Black Americans in the 21st Century: Integrating or Segregating

Black Americans in the 21st Century: Integrating or Segregating

by Doug Saint Carter

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Overview

Why in the second decade of the 21st century would integration or segregation even be an issue for black African Americans? One very troubling reason is many present day blacks want to hold present day whites responsible for historical acts of grave mistreatment. There is no known ethnic population that is not capable and guilty of horrendous acts against fellow human beings. This book, "Black Americans In The 21st Century" should leave very little doubt in anyone's mind as to why we still have a stalemate in efforts to improve race relations. This is the book that black leaders, black spokespeople, and black organizations don't want you to read. It's written, for no other reason, than to spotlight the need to strive for racial unity. Learn how the author, in his efforts to improve race relations, has reached out for help from President Barack Obama. And the challenge to Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss the racial point of view presented in this book. Where Is Love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780966942521
Publisher: Heyday Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 03/06/2013
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Doug Saint Carter, born in Muskogee, OK is the first born son of W.G. Ellsworth Jr. and Hope Ellsworth.
The family moved to Jacksonville, Fl when he was nine years old. He graduated from Englewood High School and attended Jones College where he studied broadcast management, which led to a twenty five year career in radio and some television as an on air personality and management responsibilities.
In 1998 he published his first book, described as a labor of love, about the great singer Jackie Wilson, known as Mr. Excitement. The title of the book, "The Black Elvis-Jackie Wilson" created a great deal of racial controversy inspiring the author to become actively involved in efforts to improve race relations.
With his new book, "Black Americans In The 21st Century," those efforts continue today.

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Black Americans In The 21st Century: Integrating Or Segregating 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Betsy Malone for Readers' Favorite Black Americans in the 21st Century written by Doug Saint Carter takes an honest and deep look at race relations in America today. The author notes that rather than closing the gap between the races, it seems to be widening. The author points out the fact that too often, whenever an African-American has a problem, the word race is brought up and too often the issue of slavery arises. One of the points the author makes is that whites do not see themselves as a race, this is why many whites are shocked when African-Americans declare they still live in slavery. However, the author admits there are still many problems and legitimate complaints. This country cannot heal as it stands now. Any wound picked at constantly becomes infected and often results in a more serious situation. The author believes the government encourages families to be dependent. Once an individual or family becomes dependent on government assistance, it is very difficult to cut the umbilical cord and live without the assistance.  Black Americans in the 21st Century takes a unique approach to looking racism in the eyes and not blinking. I agree with most of Doug Saint Carter’s ideas. He points out that we are sending mixed messages by both segregating and integrating African-Americans. When President Obama was elected it was thought that he would bring the races closer together. Unfortunately they have grown farther apart under his administration. Until African-Americans stop seeing themselves as a separate people there will be racial tension. Whether you agree or disagree with the author’s theory, this is a book you should read.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
This is a hard book to review, without just coming out and saying that I agree with everything Doug writes, so therefore I believe it's a great book. But... If you end up not agreeing with him, then I assume you won't enjoy this book. This book really engages you to think, about how the segregation is detrimental to everyone. There are many reasons behind this thought, the author will throw at you. It's not all opinions and it's certainly not saying anything negative towards either race. When he does share his opinion it is backed with obvious facts. So as you read further into the book you'll be opened up to more and more things that have been right in front of your face for years.  According to Doug Saint Carter, we are both integrating and segregating African Americans. Before Obama took office, some may have been hopeful that he would promote integrating African Americans, and others together to live more harmoniously. They seem to be more of a road block four us, and we are unable to travel down that road.  As long as grandparents and parents teach their children not to like white people we will continue this cycle, generation after generation. Black's may say they've come a long way, but with negative attitude it seems they have a much longer way to go than they believe. They're the only group of people who are constantly referring themselves as "us," "we," "my people." I can write all night about the theories and compare them to my own views, but that's not what I want to do. I want you to understand what you're in for before you buy this book, it's obviously not for everyone.  My favorite quote from this book is "Learn to love your white brothers and sisters; don't drink from the cup of bitterness and hate." Even though in my opinion everyone should read it, with an open mind that is. Read more to find out what Doug feels is our biggest things holding us back from complete integration. I give this book a 5/5 rating.
MarthaM More than 1 year ago
This was a very difficult book for me to read and to review but I think it is important that I do so. Doug Saint Carter presents himself as the voice of reason in an argument that has been ongoing since the first slave set foot on American soil. I believe that Saint Carter is a well intentioned man who has devoted a lot of thought, energy and action into looking at a working with this challenge. He builds his case carefully and backs up his conclusions with research and information that he believes is pertinent. There are many individual points where I agree with Saint Carter, particularly the slang/Ebonics bastardization of the English language by many black Americans and the horrific long term damage that the US welfare system has had on our black Americans. From my perspective as a Caucasian, I find his argument that many blacks seem more intent on recognition of their collective identity while Caucasians don’t really consider their racial identity to be specious. Although white Americans may not define themselves as white (except on forms where we must indicate race), many of us do define our heritage in terms of Italian, Irish, etc. This means that we DO take pride in our racial heritage, identifying ourselves according to ethnicity, just as black Americans do. I also do not believe that black Americans are due an apology for slavery; it was gruesome and horrific but it was a mistake. We have made many other mistakes – internment of the Japanese, oppression of Germans, and most recently oppression of Islam, a legitimate religion. We try to learn from our mistakes and we try to rectify them; it is the best we can do in terms of reparation. I think that it would be better to apologize for welfare and the effects that its perception as an entitlement program has had on black Americans. But, I digress… I read this book twice because it challenged me and made me think. As I said, I believe Saint Carter to be well intentioned but even after two readings, something about his arguments just didn’t ring true for me. Perhaps it was the whiff of a ‘blame the victim’ mentality. I’m not sure. I am not the audience that Saint Carter wants to reach – I’m a third generation middle aged, middle class, Irish American white female. I wish him luck in spreading his basic message of “Learn to love one another…”
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
“Black Americans in the 21st Century” is a book addressing race relations in America, and while I agreed with some of its points, I didn’t agree with them all. It is, however, a good read to get people thinking about and talking about the racial divides in our country, and what we can do as a society to start narrowing the gap. Its author details his own experiences with and observations on race relations, both in his own town and nationally; he argues out that many leaders in the African American community are focused not on bringing the races together but on complaining about racial disparities. While I agreed with his ambitions that we should be “color kind” and not color blind, since that would be impossible, the author makes too many sweeping generalizations without facts to back them up. For instance, he says that blacks are focused on hatred, anger, and bitterness toward whites, while “most of the white population does not feel the same way.” The book paints whites as just a little too benevolent and African Americans as just a little too angry and unwilling to yield. However, it is a well-written and interesting read that, as I mentioned above, is good for starting a dialogue about race relations; and dialogues are crucial to moving toward a solution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago