Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond

Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond

by Julius Bailey

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ISBN-13: 9781554813162
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 12/20/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Julius Bailey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wittenberg University. A frequent guest on radio shows as a social critic and education advisor, he is often sought to speak at colleges, prisons, and community organizations and has been interviewed on CNN, Fox, B.E.T., and ABC Nightline.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Rev. Dr. Michael L. Pfleger
Acknowledgments

Introduction: “I, Too, Sing America”
Chapter 1: “I Can’t Breathe!” “So What! F✻✻✻ Your Breath”
Chapter 2: Obama and the Myth of a Post-Racial America
Chapter 3: Racism: The Long March to Freedom and the New Jim Crow
Chapter 4: Xenophobia: America Inside Out
Chapter 5: Poverty: A Load Too Heavy to Bear
Chapter 6: Income Inequality: The Unbridgeable Gap
Chapter 7: Repositioning the Moral Arc

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Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
AndrewL62 More than 1 year ago
So my nephew told me about a book one of his professor's was writing at his University in Ohio. What I hear about Julius Bailey is that he is smart, a little cocky, and can be a bit of a bully when it comes to issues of Race. But I did want to read what he had to say about Race and Obama. In most cases, people like him tend to be Obama apologists and leftist crybabies. Whereas I cannot lie, there were places in this book where I was thinking "cry me a river", I was compelled by the style of prose and articulate voice. Given that this "Hip Hop Professor" I hear brings D.J's and rappers to his class where students are paying 40K and more to attend, this Racial Realities Book was a serious book and definitely gave me a newfound respect for his pontificating racial arrogance. At times he sounded like Al Sharpton and other times he sounded like Colin Powell so I guess that just means he is balanced. Bottom line though it is still a leftist critique of Racism and Classism in America, demonizing (though ever-so-nicely) being rich and being successful, blaming Police for Black people's aggression, calling on a God of the Oppressed that sounds like some South American Revolutionary theology, but nonetheless giving some balance and food for thought. There was a time in the chapter on Islamophobia that I agreed with him alot. I told my nephew that if his school had more professors like him I am sure it wouldnt be hard to pay attention because he is as animated in his writing as he is in his youtube videos. Overall whereas I hated his conclusion that Racism is a mainstay in American life, I must admit that he caught my attention from page 1 to the last page. Good job Dr. Bailey. Now if you can help us get Obama out the White House maybe the Post-Racial Dream you speak of can come into Reality.
Piaras More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful and Influential Writing on Race in America... A timely work, this book will resonate with all those who have experienced racism as well as those who have followed the recent news coverage on violence against people of color. My verdict would be that this work become required reading for all high school students and adults alike. I have read it twice, and continue to learn from it. There are no wasted words. This is a powerful and exceptional book. This book says so much about the community responsibility we all have (or should have) towards one another. I have read a few dozen books this year so far, and I can honestly say that very few have impacted me afterwards the way that Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond has. Even though I'm a 50 year old white man living in Ireland I have not experienced the blatant racism and discrimination that others have, but a book like this shows that you don't have to have experienced the events personally to be impacted and changed by them. At the end of the day it really does take a village to rear a child. And every village needs someone like Julius Bailey to continue to point out the shortcomings of our society. But we also need leaders who can stand up to the plate and actually do something about it. I'm reminded by Desmond Tutu when he said, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." Looking forward to reading more from Julius Bailey in the future.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams - The Age of Obama and Beyond by Julius Bailey is a gorgeously written, exceedingly intelligent, impeccably nuanced polemic against the current state of race relations in America. Dr. Bailey includes a bibliographical reference list by chapter that securely establishes his hard-won collection of incontrovertible facts and figures from which he makes his passionate but objective claims, and tentatively prescribes a better future for us all. In a deft move toward placing this highly sensitive discussion in its proper context, Dr. Bailey begins his indelible work by re-emphasizing the mandate of our Declaration of Independence and then offering the irrefutable present day conclusion: “Our current society has chosen liberty, not equality, as the paramount goal to be achieved by our political and social systems.” The ramifications of this rather subtle observation are revealed and documented at great length and in great depth and with an academic mastery that is neither dry nor boringly belabored, covering in turn the historical roots of the present, the multi-faceted aspects of racial reality – including the modern immigration controversy and the distinctly adversarial approach to poverty in our nation, as well as the hyperbolic, manipulated rise of income inequality – with an ironic nod to the shouted aphorisms of American exceptionalism touted by us in the larger world. In Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams, Julius Bailey never steps away from the humanity of his subject. As he so eloquently states, “There is a single note at the heart of this cry: as a putatively moral nation, we are not what we would have ourselves be.” As he is obligated to mention in relation to the heroic and blood-letting Civil Rights Movement with its heartfelt initial gains, “We have lost the path (and especially the togetherness that characterized our first steps on it), and we have become more and more lost, unsure of the future.” One cannot read this deeply moving, brilliant assessment of racial realities today and not come away profoundly touched, significantly enlightened, and oh-so-very tentatively hopeful that the path might be found again, and that we, as a nation, might find our post-racial dreams coming true at last. One of the finest non-fiction books I have ever read. It was a pleasure and a privilege to review.
