Interview with Houston Baker

Betrayal, Houston has just posted an interview on WPFW with Houston Baker, author of Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era.

In the interview, Baker discusses the ways leading Black intellectuals such as Michael Eric Dyson, Cornel West, John McWhorter and others are “traitors” to the tradition exemplified in the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Baker argues that these talented thinkers have abdicated their responsibilities as public intellectual by failing to offer a strenuous critique of the U.S. government and media and their treatment and depiction of African Americans. Baker also challenges those who point to the “cultural failures” of African American and gloss over the economic and political factors that keep many African American communities mired in poverty.

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