of the black apologentsia as an attempt to deflect the problems of black Americans back on to white people. Professional victims like the author have made a living stoking the self-pity of black Americans for several generations now, and it's high time for rational voices to speak up and call this kind of nonsense what it is. Black people blaming another race for the overwhelming rate of out-of-wedlock births, crime, and academic failure in the black community is like an overweight man blaming Pizza Hut for his weight problem. It's irresponsible and childish in the extreme.
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K-Swiss Men's X Lite Athletic CMF Athletic, Charcoal/High Rise/White, 14 M US
K-Swiss Men's X Lite Athletic CMF Athletic, Charcoal/High Rise/White, 14 M US

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these shoes, March 22, 2016
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For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education
For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education
by Christopher Emdin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.22
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55 of 140 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Racist View of the Failures in Urban Education, March 22, 2016
It's unfortunate that our contemporary education system is being steered by people like Mr. Emdin, people who believe all educational precepts must be filtered through the lenses of race and socioeconomics. This reminds me of Hitler's decree that all academia in the Third Reich be taught in the guise of Aryan philosophy, so that German teachers in the 1930s taught German math and German biology. Educators like the author seem to believe that white people learn a different algebra than black people. More importantly, they believe that achievement is contingent upon students being validated in the classroom, and that teachers' primary mission in urban schools is to reflect the character and experiences of the community rather than to educate the students.

This was a difficult book to get through. As someone who taught in racially mixed classrooms for years, I saw in Mr. Emdin's rhetoric the beliefs of every black parent who believed his or her child was failing in my class because he was being taught by an inherently racist white teacher who was biased against their child. These types of parents seemed to believe that if only their child could be taught by a black teacher, all their issues would be solved. It's a racist and highly dubious notion to believe that white teachers cannot successfully teach black students. Imagine, for a moment, a white educator authoring a similar book with advice for black teachers on how to teach white students. A book with such a thesis would be dismissed out of hand as racist drivel. That's precisely how I feel about this book.

The author believes that the failures of black students in urban schools are largely the failure of their teachers. I couldn't disagree more. Quality of home life is a much larger issue facing these children. Whether their teacher is black, white, Asian, Amerindian, or American mutt matters not if their home life is in turmoil. Parents who don't care about education beget children who don't care about education.

Students don't need black teachers, or hip-hop math, or any other gimmick in order to be successful. What they need is structure and discipline. Too many urban classrooms are romper rooms, chaotic environments constantly disrupted by unruly students that the administration cannot or will not bring into line. No student can hope to succeed in these settings, yet teachers are thrown into such classrooms and told to sink or swim with no support. Teachers must be given the authority to keep order by removing disruptive students from the classroom. In most cases, teachers have no authority, and students know this. This is why urban black students taught by black teachers are no more successful than those taught by white teachers.

In conclusion, this is a racist and myopic book that details the failed philosophy of the urban classroom as cultural indoctrination center. Mr. Emdin believes that the 'white savior' mentality is what keeps white teachers from succeeding in educating our urban youth. I wonder what kind of prejudice must exist in people like this to lead them to single out the race of teachers as the critical factor in school failure. To point an accusatory finger at committed teachers of any race who choose to take on the challenge of teaching urban youth is to slap the hand that's trying to help you up.
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Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.40
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10 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Racist Self-Indulgence, February 9, 2016
This book is so rife with delusion and racial animus that it would be denounced as racist propaganda were it not written by a black writer, one who has become a talisman to the race radicalists of the far left at that.

What Ta-Nehisi Coates is selling here is his own brand of unresolved racial angst. He's clearly harboring some serious animosity toward white people, given that he recounts his desire to physically attack various white people in at least two passages of his story. There are all sorts of strange and macabre references here to "black bodies," so much so that it evokes some dystopian futureverse in the vein of Soylent Green. These undertones, combined with Coates's me-against-the-world schema, makes it difficult to take his work very seriously in anything close to a rational light. There's much explosive conjecture here with little to support it. Coates lacks the nuance or the objectivity to properly parse the complexity of race in America at this point in our story. His world view is stuck in 1915, with The Birth of a Nation running on a continuous loop in his fraught imagination.

As it is, nothing here even closely resembles the reality of 2015 America, a society in which Mr. Coates's can make a prosperous living as a writer despite his marginal talent. If Coates's version of a racist America were the ground-truth of now, he would be making lattes as a Starbucks barista like the rest of the marginal writers of America.
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The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family
The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family
Offered by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price: $3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ' and her writing has been featured in mainstream periodicals like the Atlantic and Time, January 12, 2016
It's hard to take a book seriously when the author is pushing such a blatant agenda. This is nothing more than feminist propaganda, an attack on the 'failing men' of today who are slowly succumbing to the overwhelming power of the 'breadwomen' To hear the author tell it, we're on the verge of a new era, and 'Era of Women.' Men must prepare for our new diminished status by ripping up our abs, polishing our sexual techniques, and attending Betty Crocker night school to become the handservants and sexual slaves for the alpha women of tomorrow.

