Friday, June 02, 2006

Black Conservative Actor

La Shawn Barber reviews Joseph C. Phillips, He Talk Like a White Boy.

Phillips stays focused on the book’s themes while writing honestly about his anxiety over auditioning, his mother’s suicide, and his efforts to be a faithful Christian, a good husband, and a good father. In a poignant essay about his late father, Phillips laments the diminished role of fathers in the culture in general:

It is a shame that as social currency, fatherhood has been so drastically devalued. A man’s honor is cheap… Boys must see the pride in their father’s smile, feel the firm hand of a father’s discipline, and hear the bite of correction in his voice. Boys will not grow into men unless men lead them…Boys do not need male role models and they don’t need father figures; they need fathers in the home.
If you are interested, here is Phillips' website. On the issue of loss of honor, Christina Hoff Summers' interview with James Bowman, who recently wrote a book called Honor: A History, is also insightful, if at points wrong-headed.

7 comments:

dcat said...

I know you are not saying this, but the title coupled with the block quotation implies that there is something conservative about valuing fatherhood, and of course this is not the case.

dcat

Tom said...

There is absolutely something conservative about valuing fatherhood, but then there is something liberal about it too. But sorry for any confusion--I picked that particular quotation not for its conservativeness but because he mentioned honor and it gave me a chance to link to the Bowman interview.

dcat said...

The answer, as always, is that you are a giant poopie head.

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