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 Skip Gates, yes skip him, ain't playing on the black side of the white supremacy

chessboard game, he is in the middle and as the coloreds of Southern Africa was

and is still being used as a buffer to better the white supremacy system

power keepers to keep on . . .



Books by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Colored People Our Nig / The African American Century The Bondwoman's Narrative  / Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man


The Trials of Phillis Wheatley "Race," Writing, and Difference  / Wonders of the African World


In Search of Identity  /  Speaking of Race, Speaking of Sex  /  The Signifying Monkey


Cosmopolitanism / Identity and Violence / The Norton Anthology of African American Literature


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Responses to Skip Gates

"Two Nations" and the "Talented Fifth"



Dear Rudy,

For a variety of reasons, mostly my own fault, I have just read your piece on Skip Gates. Thanks a million.

You have also given me some ammunition for a column which I will be writing in a little while about an issue which I call "Slave Society in the 21st century". You need wider exposure outside of the US. Peace and Love John

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RL, peace!

Skip Gates is part of a flanking effort being made by conservatives on one side and middle/upper class sellouts on the other side. It is my opinion that we are entering a new phase of struggle that will divide Black folk along class lines. This is why I said that we must know where middle and upper class blacks allegiance lie. As far as Skip is concerned, I am fed up with his bs and uncle tom antics. I have decided to boycott the programs. amin sharif

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Greetings Brother Lewis,

I appreciate your emails and keep them coming. But you have got to be kidding about watching anything Gates presents after the outrageous hatchet job he did for white america in that showing about Africa. He was dogged by conscience African descendants all over america after he did the hatchet job on Africa. Serious African descendants don't need "skip gates" who obvious helps to redefine the white supremacy system values in such ways many whites would dare not do to help prop up their system.

If people don't understand how the white Harvard University well funds this man gates to go out step and fetch it for them under the guise of scholarship and higher education, then our people don't understand how the white supremacy system power keepers operate.

The beyond the color line bullshit is only more confusing. The white supremacy system domination is the underlying factor of the white power structure. Being in bed with persons classified as white, causes most "black" persons who are hooked up with them to make compromising comments and actions while the white supremacy system power keepers go on dominated people of color around the world. That's what colin powell helped them do then and is helping them do now. The white supremacy domination system survives by dealing on color.

As Dr. Frances Cress Welsing stated back in the 1980s at Stanford University, in the white supremacy domination chessboard game, white people play on the white side of the board. Too many black people try to play in the middle of racism chessboard game, even some claiming to be white or at least color blind. What's needed and must be is the type of blacks who will play on the black side of the white supremacy domination with its racism behavior side of the board and checkmate white supremacy.

Skip Gates, yes skip him, ain't playing on the black side of the white supremacy chessboard game, he is in the middle and as the coloreds of Southern Africa was and is still being used as a buffer to better the white supremacy system power keepers to keep on, this beyond color business is just more of the same.

In fact this defect goes back to the days when the Portuguese invaded Africa in the 15th century and intentionally jumped in bed with black women to produce children who identified with their white daddies and helped them do the dirty work of seducing Africa. If you don't understand this age old color thing, then skip gates and em are only going to confuse the hell out of you. Ser Boxley

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Dear Rudy:

I just read your editorial on Gates .  I agree with most of what you have to say.  The only comment I have to make is that the mothers and fathers who manage to give their children a tremendous dose of self esteem, whatever their circumstances, seem to be the parents with the most capable adults.  This is hard to do - poor or rich - too many variables.  Bad stuff happens along the way.

However, I do believe if the child is short he or she should be told the advantages of being short.  The same goes for anything else the world hands us.  Unfortunately, none of us are perfect parents and we all make excuses for our children and ourselves.  Inevitably we make mistakes and the buck stops here. 

