Stanley G. Robertson is a professor of business and law at DeVry University in Chicago. He is the host and producer of the television show titled, The Ink Spot, on CAN-TV and WVON radio in Chicago. The show is currently in its sixth year of production. Stan is the author of the book, The Straw Man Fallacy: Exposing the Faulty Rhetoric of Is Bill Cosby Right? He is currently working on his second book titled, This Ain’t Eric Jerome Dickey: The Ink Spot Anthology of 100 Books You Must Read. In the anthology, Stan has selected and reviewed 100 of their favorite books covered on The Ink Spot between the years 2005-2010. The books selected for inclusion range from the Black literary classics to current best sellers.
The Ink Spot appears on television and radio. The Ink Spot with Stanley G. Robertson airs on CAN-TV in Chicago each Saturday from 11:30-12:00 noon Central Time; and it airs on WVON AM-1690 radio each Sunday from 4:00-5:00 pm Central Time.
Each week the moderator plus three panelists from varied backgrounds read a book and come together around the table to debate the issues explored in the book. The show begins with each panelist expressing their overall opinion of the book. But as opposing viewpoints emerge, the conversation usually turns to more verbal sparring, good-natured gamesmanship and occasionally loud crosstalk as the debate heats up. Every episode ends with Stanley G. Robertson asking for a thumbs up or thumbs down as to whether each panelist would recommend the book to other readers.
Hardcover: 98 pages
Publisher: Xlibris Corp (June 8, 2009)
In this searing critique of Michael Eric Dyson’s book, Is Bill Cosby Right
or Has the Black Middle Class Lost It’s Mind? Stanley G. Robertson asserts
that Dyson’s motives for his diatribe are less than noble.
When it comes to Bill Cosby’s speech, Dyson overreacted like a bit player in a bad movie. Based on his response, one would have thought that Cosby had slapped Dyson’s mother instead of calling for Black mothers and fathers to stand up and be mothers and fathers. It would seem that Michael Eric Dyson, and not the middle class, is the one who has lost his mind.
In his book, The Straw Man Fallacy, Stanley G. Robertson exposes the logical fallacies in Michael Dyson’s treatise and explores the rationale behind his venomous attacks against Bill Cosby.
In this insightful and provocative work, Stanley G. Robertson explores the
etymology of the word “house Negro”. In essence, “house Negro” is a
derivative of “house slave”. At its root, the term is used to denote an
African American whose political views run contrary to the corporate good of
the Black community. In this book, Stan argues that the Black republican is
the direct ideological descendent of the house slave.
The psychological control of the slave was indeed a complex affair whose repercussions are still felt some 150 years later. As a result of the conditions suffered while in captivity, the American slave in general, and the house slave in particular, developed a far-reaching psychosis that caused them to assist their captors in maintaining their stronghold.
Because of the house slave’s close proximity to his owner, he often identified with his master and looked out for his well being. The house slave protected his owner’s property, his home, and his children. House slaves benefited from their loyalty and some even came to love and care for their owners even to the detriment of their own community. Their misguided allegiance caused them to imitate their owner’s deportment and adopt his political ideology as their own.
Black republicans today, akin to the house slaves of yore, not only identify with their White counterparts, but they have assumed the same social and financial interests, and as a result, fully embraced their political views. Based on this commonality, the Black republican and the house slave are inextricably linked. In this context, the book House Negro: The Psychological Containment of the Black Republican makes the argument that the reference to the Black republican as house Negro is linguistically accurate.
This Ain’t Eric Jerome Dickey: The Ink Spot Anthology of 100 Books You Must Read
by Stanley G. Robertson JD & Gavin R. Jackson, JD
From the Introduction
For five years the original panel of The Ink Spot have gathered around the table and debated books. During that time, the panel has engaged in in-depth conversations and has fielded hard-hitting questions from the moderator. Due to the varied backgrounds of the panelists, viewpoints often emerged which have led to crossfire dialogue, verbal sparring, good-natured gamesmanship, and occasionally loud crosstalk. The show always ends with Stanley G. Robertson asking for a thumbs up or thumbs down as to whether each panelist would recommend the book to other readers.
At the outset, an explanation of the title of this book seems to be in order. While it may appear to be a slam against Eric Jerome Dickey, the title is not suggestive of any sort of triviality of Mr. Dickey’s work or that of other fiction writers. The thought process in developing a title for this work centered around the concept of reading. When it comes to reading, many African Americans tend to lean toward works of fiction, and so, the search was on to find just the right anecdote or symbol to represent this notion. Eric Jerome Dickey, being one of the stalwarts of Black fiction, fit the bill perfectly and the title was born. Thus, the title is not a slam against Mr. Dickey; on the contrary, it pays homage to him.
It is no coincidence that the 100 books included in this anthology are works of nonfiction; it is because one of the primary goals of The Ink Spot is to educate and inform its audience. While the show seeks to deliver the debates in an entertaining format, the panel around the table might be considered in the public discourse as intellectuals. This is not to speak of the panel in superlatives, but on the contrary, to suggest that panelists who participate in The Ink Spot debates are persons who use intelligent thought and reason to critically analyze information that is contained in the books they read.
In early 2003, Stanley G. Robertson, Tony Hess, John M. Smith, and Will Dixon, formed a book club in order to intensify the verbal sparring that they enjoyed on a regular basis since childhood. The book club ran strong for some three years until it ran its course.
In 2005 the television show, The Ink Spot, was born from this group when Stanley G. Robertson became a producer at CAN-TV, a local cable access channel in Chicago, Illinois. Stan would be the host of the show, with Tony and John appearing often as panelists. Kim Martinez joined the cast the same year, followed by Gavin R. Jackson in 2006. Stan continued to produce and host the show with Tony, Kim and Gavin settling in as the regular Ink Spot panelists. Many other guests have appeared on the show as alternates, most notably Benita Jackson, Rodger Jackson, Jr., and Lewis W. Powell, III.
The Ink Spot reached a milestone in 2010 when Gavin became an Associate Producer on the show. Stan and Gavin have worked diligently to advance the show from its local audience at CAN-TV to a national network audience. The past five years have been a wild ride indeed! In This Ain’t Eric Jerome Dickey, Stan and Gavin, along with other members of the original Ink Spot cast, have selected and reviewed 100 of their favorite books covered on the show between the years 2005-2010. The books selected for inclusion range from the Black literary classics to current best sellers.
The scope of recommendations contained in This Ain’t Eric Jerome Dickey: The Ink Spot Anthology of 100 Books You Must Read are suitable for freshman and mature scholar alike. It serves as an extraordinary introduction to the intellectual and social history of many important works in Black literature.
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