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Old black stereotypes 7th November 2008

There are slim pickings in Britain for those looking for informed comment on the African-American experience. Any with hopes that Prospect might fill the gap would surely have found Myron Magnet’s piece (November) disappointing. The white, neo-conservative Magnet would struggle to convince us that he could understand the plight of African Americans, so he lets black authors like Bill Cosby do the heavy lifting for him. He quotes selectively to build a case that sounds more early-1980s than late-noughties, and manages to blame poor blacks for nearly all the ills of the black community.

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