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Journal of the American Academy of ReligionAn audacious attempt to wrestle with the significant theoretical and polit
— Corey D. B. Walker
According to Glaude, Dewey's pragmatism, when attentive to the darker dimensions of life-or what we often speak of as the blues-can address many of the conceptual problems that plague contemporary African American discourse. How blacks think about themselves, how they imagine their own history, and how they conceive of their own actions can be rendered in ways that escape bad ways of thinking that assume a tendentious political unity among African Americans simply because they are black. Glaude seeks to dislodge such simplistic thinking and argues that only when black political leaders acknowledge complexity can the real-life sufferings of many African Americans be remedied, an argument echoed in the rhetoric and optimism of the Barack Obama presidential campaign.
In a Shade of Blue is a remarkable work of political commentary, and to follow its trajectory is to learn how African Americans arrived at this critical moment in their cultural and political history, as well as to envision where they might head in the twenty-first century.
About the Author:
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University
"An audacious attempt to wrestle with the significant theoretical and polit
Posted May 23, 2010
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