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Brown, Tony. Black Lies, White Lies. William Morrow and Company, INC. New York. 1995
 

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Melissa Lauren Taverna <mltaver@ILSTU.EDU> Review of Black Lies, White Lies (Taverna)
Paul G Beeman <pgbeema@ilstu.edu> Black Lies, White Lies (Beeman) 
Ryan Snyder <rwsnyde@odin.cmp.ilstu.edu> Review; Black Lies, White Lies (Snyder)
"Eric T. Knepper" <eknepp@ILSTU.EDU> REVIEW: Tony Brown (Knepper)
"Alison M. Navarrete" <amnavar@ILSTU.EDU> REVIEW; Black Lies, White Lies (Navarrete)
Paul G Beeman <pgbeema@ilstu.edu>  Review: Black Lies, White Lies (Beeman)
Louis Charles Raymond II <lcraymo@ilstu.edu>  Review :Black Lies, White Lies (Raymond)

Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 21:39:26 -0600 
From: Melissa Lauren Taverna <mltaver@ILSTU.EDU> 
Subject: Review of Black Lies, White Lies (Taverna) 

Black Lies, White Lies -Tony Brown Date: February 16, 1998
 

Name a problem, and our country has got it, ask for a solution, and Tony Brown will give you one. Tony Brown's book "is not about the problems of lack Americans and what Whites must do about them. It is about the problems of all Americans, and what we all must do to resolve these problems." This tatement by Brown describes the theme throughout most of his book. Brown places a strong emphasis on his desire to see Black Americans achieve success, but he also focuses on other problem areas in our country. Brown elaborates on what he thinks went wrong in the past, what Black Americans an do for themselves in the future, and his plans to make America better.
Brown argues that Black Americans are the only racial group that have not completely involved themselves in the economy. He feels that Black leaders or the Talented Tenth are responsible for this. The Talented Tenth is made up of the most educated and wealthy Blacks. "Black leaders first failed Black Americans when they embraced integration rather than economic equality as the solution to inequality." The Talented Tenth Colored Oligarchy is a subdivision of the Black Unaccountable Machine (BUM). Brown feels that the BUM only work to achieve economic success for the upper classes. He states that these Black Americans only want to conform with the actions of White Americans instead of working towards success on their own.

Brown discusses his negative opinions of W.E.B. Dubois, a member of
the Talented Tenth. He describes Du bois as a "brilliant, confused, elitist, arrogant, socialist, Communist, iconodast whose single greatest achievement in my mind, was to quit the assimilationist NAACP in 1934 over its obsessive integrationist policy." Brown did not like the fact that the BUM and the Talented Tenth advocated integration with White Americans. He believes that Black Americans need to value themselves for who they are. They need to gain self-esteem, and this, in turn, will lead them to economic productivity.

The issue of affirmative action is another one of Brown's concerns. He argues that preference programs have only achieved in pushing Blacks further back instead of helping them take a step forward. Blacks want to catch up to Whites economically, but they do not want to do it at
the expense of a White person. "Every new Black job created by preference programs was perceived as a net loss to a potential White worker. This has provoked racial confrontation." Whenever there is a Black person who is well-educated, Whites will still feel that this occurred only with the help of these preference programs.

Brown poses some different suggestions to help Blacks gain economic equality. His strongest argument is his belief that Blacks need to take charge of their own economic development and stop waiting for Whites to help them. Most Whites feel that Blacks are just lazy, while Blacks feel that slavery is the main reason for their failure to acquire social and economic equality with Whites. As stated earlier, Brown feels that Black leaders are responsible for Black's inability to achieve economic equality. ne of Brown's solutions to help Blacks become economically self-empowered s to reject integration. He says that "integration discourages capitalistic ntrepreneurial thinking." Integrating Blacks and Whites only works to keep lacks constantly dependent on Whites. Blacks were forced to become White, and, as expected, this failed. Brown's other idea for helping Blacks achieve economic and social empowerment is to invest their money in their own community. Brown explains that Blacks spend only three percent of their income with a Black business. When they spend ninety-seven percent of their money outside ofBlack businesses, they are only enhancing their economic problems.

Marcus Garvey and Booker T. Washington had the same type of ideas to promote economic self-sufficiency, but these ideas were never received. It can be proven that this idea of keeping money in your community does work. Jewish immigrants shared the same types of problems as Blacks, and they chose the path of economic independence. They were encouraged to start their own businesses and to compete in the economy. If Black Americans had chosen this same path, they would also have achieved economic power.

The economic and social problems of Black Americans and thesolutions to these problems are not the only issues discussed by Brown.He also presents solutions to the many other problems that confront our country today. This is where Brown discusses his feelings on today's national problems. One of the first issues that he discusses is his fear for the lives of all Americans due to the growing AIDS epidemic. He feels that the public is unaware of the danger of the AZT drug. Scientific knowledge and money seem to be more important than human life. He is in effect saying that the true causes of AIDS are being hidden from us by thegovernment, and it is time that we come together as a nation and realizethe truth about this deadly disease.

Cultural diversity in the workplace is another area that Brownfeels will help our country socially and economically. The person mostqualified for the job regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity should be the one to get the job. The number of non-white residents in the United States is ncreasing at a fast pace, and we need to learn to not only get along, but also to work together on a daily basis. If we do not include and get along with people of all different races and ethnicities, we will be at a definite economic disadvantage.

Brown claims that our country "needs a leader who will confrontracism, deal decisively with the national debt and the technologicaldisplacement of workers, and inspire the rebirth of a failing nationalcharacteristic-civil virtue." He proposes the idea of him becoming our next president, and having his campaign theme be Team America. He states that he will work on reducing the national debt, coming up with a new welfare plan, devising a new tax system, eliminating the drug and crime problem, developing a new educational system, and working on human rights and racial equality.

I think that, overall, Brown's book was very interesting reading.He presents some genuinely good ideas to help Black Americans, achieveeconomic and social equality. All Americans, not just Blacks, need to focus on creating their own destiny by working hard. I agree with Brown's
opinion that affirmative action programs only hinder Black Americans
chances of competing economically with Whites. What I do not feel that
Brown is to clear on s his rejection of integration. Throughout the first
half of his book, he argues that Blacks do not need to go to the same
schools, or live in the same communities as Whites. He seems to be
claiming that the "separate but equal" philosophy is the only way Blacks
can compete economically and socially. Then, by the end of the book, he
is claiming that our country needs to come together as one to help reduce
racism, the national debt, and crime and drug abuse. He uses the them
Team America and argues for cultural diversity in the workplace.

