Juan Williams on African-American 'Victimhood' Many African-American leaders have lost touch with a hallmark of the civil rights movement — the tradition of self-empowerment, Juan Williams says. Instead, he says, they've embraced "victimhood."

Juan Williams on African-American 'Victimhood'

Juan Williams on African-American 'Victimhood'

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Juan Williams on Black Leaders Who 'Delight in Victimhood'

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Steve Inskeep and Juan Williams' Extended Conversation

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Many African-American leaders have lost touch with a hallmark of the civil rights movement -- the tradition of self-empowerment, Juan Williams says in his new book. Instead, they've embraced the notion of "victimhood," the NPR senior correspondent says.

His book is called Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America -- and What We Can Do About It.

"I think it's a terrible signal to our young people about who black people are to have us constantly wrapped in the cloak of victimhood, and to have black leadership that in a knee-jerk fashion defends negative, dysfunctional behavior," Williams tells Steve Inskeep.

Their conversation begins a week-long series on the state of leadership in the African-American community.

Enough
The Phony Leaders, Dead-end Movements, And Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black
By Juan Williams

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