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Color - Class - Identity : The New Politics Of Race - John Arthur

Color - Class - Identity

The New Politics Of Race

By: John Arthur (Editor), Amy Shapiro (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th July 1996
ISBN: 9780813331157
Number Of Pages: 239

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Three recent and highly dramatic national events have shattered the complacency of many Americans about progress, however fitful, in race relations in America. The Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, the O.J. Simpson trial, and the Million Man March of Louis Farrakhan have forced everyone to reconsider their assumptions about race and racial relations.The Thomas-Hill hearings exposed the complexity and volatility of perceptions about race and gender. The sight of jubilant Blacks and despondent Whites reacting to the O.J. Simpson verdict shook our confidence in shared assumptions about equal protection under the law. The image of hundreds of thousands of Black men gathering in Washington in defense of their racial and cultural identity angered millions of Whites and exposed divisions within the Black community.These events were unfolding at a time when there seemed to be considerable progress in fighting racial discrimination. On the legal side, discrimination has been eliminated in more and more arenas, in theory if not always in practice. Economically, more and more blacks have moved into the middle class, albeit while larger numbers have slipped further back into poverty. Intellectually, figures like Cornel West, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Patricia J. Williams are playing a central role as public intellectuals.In the face of these disparate trends, it is clear that Americans need to rethink their assumptions about race, racial relations, and inter-racial communication. "Color * Class * Identity" is the ideal tool to facilitate this process. It provides a richly textured selection of readings from Du Bois, Cornel West, Derrick Bell, and others, as well as a range of responses to the particular controversies that are now dividing us."Color * Class * Identity" furthers these debates, showing that the racial question is far more complex than it used to be; it is no longer a simple matter of Black versus White and racial mistrust. A landmark anthology that will help advance understanding of the present unease, not just between Black and White, but within each community, this book will be useful in a broad range of courses on contemporary U.S. society.

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 7
Thinking Racep. 9
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Manp. 11
I'M Black, You'Re White, Who's Innocent?p. 24
The Scar of Racep. 44
The Paradox of Integration: Why Whites and Blacks Seem So Dividedp. 65
One Man's Marchp. 73
The Black Underclassp. 77
Victims and Heroes in the ""Benevolent State""p. 79
Clarence Xp. 88
The Chronicle of the Slave Scrollsp. 98
Notesp. 103
Who Shot Johnny?p. 105
The Truly Disadvantagedp. 109
Notesp. 122
All in the Family: Illegitimacy and Welfare Dependencep. 123
Counting Asiansp. 133
American Apartheid: The Perpetuation of the Underclassp. 137
Notesp. 159
Assimilation and Identity in a Multicultural Societyp. 161
The Souls of Black Folkp. 163
Race Mattersp. 169
Group Autonomy and Narrative Identityp. 179
Ethnic Transgressionsp. 191
Notesp. 198
The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Societyp. 199
A Different Mirrorp. 213
Notesp. 223
Creditsp. 225
About the Book and Editorsp. 227
About the Contributorsp. 229
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ISBN: 9780813331157
ISBN-10: 0813331153
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 5th July 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.7  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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