If Brown is so adamant about reducing our nations problems
together, then why does he insist that integration does not work? He
seems to be contradicting himself. It seems to me that if all ethnicities
and races need to be together in the workplace, then they first need to
learn to get along in the school systems and communities. This is not to
say that Blacks need to be integrated so that they can learn from Whites.
We all need to be together to understand and learn about each others
differences once this occurs, then we will be able to work together to
help put our country back together.

One other aspect of Brown's book that I found to be questionable
is his whole section on AIDS and other diseases that plague our country.
I understand that he was trying to point out another problem in our
country, but how did this really relate to any racial issue? And, how
is
it that Brown can contradict enormous amounts of scientific knowledge
that we have about HIV and AIDS. Brown says that the AZT drug is only
hurting the people that use it, and that HIV does not necessarily mean a
person will contract the AIDS virus. He feels that the U.S. government
has been lying to the American people about the AIDS virus. For the
government to come up with a scheme like this is almost impossible. It
seems to me that Brown came upon this idea from someone and decided to
throw it into the middle of this book to perhaps just gain his reader's
attention.

All things considered, Tony Brown's book is interesting reading
and his ideas give the reader something to ponder about. Some of
Brown's solutions to our country's problems seem a little far fetched, but for
the most part he seems to be on track. Maybe Brown's next book will be an account of the improvements our country has made as a result of his suggestions.

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Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 21:19:41 -0600 
From: Paul G Beeman <pgbeema@ilstu.edu> 
Subject: Black Lies, White Lies (Beeman) 

Brown, Tony. Black Lies, White Lies. William Morrow and Company, INC. New York. 1995

BY Paul G. Beeman
 
 

The first distinct lesson I learned as a young Marine recruit occurred
when I was confronted by an angry Drill Instructor as he welcomed me Marine
Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. As I walked off the bus, he spit all over me
as he screamed in my face "The first and last word out of your filthy
sewers will be sir, and the only color in my beloved Corps is green". The
men on my team were "green" (green is the color of our combat fatigues) and
that is who I would have to depend on to survive in a combat situation.
Black Marines from that day on were "dark green" and white Marines were
"light green".
In Black Lies, White Lies, Tony Brown makes a similar distinction about
Black and whites. I was immediately sold on his concept that first and
foremost, we are Americans and it is up to both races to save America from
what he calls "socioeconomic metastasis". Socioeconomic metastasis
initially starts in the lower income strata of a population according to
Brown. He offers several case studies in which common "inner city problems
such as crime, gangs, poverty, illiteracy, homelessness, welfare
dependency, illegitimacy, school and domestic violence, unemployment, and
gang activity, are all headed for the white community". He argues these
"threats" endanger both Black and whites alike, but weigh most heavily upon
Black Americans, "Whose underclass is the most exposed and vulnerable
segment of society". His case studies provide a captivating illustration of
the potential impact this Black crisis will have in the white community if
we choose to ignore or pass these issues off as Black problems. Unless
both Blacks and whites do something about socioeconomic metastasis, Brown
predicts a breakdown of the white nuclear family by the end of this
century. He points out that Blacks and whites are in this together. Blacks
must stop waiting for the whites to rescue them, and whites cannot ignore
what is happening to the lower class. Ultimately, Brown argues the fate of
all Americans "is in the hands of our nation's majority and ruling class",
white Americans must save the nation from the cancerous growth that is
stewing in our nation's underclass society. He insists that only through
cooperation and teamwork among Blacks and whites will we be able to cure
this cancer and survive as a nation. Teamwork is paramount.
Brown seems to stand firm with his concept of "Team America", but points
out that Blacks are in fact the weak link to this concept. Brown goes onto
explain why Blacks form the weakest link by lashing out at the Black
elite's and media stereo types. He faults the Black elite's for not
"delivering the masses out of ignorance and poverty as they promised, and
not laying an economic and educational foundation for growth", and the
media for portraying Blacks as the stereo type for impoverished and
dependant racial groups". According to Brown, there is only one way to have
a competitive Team America, which can overcome socioeconomic metastasis;
"Only by strengthening the weakest link in the chain do we strengthen the
entire chain". Although this seems to be a plea for understanding and
patience from Whites, Brown points out the difficulties for Black to become
capable members of Team America. To strengthen this weak link, it seems as
if Brown departs from his team concept because he must, He points out that
"the only alternative is for Blacks to become to become self sufficient by
competing politically, educationally, and economically, while living with
racism and discrimination". His basic idea, which is conveyed later in his
book, is that Blacks must "stop waiting for Whites to save them from their
social ills. This may lead potential readers to the impression he is
suggesting Black will do what they can, as soon as they can.
Brown's recognition of the societal ills plaguing the Black community feed
into his argument that the Black population is being misled by what he
calls the privileged 10 percent and the BUM (Black unaccountable machine).
Brown is very critical of Black leadership throughout his book. He
"concluded that most of the Black population is virtually enslaved by an
entrenched Black leadership manipulated by White liberals and blames
government assistance or "hand outs" to appease the "masses". "Just as the
Jews overcame poverty and anti-Semitism, the Black masses could have
succeeded economically and educationally in overcoming Black
marginalization created by racism (despite the opposition of White racists)
if a different and more visionary leadership had been in place. Apparently,
neither the Black Talented Tenth nor their White Socialist liberal mentors
believe the Black masses are capable of getting the job done. Throughout
his writing, Brown is critical of today's Black leadership. He 'holds that
our failed Black leaders and their misguided White liberal allies are
responsible for the sad fact that Blacks are the only ethnic or racial
group in this country that has never become a serious player in the
economy". Brown argues the Black population is better off seeking economic
equality, rather than depending on the ruling majority for assistance and
benefits. Through out his book, Brown stands fast on his idea that Blacks
should take a more proactive stance in obtaining equality. He disputes the
myth that racism is the primary reason Blacks are at bottom of the
"societal ladder" by suggesting that "Blacks are subordinated primarily
because of their own lack of economic organization". He makes reference to
other minority communities and how they develop strong economic blocks with
money changing hands in their communities many times before it leaves. The
support of Black entrepreneurs and businesses to build financially strong
communities is what Brown considers an essential tool for obtaining
equality. "If they had developed self reliance and economic strength,
Blacks would have been elevated in American society just as other poor
immigrant groups were". To do this Brown argues the "first step is self
realization-to psychologically let Whites go and recognize White
paternalism as counterproductive; and to start fresh with a new paradigm of
self empowerment.
The general theme Black Lies, White Lies seems to be a lesson on economics.
A wake up call for Black peoples to demand more than the handouts they
currently receive. In his chapter called " a plan to make Black America
work", Brown outlines what Blacks must to overcome their societal ills and
gain equality. Brown argues that "Blacks need to get off the racial problem
and onto the economic solution". An economic solution would cure societal
metastasis because it would elevate Blacks out of their disparity. This
suggests Blacks would be able to shake of the negative images portrayed in
the media. "Hardworking Blacks have had enough to deal with in a society
bombarding them from all sides with negative images; it only makes it
tougher to stay on the righteous and moral path". He argues that Blacks
must be become "economically competitive through their own initiatives, and
stop waiting for whites to rescue them". Economics is also the foundation
on which he claims the Black elite's and liberal racists are misleading the
Black masses. "The original sin of Black leaders was to accept as fact the
myth that white people would or could solve the crisis of Black people.
Instead of attacking material poverty with education and economic
self-determination for the masses, liberal Whites and their socialistic
Black minions emphasized dependence on legislation and government
intervention".
Although Brown captivated me initially and continually makes interesting
points throughout his book; it did not take long for me to become lost with
what I was reading. From his concept of a "Team America" to overcome our
societal ills, he went onto to say stop waiting for assistance from the
Whites. From Black economic empowerment, came encouragement for Blacks to
learn computers, build web pages, and information concerning his web page
and how convenient it was to send an e-mail when all his phone lines are
tied up during his radio show. Brown also has some wild accusations in
regard to AIDS and HIV. Brown dispels the theory of AIDS originating in
Africa as an "obvious attempt to blame this alleged disease on Africans in
general, and Blacks in particular. This is yet another poorly masked
attempt to marginalize Blacks". According to Brown, "the odds of a healthy
non drug using heterosexual getting "AIDS" are the same as for getting hit
by lightening". It was accusations such as the aforementioned that lost

