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The scholar, theologian, and activist who has been acclaimed as one of the most eloquent voices in our ongoing racial debate now bridges the gulf between black and white America in a work of enormous resonance and moral authority. West takes on the questions of politics, economics, ethics, and spirituality and addresses the crisis in black leadership.

The scholar, theologian, and activist who has been acclaimed as one of the most eloquent voices in our ongoing racial debate now bridges the gulf between black and white America in a work of enormous resonance and moral authority. West takes on the questions of politics, economics, ethics, and spirituality and addresses the crisis in black leadership.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In eight brief but powerful essays, West, director of Afro-American Studies at Princeton, delivers innovative analyses of our nation's racial dilemmas. West is insistently moral, criticizing racial hierarchy and black leaders who cannot transcend race to fight for ``fundamental social change.'' Though he does not spare black liberals, he more harshly criticizes ``new black conservatives'' who in his view ignore the damaging cultural force of black sexual and military images as employed in advertisements and mass media. Exploring black-Jewish relations, he suggests that the moral voices in black America have been drowned out, and in ``Black Sexuality,'' takes on what has long been considered a taboo subject. These essays, none written in the first person, can have an air of detachment: when West calls for a ``politics of conversion'' to fight black nihilism, his best example comes from Toni Morrison's novel Beloved; when he criticizes Malcolm X for having ignored the culturally hybrid character of black life, he proposes the figure of ``jazz freedom fighter'' as one who could ``promote critical exchange and broad reflection.'' But West is more healing visionary than historian. These essays, most of which first appeared in such magazines as Dissent and Z , solidify his position as one of the nation's leading public intellectuals. 40,000 first printing; paperback rights to Vintage; BOMC selection; QPB featured selection; author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In this collection of essays, many of which have previously appeared in journals, West, the director of Afro-American studies at Princeton and the author of several books, including Prophetic Fragments ( LJ 3/1/88) and Breaking Bread with bell hooks ( LJ 12/91), addresses a number of issues of concern to black Americans: the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King verdict; Malcolm X; Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill; and black street life. These topics are all timely yet timeless in that they represent the continuing struggle to include African Americans in mainstream American political, economic, and social life without destroying their unique culture. West's essays have the feel of a fine sermon, with thought-provoking ideas and new ways of looking at the same old problems. They can be quickly read yet take a long time to digest because of West's unique slant on life. Already well known in scholarly circles, West is increasingly becoming more visible to the general public, and this book should make his essays more accessible to a greater number of people. Recommended for all types of libraries.-- Anita L. Cole, Miami-Dade P.L. System, Fla.
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YA-Thought-provoking essays that address a number of controversial issues of concern to African Americans. West analyzes such subjects as nihilism in black America, the crisis of black leadership, affirmative action, black-Jewish relations, sexuality, and the legacy of Malcolm X. His writing style is scholarly and sparse-he does not waste words, and his prose is easy to read. Yet his viewpoints are radical and passionately felt. He is not afraid to speak frankly and, while he presents many criticisms, he also offers many solutions. Not everyone will agree with his point of view, but if one of his objectives is to make readers at least think about the problems he has dissected, then he has succeeded admirably.-Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945353928
  • Publisher: Audio Partners Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 3 Cassettes
  • Pages: 4
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.07 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornel West
Cornel West
Educator and philosopher Cornel West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. Known as one of America’s most gifted, provocative, and important public intellectuals, he is the author of the contemporary classic Race Matters, which changed the course of America’s dialogue on race and justice, and the New York Times bestseller Democracy Matters. He is the recipient of the American Book Award and more than 20 honorary degrees.
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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Awakening matters

    I believe all young Afro people should read this book to see the problems we are facing as well as causing and get an idea of how to change it. Mr. West is great with seeing and pointing out what is going on. The only thing I don't like is that he's christian because he's to intelligent to promote that lie!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    Loved it!

