The Aftermath of the George Zimmerman Case, Part 3: The Weight of History

See also: The Aftermath of the George Zimmerman Case, Part 1: The Trial, the Evidence and the Verdict and The Aftermath of the George Zimmerman Case, Part 2: The role of the media, the lawyers and the racial divide Sixty years ago the black sociologist E. Franklin Frazier wrote a book "Black Bourgeoisie" in which he was very critical of the black press for greatly exaggerating the accomplishments of the black middle class. In many ways it was a cruel book because so much of the reality he exposed was a reality imposed on blacks by centuries of pervasive prejudice and discrimination. But his unsparing honesty was driven by the belief that self-deception is self-destructive and hindered blacks' progress in accumulating wealth and in confronting the wider society with their very legitimate grievances. He was particularly critical of the black press of whom he said "The Negro press is not only one of the most successful business enterprises owned and controlled by Negroes; it is...(Read Full Article)

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