Brown much credibility from me as a reader, and a reviewer.

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Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 00:58:50 -0600 
From: Ryan Snyder <rwsnyde@odin.cmp.ilstu.edu> 
Subject: Review; Black Lies, White Lies (Snyder) 

Tony Brown BLACK LIES, WHITE LIES THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO TONY
BROWN (William Morrow and Company, In., 1995)
 

Review by: Ryan Snyder

This nation is on a path of self-destruction caused by White lies and Black lies. Tony Brown fears that the United States of America is committing national suicide because we fail to see the truth. In his book,  Black Lies, White Lies the truth according to Tony Brown, he examines the hard realities facing this nation and how we should solve them. Tony Brown challenges the reader to renew their thinking on vital matters ranging fromthis nation's economic survival to the failures of Black and Whiteleadership, the origins and causes of "AIDS", the possibility of racialgenocide, and the realities of racial politics in this country. Hegives the truth, as he sees it, and attempts to solve the problems facing the country. He addresses the need for America to come together, Black and White, and restore the U.S. back to a superpower. "It is about the problems of all Americans, and what we all must do to resolve those problems."

Tony Brown describes his concerns for the future of this countrythroughout this book. The loss of moral virtue in the Americancharacter, racial conflict between blacks and whites, and the burden of the national debt are a few of his concerns. He believes that drugs, crime, moral degeneracy, and the devaluation of life is spreading throughout our society, a process he calls socioeconomic metastasis. If we do not face this truth are society will soon be deteriorated. Another truth that wefail to recognize is that Blacks are becoming dependent on entitlementprograms. He believes that the only thing an American is entitled tois freedom, anything else is a gift. "Instead of looking for ways to help this country prosper as earlier generations did, we look to prosper from government help." He stresses the need for economic self-empowerment, a theme he stresses continuously in his book. He points out that the most successful economic boycott ever conducted in America is the boycott by Blacks of their own businesses. Blacks needs to invest in and build theircommunity.

 Tony Brown is a strong opponent of affirmative action programs. He believes that affirmative action is a disaster, that it only benefits middle-class Blacks and White women, not benefiting those who need help the most. "Unarguably, affirmative action has not made a major impact on poverty and is a failed racial remedy." Instead, Brown offers an alternative. He proposes a universal Affirmative Opportunity program,a mainstream opportunity program to rebuild the nation, giving help to the needy Americans. Integration is another issue that Mr. Brown opposes. He believes that integration was a manipulation by the White liberals and Black leaders. Integration forced white leadership upon the Black masses.It undermined and slowed the development in the Black community."Integration is a novel form of liberal racism. It works in insidiousand pervasive ways to repress Blacks and keep them marginalized and dependent. He is a supporter of segregation but strongly opposes integration.

The Black leadership is of poor quality and has many flaws, Brownbelieves. He separates the Black leadership into groups or tribes, the Talented Tenth, the Black Unaccountable Machine (B.U.M.), the Black Masses, and the John the Baptist Brigade (the tribe that he claims he belongs to). He strongly critizes two of these tribes, the Talented Tenth and the BUM. Brown strongly believes that white liberals and the Black leaders of theTalented Tenth and the BUM contribute to white racism. "White racismhas had a partner, a co-conspirator, in the marginalization of Black Americans.

Black economic development and social equality have, in part, beensubverted by the very Black leaders who pointed their fingers atWhites."  The irresponsibility of the Black leaders has also assisted in the failures of Black Americans. "Sadly, I have concluded that most of the Black population is virtually enslaved by an entrenched Black leadership manipulated by White liberals." Brown strongly encourages Blacks to become self-sufficient instead of depending on the Black leadership to lead themto parity with the Whites. "The only alternative is for Blacks tobecome self-sufficient by competing politically, educationally, and economically with Whites- while living with racism and discrimination. The first step is self-realization- to psychologically let White people go; the next step for Blacks in achieving parity is to recognize complete reliance on amercurial government or White paternalism as counterproductive; and,finally, to start fresh with a new paradigm of self-empowerment."

A most controversial and heated argument made by Tony Brown in his book is the origins, causes, and the "cover-up" of the "AIDS" epidemic. "I have concluded that "AIDS" is a scientifically dishonest construct, and, as
exemplified in the death of my friend Arthur Ashe, the lies that we have
been told make it all the more deadly." He claims that the "AIDS"treatment, not "AIDS" is deadly. The drug AZT, the chemical therapyor HIV infections and "AIDS" is so dangerous and deadly that it kills 499 uninfected cells in order to kill one infected cell. If this wasn't radical enough, Brown believes that we should stop supporting "AIDS" research with tax dollars! "The greatest threat to life in the United States and the rest of the world is not the grouping of approximately thirty diseases (including one n-disease) called "AIDS"; it is the $25 billion "AIDS" industry composed of government, academic, medical, and industrial interests in the United States." He also questions the origins of "AIDS". The common theory that "AIDS" originated when a monkey bitan African on the butt and the bitten African then went home and engaged in debauched sex and seeded the human species with a modern plague is a lie according to Brown. He claims that this theory is absurd and that it is an obvious attempt to blame this alleged disease on Africans in particular."This is yet another poorly masked attempt to marginalize Blacks."

