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For those of you who never heard it, this is the article Dee Lee was reading this morning on a New York radio station. For those of you who didn't hear it, this is very deep. This is a heavy piece and a Caucasian wrote it.

From Harvard Financial Educators

By Dee Lee

THEY ARE STILL OUR SLAVES We can continue to reap profits from the Blacks without the effort of physical slavery Look at the current methods of containment that they use on themselves: IGNORANCE, GREED, and SELFISHNESS.

Their IGNORANCE is the primary weapon of containment. A great man once said, "The best way to hide something from Black people is to put it in a book." We now live in the Information Age.

They have gained the opportunity to read any book on any subject through the efforts of their fight for freedom,yet they refuse to read. There are numerous books readily available at Borders, Barnes & Noble,and, not to mention their own Black Bookstores that provide solid blueprints to reach economic equality (which should have been their fight all along),but few read consistently, if at all.

GREED is another powerful weapon of containment. Blacks, since the abolition of slavery, have had large amounts of money at their disposal.Last year they spent 10 billion dollars during Christmas, out of their 450 billion dollars in total yearly income (2.22%).

Any of us can use them as our target market, for any business venture we care to dream up, no matter how outlandish, they will buy into it.Being primarily a consumer people, they function totally by greed. They continually want more, with little thought for saving or investing.

They would rather buy some new sneaker than invest in starting a business. Some even neglect their children to have the latest Tommy or FUBU, and they still think that having a Mercedes, and a big house gives them "Status" or that they have achieved their Dream.

They are fools! The vast majority of their people are still in poverty because their greed holds them back from collectively making better communities.

With the help of BET, and the rest of their black media that often broadcasts destructive images into their own homes, we will continue to see huge profits like those of Tommy and Nike. (Tommy Hilfiger has even jeered them, saying he doesn't want their money, and look at how the fools spend more with him than ever before!). They'll continue to show off to each other while we build solid communities with the profits from our businesses that we market to them.

SELFISHNESS, ingrained in their minds through slavery, is one of the major ways we can continue to contain them. One of their own, Dubois said that there was an innate division in their culture. A "Talented Tenth" he called it. He was correct in his deduction that there are segments of their culture that has achieved some "form" of success.

However, that segment missed the fullness of his work. They didn't read that the "Talented Tenth" was then responsible to aid The Non-Talented Ninety Percent in achieving a better life. Instead, that segment has created another class, a Buppie class that looks down on their people or aids them in a condescending manner.

They will never achieve what we have. Their selfishness does not allow them to be able to work together on any project or endeavor of substance.When they do get together,their selfishness lets their egos get in the way of their goal Their so-called help organizations seem to only want to promote their name without making any real change in their community.

They are content to sit in conferences and conventions in our hotels, and talk about what they will do, while they award plaques to the best speakers, not to the best doers. Is there no end to their selfishness? They steadfastly refuse to see that TOGETHER EACH ACHIEVES MORE (TEAM)

They do not understand that they are no better than each other because of what they own, as a matter of fact, most of those Buppies are but one or two pay checks away from poverty. All of which is under the control of our pens in our offices and
our rooms.

Yes, we will continue to contain them as long as they refuse to read,continue to buy anything they want, and keep thinking they are "helping" their communities by paying dues to organizations which do little other than hold lavish conventions in our hotels. By the way, don't worry about any of them reading this letter,remember, 'THEY DON'T READ!!!!

Prove them wrong!



Black People Don't Read! – Sad but true? :-(



Despite the fact that this information came to me in an email forward, I feel that it is incredibly important to share an article I received in my email today.  The information below is an observation read on the radio by DJ Dee Lee, a black radio personality. I previously stated that this was stated on the air by a Caucasian woman and that was in error, and I should have researched the information a little bit more before posting. My apologizes to Ms. Dee Lee.


Be warned that this is a very broad generalization, and that this is not my personal opinion. I just decided to share because, I believe that there is some truth in what she is saying. Take a read and tell me what you think. Is it true? Do black people only think of themselves? Do we avoid reading?