Ms. Mundy isn't the first feminist to get a book deal, and she won't be the last. In the ever-popular realm of man-bashing, this book doesn't break any new ground. What's truly appalling, though, is that the author has been afforded such a large pulpit in American social discourse. She's a fellow in at least one nebulous do-gooder, Ivy League, self-congratulatory 'institute,' and her writing has been featured in mainstream periodicals like the Atlantic and Time. How can one so sodden with gender bias attain such a loud voice in society in this supposed era of egalitarianism? Flip the script, have a male author write a book about women accepting lesser roles in society as the new way, and imagine what the reaction from the mainstream media might be. Somehow Ms. Mundy's book qualifies as topical and fascinating discourse on contemporary gender issues rather than being called out as the sexist and hateful farce it actually is.


2011 Leaf Metal Draft Football Box - 4 cards
2011 Leaf Metal Draft Football Box - 4 cards
Offered by Hobby Rewards
Price: $67.99
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1.0 out of 5 stars Average product at a premium price, December 17, 2015
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These boxes are very pricey and typically return very little that any collector would want. What's most appalling about them is the number of undrafted free agents they contain. It's hard to believe that there are any in this set, given that it's a draft set, and the top 150 players are widely known long before the draft. No compelling reason to fluff out a draft set with players who couldn't even make the 6th or 7th rounds. The cards look good, but there's no reason to pay the kind of money these suckers cost to get autographed cards of four players you've never heard of and care nothing about. Stick to the high-line brands if you want a premium product.


1 (One) Box - 2015 Leaf Metal Football Hobby Box (4 Autograph Cards per Box) - Possible Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Todd Gurley, Randy Gregory, Amari Cooper, Brett Hundley & many more!
1 (One) Box - 2015 Leaf Metal Football Hobby Box (4 Autograph Cards per Box) - Possible Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Todd Gurley, Randy Gregory, Amari Cooper, Brett Hundley & many more!
Offered by Charm City Cards
Price: $119.88
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money, December 15, 2015
I bought this product for my son's birthday with a very high expectation of quality and value. I've seen these cards before, and they're very well done, really beautiful cards. When my son opened the box, though, neither one of us had ever heard of any of the players whose cards we received. I follow the college and pro games very closely, so I thought it was strange that I'd never heard of any of them. A quick check on Google confirmed what I thought: 2 of the players were undrafted free agents, and the other two were drafted in the fourth and seventh rounds, respectively. Yes, that's right, Leaf included *undrafted* players in a *draft* card set. They may as well have included me in the set because I wasn't drafted, either. The other two players weren't any better. One of them got cut by his team during camp. After this experience, though, I will never buy Leaf sports cards again. I've never felt so ripped off by a sports card purchase in my life, given the price I paid for them.


2015 Leaf Metal Draft Football box (4 Autograph cards)
2015 Leaf Metal Draft Football box (4 Autograph cards)
Offered by Charm City Cards
Price: $117.77

1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money, December 15, 2015
I bought this product for my son's birthday with a very high expectation of quality and value. I've seen these cards before, and they're very well done, really beautiful cards. When my son opened the box, though, neither one of us had ever heard of any of the players whose cards we received. I follow the college and pro games very closely, so I thought it was strange that I'd never heard of any of them. A quick check on Google confirmed what I thought: 2 of the players were undrafted free agents, and the other two were drafted in the fourth and seventh rounds, respectively. Yes, that's right, Leaf included *undrafted* players in a *draft* card set. They may as well have included me in the set because I wasn't drafted, either. The other two players weren't any better. One of them got cut by his team during camp. After this experience, though, I will never buy Leaf sports cards again. I've never felt so ripped off by a sports card purchase in my life, given the price I paid for them.


Road to Huertgen: Forest in Hell
Road to Huertgen: Forest in Hell
by Paul Boesch
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, October 28, 2015
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An outstanding first-hand account of this infamous battle written by a true American hero.


13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
by Amy Morin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.43
79 used & new from $13.04

19 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tony Robbins Advice at JK Rowling Prices, October 28, 2015
I wasn't impressed at all by this book, in part because it had been touted in the media as a potentially life-changing read. What it turned out to be was more like something Tony Robbins might sell for $39.99 at the back of the room during the coffee breaks at one of his seminars. Basically the author recommends that we never have a negative thought or moment of weakness in our lives because it will obviate our potential for success. Really, we need to just be more like the author, who has achieved...precisely what? I'm not going to play the those-who-can't-do-write-advice-manuals card, but you're free to draw your own conclusions here.

In essence, this book reads like an oncologist telling her patients that the cure for their cancer is not to get it--supremely unhelpful to the majority of us who are prone to every human failing under the sun. It's elitism at its worst written by an upper-middle class child of privilege.


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