“Black Men Don’t Read……” Brian W Smith

This is a quote that was brought to my attention. I don’t know the originator of this statement but I do know it’s not our ethnicity.

“Their IGNORANCE is the primary weapon of containment. A great man once said, “The best way to hide something from Black people is to put it in a book.” We live now in the Information Age. They have gained the opportunity to read any book on any subject through the efforts of their fight for freedom, yet they refuse to read.”

So this month and next I want to prove that this statement is WRONG, BLACK MEN DO READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The issue of not reading is not a “black man” problem, it’s a societal problem that starts in early childhood. Adults who weren’t introduced to reading as a child do not have the desire, or ability, to convey the importance of reading to their own children. Unfortunately, the problem is getting worse because of all the distractions we have today: Reality TV, Instagram, Netflix, YouTube, etc. Most people would consider taking a nap before they pick up a book. Until the the cycle of ignorance is broken and parents start placing an emphasis on reading, literacy will always be treated like something that isn’t cool. 


~Bestselling Author, Brian W. Smith

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