Blacks do not exercise their options in voting. Brown addresses the problem of Blacks not strategically using their voting power. Instead of Blacks voting intelligently, they look to the BUM for leadership. "Black leadership in this country has scrupulously avoided having a plan of action, a road map to equality-either because they are not smart enough (which I doubt is the case) or because they don't want Blacks to leave the Democratic plantation." The Democratic Party gets about 90 percent of the Black vote without asking and there is no way to make the Democratic Party accountable for not advocating self-help and empowerment. Brown believes that Blacks can change this by strategically voting. Between 1936 and 1964, Blacks voted roughly 65 percent Democratic to 35 percent Republican causing both parties to compete for their votes. During that period, both parties passed bills that benefited Blacks because they had to compete forthe votes of Blacks. Presently, the Democratic Party assumes and expectsa strong majority of the Black vote therefore they do not have to compete for their vote. Tony Brown suggests that Blacks split their votes, 35 percent voting for the Republicans and 65 percent for the Democrats. "This partisan competition of both parties for the Black vote would break the political logjam now blocking Black economic and social advancement.


In this case, the 35-65 Solution will end the possibility of domination and exploitation of the Black community by either party." Also the  political demands of Blacks would be shaped by this strategy. Blacks would insist on wealth creation and self-empowerment.

Finally, Tony Brown encourages the concept of Team America and cultural   diversity. America is changing and whether we like it or not, we will become a team, according to Brown. Also, cultural diversity is rapidly becoming an inevitable reality. "Shared sacrifice and change are the keys to a renewal of the country." As a result of Team America, cultural diversity will be manifested. Cultural diversity is a tool for improving the quality of the workforce and is a fundamentally an economic issue. Cultural diversity will drive equal income for members of all groups, whichwill result in productivity growth and an improved racial climate.  "That is why I say that cultural diversity is America's industrial salvation and a harbinger of the end of institutional racism and sexism." Team America and cultural diversity will have a profound affect on American economically and socially. "In fact, cultural diversity will render gender, racial, and ethnic differences inconsequential, because non-Whites and women who are educated and trained for the jobs of the emerging knowledge sector will be actively sought after for high-paying positions."

In conclusion, this book was thought provoking and it presented challenges to my long held beliefs. He addressed so many issues and focused on a great number of themes. Affirmative action, welfare, entitlements, the possibility of racial genocide, "AIDS", the quality of leadership from Blacks and Whites, integration, and the need to address those problems before it is too late. Tony Brown gave an interesting and sometimes controversial insight on the problems and issues facing this country. Some flaws that I though he had was that he could have expanded more on his solutions to the problems that he posed. I felt that he spent most of his time on the problems but not enough time on the solutions. At the end ofthe book, he nominates himself as President and offered some solutionsbut by then it was clear he was more interested in talking about the problem than in solving it. Another problem that I had was the fact that he did not fully develop the theme of his book, Black lies and White lies. It wasmore of a general observation in the problems facing us than specificlies made by Blacks and Whites. However, despite these flaws, I thought he gave a good insight on the problems facing this country and the dire need to address them before we have lost the essence of our democracy.

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Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 07:57:21 -0800 
From: "Eric T. Knepper" <eknepp@ILSTU.EDU> 
Subject: REVIEW: Tony Brown (Knepper) 

Tony Brown, BLACK LIES, WHITE LIES: THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO TONY BROWN
(William Morrow, 1995).

Reviewed by Eric Knepper, Illinois State University.
February 17, 1998
 

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"Everybody knows that black people are bad. That’s the way we are." A
Black sixth-grade student’s impression of Black people.

A more appropriate title for Tony Brown’s diatribe "Black Lies, White
Lies: the Truth According to Tony Brown" would be "Racism, Politics, Lies,
Cover-ups, and Other Illogical Arguments: Hear Tony Brown Roar." A
proclaimed "equal opportunity ass kicker," Tony Brown has brought together
an exhaustive (and exhausting) collection of his thoughts, accusations, and
revelations in this text. Although he presents valid and note-worthy
arguments when discussing racism and affirmative action, this work presents
too few new ideas.

Discussing the race problem in America Tony Brown roars with
authority. He opposes affirmative action. It has accomplished little in
the decades that it has been instituted, those it has helped tend to be
White women and Blacks who probably would not need assistance. Affirmative
action has not helped those most in need, the poor citizens of this country
whether Black, White, Red, Yellow, or Brown. Tony Brown believes that the
only solution is to end affirmative action as we know it and replace it
with a system that would offer assistance to those citizens who are unable
to help themselves, regardless of their color.

Tony Brown has nothing but scorn for the Blacks who complain and whine
about what the Whites owe them and do not help themselves. If you want to
change, you have to do it yourself. He mentions a great story of starting
a fund for a young Black girl whose father had been shot and killed and
whose mother was going to prison. Asking for donations from people in the
community, Mr. Brown and others raised $6,025 and a $50,000 scholarship to
the College of Wooster in Ohio. This young girl has hope, not because she
waited and begged for assistance from the government but because people got
together to help her. This attitude could change many neighborhoods, but
instead the public’s motto has become "Where’s Mine?" "I would end the
counterproductive dependence on entitlements. The only thing an American
is entitled to is freedom; anything else is a gift" (38).

Tony Brown’s roar is a bit muted when discussing politics, but he is
none-the-less effective. Mr. Brown makes no apologies for becoming a
Republican and urges more Blacks to analyze their political affiliations.
Abraham Lincoln was a Republican and "Republicans spearheaded a movement to
force Whites to give equal rights to the former slaves and initiated the
Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery; the Fourteenth Amendment,
which guaranteed Blacks citizenship; the Fifteenth Amendment, which
extended the right to vote to former slaves; and the first Civil Rights Act
of 1866" (235-6).

