Book Excerpt Of The Week: Part 2- “What’s Going On” By: Nathan McCall

“One effect of stereotypes is that, among Blacks, they result in a kind of internalized self-hatred. Many Blacks hate themselves as much as racist Whites hate them. Black-on-Black violence is proof of that. The more obvious impact, though, is that those stereotypes, spoken as fact, lead to hostile racial attitudes towards Blacks in general.

Politicians, in their zeal to appease disgruntled White constituents, actually use those stereotypes as a basis for shaping public policies that affect people’s lives. Consider, for example, the prevailing notion that Blacks are lazy people who prefer government handouts to honest jobs. The myth ignores the fact that the institution of slavery itself was rooted in White laziness. It was based on Whites’ insistence that someone else do their work for them- for 300 years, without being paid a single dime.” From, “What’s Going On” By: Nathan McCall

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Book Excerpt Of The Week: Part 1- “What’s Going On” By: Nathan McCall

“African Americans see their access to the American dream perpetually blocked by a brutal contradiction that at times drives them truly mad. The contradiction is this: Whites pretend to embrace the notion of equal opportunity as part of the dream, but at the same time, Whites cannot- they will not tolerate an America where that’s literally true.

Even some of the most well intentioned Whites- those whose rhetoric suggests they want the dream to be accessible to everyone- don’t really intend for it to work across the board…Whether they admit it or even think about it. I think that Whites certainly know the truth: that although they may not be guilty themselves, they still benefit, directly or indirectly, from Black’s afflictions.” From, “What’s Going On” By: Nathan McCall

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