Over 40 years ago the historic Kerner Commission Report declared that America was undergoing an urban crisis whose effects were disproportionately felt by underclass populations. In America's Urban Crisis and the Advent of Color-blind Politics, Curtis Ivery and Joshua Bassett explore the persistence of this crisis today, despite public beliefs that America has become a "post-racial" nation after the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. ...
Over 40 years ago the historic Kerner Commission Report declared that America was undergoing an urban crisis whose effects were disproportionately felt by underclass populations. In America's Urban Crisis and the Advent of Color-blind Politics, Curtis Ivery and Joshua Bassett explore the persistence of this crisis today, despite public beliefs that America has become a "post-racial" nation after the election of Barack Obama to the presidency.
Ivery and Bassett combine their own experience in the fields of civil rights and education with the knowledge of more than 20 experts in the field of urban studies to provide an accessible overview of the theories of the urban underclass and how they affect America's urban crisis. This engaging look into the still-present racial politics in America's cities adds significantly to the existing scholarship on the urban underclass by discussing the role of the prison-industrial complex in sustaining the urban crisis as well as the importance of the concept of multiracial democracy to the future of American politics and society. America's Urban Crisis and the Advent of Color-blind Politics encourages the reader not only to be aware of persisting racial inequalities, but to actively engage in efforts to respond to them.
Curtis Ivery, Ed. D., Chancellor of the Wayne County Community College District in Detroit. He was formerly Commissioner of Human Services in Arkansas under Governor William Clinton. He has been engaged in civil rights projects for more than three decades and has published extensively on civil rights issues.
Joshua Bassett, coeditor, is Director of the Institute for Social Progress, a civil rights and educational institute located at Wayne County Community College District. He was executive director of the "Educational Summit: Detroit and the Crisis in Urban America Conference" (broadcast nationally on C-Span network) as well as the national "Rebuilding Lives" criminal justice conference, held in Detroit in 2004. His current academic work concerns the application of semiotic theory to studies of color-blind ideology.
Chapter 1: Introduction and Theoretical Overview
Chapter 2: Color-blind Ideology and the Urban Crisis
“Color-blindness, Racism, and Multiracial Democracy”
"Difference,’ Emiseration, and America's Urban Crisis”
“Sure, We're All Just One Big Happy Family”
“Immigration, Education, and the Media”
“Incarcerated and Disappeared in the Land of the Free”
Chapter 3: Mass Incarceration and the Urban Crisis
“Mass Incarceration, Civil Death, and the New Racial Domain”
“Mass Incarceration, Race, and Criminal Justice Policy”
“Racial Profiling and Imprisonment of the Mentally Ill”
“The Case of Jonathan Magbie”
Colbert I. King
Chapter 4: Segregation and the Urban Crisis
“Race and Residential Segregation in Detroit”
john powell and John Telford
“Health Care as a Civil Rights Issue”
Alvin F. Poussaint
“A Call for Multicultural Dialogues”
James J. Zogby
“American Education: Still Separate, Still Unequal”
Chapter 5: Education and the Urban Crisis
“Toward a Paradigm Shift in Our Concept of Education”
Grace Lee Boggs
“Writing and Multiracial Education”
Nell Irvin Painter
“Police In Schools: Can a Law Enforcement Orientation Be Reconciled With an Educational Mission?”
Johanna Wald and Lisa Thurau
“Pursuing the Promise of Brown in the 21st Century”
Chapter 6: Multiracial Democracy and the Urban Crisis
“In Our Lifetime”
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“Making Every Vote Count”
“Segregation by Race, Segregation from Opportunity, and the Subversion of Multiracial Democracy in Detroit”
“How We Are White”