Democracy in Black

Democracy in Black

How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

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"A powerful polemic on the state of black America that savages the idea of a post-racial society America's great promise of equality has always rung hollow in the ears of African Americans. But today the situation has grown even more dire. From the murders of black youth by the police, to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, to the disaster visited upon poor and middle-class black families by the Great Recession, it is clear that black America faces an emergency--at the very moment the election of the first black president has prompted many to believe we've solved America's race problem. Democracy in Black is Eddie S. Glaude Jr.'s impassioned response. Part manifesto, part history, part memoir, it argues that we live in a country founded on a "value gap"--with white lives valued more than others--that still distorts our politics today. Whether discussing why all Americans have racial habits that reinforce inequality, why black politics based on the civil-rights era have reached a dead end, or why only remaking democracy from the ground up can bring real change, Glaude crystallizes the untenable position of black America--and offers thoughts on a better way forward. Forceful in ideas and unsettling in its candor, Democracy In Black is a landmark book on race in America, one that promises to spark wide discussion as we move toward the end of our first black presidency"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2016
ISBN: 9780804137416
0804137412
Branch Call Number: 305.896 Glau
Characteristics: vii, 274 pages

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Nov 28, 2016

How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. What is democracy? Is it only for the dominant group?
For 200 plus years America has learned to value material things rather than humanity.
The struggle continues for a Black American to achieve VALUE; of people deserving the same
rights and privileges of "American Democracy." Otherwise there is no true democracy.

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