Redefining What It Means to Be Black in America

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National Public Radio (NPR)

Author and NPR senior correspondent Juan Williams says that “one of the most damaging forces tearing at young black people in America today is the popular culture’s pernicious image of what an ‘authentic’ black person is supposed to look like and how that person is supposed to act.” More often than not, Williams notes, that image has been one of an angry young black misogynist thug. However, recent studies show that “real” authentic black Americans are more likely to believe that the hip-hop industry is detrimental, that good jobs are scarce, that middle-class and poor blacks are becoming more different from one another, and that a black person can get ahead through hard work. Nov. 13,