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Day Late and a Dollar Short: High Hopes and Deferred Dreams in Obama's ''Post-Racial'' America
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Day Late and a Dollar Short: High Hopes and Deferred Dreams in Obama's ''Post-Racial'' America

by Jon Jeter, Robert Pierre
 

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Could this be the final victory for civil rights, or the first of many to come?

When Henry Louis Gates spoke out about his ridiculous arrest, he stated a truth few Americans-includingincluding President Obama-are eager to discuss: there is no such thing as a post-racial America. When it comes to race, the United States has come a long way, but not far enough

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Could this be the final victory for civil rights, or the first of many to come?

When Henry Louis Gates spoke out about his ridiculous arrest, he stated a truth few Americans-includingincluding President Obama-are eager to discuss: there is no such thing as a post-racial America. When it comes to race, the United States has come a long way, but not far enough and not fast enough. Every day, we cope with casual racism, myriad indignities, institutional obstacles, post-racial nonsense, and peers bent on self-destruction. The powers that be, meanwhile, always seem to arrive with their apologies and redress a day late and a dollar short.

This book takes a close look at the lives of African-Americans from diverse backgrounds as Obama's victory comes to play a personal role in each of their lives. Every tale delves into the complex issues we will have to deal with going forward:

  • The many challenges young black men face, such as subtle persistent racism
  • The stagnation of blacks vis—vis whites
  • Widespread black participation in the military despite widespread anti-war sentiments
  • The decline of unions even as organized labor becomes the primary vehicle for black progress
  • The challenges of interracial families
  • The lack of good schools or healthcare for the poor
  • The inability of well-off blacks to lift up others

Barack Obama will deliver his first official State of the Union address in January 2010, and A Day Late and a Dollar Short will deliver an altogether different picture of the way things really under the first black president.

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Publishers Weekly
Jeter and Pierre, both Washington Post journalists, examine some of the pressing political and social causes of the day-health care, organized labor, the "war on terror," and incarceration-through an anecdotal lens. Some of these stories are personal, as when Pierre discusses his family's struggles with poverty, or Jeter probes how a lifetime of enduring white racism broke his father's spirit. Other subjects seem more obviously to be placeholders for a cause, like the convicted murderer who shines light on a racist penal system or the union activist who can't afford health insurance after her retirement. The attempt to straddle the personal and political falls short however. The magnitude of specific struggles seems diluted when they are lumped together and manipulated by the authors to illustrate black disenchantment from the nation's first black president.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470520666
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/21/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Pierre, a reporter and editor at the Washington Post, has covered politics and social issues at the Post for nearly two decades. He is a former Chicago bureau chief and a key figure in the Post's 2006 award-winning series, "Being a Black Man."

Jon Jeter has served as a producer for This American Life on NPR and as a Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. He is the author of Flat Broke in the Free Market.

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