Race Matters

Race Matters

by Cornel West
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Beacon Press
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Race Matters

The fundamental litmus test for American democracy-its economy, government, criminal justice system, education, mass media, and culture-remains: how broad and intense are the arbitrary powers used and deployed against black people. In this sense, the problem of the twenty-first century remains the problem of the color line. —from the new Preface

First published in 1993 on the one-year anniversary of the L.A. riots, Race Matters was a national best-seller, and it has since become a groundbreaking classic on race in America.

Race Matters contains West's most powerful essays on the issues relevant to black Americans today: despair, black conservatism, black-Jewish relations, myths about black sexuality, the crisis in leadership in the black community, and the legacy of Malcolm X. And the insights that he brings to these complicated problems remain fresh, exciting, creative, and compassionate. Now more than ever, Race Matters is a book for all Americans, as it helps us to build a genuine multiracial democracy in the new millennium.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807009727
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 277,364
Product dimensions: 5.73(w) x 8.79(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 2001: Democracy Matters in Race Mattersix
Preface 1993xiii
Introduction: Race Matters1
1.Nihilism in Black America9
2.The Pitfalls of Racial Reasoning21
3.The Crisis of Black Leadership33
4.Demystifying the New Black Conservatism47
5.Beyond Affirmative Action: Equality and Identity61
6.On Black-Jewish Relations69
7.Black Sexuality: The Taboo Subject81
8.Malcolm X and Black Rage93

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Race Matters 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I should have read this a long time ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Race shouldnt matter and its actulity called etheicty race is human and ther just satistics whuch means ther really not real only by peoples opinoin and then when they become better or beome something differenet then the statistic said they were going to be the person stands there looking stupid