Fanita asks:

I hate to ask this, but I am anyway. Is this a white people thing? I'm a black Gen Xer with pre-Boomer parents, and I just don't understand any of the animosity expressed in these comments. Any black people relate to this? I know I don't.

Bingo. Well sorta. We have our generational angst--a lot of us wish the CIRC would get lost. But we don't see that as the sum total of our folks' generation--it's just a particular group that lost their mind. A lot of us worship people like Malcolm and Martin. Hip-hop wouldn't exist without Parliament and James Brown. And who doesn't love Muhammad Ali? I think Dave Chappelle's Block Party can't touch Wattstax, and so on...

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