Literary Scholar Indicts Some Black Thinkers for Shallow Works

by Ronald Roach
May 14, 2008, 22:25

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In his new book Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era, Dr. Houston A. Baker Jr., a leading scholar in African-American and American literature, takes a number of well-known Black intellectuals to task for published works that he deems as either lacking in substance or ideologically detrimental to Black American interests.

Identified as either centrists or neoconservatives, these thinkers come under heavy criticism and their works, in Baker’s estimation, represent a betrayal to the legacy, largely established by Dr. Martin Luther Jr.’s leadership of the Civil Rights Movement.

Late last month, Baker talked about his new book.

Click here to listen to the audio of Dr. Baker’s interview with Diverse.

Click here to read the transcript of his interview with Diverse.