2 out of 4 stars
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How Blacks Can Unite as One by Daniel L. Jones is a non-fiction short read (26 pages). The author believes that he has all it takes to awaken the black community and equip it with the right tools required to be prosperous. The history of the black people and the recent attacks on black communities fueled his quest for their liberation.
The book consists of three sections. In the first section, Mr. Jones gives a brief history of blacks. He also informs the reader about his motto: Each one, teach one. In the second section, he gives some of the tenets that he believes are necessary to break the disunity among blacks. The author used the last section to teach about black consciousness.
I loved that the author was bold and clear about his mission. His brevity has enabled him to give the state of the black community and call things the way they are. I felt that such boldness is commendable given the kind of message that he believes he has to deliver to the black community.
I also liked his definition of blacks. He “defined blacks as “those who are by law or tradition politically, economically, and socially discriminated against as a group.” This definition might sound (or actually sounds) one-sided, but it’s the definition I have coined.” His clear definition denotes the target audience for the book. However, any other reader who does not belong to the black community (as defined by the author) might want to read this book to be informed about the thoughts of the author and many blacks.
There are things that I disliked about the book. Although the author mentioned many things, he did not take the time to build them up for the reader to understand his passion for black liberation. That made it look a bit rushed and sketchy. For instance, he gives a very brief description of the Civil Rights Movement, Black Wall Street, and The Reconstruction Era. It would have been better to give a detailed account of these eras and how they affected the black community, and the lessons that blacks should learn from them.
The book was not professionally edited. I have a reason to believe that someone gave Mr. Jones the outline of writing a book and he went on to fill the ‘gaps’. For instance, the acknowledgment section reads, “The names of any people you might want to acknowledge in helping you get this book written. They may be your friends, family members, or associates who supported you in the project. You could also mention teachers and people who have inspired you whom you might not know personally.” It also shows that the author did not take the time to read the book after writing it.
Overall, I give How Blacks Can Unite as One by Daniel L. Jones 2 out of 4 stars. I did not give it a higher score because of the things that I disliked about it. It presents the author’s passion for the enlightenment of his community, and I believe that some readers can learn something by reading it. Thus, I did not give it a lower score. Blacks, especially the youth, will find this book useful. The book has no profanity.
How Blacks can unite as one
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