Saturday, July 29, 2006

Juan has had Enough

Betsy has an interesting report on Juan Williams new book, Enough.

Williams has taken on a different type of battle with his new book that will come out on Tuesday. The title tells you of Williams' new struggle for black America: Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It. From what Williams told us about his goals in writing this book, he's taken on a huge task. He was inspired by the speech that Bill Cosby gave on the anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision. You can listen to excerpts from that speech here and read the transcript. The introduction gives you an idea of what is so horrifying Cosby and Williams.

Ladies and gentlemen, I really have to ask you to seriously consider what you’ve heard, and now this is the end of the evening so to speak. I heard a prize fight manager say to his fellow who was losing badly, “David, listen to me. It’s not what’s he’s doing to you. It’s what you’re not doing."

Ladies and gentlemen, these people set -- they opened the doors, they gave us the right, and today, ladies and gentlemen, in our cities and public schools we have 50% drop out. In our own neighborhood, we have men in prison. No longer is a person embarrassed because they’re pregnant without a husband. No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if he tries to run away from being the father of the unmarried child.

Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic and lower middle economic people are not holding their end in this deal. In the neighborhood that most of us grew up in, parenting is not going on. In the old days, you couldn’t hooky school because every drawn shade was an eye. And before your mother got off the bus and to the house, she knew exactly where you had gone, who had gone into the house, and where you got on whatever you had one and where you got it from. Parents don’t know that today.

I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was two? Where were you when he was twelve? Where were you when he was eighteen, and how come you don’t know he had a pistol? And where is his father, and why don’t you know where he is? And why doesn’t the father show up to talk to this boy?

Williams has picked up the baton in his new book and, boy, has he decided to open the floodgates by blaming black leaders today and black families themselves for the terrible statistics on the black drop out rate, the gaps between black and white students on tests, as well as the incarceration rate for young black men. He contrasts the brave fighters for black civil rights from Frederick Douglass to Booker T. Washington to Marcus Garvey to Martin Luther King who had a message of self-reliance and were fighting to give blacks an equal place at the starting gates. But now, Williams argues that a culture that derides hard work in school as "acting white" typifies the skewed mindset that is creating those depressing statistics.

Imagine how a man like Marshall would react to some mouthy rapper. It is good to see people like Williams and Cosby take this on...someone needs to.


vnjagvet said...
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vnjagvet said...

My esteem for Juan has risen one hundredfold with this news. For the past two years, I have been commenting on blogs which featured Bill Cosby's message to his people.

This is not new for him. He has had this philosophy for nearly 40 years. And his TV and live shows have featured this message:

Parents have a responsiblity to teach their children discipline and to make sure they are educated.

Cosby's generation of African American parents fulfilled this responsibility even though they labored under the unfavorable (to Blacks) social mores of the Twenties, Thirties, Forties and Fifties.

Somehow, this generation has left this responsibility to schools and other government institutions, which are not able to meet it.

Juan Williams is a conscientious attractive, articulate man. I am glad he is joining Cosby on this worthy crusade.

Stephen_M said...

Good for Juan Williams.

I'm glad for the emergence of people like him and the steadfastness of Cosby.
And, one would hope, many more to come.

Left white-America has enabled the collapse of the African-American family. Inadvertantly or otherwise.
Doesn't matter.

African-Americans have, on the whole, demonstrated time and again they just will not give a fair hearing to anything conservative white-America has to say on the subject.

The burgeoning and very family oriented Latino-American population is nearly completely separated from and too often vilified (sub rosa) by far too many African-Americans.
Latino-Americans won't become an inspiration to nor exemplar for African-Americans.

Asian-Americans and African-Americans seem only to have frequent contact with one another in Asian-American owned Mom&Pop stores.
And that contact is often adversarial.

For decades now African-Americans have put their energy behind The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America.

All I can do is hope that this changes.

As a fairly libertarian/social-conservative White guy I've been saying for decades what Cosby has long said and Williams is now saying.
I used to say it to Black friends and co-workers and the best reaction I got was rolled eyes.
The worst reactions I won't go into other than to say it never, quite, devolved to the physical.
But I will say it's been a good many years since I've offered any opinion at all about the African-American community to any African-American.

I wish for a bright future for the African-American family unit.

And I fully recognize that its future depends - not upon me.

Maybe Cosby and Williams can get some momentum built.
Sure hope so.

Me? I can't get my down-the-street neighbors to quit their bickering.

Doesn't stop my hoping though.

Thanks for linking the article Terrye.

terrye said...

I think the excesses of some of the modern day self styled leaders of the black community are an embarassment to someone like Juan. I do not always agree him, but he is smart and he knows that people like Al Sharpton are not helping anyone but themselves.

Rick Ballard said...


I would lay a much greater share of responsibility on Jackson than Sharpton. When Jackson grabbed Dr. King's bloody shirt he threw away the "content of our character" portion of Dr. King's message and made himself a low life poverty pimp. Which he remains.

I'm glad Juan Williams has joined Bill Cosby (and John McWhorter and Thomas Sowell) and I wish all of them the best. Prying rent seekers from the clutches of those using them to maintain political power is going to be extraordinarily difficult.

terrye said...


I think Martin Luther King would be ashamed of the lot of them.

Nathan Stephens said...

It is interesting to me how quickly we jump on a band wagon of some new "doctrine." Juan Williams makes some valid points but he also generalizes too. For example, he commends president Bush for the No CHild Left Behind Act and how it is designed to do all of these wonderful things. But he fails to admit that the NCLB Act does not provide enough funding to school districts in the inner cities to even begin a process of reform. I liken that to someone giving another person a gun for protection but failing to show them how to use it and providing bullets. All of Black America cannot be successful simply because they avoid having children as teenagers, wait to get married, get an education and all the others "American Pie" ideas that he has. What about those that have done all of those things and still do not have their piece of the American pie? What about them huh? Notice that Mr. Willams never says that powder cocaine and crack cocaine should carry the same penalty because he is too busy criticizing Sharpton and Jackson. Now I do not totally agree with those two either but my point is that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. I agree that some Blacks have burdened themselves by making ill-advised choices but that does not eradicate racism and discrimination in this country. As a motivational speaker I advise youth to prepare themselves as Mr. Williams notes through education etc. but I am old enough and wise enough to know that preparation without opportunity is as bad as a military surplus and no war. I guess its good to be prepared just in case I get an opportunity.

In conclusion, why doesn't Juan Williams and those who agree with him find some common ground with those from the Jackson Sharpton camp and work together instead of sitting on the sidelines and criticizing from afar.

williakz said...

I feel sorry for Juan. I truly believe he has no idea at all what lies in store for him. David Horowitz has written with great feeling and at length on just what the left did to him when he broke with its tenets after years of dedication to and sacrifice for "the cause". Juan Williams is embarked on a very dangerous and destructive journey with the publication of his new book, "Enough".

He will first be stripped of his "blackness" as was Cosby by Dyson. He will then be smeared with everything the left can throw at him to discredit and thus silence him. Should he fight back, he will lose all his "friends" on the left and will become a man without an ideological country. Should he accept the rebuke of the left and recant his heresy, he will lose all credibility. Either way his voice will be silenced. Juan has a rough road in front of him and I wish him the all the strength he'll need to make the journey.