Beyond Black and White: Transforming African-American Politics

Overview

Many in the US, including Barack Obama, have called for a ‘post-racial’ politics: yet race still divides the country politically, economically and socially.

In this expanded new edition of a highly acclaimed work, Manning Marable rejects both liberal inclusionist strategies and the separatist politics of the likes of Louis Farrakhan, arguing powerfully for a new ‘transformationist’ strategy, which retains a distinctive black cultural identity but draws together all the poor and ...

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Overview

Many in the US, including Barack Obama, have called for a ‘post-racial’ politics: yet race still divides the country politically, economically and socially.

In this expanded new edition of a highly acclaimed work, Manning Marable rejects both liberal inclusionist strategies and the separatist politics of the likes of Louis Farrakhan, arguing powerfully for a new ‘transformationist’ strategy, which retains a distinctive black cultural identity but draws together all the poor and exploited in a united struggle against oppression. In a substantial new introduction, Marable looks back at the last ten years of African-American politics and the fight against racism, outlining a trenchant analysis of the ‘New Racial Domain’ that must be uprooted.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Marable argues tirelessly not just for better days for black America, but for Americans in general.”—The Progressive

“This book is important reading for activists and theorists alike, and for all of us who want to be both.”—Angela Y. Davis

“Vital reading for anyone concerned with African-American politics today.”—Jesse Jackson

Beyond Black and White correctly identifies the rapidly changing notions of race that have led to what some call post-racialism.”—Charles Henry, Journal of American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844673834
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 9/7/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Manning Marable
Manning Marable (1950–2011) was M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies, and Professor of Public Affairs, History and Political Science at Columbia University in New York City. Marable wroted, edited or contributed to several books, including How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America (1983), Black American Politics (1985), Black Leadership (1998), The Great Wells of Democracy (2002), Living Black History (2006), and Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (2011).
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Prism of Race 1
1 Black America in Search of Itself 13
2 Race and Realignment in American Politics 26
3 At the End of the Rainbow 55
4 Race and Class in the US Presidential Election of 1992 62
5 Politics, Personality and Protest in Harlem: The Rangel-Powell Congressional Race 73
6 Affirmative Action and the Politics of Race 81
7 Clarence Thomas and the Crisis of Black Political Culture 93
8 Blueprint for Black Studies 109
9 Black Studies, Multiculturalism and the Future of American Education 117
10 Education, Faith and the Promise of Equality 131
11 Malcolm as Messiah: Cultural Myth versus Historical Reality 137
12 Memory and Militancy in Transition: The 1993 March on Washington 142
13 Benjamin Chavis and the Crisis of Black Leadership 157
14 Black Intellectuals in Conflict 167
15 African-American Empowerment in the Face of Racism: The Political Aftermath of the Battle of Los Angeles 177
16 Beyond Racial Identity Politics: Toward a Liberation Theory for Multicultural Democracy 185
17 The Divided Mind of Black America: Race, Ideology and Politics in the Post-Civil-Rights Era 203
18 History and Black Consciousness: The Political Culture of Black America 216
Index 230
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