The New Black: What Has Changed--and What Has Not--with Race in America

The New Black: What Has Changed--and What Has Not--with Race in America

Kenneth W. Mack

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1595586776

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The election and reelection of Barack Obama ushered in a litany of controversial perspectives about the contemporary state of American race relations. In this incisive volume, some of the country’s most celebrated and original thinkers on race—historians, sociologists, writers, scholars, and cultural critics—reexamine the familiar framework of the civil rights movement with an eye to redirecting our understanding of the politics of race.

Through provocative and insightful essays, The New Black challenges contemporary images of black families, offers a contentious critique of the relevance of presidential politics, transforms ideas about real and perceived political power, defies commonly accepted notions of "blackness," and generally attempts to sketch the new boundaries of debates over race in America.

Bringing a wealth of novel ideas and fresh perspectives to the public discourse, The New Black represents a major effort to address both persistent inequalities and the changing landscape of race in the new century.

With contributions by:

Elizabeth Alexander
Jeannine Bell
Paul Butler
Luis Fuentes-Rohwer
Lani Guinier
Jonathan Scott Holloway
Taeku Lee
Glenn C. Loury
Angela Onwuachi-Willig
Orlando Patterson
Cristina M. Rodríguez
Gerald Torres

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have lots of ideas, suggestions really, about why this is. They talk about it all the time. So do President Obama and Justice Thomas. OK, maybe not all the time in President Obama’s case, because it’s race, which he does not like to talk about, but does sometimes, as a duty of office. Here is what they say. Thomas’s critiques of black people are actually more populist than the president’s. The justice’s critiques are focused on black elites. He complained about black leaders watching the

of properties and not just point him in the direction of Montgomery’s black enclaves.) To their credit, the Blitz and Golinsky agents said they’d be happy to work with him to find a place to buy, and in short order he was under contract for a home three doors down from Montgomery’s mayor. Since we didn’t move into that house, I assumed there was a great story to be told about race, housing, integration, privilege, and access. If the story is there (and, really, how could it not be?), it’s lost

marginalize it. With respect to the application of this tradition to moral problems raised by the plight of the Palestinians, this is precisely what he did during his campaign for the presidency. As I ponder these questions, I am reminded of the work of the African American political scientist Martin Kilson, who is professor emeritus of government at Harvard and was a tenured professor at Harvard in the late 1960s and early 70s when student protest caused the university to establish a department

She has authored or edited several articles and three books including Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Hate Crime and Hate Thy Neighbor, which explores hate crime in integrating neighborhoods. Her research is broadly interdisciplinary, touching on her work in both political science and law. She has served as a trustee of the Law and Society Association (LSA), as treasurer of LSA, and as a member of the American Political Association’s Presidential Taskforce on Political

Times, November 8, 2008. 3.  See, for example, Michael Crowley, “Post-Racial, Even White Supremacists Don’t Hate Obama,” New Republic, March 12, 2008, 7; Shelby Steele, “Obama’s Post-Racial Promise,” Los Angeles. Times, November 5, 2008; Tim Rutten, “The Good Generation Gap,” Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2008. 4.  See, for example, Michael Fauntroy, “Enough of This ‘Post Racial’ America Stuff,” Huffington Post, December 28, 2008,

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