Democracy in Black

Democracy in Black

How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780804137416
Branch Call Number: 305.896 G467
Characteristics: vii, 274 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 07, 2018

"Most Americans see aberrations.....But inequality and racial habits are part of the American Idea.... [During the depression of 2008] ...African Americans lost 31% of their weath....White Americans lost 11%....[by 2009] 35% of African-Americans had zero or negative weath...etc. etc." The Great Recession was caused by white oligarchs who destroyed the lives of massive numbers of African-Americans. And what was done to help the destroyed masses - basically nothing. So after 400 of slavery and discrimination, whites like to believe that these disparities are just by luck, not by design. Dr. Eddie S. Glaude,Jr. states in this book that American history is really a history of white supremacy from 1619 to today.

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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