Race Rules; Navigating the Color Line

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As a former welfare father who is also an ordained Baptist minister and a Princeton Ph.D., Michael Eric Dyson is one of those rare intellectuals who act not only as interpreters between black and white America but as bridges between the academy and the street. In this brave, bracing, and vastly readable book, he identifies the hidden rules that govern interactions between the races and within...

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Overview

"You couldn't ask for a fairer-minded, better-informed, or more enjoyable guide."
Elle

As a former welfare father who is also an ordained Baptist minister and a Princeton Ph.D., Michael Eric Dyson is one of those rare intellectuals who act not only as interpreters between black and white America but as bridges between the academy and the street. In this brave, bracing, and vastly readable book, he identifies the hidden rules that govern interactions between the races and within black communities, poisoning our language, our politics, and our thinking.

From the O. J. Simpson trial to the generational politics of gangsta rap, and from Colin Powell to Louis Farrakhan, Dyson takes on the most contentious issues of the 1990s. Again and again he shows us that, in a society that prides itself on being color-blind, race is more important—and more pernicious—than ever. Filled with eloquence and erudition, wit and moral common sense, Race Rules is an invaluable guide to the America we really live in as well as a redemptive vision of the one we want for our children.

"Dyson's insightful analysis comes to life on topics ranging from hip-hop culture to black leadership. "
Atlanta Journal & Constitution

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The author exposes the tacit understandings that undermine race relations. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679781561
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Race Plus Rage Equals Ruin: Race Rules 1
1 When You're a Credit to Your Race, the Bill Will Come Due: O. J. Simpson and Our Trial by Fire 10
2 It's Not What You Know, It's How You Show It: Black Public Intellectuals 47
3 When You Divide Body and Soul, Problems Multiply: The Black Church and Sex 77
4 We Never Were What We Used to Be: Black Youth, Pop Culture, and the Politics of Nostalgia 109
5 Black Folk Lifted by Their Bootstraps Should Beware of Heels: The State of Black Leadership 150
6 Behind Every Great Black Woman, There Are a Hundred More: Why Black Men Should Lighten Up 196
Conclusion: In a Color-blind Society, We Can Only See Black and White: Why Race Will Continue to Rule 213
Afterword to the Vintage Edition 225
Acknowledgments 233
Index 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    A Book That Needs More Time To Develop

    This particular book is written by one of America's Brightest Stars. As a class mate of Dr. Dyson it is clear that his convictions about race relations continue to develop into powerful thoughts of intellectualism that is needed in this country. It is very clear that this book is a good starting point to evaluate the power of Louis Farakhans leadership among the African-American Elite. I find it unfair that Dr. Dyson is not given enough time to develop his thoughts more clearly and allow his readers to gain more of a persective of why Minister Farakhans views are truly conservative in light of past African American Nationalist. I believe if Dr. Dyson re edits this book, we will gain an even clear persprctive of this young mans brilliance and gain a greater understanding of this subject matter.

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