Blacks need to reevaluate their blind faith in the Democratic party.
The continuation of entitlements and handouts from the Democratic leaders
preserves and strengthens the racist beliefs that Blacks are inferior and
in need of assistance: we are incapable of helping ourselves is the message
Blacks continue to present. The White liberals and their Black cohorts who
promote entitlement programs are guilty of prolonging racist beliefs. The
Black leadership has not been accountable to Black Americans. Welfare "was
structured to make Whites feel virtuous rather than to give disadvantaged
Blacks an opportunity to qualify themselves to become competitive" (316).

Mr. Brown’s arguments up to this point are first rate. However, he
missteps by suggesting that Blacks should join the Republican party in
order to change it and to increase their political clout. With more
political solidarity Mr. Brown proposes "a plan to get Blacks to demand
concessions from both major parties in exchange for their votes" (247).
This "plan" seems to be a contradiction of his previous, eloquent
statements that Blacks are equal and should be treated equally. His
methods of political solidarity are in themselves not plausible: Blacks
should move en masse to less populated states, which would result in Black
majorities allowing them to elect their own politicians and dictate their
own political future.

When Tony Brown discusses "The Bell Curve" and the perceived lies
contained therein his roar often contradicts his previous arguments. Mr.
Brown’s major point of contention with "The Bell Curve" is that "the
unstated implication [of "The Bell Curve"] is that Blacks in general are a
waste of time" and that Blacks are not as intelligent as Whites (96).
However, later in the book, while discussing the effects of low income he
makes remarks that "the overall IQ of Blacks is low in part because the
income retained by Blacks is at the bottom" (272). This statement would
seem to agree with the general thesis of "The Bell Curve."

A reference to policies of genocide towards Blacks seems unnecessary
and detracts from his previous successes in this book. Mr. Brown oversteps
the realm of logic. "As a historically marginalized people, this
sociological minority is more vulnerable than any other group to a more
subtle campaign of extinction, a from of selective elimination known as
triage" (94). Among other race-biased drugs, one accusation he poses is
that the "AIDS" disease was created by doctors and brought to Africa in an
attempt to annihilate the Black race. He discusses the "AIDS" disease far
too long. He also insists that "AIDS" does not exist (hence the quotations
around "AIDS"). None-the-less several of the revelations deserve more
discussion, but nothing of any scientific value is offered here. Without
further insight and research his arguments seem completely illogical and
unfounded, if not irritating.

If suggesting genocide and triage against the Black population was a
blunder, then his economic arguments and "Tony Brown for President"
platform are tragic mistakes. While it is true that America on the whole
saves less and consumes more than any other industrialized nation, and that
the productivity of American workers has been increasing less rapidly than
Japanese and German workers, we are not in danger of the crises Mr. Brown
warns of: "loss of homes, shortages of all kinds, middle-class
unemployment, widespread bankruptcies, and a totalitarian form of
government" (35).

Contrary to what Tony Brown would have his readers believe, America’s
economy is the largest and most stable in the world. "If the current
trends continue, the United States will be lucky to remain a competitor for
third behind Japan and Germany" (212). Fact, our gross domestic product in
1995 was $7.2 trillion, Japan’s was $5.2 trillion, and Germany’s was $2.3
trillion.

His ceaseless regurgitation of nonsensical economic-based statements
borders on the absurd: "the American work-force has been transformed from
high-earning steel-makers to minimum-wage burger-flippers" (211-2). Nor
does the United States’ economic situation resemble Mr. Brown’s
description: "the United States today is a global grub looking for handouts
from nations that previously came begging to us" (206). He goes so far as
to imply that the United States is becoming a Third World country.

In presenting his "Tony Brown for President" platform Mr. Brown
presents nothing but illogical solutions to our economic and social
problems. Solutions that would in fact lead to an unclear and potentially
disastrous future. In eliminating the drug problem, drug BUYERS would be
targeted for arrest and placed in boot-camps and prison. No mention is
made of where the funding for the prisons and boot-camps will originate.

The most ill-conceived budget revelation is the "Saddam Hussein Gas
Tax" of $1.50 per gallon. This tax would be imposed to wean Americans from
relying on automobiles and to stimulate use of other alternative modes of
energy and transportation. The immediate effects of a $1.50 per gallon tax
would be astronomically high rates of inflation; the bankruptcy of
America’s farmers who would no longer be able to afford to operate their
machinery; businesses nationwide would grind to a halt, unable to afford
the higher costs of transporting their raw materials and final products.

And how would the American public be persuaded of these changes? "I
would ask the American public for sacrifice and change and explain why it
is necessary for our nation’s survival" (327). If only it were so simple
in reality. His proposal for balancing the budget does however have one
redeeming grace: abandoning personal and corporate income taxes in favor of
value-added and sales taxes with the intent of lowering consumption and
increasing saving.

Tony Brown would have done better to limit this work to areas of his
expertise. He has a successful radio-show and TV talk-show, his style
works better in those mediums than in print. He puts together a persuasive
argument for racial equality and dismantling affirmative action. However
he oversteps his boundary of competence and goes too far in making
denunciations and accusations of other issues, spewing forth his beliefs
without concern for the safety of his readers.

Did I mention Tony Brown’s conspiracy theory proposing Lyndon B.
Johnson’s involvement in the assassinations of both John F. Kennedy and Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.?

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Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 02:31:05 +0000 
From: "Alison M. Navarrete" <amnavar@ILSTU.EDU> 
Subject: REVIEW; Black Lies, White Lies (Navarrete) 

Tony Brown, Black Lies, White Lies.
William Morrow and Company, Inc. (1995)

Alison Navarrete

"We are on the path of self-destruction as a nation; that the UnitedStates
of America is committing national suicide." Our world is inshambles!
According to Tony Brown's book Black Lies, White Lies, the country is
looking at a disastrous fate. In his book, Brown provides the
reader with what he thinks are the problems that our country is facing and
why this decline is occurring. He gives us a wide range of reasons that may
be opinions or they may be facts to why the Black person has been ignored
from the advances in the economic and political arenas. But most
importantly, he gives reasons to the problems that all Americans must do
toresolve and save our failing country.

