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The Myth of Black Progress - Alphonso Pinkney

The Myth of Black Progress

Paperback Published: 3rd November 1986
ISBN: 9780521310475
Number Of Pages: 212

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In this important analysis of the status of black Americans since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Professor Alphonso Pinkney refutes the popular neoconservative stance that race is no longer a major factor in the efforts of black Americans to achieve socioeconomic parity. Instead, Professor Pinkney argues, race continues to be an ever-present factor in American life. He bases his argument on detailed analysis of data that support his discussion of income and unemployment, the black middle class, the growing underclass, and educational issues such as open admissions, busing, and affirmative action.

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'Pinkney, a sociologist, is measured in his analysis, yet grimly moving in his depiction of ghetto youths and their bleak outlook, and acutely perceptive in his examination of the racist backlash following the Bakke decision in undercutting affirmative action.' Publishers Weekley 'Pinkney ... concludes this well-reasoned and judicious polemic by stating 'the prospects for black equity in the future are not good' ... Pinkney marshals facts that should lead objective students to conclude that although the plight of Afro-Americans is less dismal that it was 20 years ago ... it is far from good ... A 'must' ...' Choice 'Professor Alphonso Pinkney has set out to convince us that if we disregard the poverty and social decay of the large minority underclass, we must expect - indeed, in the Greek sense of inexorable moral retribution, we shall deserve - a new round of racial rebellion ... If full-scale recession or depression recurs, the myth of racial progress may disintegrate before our eyes. Those who have read Pinkney's book will be morally and intellectually prepared.' The Philadelphia Inquirer

Introduction: the persistance of racism in the United States
Economic decline and the rise of the new conservatism: twin threats to blacks
Class and race in America
White attitudes and behavior towards black people
Income, occupation, and unemployment
The black middle class
And the black underclass
Some educational issues
Bakke, Weber, and the myth of reverse
Black equity in white America
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ISBN: 9780521310475
ISBN-10: 0521310474
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 3rd November 1986
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.36 x 13.84  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.25