    As an undergraduate, I study Pan-African/Africana studies as one of my majors. I was first turned on to this book in a class called 'The Black Experience In America' which was taught by Dr. Edward Ramsamy. I bought a copy for myself and grew very fascinated into the ideologies Dr. West put forward, the biggest one being nihilistic thinking which we talked a lot about in class. I must say if wasn't for having to carry a dictionary around in order to decipher his choice of words, I would have finished it with out delay. Regardless it is a book that should withstand the test of time on the same level as that of a 'Souls of Black Folk', or an 'Invisible Man'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Awesome

    I should have read this a long time ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Never read have a comment

    Race shouldnt matter and its actulity called etheicty race is human and ther just satistics whuch means ther really not real only by peoples opinoin and then when they become better or beome something differenet then the statistic said they were going to be the person stands there looking stupid

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2011

    recommended

    I would highly reccomend this book, its a excellent read. It is a short read but it brings issues of race struggles and class divisions and much more.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

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    A Good Book

    West has a nice way of reflecting and expounding on his subject matter in an uncomplicated but informative manner, and that is seen in Race Matters. He touches on issues of race, sex and class in a proactive and constructive way. I enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    Powerful Read

    Evocative, Provocative, and Pro-Active. These words can barely begin to describe Dr. West's book. It is clear from the beginning of the book that he has great love and concerns about blacks in America, and this book is, using the eyes of a both theologian and scientist to analyze the state of black America. Anyone who is curious or concerned about the contemporary black experience in America should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2006

    Good Reference Tool

    Good tool for training oneself the art of learning from audio. Plan to listen through a few times. Around the 3rd run the brilliance and genius is absorbed much easier. Not for those just seeking entertainment. This is for the serious scholar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    Pretty words that say absolutely nothing

    An obviously intelligent man who doesnt know how to apply his intelligence to the people he says he is out to help(the grassroots). Dr. West uses alot of pretty words sometimes to say little and sometimes to say nothing. I felt dr west spent too much time trying to impress either himself or his constituency with pretty sounding words rather than making sure the book could be understood by everyone. That should of been his chief concern!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2003

    Excellent Book on Race

    Cornel West did a phenomenal job with this book. He approaches the subject of race from a controversial point of view. Not only does he challenge mainstream ideologies and practices, but he also critically examines the works of black leaders such as Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. West's view on race is revolutionary. I feel that as a society if we embrace his knowledge and form it into wisdom, so that we apply it to society, we can bring about true change to racism. I feel that this is a must read for everyone regardless of race. Being a white male I feel that this book is especially necessary for whites to read. Great book, no more to say than that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2001

    This endorsement should counterbalance haters who detests West's Work

    Cornel West reminds me of myself. He didn't use to, however he does now as I read the diatribes against him on these reviews. At times in my university career and now in the work place, it often becomes clear that no matter how sharp you dress and no matter how multi-syllabic your words, there is a disturbing segment of america that will give you the silent treatment, study you out corner of eye (xenophobic-like) and outright second guess you where they wouldn't a white person. My field is Psychology, so empiracally I've got the stats that support my findings that one co-worker saves their cheerful hello for the white secretary across from me (i'll add a secretary whom acts as though she doesn't even want it), while another has to almost apologize on more than one occassion for jumping the gun on what she assumed was an error on my part. Like Dr. West, I think we both appreciate assimilation and acculturation like anyone else, get it at times, but are taken aback when we see race matters and us versus them mentality prevails where it really is uncalled for. West also speaks candidly about self hatred which is another area that does not so much heavily rely on the statistics which West detractors are quick to examine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2001

    Critical, poignant, and pertinent.

    Dear Cornel, 'Race Matters' is an excellent piece of literature. I read 'The Cornel West Reader' prior to reading 'Race Matters.' I see how your writing and understanding race in society has been challenged, cultivated, and developed. I continue to gravitate towards your books and commentary, simply because, you, unlike other African Americans is not afraid to challenge the so called leaders of the black folk and America. In Chapter 3 The Crisis Of Black Leadership, you highlight and challenge Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X's ideologies and motives, I believe this is poignant for black folk. By challenging the so called leaders of the black folk, I believe you have a better understanding of their organization, ideology, and commitment. In addition you talked about the continuous wedge that has been supplanted between blacks and jews. After living in New York City, I have a better understanding of the division between the two. Blacks seem to have a hard time understanding why jews place so much an emphasis on family, religion, community, education, and finance. Jewish people continue to have this resentment towards government spending and social programs, which pits some jews against black mobility. Since you are a professor at Harvard, what is your relationship with Alan M. Dershowitz? This book will forever be embedded in my library. I will continue to read this book and question society and the so called black leaders, as I grapple with issues woven in America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    Race Matters

    Two Thumbs Up for Cornell West..

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