The Collective Irresponsibility of African Americans: Bill Cosby Raised the Issue, Joseph Jett Wrote the Book!

As America celebrates Independence Day, Black men are at last speaking out boldly against the culture of dependency that afflicts African Americans. Bill Cosby has faced sharp criticism and rebuke for airing the "dirty laundry" of African Americans. Author Joseph Jett's new book, Broken Bonds, is a repudiation of African Americanism. Jett, a Black man, calls for the return of Black Pride, as only through pride can the culture of dependency be broken and intellectual and economic freedom be won.

(PRWEB) July 6, 2004 -- No longer can it be denied that the battle has been joined on the future of Black culture. As America celebrates its independence, the Black man enters a new era of struggle to free himself from a culture of dependency and self-hatred. Bill Cosby created a storm of controversy when he openly criticized the madness that is universally accepted as African American culture. Mr. Cosby drew criticism and rebuke from those the news media has declared the influential leaders of the Black race.

Mr. Cosby charged blacks with parental failures that have led to high drop out rates amongst black students, crimes and other social ills in the black community.

"Ladies and gentlemen," said Mr. Cosby at the Constitution Hall event, "the lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids $500 sneakers for what? And won't spend $200 for 'Hooked on Phonics.'

He added: "They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English. I can't even talk the way these people talk: 'Why you ain't,' 'Where you is' ... And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the father talk... Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads. ... You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth!"

For a Black man to speak the truth about the self-inflicted ills of the African American is to risk ostracism and opprobrium from the community. Few have the courage to face these risks, but a truth left silent becomes a poison. Mr. Cosby courageously raised these issues before the national media. Author Joseph Jett, who successfully faced down a multimedia character assassination by General Electric, not only raises the issues but wrote the book. Nowhere is the coming conflict over Black culture given life as in Jett’s controversial work, Broken Bonds.

At the Harlem launch of Broken Bonds, an event sponsored by the Black Panther Party, Jett declared to a cheering audience in the Oberia Dempsey Auditiorium, “I am a Black man, not an African American. The African American represents nothing more than the economic and intellectual re-enslavement of the Black man. The bonds of slavery must be broken. I have come bearing strife. I have come to bring a sword.”

In Broken Bonds, two-time MIT graduate and Harvard MBA Jett contends, “We remain a dependent people because we have never come to grips with the underlying culture of slavery that poisons so many aspects of African American life. Our leadership, this hegemony of Negro priest-kings that the media says speaks for all African Americans, has failed us. Their political and economic strategy of corporate shakedowns, “white guilt” handouts and dependency may have lined their pockets with gold, but it has come at a devastating cost to Black people. The herd animal mentality has made the Negro priest-kings unassailable in their power. The African American shouts down as racist any approach of reason; and denounces as Uncle Toms any Black man who dares exercise his intellect and question the legitimacy of the priest-kings reign.”

Jett states, “Adolescent African American males make up 1.1% of the population but commit 30% of all homicides. Meanwhile, our children grab their crotches and frantically wave their arms in the air. Today, 84% of heterosexual HIV/AIDS cases are African Americans although we make up only 11% of the population. Meanwhile, our children plate their teeth with gold, adorn themselves with Bling Bling, and sing of bitches and whores. Today, 55% of African American males are in prison or on probation. Meanwhile, I am asked almost daily to give money for yet another basketball court or “Mamma, I wanna sing” studio. We have recreated in our children the minstrel of old. The minstrelsy of our children is a dream come true for those racists who wish us ill. The image of a race victimized by crime, devastated by AIDS, unwilling to compete academically, and whose focus is on being entertainers hearkens morbidly back to the white man’s most frequent justification for slavery: the happy slave. Is this African American culture or the remnants of a slave culture that deserves not preservation but a heel placed firmly upon its neck? My children, what the hell do we have to sing about?”

Jett argues, “We are free men. We must take on the responsibility and discipline of free men. To merely enter our children into the fat chance lottery of being a hip-hop or basketball star is an act of neither love nor responsibility. The equation that our children face is simple: Every moment spent practicing rap lyrics or throwing a ball at a hoop is a moment of dwindling academic achievement. We must summon the courage to challenge the strategies of the priest-kings who have stood truth merrily on its head. We must raise standards, not lower them. A muscle becomes stronger only when challenged to do more. The Negro priest-kings must be told, “God doth exact day labour, white denied.” In Broken Bonds, the lightning bolt of Black intellectual freedom flashes. Listen to the thunder.

Broken Bonds can be ordered online at Or write to Cambridge Matrix Publications, 61 Fourth Avenue, Suite 299, New York, NY 10003. The price is $34.95 plus $3.85 shipping/handling. A nationwide author tour is scheduled to begin in early June 2004. The title has been allocated a generous advertising budget. Hollywood producing luminaries Wendy Finerman (Forrest Gump, Stepmom, The Fan), Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, She's Gotta Have It), and Patrick McCormick (Peter Pan, Boys on the Side, Donnie Brasco) have all expressed interest in Jett's story.

About the Author: Joseph Jett is no stranger to fame. He is named in over 667 books. His early career at General Electric’s Kidder Peabody investment bank is taught across the globe in the world’s top business schools. A hedge fund manager and speaker, Jett is a frequent television commentator on the financial markets and issues of African-American culture. He has appeared on Sixty Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Your World w/ Neil Cavuto, MoneyLine w/ Lou Dobbs, A&E’s Biography, and At Large w/Geraldo Rivera to mention just a few. Jett starred in the BBC production, Blood on the Carpet, and was portrayed by actor Courtney Vance in the Law and Order episode, “Rage”. The Financial Times said of him: But above all he appears to have remarkable strength of will. It is not that a lesser man would have been crushed by his experience; most normal people probably would not have survived at all.

Book Statistics

Title:            Broken Bonds
Subtitle:     My Immoderate Life of Love, Passion, War on Affirmative Action and Jack Welch’s GE
Author:    Joseph Jett
ISBN:    0-9708101-3-X
Category:    Business/African-American/Biography
Length:            336 pages
Retail Price:    $34.95
Trim Size:    6” x 9”
Binding:    Hardcover
Backmatter:    Index
Distributed by:    Baker & Taylor / Quality Books

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