It is comforting to have someone else to blame it on, and God knows white America has a lot to be ashamed of.   But the more we blame, rather like a marital quarrel, the more backlash there is.   all best, Lee 

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It is strange, but in a sense Gates has this same class biased sociology of Du Bois "talented tenth" which he inherited from Lenin's concept of the "bourgeois intelligentsia" leading the "proletarian revolution".  I'm sure that Du Bois and Lenin would roll in their graves if they saw the shit that their ideas led to -- Lenin to Stalin, Du Bois' "talented tenth" to Gates "talented "one-fifth". Your critique of Gates is very comprehensive as it stands. It's unbelievable that he would expose the bourgeois mentality and elitism of the "black bourgeoisie" in public. But I guess he's no different than C Thomas and the other Black Republicans. But this trend is the opposite of Du Bois who argued that the educated elite had a social and political obligation to the masses of less fortunate Blacks whereas, as you showed, Gates is telling the Black bourgeoisie to tell the masses to kiss their asses. Joe

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Brother Rudy:

I must have entered Harvard at the same time he entered Yale only I was not a middle class, I was dirt poor. My route to Harvard was different than Schmoke and Gate’s path to Yale. 

 My father was a construction worker, and my mother was a fulltime homemaker.  She had to be with eleven children, and a sick mother-in-law residing at 306 S. Fremont Avenue.  When I was presented with the idea of going away from home to a place where I could get 3 square meals, a bed of my own, and a good education, I  got down on my knees every evening and prayed to Almighty God for this dream to come true.  When I got the letter of acceptance , I ran up and down Fremont avenue shouting for joy.

Through prep school, I smiled all the time because I was in a wonderland. Because I was one of two African-Americans at the school, I experienced more economic than racial prejudice. I remember the first marking period, I had a D- average, but with first class effort marks.  I was so embarrassed .  I quietly vowed and prayed that this would change and it did.  By the end of my senior year, I had a cumulative average of B- and was on my way to Harvard. 

 It was only at fair Harvard that I started to hear about something that Gates omitted, namely the controversy of racial inferiority as proposed by Prof. Hernstein during the 70’s.  I began to doubt my own abilities,  even as society sought academic justification for my inferiorities. I had to reach out to God again on my knees for the ground of reason and truth that was not available in academic society and certainly not the society at large. God answered like Jesse said, “I am somebody!”  I went on to graduate cum laude, with a degree in mathematics and with skepticism that the culture at large can entertain the TRUTH.

Du Bois had the talented tenth, and now Gates has doubled it to make it a talented fifth.  I guess that is his idea of progress.   

At this point in my life, having come a ways from the poverty of my youth, I can truly say that the only reason I can now stomach the lynchings of the past, the drugs of the present, the cruelties of the war, the futilities of our lives is  my Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ who brought me through prep school, Harvard and professional life.  Jesus is my reason for being; my answer for the absurd society in which I live.  peace and all good to you and yours,  will

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Wow, Rudy,  

That was good! Well written and compassion for the masses and hostility to those who call themselves "Black" to advance their careers and turn around and attack us once they get there. I am reminded of Clarence Thomas attacks on his sister on welfare supporting his mother. Or something like that. Great writing.Joe

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As they say in N'yawlins (or in the words of our mutual friend Kalamu): "Yeah, you right!"Chuck

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Hey brotha Rudolph!

Wanted to send a shout out on your recent article concerning Henry Louis Gates. Good reading, right on point and I loved it. Warmest, Njai

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you tickle me
i thought i was the only one up burning
that midnight oil
trying to stay ahead of the game    in strugglearf

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I assume your article was inspired by Skip's appearance on Charlie Rose last night?   Fast work!  By now, I suppose everybody has seen through Skip--well almost everybody.  He continues to be a popular speaker.   Yours faithfully, Wilson

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Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., Ph.D. (born September 16, 1950) is an American literary critic, educator, scholar, writer, editor and public intellectual. He was the first African American to receive the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship. He has received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his teaching, research, and development of academic institutions to study black culture. In 2002, Gates was selected to give the Jefferson Lecture, in recognition of his "distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities." The lecture resulted in his 2003 book, The Trials of Phillis Wheatley.

