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Race rules : navigating the color line

Author: Michael Eric Dyson
Publisher: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1996.
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Dyson reveals the pernicious influence of racial thinking across the broad canvas of American social and cultural life, from the disjunction between how whites and blacks view the world, to the way perceptions of black masculinity thwart black leadership, to the politics of nostalgia that keeps us looking to an imaginary past rather than creating a positive future. Through painful examples drawn from within the  Read more...
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Dyson, Michael Eric.
Race rules.
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1996
(OCoLC)605044419
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Eric Dyson
ISBN: 0201911868 9780201911862
OCLC Number: 35084500
Notes: Includes index.
Description: vii, 232 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Race plus rage equals ruin : race rules --
When you're a credit to your race, the bill will come due : O.J. Simpson and our trial by fire --
It's not what you know, it's how you show it : black public intellectuals --
When you divide body and soul, problems multiply : the black church and sex --
We never were what we used to be : black youth, pop culture, and the politics of nostalgia --
Black folk lifted by their bootstraps should beware of heels : the state of black leadership --
Behind every great black woman, there are a hundred more : why black men should lighten up --
In a color-blind society, we can only see black and white : why race will continue to rule.
Responsibility: Michael Eric Dyson.
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Dyson reveals the pernicious influence of racial thinking across the broad canvas of American social and cultural life, from the disjunction between how whites and blacks view the world, to the way perceptions of black masculinity thwart black leadership, to the politics of nostalgia that keeps us looking to an imaginary past rather than creating a positive future. Through painful examples drawn from within the black community - sexual conflict in the black church, the myth of the "head Negro," relations between black men and women - he depicts our ongoing failure to break free of the rule of race. "In a color-blind society, we can only see black and white," warns Dyson as he argues for color consciousness informed by history and shaped by hope. Provocative and compelling, Race Rules is the most important work to date from the "hiphop intellectual" who stands at the forefront of his generation of black public thinkers.

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