I will share my personal opinion shortly, but I wanted to get this up quickly so that we could all read it and gain our own perspectives on the issue.

Love and Peace,


On Print and Power

Tuesday, September 25, 2007.


By Nicolette Bethel


There's an email making the rounds entitled "Blacks Don't Read". Being Black, I read it. The general message of the email is simple and thought-provoking: one of the reasons African-Americans are still second-class citizens in their country is that they don't read.


The email isn't talking about illiteracy. It's talking about choosing not to read when one could choose to do so. And it's arguing that the consequences of making such a choice are, fundamentally, political.


In 2000, I sat down to watch a special episode of A&E's Biography on the 100 most influential people of the millennium: politicians, inventors, writers, artists, composers, religious leaders, soldiers. One by one the people I considered likely to be at the top of the list were eliminated, until at last I was stumped: who would be named the most influential person of the last thousand years? The answer: Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press.


Consider this. At that time, I was a lecturer in English, and was regularly astonished at the fact that so many of my students, like the African-Americans of the email, don't read. It's not that they can't read; it's that they choose not to. They see no use for reading. It's boring, they say. It's hard.


Now some would ask the question: what's wrong with that?


In our culture, we communicate primarily by oral means, and place value on what people say, and on what we hear, rather than what we find out through print. As a result, we don't raise our children to place value on reading or writing.


Fair enough. But there's just one problem. In 2000, a bunch of thinkers in the most powerful country in the world picked the obscure inventor of the printing press to name the most influential person of the millennium. That suggests to me that it's not a question of culture. It's a question of power.


Think about it. The man who took a mechanical press designed to squeeze the oil out of olives, created movable type, and used that contraption to issue the first printed Bible was considered to be more influential than Gandhi, Hitler, or Columbus; than Newton, Einstein, or Freud; than Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, or Alexander Graham Bell; than Martin Luther or Martin Luther King, than Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo or the Wright brothers, than Bill Gates or whatever genius invented the Internet.


Why? Because one of the most basic foundations of power in the world comes from knowing information and controlling it.


Before Gutenberg's printing press, ideas were disseminated by word of mouth. The most important of them were preserved in writing. Laws were written, the Bible was written, and the names of people who had to pay taxes were written.


But in a world without print, what was written was an arcane collection of information that only a limited number of people could see for themselves.


The printing press revolutionized the world by allowing ideas that were written to be reproduced so that more people could see them. In so doing, it also helped create a world which could be democratic, egalitarian and independent, because individuals had access to the information that empowered them.


In a world without print, the power that comes from knowing information and controlling it is concentrated in the hands of the very few. In a world without print, not many people read; even fewer write. In a world without print, most people rely upon a handful of educated people to keep them informed. The rest of society is at their mercy.


And to all intents and purposes, my country, the Bahamas is a world without print. Publishers of Bahamian work are few and far between. Bahamian writers are the most obscure of all artists in the country.


A full generation after Independence, there's no national library, no public collection of writing by and about our people that we can use to raise our children on, to give them an identity, a touchstone of print in a world where print is power.


In our society, where money is spent lavishly on street festivals and fireworks for rallies, but frugally on books and artists and libraries. In our society, where opinion is formed in churches, at political gatherings, and on radio talk shows.


We live in a world in which the printed matter we get is produced by other people, and not by ourselves.

And so we live in a society that has chosen to relinquish the power that comes from print.


In this our society is much like the pre-Gutenberg world. Too many of us believe things and think things that other people have told us, and not things that we have proven for ourselves to be valid. When one reads a book, one has time to reflect, find other books, check facts, make up one's own mind.


But when one listens to a speech or a talk show or a sermon, or watches news on TV, the ideas fly past so quickly that one cannot question them, and one is swept up in the emotion of the moment, and has far less control, over what one believes.


By rejecting any kind of real control over the products of print, we Bahamians have created a society that depends far too heavily for its information, its "truths", on a handful of powerful people. What's worse is very few of those powerful people are Bahamian. For by rejecting control over the products of print, we Bahamians have chosen not to produce much information of our own.


