Claim: Dee Lee penned a screed opining that blacks ‘don’t read.’
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2002]
Blacks Don’t Read
This is very deep, and unfortunately, very true!
This is a heavvvvy piece and a Caucasian wrote it.
THEY ARE STILL OUR SLAVES
We can continue to reap profits from the Blacks without the effort of physical slavery. Look at the current methods of containment that they use on themselves: IGNORANCE, GREED, and SELFISHNESS.
Their IGNORANCE is the primary weapon of containment. A great man once said, “The best way to hide something from Black people is to put it in a book.” We live now in the Information Age. They have gained the opportunity to read any book on any subject through the efforts of their fight for freedom, yet they refuse to read.
There are numerous books readily available at Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com, not to mention their own Black Bookstores that provide solid blueprints to reach economic equality (which should have been their fight all along), but few read consistently, if at all.
GREED is another powerful weapon of containment. Blacks, since the abolition of slavery, have had large amounts of money at their disposal. Last year they spent
They are fools! The vast majority of their people are still in poverty because their greed holds them back from collectively making better communities. With the help of BET, and the rest of their black media that often broadcasts destructive images into their own homes, we will continue to see huge profits like those of Tommy and Nike. (Tommy Hilfiger has even jeered them, saying he doesn’t want their money, and look at how the fools spend more with him than ever before!). They’ll continue to show off to each other while we build solid communities with the profits from our businesses that we market to them.
SELFISHNESS, ingrained in their minds through slavery, is one of the major ways we can continue to contain them. One of their own, Dubois said that there was an innate division in their culture. A “Talented Tenth” he called it. He was correct in his deduction that there are segments of their culture that has achieved some “form” of success. However, that segment missed the fullness of his work. They didn’t read that the “Talented Tenth” was then responsible to aid the
Yes, will continue to contain them as long as they refuse to read, continue to buy anything they want, and keep thinking they are “helping” their communities by paying dues to organizations which do little other than hold lavish conventions in our hotels.
By the way, don’t worry about any of them reading this letter, remember,
‘THEY DON’T READ!!!!’
(Prove them wrong. Please pass this on!)
Origins: Our earliest sighting of this polemic which excoriates “buppies” and other blacks for their presumed lack of literacy and bling-motivated consumer choices dates to
written by a Caucasian. In October 2002 we began receiving versions stating radio personality Dee Lee had read the item on air that morning on a
While the question of who wrote the piece remains murky, we can rule out two people who have often been erroneously pointed to as its author.
Likely as a result of African-American radio jock Dee Lee’s name having become attached to the screed, a Caucasian certified financial planner of the same name has been mistakenly pointed to as the source of the item. (The Internet-circulated piece, after all, always contained the claim that it had been written by a white person.) Dee Lee of Harvard Financial Educators, author of numerous books in the financial planning field, including Let’s Talk Money, has seen the piece circulated with not only her name and business affiliation attached, but also her
Although the actual author of the piece is still unknown to us,
As to what to make of the item, some analysts have expressed doubt that it was penned by a white racist, instead finding in the text reason to believe it the work of an African-American laboring to make a point. Said Tony Norman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Besides its didacticism, this letter is full of the racial self-loathing that permeates much
Barbara “deeply disturbing” Mikkelson
Last updated: 22 June 2010
Norman, Tony. “A Discourse on Ignorance from an Apparent Expert.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 22 January 2002 (p. A7). Smokes, Saundra. “E-Mail Decries Slave Mentality.” The [Syracuse] Post-Standard. 1 December 2002 (p. C2). The New York Beacon. “Negativity or a Wake-Up Call: They Are Still Our Slaves.” 17 October 2001.