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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Duke Case — Recruiting for the Gang of 88

new recruit wants to join the Duke Group of 88


Gang of 88 member and Cosby heckler, Karla "Mumbles" Holloway: Come on Bill, shut up and just be a funny Black man.

Karla Fc Holloway / Orlando Sentinel:
Come on, Cosby: Lay off talk about race -- Bill Cosby made his career earning our laughter, but his recent "call-out" to black communities --- in which he blames the multifaceted perils of black children (whom he has called "dirty laundry") on their parents'lack of interest in their success -- only serves to solidify our biases about privilege, potential and race.

Cosby is on a book tour with his co-author, Harvard psychologist Alvin Poussaint, to promote Come On People, which continues the focus of his 2004 series of town hall meetings during which he chastised his mostly black audiences for parenting failures and for being poor models for their children. [...]
John Rosenberg / Discriminations.us:
Group of 88 Leader Chastises Cosby -- Holloway thus equates criticism of blacks by a black with race treason, because it “validates the associations” of all those who do not think the criticism specious. Oddly, and wholly unpersuasively, Holloway here attempts to argue that a large part of what is “problematic” about Cosby’s “storytelling” is that he makes too much of race. [...]
Great Pumkin wants to join Group of 88Great Pumpkin wants to join Group of 88 too.

Jon Ham / JohnLocke.org / Right Angles blog:
Group of 88 prof touts witchcraft’s benefits -- In the spring of 2006, as a member of the infamous Group of 88 tenured radicals at Duke, Prof. Anne-Maria Makhulu was trying to put the curse of “white privilege” on the Duke lacrosse team. Now she’s telling the world, with the complicity of the Duke News Service and The Herald-Sun, that witchcraft can help change the world, in a lefty, collectivized direction, of course. At least that’s the way I read this quote:
"When people say they believe in magical forces, they believe in magic that can make the world equal and just in circumstances where it’s not,” Makhulu said. For some, “witchcraft is about recuperating what is ethical, just and moral.”

“We need enchantment in our lives because our world has become disenchanted,” Makhulu said. “We need faith that promises something bigger and better than what we have.”
Imagine a college professor saying, “We need Jesus in our lives.” Nope. That would be insensitive.
Duke News Service / Herald-Sun:
Witchcraft: Serious business in the past -- Halloween is a time for children to dress up as witches, ghouls and goblins, but historically witchcraft was serious business, according to a Duke University professor. [...]

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