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12 Angry Men:

True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today
Edited by Gregory S. Parks and Matthew W. Hughey
Introduction by Lani Guinier
The New Press
Hardcover, $24.95
224 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59558-538-7

When writing in support of everything Black becomes a trademark for some people, mistakes are bound to be made. Although the theme of the book exposes some bitter rifts between Blacks and the Police departments all over America, 12 Angry Men does not touch substantially on Black on Black Violence and the abuse of the Black man against the Black female in America today; the abandonment of the Black of his roles and responsibilities in the modeling of a modern nation. The book sounds like the old complaints that we have heard for years now that has in a weird way empowered black youth into believing that working hard in school is a bad thing and that calling out criminals in our communities is "rating".

The role of responsible writers in society should be to point out ills of society wherever they are observed but this book has failed to do so. If you want to read follow the usual blame crowd who in essence offer nothing but criticism, then read this book; or write these learned men and women and ask them to gather their energies into reforming the Black youth who has been abandoned by their parents and community and are now running amok in town.

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