Oh, we'll consume it, all right, if it's marketed to us, and especially if it comes from abroad. Just look at how many of us flock to see Hollywood movies, spout what we have learned from CNN or Fox or NBC Nightly News, inhabit a world shaped by the North American media giant.


But we don't produce our own information. The production and dissemination of ideas is not a "Bahamian" thing. We are an oral society, and everything we have to say is encompassed in Junkanoo.


I'll leave you with this. If print is power, where does that place us on the scale of power and influence in the global world?


Nicolette Bethel currently serves as Director of Culture for the Government of the Bahamas . She is a social anthropologist and a writer. Her plays have been produced locally, and her fiction and poetry have appeared in various collections. She blogs at Bahamapundit





Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Many thanks for the sharing on this reading stuff. I must say I agree with
the caucasian author as she has hit the nail on the head. We should not
pretend to be offended by this observation. Let's try to answer these
few questions:

even here on our own continent:
-how many of us go to the libraries?
-how many of us encourage our children to read beyond preparations for exams?
-how many of us have home libraries?
-how well stocked are our public libraries (govt., universities,
colleges, high schools)?
-how many books have we authored in the past three decades (how many Mongo
Betis have we prodiced in the last generation?)

We should be grateful for this eye-opener and start with our own children,
and educate them to read, and read, and read till they produce their own
books for others to read. This is where I fully agree with Evelyn!

We're basically an oral/oratory culture and that explains why the
mulitnational mobile phone companies are mintimg millions every day from
poor Africans. e need to have a complete paradigm shift here, and accept
this view as a challenge that provides an opportunity!!

Even if some of us are over 40 we can still do something about this in our lives and especially inculcate it in the hearts of our children


The sad thing about this article is that the essence of it is true.The truth hurts. I just hope this sets more Black people in motion towards making real progress. Chris Rock, a Black comedian, even joked that Blacks don't read.

Help prove them wrong! Read it!




Why Black People Don't Read?

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I gave a friend Chinua Achebe last book entitled ' There was a country ' to read she read only two chapters and returned the book saying she can't finish it. Her attitude to reading highlights the terrible conditions of many Africans to reading books. Sadly this problem is not immune to our school graduates who only read their text book and rarely go beyond that. 

You can go to any African nation and You Will find that in public places such as Buses ,it will take a miracle before You find someone in the bus reading a book. The few times I have read book in the bus , many were looking at me like Iam doing some crazy thing or showing off. Only one person showed interest on the book I was reading. 

A popular joke use to say ' if You want to hide anything from Africans hide it in a book '

Africans don't read and have a scare passion for book's. The late Catherine Acholonu complained about this during our private discussion. Record will show that more European and None Africans have purchased her book than Africans. In fact her critics are mostly Africans and more than half have not read her. The problem is even made worse if You look at our school curriculum and methods of teaching. They don't and can't inspire creativity and hunger for knowledge. They are too mechanical and robot like ..Our school programs are not solution seeking oriented it is all about the paper qualifications. We have become a continent of Junky paper graduates.

When European s organise a debate or conference, the ideas garnered from such gathering are transferred to institutions who will work on it and analyse it. After which the results are sent to another group who develop policies from it and finally it is presented to politicians who legislate and make laws before it is implemented. However, in Africa the opposite is the case. African conferences only give You a feel good factor. None of the ideas garnered from such gathering will ever pass out of the conference door. Conferences are only there to fulfill the greed of people and their pockets.
If Africans need to see and have a better future, she must change her method of education and transform her curriculum to reflect her environment realities.

It is very easy to find entrepreneurs from age 6-15 in Europe and Asia than You can find in Africa. The reason is in the system of education and society orientation. One evidence to this angle on society orientation can be seen from diaspora Africans. Using Nigeria as an example. Nigerian in the US are the most degree worthy among Africans and even Europeans but how of such degree junkies have used their knowledge to solve Nigeria many problems. This is the dilemma , you can have all the degrees but if You haven't used it to solve a problem then your degree or paper certificate is useless. True and real education is solution oriented but junky education is paper oriented.

We should be solution conscious not paper conscious.


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