Brown begins his book by explaining what the status of the Black person in
society is. He states that the reason why Black people live in the ghettos
and are on welfare is due to poor leadership in the black community and on
the blacks that live in the projects themselves. "America's Black
leadership sees its primary function as blaming Whites for the dire
problems of the Black community and demanding more government intervention
as the sole solution to this predicament." Even with the help that the
government has given the Black leaders, they still have not used it
appropriately. Brown blames the Black leadership for directing Blacks
toward integration into a marginalized community. Integration is the step
towards putting Blacks into a community where they were never part of.
Brown blames a lot of the black ineptitude to W.E. DuBois. He was political
and economical failure because of idea of assimilation, which Brown
strongly disagrees with. He claims that the last decent black leader was
Martin Luther King Jr. He pushed for the economic self-sufficiency as well
as pluralism for the black community. This would mean that the Blacks
should step into the game and start playing hard ball. The problem is that
they are being pushed into the game already losing. Blacks do not have the
resources nor the education to advance themselves. Pushing an oppressed
group of people into a system that has already been working like machinery
just slows things down. According to Brown, the Blacks leaders should set
up training programs for their people and encourage them to create small
businesses. The aim of their welfare should go to those who need it the
most. The people who are on welfare should receive help and expect to be
guided by those who already have gone to be part of the economic
empowerment movement. After the training and help they receive, Blacks
should try to build small businesses where they could keep the money within
the Black community instead of leaving it. Just like the Jews and Asians
that came to this country, the Blacks could be part of the economic makeup
that the United States lives by.

The decline of the United States is coming sooner than we thought.
According to Brown, there are several reasons why he thinks so. The
economy is failing everyone. He blames part of the reason to Clinton.
Everyone was so eager to have a new president with fresh ideas and a
promise of lowering the national debt, but it still has not been touched.
Brown thinks that the United States must maintain a fixed unemployment rate
and a growth ceiling in order to control inflation caused by the insidious
national debt. There is also going to be a disappearance of the middle
class. Brown believes that either people will have it or will not have
anything. Along with the national debt, he believes that affirmative
action only targets middle class and working blacks. Entitlement programs
should be based on need and limit federal assistance to $40,000 per family
therefore improving the standard of living. Brown believes that our
country is not producing as much as we use. He also mentions the problems
he sees with Affirmative Action in our society. This program was created
the less fortunate, but who would that be? Brown states that the only
beneficiaries of this program are the white females. There is a support
system for the son who stayed at home at the expense of the one that left
which really does not benefit anyone. He believes every time you take a
Black youth off the streets of Harlem, you improve the Black community
because they will return and help the unfortunate to the "gateways" that
Brown says are the middle points that someone in need has the opportunity
to advance. It should be aimed towards all Americans in need of education
and training -particularly in small business development. His bottom line
to that is to help those who really deserve it.

Brown discusses the AIDS epidemic in a large segment of his book. This
section in his book tries to defend his notion of this serious disease as a
conspiracy by our government. The government, along with the medical
field, is robbing the taxpayers of their money to continue research and
medicine on a drug AZT, which is not even helping but making the matter
worse. He also discusses how HIV does not lead to AIDS. Although it could
be unclear at times why he is telling the reader about it and what its
relevance is to the Black community, I do see that this is another factor
of the downfall of the United States. I do not understand how he would want
change and more workers to be involved in a system full of corruption.

Another point that Brown makes is that of the different dominant groups
that exist in the Black community. The two major groups he describes are
the Talented Tenth which is the most influential Black professional and
intellectual class. They are the model for the educated and most
prestigious black individual. This group is only here to advance the upper
classes and can be very clear about their anti-Black identity. This would
be ironic since Tony Brown admits to being part of this elite group. The
other group is the BUM (The Black Unaccountable Machine). This group does
the opposite of advancing the Blacks, they just want to function in today's
world and ignore the oppression.

With all these problems that are in the midst of occurring in our nation,
Tony Brown does provide us with his solutions. Though they may far
imagined from being president one day to his plan of cultural diversity,
there is a lot of sense to what he is trying to prove. The major solution
he claims is called Team America. This is what he calls his new vision and
is the definition to cultural diversity. It suggests cooperation and
sacrifice with all different cultures. It represents the free of gender,
racial, or ethic institutional bias. It places the nation as a competitive
player in a globalized economy. In other words, everybody is a key player
in the economical market. By doing this, he is saying that opportunity
should be provided to those with skill. Another solution is to help the
unfortunate. His definition of what unfortunate means and what someone who
is not unfortunate is not clear in this book, but he does present many
ideas of why our nation is at a low point.

This book was worth reading. Brown presents the reader with a rough
outline of the different problems that are striking our country and he does
present us with his solutions. The targeted groups of readers that I
thought he was aiming for were dreamers like him. I will have to say one
thing about this book; it was a compilation of thoughts that Brown has
pondered throughout his career. That might have been a downfall to this
book. There were so many problems without solutions. He starts out
explaining one thing and goes to another. His message is understood: our
nation will fall apart if we do not do something soon. His approach was
good in the beginning making us aware of all the problems that are leading
us into this situation, but he does not close off his ideas with feasible
solutions. I would say that Brown is a dreamer and a bit paranoid because
of the conspiracy he has thought up with the cause of AIDS. This is
something so serious that the entire medical field and the government could
not possibly fake it. If he thinks that the AIDS virus is a scheme to
steal our money, than I think he has more problems to deal with. Such
obscure ideas does make you wonder where Brown is coming from. This is a
rude awakening to some people who thought that AIDS was a problem, but I do
thank Brown for opening our eyes to the problems that people really did
notnotice before they read the book. It leaves us with so many more

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Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 14:46:47 -0600 
From: Paul G Beeman <pgbeema@ilstu.edu>
Subject: Review: Black Lies, White Lies (Beeman) 

Brown, Tony. Black Lies, White Lies. William Morrow and Company, INC.
New York. 1995

BY Paul G. Beeman
 

 
The first distinct lesson I learned as a young Marine recruit occurred
when I was confronted by an angry Drill Instructor as he welcomed me Marine
Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. As I walked off the bus, he spit all over me
as he screamed in my face "The first and last word out of your filthy
sewers will be sir, and the only color in my beloved Corps is green". The
men on my team were "green" (green is the color of our combat fatigues) and
that is who I would have to depend on to survive in a combat situation.
Black Marines from that day on were "dark green" and white Marines were
"light green".

