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Class Notes : Posing As Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene - Adolph L. Reed

Class Notes

Posing As Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene

Paperback Published: 1st July 2001
ISBN: 9781565846753
Number Of Pages: 211

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Hailed by Publishers Weekly for its “forceful” and “bracing opinions on race and politics,” Class Notes is critic Adolph Reed Jr.’s latest blast of clear thinking on matters of race, class, and other American dilemmas. The book begins with a consideration of the theoretical and practical strategies of the U.S. left over the last three decades: Reed argues against the solipsistic approaches of cultural or identity politics, and in favor of class-based political interpretation and action.

Class Notes moves on to tackle race relations, ethnic studies, family values, welfare reform, the so-called underclass, and black public intellectuals in essays called “head-spinning” and “brilliantly executed” by David Levering Lewis.

Adolph Reed Jr. has earned a national reputation for his controversial evaluations of American politics. These essays illustrate why people like Katha Pollitt consider Reed “the smartest person of any race, class, or gender writing on race, class, and gender.”


"Everything [Reed] writes is informed by a strong historical memory of a time when there was a 'Movement' and when the distance between rhetoric and conviction was much less than it is now." --Christopher Hitchens, The New York Times Book Review "Class Notes sparkles with wit and wisdom. Reed's essay on the political and intellectual left since the 1960s is the best analysis of American radicalism in print." --Judith Stein, professor of history, The City University of New York "Provocative." --Booklist "Opening Adolph Reed's Class Notes is like boarding a roller coaster. What follows is an opinionated, headspinning loop, brilliantly executed, through the controversies of the recent past and immediate future. I strongly recommend taking the ride." --David Levering Lewis, author of W. E. B. DuBois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919, winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in Biography "Brutally frank. . . . This book is definitely not your father's old mobilization rhetoric." --Bill Quigley, professor of law, Loyola University

Prefacep. v
Introductionp. vii
Issues in Black Public Life
Why Is There No Black Political Movement?p. 3
The Curse of "Community"p. 10
Romancing Jim Crowp. 14
Have We Exhaled Yet?p. 25
We Were Framedp. 29
What Color Is Antisemitism?p. 33
The Rise of Louis Farrakhanp. 37
Triumph of the Tuskegee Willp. 61
Martyrs and False Populistsp. 64
Tokens of the White Leftp. 71
"What Are the Drums Saying, Booker?": The Curious Role of the Black Public Intellectualp. 77
Equality and Ideology in American Politics
The Underclass Mythp. 93
Pimping Poverty, Then and Nowp. 101
Liberals, I Do Despisep. 109
Kiss the Family Good-byep. 113
A Polluted Debatep. 119
Nasty Habitsp. 124
A Livable Wagep. 128
Token Equalityp. 133
Skin Deepp. 139
The Content of Our Cardiovascularp. 144
Looking Backwardp. 148
The Question of Practice
Posing As Politicsp. 167
Ethnic Studies and Pluralist Politicsp. 171
The Battle of Liberty Monumentp. 180
Looking Back at Brownp. 187
Sectarians on the Prowlp. 192
"Fayettenam," 1969: Tales from a G.I. Coffeehousep. 196
The Longer Marchp. 203
Building Solidarityp. 207
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ISBN: 9781565846753
ISBN-10: 1565846753
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 1st July 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.93 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1