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Pick a better country : an unassuming colored guy speaks his mind about America, Ken Hamblin

Label
Pick a better country : an unassuming colored guy speaks his mind about America
Title
Pick a better country
Title remainder
an unassuming colored guy speaks his mind about America
Statement of responsibility
Ken Hamblin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Calling himself "The Black Avenger," Ken Hamblin insists that America works for anyone who is willing to seize this country's opportunities, remain diligent, and commit to our traditional values of right and wrong. From Hamblin's perspective, all black Americans today share this opportunity. They are no longer victims, and white people should stop feeling guilty about the past."--BOOK JACKET. "Raised on welfare in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Hamblin knows what it's like to grow up poor. And he faced segregation firsthand, as an Army soldier stationed in the South in the days before the civil rights movement. But he refused to settle for poverty, never making it an excuse for failure or assuming it was his lot in life as a black American. And after joining the millions of other Americans who took down "colored" and "white only" signs in the 1960s, today he is demanding to take his place as a fully vested American."--BOOK JACKET. "Saying things that "a white person wouldn't get away with," Hamblin criticizes black trash - if there's white trash, then it follows that there can be black trash. The difference is that we've allowed this sick culture of gangsta rap, drugs, gangs, and welfare to be glorified by some as the only "authentic" black American culture; brood mares - what else can you call young black girls who are having babies, more than 90 percent illegitimate, with no means other than welfare to care for them?; black thugs - they go on crime rampages, claiming to be leading a phony social justice crusade on behalf of their race, but the truth is that they have probably snuffed out more of their own than any white racist group; poverty pimps - these black urban politicians devote their entire political careers to delivering nothing but government welfare to their stagnant communities of isolated constituents; quota blacks - they'll always be second-class citizens because emotionally and numerically they fill outmoded affirmative-action minority slots in the workplace; and egg-sucking dog liberals - by furthering the patronizing notion that blacks can't get ahead on their own, these white liberals are sucking the substance out of the promise America holds for its black citizens."--BOOK JACKET. "Hamblin concludes that together these groups have fostered the Myth of the Hobbled Black, which, simply put, says that black people still cannot make it in America. But Hamblin is standing up to debunk that myth loudly. He urges all Americans to return to the day when we were grateful for the good fortune of our accident of birth and when we joyously celebrated the successes and rewards brought about by pursuing the American Dream."--BOOK JACKET
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hamblin, Ken
Dewey number
973/.0496073
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
E185.615
LC item number
.H275 1996
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • Liberalism
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
Pick a better country : an unassuming colored guy speaks his mind about America, Ken Hamblin
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
251 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780684807553
Lccn
96034163
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM35175016
  • CARL035175016
Label
Pick a better country : an unassuming colored guy speaks his mind about America, Ken Hamblin
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
251 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780684807553
Lccn
96034163
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM35175016
  • CARL035175016

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