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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 29, 2006 / 5 Elul, 5766

Dr. Bill Cosby: Master teacher

By Nat Hentoff

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When I was growing up, national black leaders were also educators for us all: Roy Wilkins (NAACP), Whitney Young (National Urban League) and A. Philip Randolph (labor organizer and compelling integrationist). Today, however, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are not of that leadership quality — functioning more and more as self-promoters than educators.

But Dr. Bill Cosby (Ph.D. in education, University of Massachusetts) has become a major, forthright spokesman for what can and must be done to carry forward the work of earlier generations of black leaders in what A. Philip Randolph called "America's unfinished (civil rights) revolution."

Cosby's spirit and energizing candor courses through an important new book — Juan Williams's "Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America — and What We Can Do About It" (Crown Publishers).

Williams of National Public Radio is also an independent political analyst for the Fox News Channel, and wrote "Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary" and "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965."

Williams's rallying cry, "Enough," would have gladdened the heart of my friend, the late Bayard Rustin, a key strategist for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Like Cosby, the prizes for Bayard were education that works, upwardly mobile jobs and a culture of self-respect based on achievement.

"Black politics (now)," writes Williams, "is still defined by events that took place 40 years ago ... As a result, black politics is paralyzed. Late 20th-century black politics grew out of a youthful, vibrant civil rights movement ... (while) today national black politics is dry and dusty with age."


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What has stirred up a lot of that dust, and continues to, was Cosby's speech on the 50th anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling that segregated public schools are unconstitutional. (In 2006, there are more largely segregated public-school systems than there were in 1954.)

Cosby has since refused to stop focusing on — as Clarence Page noted in the Aug. 12 JWR — "the crime, violence, school dropouts, out-of-wedlock births ... among black youths left behind by civil rights reforms."

A corollary blight, Williams emphasizes in speaking about his book, is the popular culture of "too many of our young black people. It tells our young minds, searching for a strong and proud racial identity, that real blackness comes with hard, cynical 'gangsta' attitudes and dressing like a convict with your pants hanging down. It offers images of women ... getting their sense of self-worth from dressing like oversexed toys for boys."

But Cosby, as Williams points out in "Enough," is urging "people to invest in their neighborhoods by not putting up with crime, even if it is committed by their own children or the boy next door, (and) he called for poor people to get guns out of their community ...

"He told neighbors to watch out for all the children in the community and not to be 'scared' to tell the parents and the police when children are running wild." This amounts, Williams emphasizes, to picking up "on the black American tradition of self-determination and self-empowerment."

Those were the roots of the civil-rights movement — the courageous sit-ins at southern lunch counters; Marshall's drive toward Brown v. Board of Education; the marches on Washington by A. Philip Randolph that inspired King and Rustin. But this reinvigoration of self-determination has led to the reviling of Cosby by such black critics as University of Pennsylvania humanities professor Michael Eric Dyson, who accuses Cosby of "blaming the poor" for the current political and economic forces that are widening the gulf between the poor and the rest of this country.

Dyson chooses to ignore that Cosby is trying to move black people to restore the energy, the momentum of the civil-rights movement to deal with those institutional and political breeders of inequality.

What is missing, however, from "Enough" is another book — or a documentary series on National Public Radio written and hosted by Williams — to show what is actually happening now, across the country, by black community leaders, teachers, young organizers, parents, preachers, politicians not beholden to party lines, who go beyond slogans and memories to bring back alive not just the words and the tune of "We Shall Overcome," but the true grit of those who made a difference then — but knew there was so much more to do.

In 1937, a former slave told what it was like in 1865 (during the Emancipation): "Hallelujah broke out ... Everybody went wild. We all felt like heroes, and nobody had made us that way but ourselves."

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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