"We are worse off than we were before Brown v. Board." -- Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote this thoughtful op/ed in the NYTimes Sunday, ruminating on Barack Obama's DNC speech against anti-intellectualism in the black community and America as a whole. Allow me to quote: "Why the huge flap over Bill Cosby's insistence that black teenagers do their homework, stay in school, master standard English and stop having babies? Any black person who frequents a barbershop or beauty parlor in the inner city knows that Mr. Cosby was only echoing sentiments widely shared in the black community." Why indeed.