What does Barack Obama mean to Black America? Everything and nothing all at once.
America celebrated Barack Obama's election as the realization of a dream few believed they'd see in this lifetime. It has also generated a tremendous surge of white rage and fear masquerading as populist resentment. Move a step forward, get pushed a step back.
Before President Obama took office, some suggested that everything would change. America would suddenly become "postracial." Blacks would never again have the rules rewritten and changed to their detriment. Not with Obama in charge.
A year in, the reality is much more complicated. Veteran reporters Robert Pierre and Jon Jeter set out across black America to record the stories of South and North, rich and poor, young and old, and radical and reserved. They found many a common thread pride, adversity, community, disillusionment, and vision in stories too often ignored by a national media that sought to put race in the rearview mirror as soon as inauguration parties ended.
As 2010 gives America its first official State of the Union delivered by an African-American president, this book gives America its first unofficial portrait of the State of the Black Union.
Filled with inspiring and heartbreaking true stories of struggle, triumph, and defeat, A Day Late and a Dollar Short may be the most important book you, or the president, will read this year.