The abuse of history leaves us in intellectual isolation.
This post is a classic: Cornel West, the Matrix, the minority of one, nobility of spirit. And the reminder that there are those who profit from heightening racial consciousness rather than emphasizing the shared beauty of the American Dream. Like a fine wine or an aging cheddar, it keeps getting better.
Mr Bowen, Relative your thesis on ghetto isolation. What are your thoughts on why the people in Africa remained in primitive hunter/gather cultures until Europeans colonized the sub-Sahara regions? intellectually, African tribes were mentally keen, etc., but why didn’t they advance in scientific discovery, communication skills (reading and writing), science, including world travel and industry? Europeans had already “discovered” the Far East and the Americas via ocean-bound ships due to living on ocean shores. Did Insular environment of Australian aborigines factor into millennium of living in primitive ages when England landed on its shores?
Michael, The last paragraph is beautifully written. It is a pleasure to read.