RevAJ More than 1 year ago
Better than anything I expected! I came across this book from social media and was intrigued by the cover and the title. I had no idea who Julius Bailey was. I went to the book's website (which is a part of the author's website too) and became more interested in this writer. I ordered the electronic version from the publisher and in the first day read 3 chapters. This Bailey guy can write. Such beautiful illustration of his ideas and powerful critiques of American policy and the nation's shortcomings. When I told my wife, she wanted to order a physical copy and now we contacted the author to get an autographed one. In a nutshell it gives ministers, like myself, some ideas and notes to preach from. The book, in my opinion, is BETTER than Race Matters though it is publicized as a current version of it. I suggest that any man or woman of God who preaches the Social Gospel of Jesus Christ in America pick this book up and treat yourself to a literary gem. Good job Julius Bailey, Phd... God used you in this book.
drinthemaking More than 1 year ago
What we find now and will likely find more of in the coming years is a bevy of books by historians, academics, journalists and pundits about President Obama. Additionally, in light of all the Black Lives Matters protests we are also forced to engage in issues of racism more and more. When I saw, in passing, the cover of Racial Realities by Julius Bailey I said to myself "here we go again". But after being drawn in by its cover then reading the advance praises for the book, the book piqued my curiosity. Who is the Bailey guy who folk are saying writes like Cornel West and Dr. Martin King both? I bought the book and the book JUMPS at you in its voice, its clarity, its vision and its love. I am not really a Cornel West fan (per se) but I can see the resemblance as they both (or all 3) are philosophers and speak with a Christian tone to them that is inclusive and not judgmental. This might be the best book I have read on this/these topics: Class/Obama and Race together. There is a chapter on Islamaphobia in here that should be in the New York Times its so well thought out and balanced with facts and effective storytelling. I am not sure if this book will ever be a best-seller but many people should definitely read it... for nothing else than to re-invigorate one's love for visionary writing and its connection with American Democracy. Great Job Julius Bailey and I guess you should thank the publisher for catching my attention with the awesome cover.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (05/16) Article first published as Book Review: ‘Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond’ by Julius Bailey on Blogcritics. “Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond,” by Julius Bailey is a wake-up call for America. There is so much hatred and false information in the media; I have taken a step back from following anything regarding politics. Instead of politicians promoting what they can do, they use the media to tear apart their opponents. The hatred that spews forth sickens me. I made the decision to step away and not discuss politics for the sake of my mental health. How can I choose a leader, when I feel that I have to pick one that is the least likely to cause harm, instead of the one who will do what is best for the people of our country? My decision to step back has left me very ignorant about what is currently going on outside of my little border town. I chose to read “Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond,” because I wanted to take a peek back into it all and see what is happening. Positive reviews about the author made me feel like this book was a safe choice, and I was correct. The author is a talented writer who managed to incite feelings of indignation in me, instead of hatred, about our current state of affairs. The indignation wants me to step back into the ring and start paying attention again. Julius Bailey doesn’t just talk about the present he also goes into events in the past. He presents pictures that evoke emotions relating to events that were happening at the time. These pictures helped me step into the shoes of the people that were in them, consider what they had been going through, and what they were feeling. When Obama was elected president, there was a huge hope that racial tensions would be diffused and that our country could start moving forward past the horrors of the past. Bailey refers to this as “Post-racial dreams.” It didn’t happen. While I hope and believe the country is moving forward to get past this issue, it still has a long way to go. Having Obama as president has helped open up decisions about racism, but it has also been made apparent that a lot of disrespect directed at him has been racially motivated, especially by his opponents. Bailey also mentions some disappointment in regards to Obama taking a more centrist stance and being supportive of corporate agenda. Nearing the end of his second term, he has made more progress on addressing the racial inequalities in our country. This is a safe time for him to do so because he doesn’t have to worry about running for office again. The author covers a wide range of well thought out and referenced topics in the pages of this book. These include the discrepancies between the rich and the poor, education inequality, immigration, black lives matter, xenophobia, gender discrimination, and the higher rates of incarceration for blacks. In his discussion about the recent shootings of unarmed black and Native Americans, he calls these events, “state sanctioned lynchings.” It is awful to think that something like this could still be going on today. I am really glad that I read, “Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond,” by Julius Bailey. Perhaps because it is written by a philosopher, I found it much more interesting to read. The author’s words flow, which makes the material, no matter how unsettli
