Speaking at the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Bill Cosby criticized the behaviour of low-income African Americans for their lack of self-development. This collection is not so much a response to Cosby's remarks as it is an examination of the problem from multiple perspectives; it draws on the sociological, psychological, educational, economic, and historical elements.
Theresa Mohamed is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English Reading and Communication Department at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.
Acknowledgements; Foreword; 1. Introduction - Theresa A. Mohamed; 2. Psychological Perspectives: Bridging the Gap in Social Issues - Leona M. Johnson; 3. Why Do They Act Like That? Understanding the Context - Zaline M. Roy-Campbell; 4. Whites Talk White Privilege: Penetrating the Silence - G. Rasheeda Ayanru; 5. Hey, hey, hey (yo): The Real Fat Albert Speaks Ebonics (and he ain't no knucklehead) - Scooter Pegram and John Gunn; 6. In Response to Bill Cosby's Statement on African American Failure: An Opportunity to Dialogue - Theresa A. Mohamed; 7. Bill Cosby, Poor African Americans, and Criminal Justice System of Control - Wilson Edward Reed and Rebecca Callahan; 8. Substance Abuse in African American Communities - Ednita Wright; 9. Reading, Reparations and Responsibility - Ray Winbush.