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Whether or not Barack Obama wins, black America will continue to argue over the "responsibility" debate sparked by Bill Cosby's trenchant views on that failure

By Myron Magnet   November 2008

Barack Obama says America needs to have a conversation about race. In fact, one is already in full swing—and it is happening among African-Americans. Its spark was a speech that television star Bill Cosby gave in 2004. In books and articles, on talk shows and in town meetings, at barbecues and barber shops, African-Americans have been arguing over his words ever since. Their discussion is the most hopeful development in race relations in years.

With a 50 per cent high school dropout rate and a 70 per cent illegitimacy rate, with African-Americans convicted for half the nation’s murders though making…

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