We Have No Leaders: African Americans in the Post-Civil Rights Era

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This is the first comprehensive study of African American politics from the end of the 1960s civil rights era to the present. Not an optimistic book, it concludes that the black movement has been almost wholly encapsulated into mainstream institutions, coopted, and marginalized. As a result, the author argues, African American leadership has become largely irrelevant in the development of organizations, strategies, and programs that would address the multifaceted problems of race in the post-civil rights era. ...
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This is the first comprehensive study of African American politics from the end of the 1960s civil rights era to the present. Not an optimistic book, it concludes that the black movement has been almost wholly encapsulated into mainstream institutions, coopted, and marginalized. As a result, the author argues, African American leadership has become largely irrelevant in the development of organizations, strategies, and programs that would address the multifaceted problems of race in the post-civil rights era. Meanwhile, the core black community has become increasingly segregated, and its society, economy, culture, and institutions of governance and uplift have decayed. In exhaustive detail Smith traces this sad state of affairs to certain internal attributes of African American political culture and institutional processes, and to the structure of American politics and its economic and cultural underpinnings. Sure to be controversial, this book challenges both liberal and conservative notions of the black political struggle in the United States. It will serve as a major reference for academic study and a point of departure for political activists.
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Smith political science, San Francisco State U. studies the political history of the black community for the past 30 years, subjecting discrete events to an aggressive analysis in order to examine the processes and consequences of the institutionalization of the civil rights movement. He looks at the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955, the Black Political Convention of 1972, the Humphrey-Hawkins Bill, and other events, evaluating both the strategies and the politics aimed at implementing the black agenda, and the agenda itself. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Table of Contents

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Foreword
Preface
1 From Protest to Incorporation: A Framework for Analysis of Civil Rights Movement Outcomes 3
2 The National Black Political Convention, 1972-84 29
3 Continuity and Innovation in Post-Civil Rights Era Black Organization 87
4 Black Incorporation and Institutionalization in the Post-Civil Rights Era: Leading America and Leading Blacks 127
5 Black and Presidential Policy Making: Neglect, Policy, Symbols, and Cooptation 139
6 Blacks in Congressional Decision Making: A Policy Consensus on Civil Rights, 1970-1994 165
7 Blacks in Congressional Decision Making: The Humphrey-Hawkins Act as Symbolic Politics 187
8 Black in Congressional Decision Making: Neglect and Invisibility on Social and Economic Reform 211
9 Symbolic Politics at High Tide: Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition 299
10 Racial Symbolism as "Ideology" in the Post-Civil Rights Era, and a Postscript on the Clinton Administration and the 1994 Election 255
11 From Incorporation toward Irrelevance: The Afro-American Freedom Struggle in the 21st Century 277
Appendix A Comparison of Democratic Party Platform Language on Full Employment, 1944-92 283
Notes 287
Index 367
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