In Black Lies, White Lies, Tony Brown makes a similar distinction
about Black and whites. I was immediately sold on his concept that first and foremost, we are Americans and it is up to both races to save America from
what he calls "socioeconomic metastasis". Socioeconomic metastasis
initially starts in the lower income strata of a population according to
Brown. He offers several case studies in which common "inner city problems
such as crime, gangs, poverty, illiteracy, homelessness, welfare
dependency, illegitimacy, school and domestic violence, unemployment, and
gang activity, are all headed for the white community". He argues these
"threats" endanger both Black and whites alike, but weigh most heavily upon
Black Americans, "Whose underclass is the most exposed and vulnerable
segment of society". His case studies provide a captivating illustration of
the potential impact this Black crisis will have in the white community if
we choose to ignore or pass these issues off as Black problems. Unless
both Blacks and whites do something about socioeconomic metastasis, Brown
predicts a breakdown of the white nuclear family by the end of this
century. He points out that Blacks and whites are in this together. Blacks
must stop waiting for the whites to rescue them, and whites cannot ignore
what is happening to the lower class. Ultimately, Brown argues the fate of
all Americans "is in the hands of our nation's majority and ruling class",
white Americans must save the nation from the cancerous growth that is
stewing in our nation's underclass society. He insists that only through
cooperation and teamwork among Blacks and whites will we be able to cure
this cancer and survive as a nation. Teamwork is paramount.

Brown seems to stand firm with his concept of "Team America", but
points out that Blacks are in fact the weak link to this concept. Brown goes onto explain why Blacks form the weakest link by lashing out at the Black
elite's and media stereo types. He faults the Black elite's for not
"delivering the masses out of ignorance and poverty as they promised, and
not laying an economic and educational foundation for growth", and the
media for portraying Blacks as the stereo type for impoverished and
dependant racial groups". According to Brown, there is only one way to have
a competitive Team America, which can overcome socioeconomic metastasis;
"Only by strengthening the weakest link in the chain do we strengthen the
entire chain". Although this seems to be a plea for understanding and
patience from Whites, Brown points out the difficulties for Black to become
capable members of Team America. To strengthen this weak link, it seems as
if Brown departs from his team concept because he must, He points out that
"the only alternative is for Blacks to become to become self sufficient by
competing politically, educationally, and economically, while living with
racism and discrimination". His basic idea, which is conveyed later in his
book, is that Blacks must "stop waiting for Whites to save them from their
social ills. This may lead potential readers to the impression he is
suggesting Black will do what they can, as soon as they can.

Brown's recognition of the societal ills plaguing the Blackcommunity feed
into his argument that the Black population is being misled by what he
calls the privileged 10 percent and the BUM (Black unaccountable machine).
Brown is very critical of Black leadership throughout his book. He
"concluded that most of the Black population is virtually enslaved by an
entrenched Black leadership manipulated by White liberals and blames
government assistance or "hand outs" to appease the "masses". "Just as the
Jews overcame poverty and anti-Semitism, the Black masses could have
succeeded economically and educationally in overcoming Black
marginalization created by racism (despite the opposition of White racists)
if a different and more visionary leadership had been in place. Apparently,
neither the Black Talented Tenth nor their White Socialist liberal mentors
believe the Black masses are capable of getting the job done. Throughout
his writing, Brown is critical of today's Black leadership. He 'holds that
our failed Black leaders and their misguided White liberal allies are
responsible for the sad fact that Blacks are the only ethnic or racial
group in this country that has never become a serious player in the
economy". Brown argues the Black population is better off seeking economic
equality, rather than depending on the ruling majority for assistance and
benefits. Through out his book, Brown stands fast on his idea that Blacks
should take a more proactive stance in obtaining equality. He disputes the
myth that racism is the primary reason Blacks are at bottom of the
"societal ladder" by suggesting that "Blacks are subordinated primarily
because of their own lack of economic organization". He makes reference to
other minority communities and how they develop strong economic blocks with
money changing hands in their communities many times before it leaves. The
support of Black entrepreneurs and businesses to build financially strong
communities is what Brown considers an essential tool for obtaining
equality. "If they had developed self reliance and economic strength,
Blacks would have been elevated in American society just as other poor
immigrant groups were". To do this Brown argues the "first step is self
realization-to psychologically let Whites go and recognize White
paternalism as counterproductive; and to start fresh with a new paradigm of
self empowerment.

The general theme Black Lies, White Lies seems to be a lesson on economics.
A wake up call for Black peoples to demand more than the handouts they
currently receive. In his chapter called " a plan to make Black America
work", Brown outlines what Blacks must to overcome their societal ills and
gain equality. Brown argues that "Blacks need to get off the racial problem
and onto the economic solution". An economic solution would cure societal
metastasis because it would elevate Blacks out of their disparity. This
suggests Blacks would be able to shake of the negative images portrayed in
the media. "Hardworking Blacks have had enough to deal with in a society
bombarding them from all sides with negative images; it only makes it
tougher to stay on the righteous and moral path". He argues that Blacks
must be become "economically competitive through their own initiatives, and
stop waiting for whites to rescue them". Economics is also the foundation
on which he claims the Black elite's and liberal racists are misleading the
Black masses. "The original sin of Black leaders was to accept as fact the
myth that white people would or could solve the crisis of Black people.
Instead of attacking material poverty with education and economic
self-determination for the masses, liberal Whites and their socialistic
Black minions emphasized dependence on legislation and government
intervention".

Although Brown captivated me initially and continually makesinteresting
points throughout his book; it did not take long for me to become lost with
what I was reading. From his concept of a "Team America" to overcome our
societal ills, he went onto to say stop waiting for assistance from the
Whites. From Black economic empowerment, came encouragement for Blacks to
learn computers, build web pages, and information concerning his web page
and how convenient it was to send an e-mail when all his phone lines are
tied up during his radio show. Brown also has some wild accusations in
regard to AIDS and HIV. Brown dispels the theory of AIDS originating in
Africa as an "obvious attempt to blame this alleged disease on Africans in
general, and Blacks in particular. This is yet another poorly masked
attempt to marginalize Blacks". According to Brown, "the odds of a healthy
non drug using heterosexual getting "AIDS" are the same as for getting hit
by lightening". It was accusations such as the aforementioned that lost
Brown much credibility from me as a reader, and a reviewer.


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Date: Fri, 06 Mar 1998 15:29:26 -0600 
From: Louis Charles Raymond II <lcraymo@ilstu.edu>
Subject: Review :Black Lies, White Lies (Raymond) 

Black Lies, White Lies -Tony Brown

Date: February 16, 1998

Louis Raymond
"In polite circles, I have been called as ‘out of the box thinker.’ A
friend offers an earthier epithet: he calls me an ‘equal-opportunity ass
kicker.’ On the other hand, because I have gave up my political
independence and became a registered Republican, some choose to see me as a
‘Black conservative’." These are the words of Tony Brown, in his book
Black Lies, White Lies, where he attempts to analyze the lies that and the
problems of the American society. Giving great insights and theories,
Brown Challenges his readers to "look past stereotypes of all kinds, and to
clearly see the Black lies, the White lies, and the truth."

The Black Community
Brown’s book attacks the black’s and there community. He states that
blacks fail in economic standards because; they fail to realize that the
white man had never gave them anything so why keep looking for something;
the elitist and leaders of the community (the BUM, Black Unaccountable
Machine, and the Talented Tenth) would rather conform to the white society
than to help the black community, and fail to realize their economic power
and to use it for themselves.

Brown feel that those blacks who are arguing with the government for more
programs are wasting there time. He also believes that those white leaders
whom are fighting hard for programs for the black community are preaching
racism. He call these actions Liberal Racism. They are called liberal
racism because in a sense they are saying that blacks can not do anything
with out some help, which is stating that they are inferior. Preaching
inferiority in racism.

Brown blames the America’s Black leaders for allowing this to happen. He
believes that these leaders see the dire problems of the community and feel
the need to blame them on whites and then ask for more government
interventions. Even when the government does step in with additional
programs, the inept failure of the leaders cause failure in the community.
He states that no matter what the government does it can not help enough
if it is relying on inept leaders. "The combination of irresponsible black
leadership in tandem with White racism and socialistic intervention by [the
U.S] government goes to the heart of Black failure in America."

"Most White are thoroughly convinced that today’s dysfunctional black
community is evidence of a lack of ambition. Many Blacks, on the other
hand, cite slavery and its residual effects as the primary reasons for
Black’s failure to achieve social, economic, and political equality with
Whites." Brown does not believe this but he believes that these
stereotypes are the cause of the problem. Brown states that although White
America has been and continues to be unfair to its Black citizens, Black’s
fail to take advantage of the opportunities that are out there. He feels
that the recent generations are being taught the importance of self
development. They are always looking for help from the outside instead of
receiving help from the inside. He blames the Black leaders and the White
Liberal allies for not looking to solve these problems. He says because of
there misguided leadership, the Black community is the only community not
in control of the economic power of there own community. They allow other
newly to arrived immigrants to become serious player in the economy.
Brown feels that the problem start when the leaders started to preach
integration instead of desegregation. The difference between the two is
that integration favors assimilation. One group integrates with the other
and loses its identity. The other speaks of the eliminating laws that
cause segregation.

"Integration is a novel of liberal racism. It works in insidious and
pervasive ways to repress Blacks and keep them marginalized and dependent.
Integration discourages capitalistic entrepreneurial thinking. It
tarnished Black learning institutions. It separates upper-strata Blacks
from rank-and-file Black community. It impedes upward mobility by removing
role models from the community and eliminating networking opportunities.
Integration undermines Black advocates of empowerment and marginalized them
as nationalist or segregationist (euphemisms for anti-White). It forces
white leadership upon Black masses through sycophant ‘Black leaders.’ In
short, integration undermines and stunts development in the Black
community." Brown feels that the last great leader to belief this and to
try to bring this to reality was Dr. King. He feel now leader, as I said
earlier, are trying to hard to bless the white masses and not to bless
those whom the lead.

These are some of the basic points the Brown was trying to relay in his
book. These points make up approximately the first half of his book. At
this point, his book was full of creative thoughts and quality ideas but
with not solution. A problem with out a solution, even when the variable
for the problems have been identified, is still a problem. That is what
Tony Brown gave his readers, a problem; well thought out ideas but still
just a problem. As from this point on he went down hill.
After his brilliant beginning, Brown lost stride. He begins to skimmer
over topics that were truly interesting but never were fully developed.
His political ideology became clear. He started speaking as a Republican
and stopped looking like a person who was looking for a solution to
America’s problem. At one point in the book he begins to ramble about how
with Bill Clinton as President the "deficit will grow by more the next
decade than in the previous one, and the Clinton debt will increase by over
$1 trillion."

Well I do understand that this book was written in 1995 and that he could
not possible beheld accountable completely, but he wrote about it so
forcibly. In fact. In 1998 we understand this to be different. In 1992,
the year of Mr. Clinton's election as president, the deficit in the $1.3
trillion budget was a horrifying $290 billion. This fiscal year, for an
outlay of some $1.7 trillion, the deficit is shrinking below $22 billion,
almost $100 billion less than the estimate of last February. On January 7th
the Congressional Budget Office predicted a $5 billion deficit for the
current fiscal year, even if present policies remain unchanged. No wonder
Mr. Clinton reckons he can balance the budget for the 1999 fiscal year that
begins in October. America's politicians can see a budget surplus looming
three years ahead of the schedule they set for themselves only five months
ago in the balanced budget agreement between Congress and the president.
Other topics that he talked about was the hidden truth about AIDS. At
first this seemed very interesting, but as one continues to read, it is
easy to get lost. It begins to look like these were just issues that he
over heard and wanted to put into his book. A lot of the information was
taken straight from another book with out fully being analyzed by Brown.
He attacks the CDC and its director, which at first he states was a friend.
The accusations were clear but the foundation was skimpy because it was
hard to find his foundation in all of the gibberish that he was writing.
He really lost my interest in the book when he begins to talk about what he
would do if he was president. Once again a heavy load of gibberish. He
reiterated points that he made in the book but still now solutions to the
problem that he sees in America. One would think that it could just be the
conclusion part of the book, but it was like the Enigizer bunny, it kept
going and going and going. He wrote all of those things about what he
would do and never ran, unless he was dressed as Ross Perot.

If I was just to look at content of the book strictly by the ideas and
insights that he had regarding the Black community, I would say that this
was an excellent book. Good ideas, good insights but lacked a solid
foundation or solution. However, he did do one of the things that he
stated that he wanted his readers to do will reading thins book. He wanted
the reader to take a second look at certain issues and topics in our
culture, and I did just that. For this part I commend him on a book well
down.

However there was one thing that nagged at me the whole entire time that I
was reading this book. What are specifically the lies? The title of the
book is Black Lies, White Lies, what are they. Along with the many ideas
that he gave his that were undeveloped, he failed to fully developed the
title. What were the lies? Can the be eradicated? Is there any specific
group lying? Are the purposely lying or do they lying because of ignorance?
The man has a great mind with great ideas. I feel that he needs to
elaborate on them so that we could join him and maybe move forward. Sad to
say this is a somewhat disjointed book that raises both interesting and
half-baked ideas, with no one topic fully developed. Brown's basic theme on
race relations is sound: blacks shouldn't expect whites to rescue them, but
whites must also see that their fate is linked to that of all fellow
Americans, but his ideas never got of the ground. If he was to focus on an
issue and leave ideology out of the book, it could be truly dynamic.

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