Christopher More than 1 year ago
This is a bold, provocative, innovative, and insightful book. The writer lays bare the economic, ideological, and political structure of American racism. In so doing he develops an anti-racist theory rooted not only in the latest empirical data but also in the current reality of racism in the U.S. This book is quite an eye-opener!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Racial Realities and Post Racial Dream is an outstanding book highlighting the reality that racism and poverty still presides within America. This book brings to light many of most current racial battles this country has encounter, and discusses how American's have responded to these situations. This book is a must read for people who are interested in the racial issue facing America. Even if you have little input into the racial battles in American, this book will give you an in-depth look at the current racial battles and will show you that we (Americans) need to take a hard look at yourselves and surroundings if we want to end segregation. While this book seems to be written from the left side of the political spectrum, it needs to be read by all people and leaves the discussion open. Along with the current racial situation facing America, poverty is right on it's heels. This book makes a strong connection between the two and how these two realities are affected hand in hand and even if America wants to separate the two its almost impossible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bailey’s Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams serves as an indicator for progressive reform of America in the 21st century to call like-minded visionaries to action. We are living in an era where we all are our own worst enemies. What tyrannizes us the most are upturning laws, racial discrimination, poverty and violence, followed by inequality. We are victims of our own shallowness and bigotry. Islamophobia is infecting all over America after 9/11 but who is to blame, no one knows. I would like to make a comment that Islam is not a religion of hate, violence and terrorism, these are just labels pasted behind their backs by Europe to suppress their voice. Bailey’s existentialist approach is similar to Albert Camus, he turns our eyes that men like the American President Obama have a Sisyphean task. They push the boulder up the hill over and over again but it rolls down as soon as it reaches the top. It’s presidential mission to recognize that it will take generations before we live in a post racial society. The book is a guiding stone for subalterns that black blood matters and black lives are supreme. America has proved herself to be a bawling infant by false notion of progress but it’s time for all of us to address our racial injustice. This is an inspirational book which I must suggest to all of you.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite As President Obama’s term of office is nearing its end, it is time to reassess racism and other inequalities in the United States. A quote by author Julius Bailey in Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond summarizes his theory: “The fact of the matter is that the election of a Black president does not signify that racism is over.” While a great optimistic fervor of hope exploded eight years ago, Dr. Bailey proves his case. He presents many sobering facts and assists the reader to develop a deeper level of understanding the true nature of prejudice and bias that still exists. At the same time, he points out areas of progress made with the end of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. Example after example demonstrates how the “systemic and structural oppression of Black people” continues. Dr. Bailey also develops strong cases for the exacerbation of xenophobia, Islamophobia, poverty, and income inequality. Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond by Julius Bailey should be required reading for all voters this election year. The underlying meanings behind politicians’ words, congressional actions and current laws become evident throughout the book. Although Dr. Bailey’s arguments are presented in a scholarly style, complete with numerous footnotes at the end of each chapter, the book is written in an easy-to-understand, riveting style. Anyone who reads this exceptional book will be changed and hopefully will feel called to take action to make real changes in this country’s priorities. This book is truly a gem.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond by Julius Bailey is a much-needed social commentary in the shape of a book on the realities of racism in today’s world. Julius Bailey discusses highly relevant issues around race in America in the twenty-first century, with an emphasis around race and racial prejudices in the wake of the election of President Obama as the first person of color to occupy the highest office. Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams is sectioned into basic chapters on broad issues such as disproportionate crime and poverty among the African American communities, the subtle and sometimes overt racially charged criticism and mockery of Obama, the realities of systematic racism with hundreds of examples dispersed throughout the book, and of course an insight once again into the abhorrent so-called “institution” of slavery upon which much of modern America is founded. Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond by Julius Bailey is a fascinating book and an open discussion on the very real issues of race in America. The writing is extremely engaging, genuine, and empathetic and makes this book a real page-turner. Julius Bailey has done thorough research and presents a comprehensive view of systematic racism and what is needed to bring about a radical change in the future. In the words of Martin Luther King, the hearts of people need to change and the entire system needs to be rebuilt brick by brick. This is a must-read and I would highly recommend this book to everyone.