Black Community Uplift and the Myth of the American Dream

Black Community Uplift and the Myth of the American Dream

by Lori Latrice Martin


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The book uses the politics of respectability concept as an appropriate framework to show why racial disparities between black and white people in America persist. The politics of respectability originated with black Baptist women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sadly, the politics of respectability is under utilized and often confused with respectability politics. The book using the politics of respectability to examine three important myths: the myth of the American Dream, the myth of America as a meritocracy, and the model minority myth. Additionally, the politics of respectability is used to understand #BlackLivesMatter and recent NFL protests led by Colin Kaepernick.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498579155
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/26/2018
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Lori Latrice Martin is a jointly appointed, full professor in the African and African American Studies program and in the Department of Sociology at Louisiana State University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Politics of Respectability and Racial Uplift
Chapter 2: Respectability, Home Ownership and the American Dream
Chapter 3: Race, Work, and Respectability
Chapter 4: Athlete-Activists: Shut-Up and Play
Chapter 5: Black Lives Matter and Respectability Politics Backlash
Chapter 6: Model Black Minorities and the Limits of Respectability
Chapter 7: Respectability Explains Sustained Persistent Enduring Color Turmoil

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