As the host of the 2006 and 2008 PBS television miniseries African American Lives, Gates explored the genealogy of prominent African Americans. Gates sits on the boards of many notable arts, cultural, and research institutions. He serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, where he is Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Michael Kinsley referred to him as "the nation's most famous black scholar."[1] However he is criticized as non-representative of Black people by prominent African-American scholars such as Molefi Asante, John Henrik Clarke, and Maulana Karenga. . . .

On July 16, 2009, Gates returned home from a trip to China to find the door to his house jammed. His driver attempted to help him gain entrance. A passer-by called police reporting a possible break-in and a Cambridge police officer was dispatched. The resulting confrontation resulted in Gates being arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Prosecutors later dropped the charges.The incident spurred a politically charged exchange of views about race relations and law enforcement throughout the United States. The arrest garnered national attention after the President declared that the police "acted stupidly" in arresting Gates. The President eventually extended an invitation to both Gates and the officer involved to share a beer with him at the White House.[24]

On March 9, 2010, Gates claimed on the Oprah Winfrey Show that he and Sgt. James Crowley, the arresting officer in the Cambridge incident, share a common ancestor.Wikipedia

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on DVD

DVD Description of  America beyond the Color Line

Henry Louis Gates Jr. travels the length and breadth of the United States to take the temperature of black America at the start of the new century. Gates visits the East Coast, the deep South, inner-city Chicago and Hollywood to explore the rich and diverse landscape, social as well as geographic.

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DVD Description of African American Lives

Renowned scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., W.E.B. DuBois professor of the Humanities and chair of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University, takes Alex Haley’s Roots saga to a whole new level. Using genealogy and DNA science, Dr. Gates tells the personal stories of eight accomplished African Americans, tracing their roots through American history and back to Africa. Participants include Dr. Ben Carson, Whoopi Goldberg, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Mae Jemison, Quincy Jones, Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Chris Tucker and Oprah Winfrey.

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DVD Description of  Wonders of the African World

Africa is a continent of magnificent treasures and cultures--from the breathtaking stone architecture of 1,000-year-old ruins in South Africa to an advanced 16th century international university in Timbuktu. However, for centuries, many of these African wonders have been hidden from the world, lost to the ravages of time, nature and repressive governments. Uncover the richness of these African Wonders with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he explores the many cultures, traditions and history of the African continent.

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In Search of Our Roots:

How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past”

 By Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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Wake Up Everybody—Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (1975)

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Remarks by the President and the First Lady at Presentation of the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities medal.—November 5, 1998—THE PRESIDENT: Near the beginning of this century, W. E. B. Du Bois predicted a "black tomorrow" of African American achievement. Thanks in large measure to Henry Louis Gates, that tomorrow has turned into today. For 20 years he has revitalized African American studies. In his writing and teaching, through his leadership of the Dream Team of African American scholars he brought together at Harvard, Gates has shed brilliant light on authors and traditions kept in the shadows for too long. From "signifying monkeys" to small-town West Virginia, from ancient Africa to the new New York, Skip Gates has described the American experience with force, with dignity and, most of all, with color. Ladies and gentlemen, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Applause.) The Medal is presented.)—clinton6

The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism (1989)
Colored People: A Memoir (1994, memoir)

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Africa Makes Some Noise—Documentary on contemporary music from Africa

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A Hubert Harrison Reader

Edited by Jeffrey B. Perry

The brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic, and political activist Hubert Harrison (1883-1927) is one of the truly important, yet neglected, figures of early twentieth-century America. Considered "the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time," Harrison, "the father of Harlem radicalism," combined class consciousness and race consciousness in a coherent political radicalism which stressed the revolutionary importance of struggle for African American equality, emphasized the duty of all workers to oppose white supremacy, and urged Blacks not wait on whites before taking steps to shape their future. His efforts significantly influenced A. Philip Randolph, Marcus Garvey, and a generation of activists and "common people." Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 (By Jeffrey B. Perry)

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Malcolm X

A Life of Reinvention

By Manning Marable

Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.

Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world.

Manning Marable's new biography of Malcolm is a stunning achievement. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties.

Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X will stand as the definitive work on one of the most singular forces for social change, capturing with revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.

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The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

By Pauline Maier

A notable historian of the early republic, Maier devoted a decade to studying the immense documentation of the ratification of the Constitution. Scholars might approach her book’s footnotes first, but history fans who delve into her narrative will meet delegates to the state conventions whom most history books, absorbed with the Founders, have relegated to obscurity. Yet, prominent in their local counties and towns, they influenced a convention’s decision to accept or reject the Constitution. Their biographies and democratic credentials emerge in Maier’s accounts of their elections to a convention, the political attitudes they carried to the conclave, and their declamations from the floor. The latter expressed opponents’ objections to provisions of the Constitution, some of which seem anachronistic (election regulation raised hackles) and some of which are thoroughly contemporary (the power to tax individuals directly).

Ripostes from proponents, the Federalists, animate the great detail Maier provides, as does her recounting how one state convention’s verdict affected another’s. Displaying the grudging grassroots blessing the Constitution originally received, Maier eruditely yet accessibly revives a neglected but critical passage in American history.—Booklist

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Lincoln on Race and Slavery

Edited By Henry Louis Gates and Donald Yacovone

Generations of Americans have debated the meaning of Abraham Lincoln's views on race and slavery. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation and supported a constitutional amendment to outlaw slavery, yet he also harbored grave doubts about the intellectual capacity of African Americans, publicly used the n-word until at least 1862, and favored permanent racial segregation. In this book—the first complete collection of Lincoln's important writings on both race and slaveryreaders can explore these contradictions through Lincoln's own words. Acclaimed Harvard scholar and documentary filmmaker Henry Louis Gates, Jr., presents the full range of Lincoln's views, gathered from his private letters, speeches, official documents, and even race jokes, arranged chronologically from the late 1830s to the 1860s.

Complete with definitive texts, rich historical notes, and an original introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this book charts the progress of a war within Lincoln himself. We witness his struggles with conflicting aims and ideas—a hatred of slavery and a belief in the political equality of all men, but also anti-black prejudices and a determination to preserve the Union even at the cost of preserving slavery. We also watch the evolution of his racial views, especially in reaction to the heroic fighting of black Union troops.

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Better Day Coming: Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000

By Adam Fairclough

Better Day Coming is intended, in author Adam Fairclough's words, as "neither a textbook nor a survey, but an interpretation" (p. xiv) of the circuitous struggle for racial equality pursued by African Americans and their occasional allies between 1890 and 2000. Chronologically organized, the narrative moves from an evaluation of the hard-pressed, contending forces vying for ascendancy in the black South at the nadir to the interwar period and well beyond, into the urban cauldron of the northern ghettoes at the high point of the Black Power movement. Fairclough brings to his project a fluent understanding of the shifting institutional configurations of opposition to Jim Crow and a keen sensitivity to the ways in which the efforts of those who fought it were hampered, circumscribed, and occasionally crushed by the pressures of operating in a society formally committed—for most of the period under discussion—to aggressive defense of the racial status quo.

Fairclough's "basic argument" seems at first glance uncontroversial: that "although blacks differed . . . about the most appropriate tactics in the struggle for equality, they were united in rejecting allegations of racial inferiority and in aspiring to a society where men and women would be judged on merit rather than by race or color" (p. xii). But his ultimate aim is more ambitious: he sets out to rehabilitate the accommodationist tradition represented by Booker T. Washington which, though "apparently unheroic," in the author's view "laid the groundwork for the militant confrontation of the Civil Rights Movement" (p. xiii).—h-net

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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