Sunday, December 15, 2013

Truest statement of the week II

Henry Louis Gates and Peniel Joseph are the best examples of black establishment historians, spinning tales of black history whose happy ending is always the election of Barack Obama in 2008, omitting, bending and distorting inconvenient facts as needed along the way, and swapping marketing constructs for explanations of social forces to achieve their happy ending. In the final chapter of Gates' PBS series, Many Rivers To Cross, they ascribed the success of the Black Panther Party mostly due to the romantic appeal of big naturals and black people with guns.

-- Bruce A. Dixon, "From the Bullet to the Ballot: An Unfavorable Review of a Work on the Black Panther Party" (Black Agenda Report).
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