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What's Wrong with Obamamania?: Black America, Black Leadership, and the Death of Political Imagination
     

What's Wrong with Obamamania?: Black America, Black Leadership, and the Death of Political Imagination

by Ricky L. Jones
 

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ISBN-10: 0791475808

ISBN-13: 2900791475804

Pub. Date: 06/01/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Barack Obama's sudden arrival on the national scene has created a wave of excitement in American politics, a phenomenon that has been dubbed "Obamamania." In What's Wrong with Obamamania?, Ricky L. Jones places Obama's run for the presidency in the context of deep and often disturbing shifts in black leadership since the 1960s. From Charles Hamilton Houston to

Overview

Barack Obama's sudden arrival on the national scene has created a wave of excitement in American politics, a phenomenon that has been dubbed "Obamamania." In What's Wrong with Obamamania?, Ricky L. Jones places Obama's run for the presidency in the context of deep and often disturbing shifts in black leadership since the 1960s. From Charles Hamilton Houston to Thurgood Marshall to Jesse Jackson, from prosperity preachers to megachurches, from W. E. B. Du Bois's Talented Tenth and civil rights advocates to Black Entertainment Television and hip-hop culture, Jones paints a picture of lowered expectations, cynicism, and nihilism that should give us all pause.

About the Author:
Ricky L. Jones is Associate Professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900791475804
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
158

Table of Contents


Foreword   J. Blaine Hudson     ix
Introduction: Jesse Jackson Didn't Give a Damn!     1
A Series of Unfortunate (and Unsavory) Events: Paving the Way for "Obamamania"     9
Sorry, DuBois Doesn't Live Here Anymore: The Soulessness of the New Talented Tenth     25
The Witch and the Devil: American Political Philosophy and Black Suffering     43
"Black Hawks" Down: America's War on Terror and the Rise of Bushism     57
I Don't Care What Jesus Would Do; I've Got to Get Paid: The New Black Preacher     75
Before and Beyond Don Imus: On BET, Hip-Hop Culture, and Their Consequences     95
What's Wrong with Us?: The Necessary Death of American Romanticism     113
Chronology: Development and Change in Black Leadership Communities from 1619 to the Present     125
Notes     127
Index     139

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