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

Revivals, Awakenings, and Reform (Chicago History of American Religion)

The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris

A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic

Ruby Ridge: The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family

Gadsden: Stories of the Great Depression (Voices of America)











better promotes the humanitarian interests of detainees18 and brings the system as a whole into line with the ostensibly civil character of immigration enforcement by eliminating the trappings of criminal confinement. All of these reforms not only reflect a concern for proportionality, but also reflect a concern for recognition of the greater freedom to which civil immigration detainees ought to be entitled. Moreover, this rule-of-law approach, guided by principles of proportionality,

teachers cried silently because it was too dangerous to celebrate. There was such a joy in all the blacks eyes, the lunch room servers, the janitors, etc. Everyone was smiling with their eyes and saying nothing. It was like “We did it!” I did not see that again, until Gramma cried when Tiger won the Masters. It was one of those moments. White teachers were pissed and angry. Never forget that day.5 Given the various shorthands and typographical errors that are endemic to e-mail communications,

NAACP Chapter of a Different Hue A thousand miles away and almost ten years later, a very different version of the same racial dynamic was at play. Ben Jealous, the national president of the NAACP, visited the Maine State Prison chapter of the NAACP as part of his effort to revitalize “his aging organization in a racially changing America.”7 At the Maine State Prison chapter of the NAACP, a vast majority of the members were white. Jealous’s goal was to recruit new members, whatever their color,

13.  “Edward Bellamy and the Nationalist Movement,” New England Quarterly 11 (December 1938): 739–72. 14.  A Southern Odyssey: Travelers in the Antebellum North (Louisiana State University Press, 1976). 15.  From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans (Alfred A. Knopf, 1947; revised and enlarged, 1957, 1967; with Alfred Moss, 1974, 1980, 1987, 1994, and 2000; Vintage pbk. ed., Random House, 1969; Indian edition, 1973; Japanese translation, 1974; German translation, 1978; French

Sun, July 22, 2005. 71.  Felix Gillette, “In This Neighborhood, Reality TV Falls Short,” New York Times, July 14, 2005. 72.  Ibid. 73.  Ibid. 9. An Officer and a Gentleman 1.  Tracy Jan, “Harvard Professor Gates Arrested at Cambridge Home,” Boston Globe, July 20, 2009, 2.  Tracy Jan, “Racial Talk Swirls with Gates Arrest,” Boston Globe, July 21, 2009; Michael Eric Dyson, “Professor Arrested for ‘Housing While Black,’ ”

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