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The new Black : what has changed and what has not with race in America
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xiii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Preface -- Introduction -- The new Black and the death of the civil rights ideal / Kenneth W. Mack & Guy-Uriel Charles -- Political race and the new Black / Lani Guinier & Gerald Torres -- Déjà vu all over again? : racial contestation in the Obama era / Taeku Lee -- Immigration and the civil rights agenda / Cristina M. Rodrøguez -- The president and the justice : two ways of looking at a post-Black man / Paul Butler -- The racial metamorphosis of justice Kennedy and the future of civil rights law / Luis Fuentes-Rohwer -- The right kind of family : silences in a civil rights narrative / Jonathan Scott Holloway -- John Hope Franklin : the man and his works / Orlando Patterson -- The puzzles of racial extremism in a "post-racial" world / Jeannine Bell -- An officer and a gentleman / Angela Onwuachi-Willig -- Obama is no king : the fracturing of the Black prophetic tradition / Glenn C. Loury -- Free Black men / Elizabeth Alexander -- Acknowledgments -- Contributors -- Notes.
The election and reelection of Barack Obama ushered in a litany of controversial perspectives about the contemporary state of American race relations. In this volume, some of the country's most celebrated and original thinkers on race, historians, sociologists, writers, scholars, and cultural critics, reexamine the familiar framework of the civil rights movement with an eye to redirecting our understanding of the politics of race. Through provocative and insightful essays, this work challenges contemporary images of black families, offers a contentious critique of the relevance of presidential politics, transforms ideas about real and perceived political power, defies commonly accepted notions of "blackness," and generally attempts to sketch the new boundaries of debates over race in America. Bringing a wealth of novel ideas and fresh perspectives to the public discourse, it represents a major effort to address both persistent inequalities and the changing landscape of race in the new century.


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The election Barack Obama ushered in a litany of controversial perspectives about the contemporary state of race relations. Through insightful essays, The New Black challenges contemporary images of black families, defies accepted notions of what black' means, transforms ideas about political power of people of colour and challenges the boundaries of debates over race. In this incisive volume, celebrated and original thinkers re-examine the familiar framework of the Civil Rights Movement with an eye to overhauling the world's understanding of the politics of race.'

Author Notes

Kenneth W. Mack is a law professor at Harvard University and the author of Representing the Race . He has written for the Boston Globe , the Washington Post , the Los Angeles Times , and the Baltimore Sun and has appeared on CNN , Anderson Cooper 360 , and PBS's Frontline . He lives in Newton, Massachusetts. Guy-Uriel Charles is a law professor at Duke University and the founding director of the Duke Center on Law, Race, and Politics. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Positing that the civil rights idea "has begun to unravel," law professors Mack (Representing the Race) and Charles offer 11 essays from scholars, writers, and cultural critics on "postracialism consequent to Obama's election." Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres propose the fresh concept of "political race," consisting of "a group of people who ultimately are defined by their politics rather than by their physiognomy," while Cristina Rodriguez questions the applicability of civil rights principles to immigration reform. Jeannine Bell addresses the "tolerance-violence paradox" as violent racism occurs "in the same space and time as... increases in racial tolerance," while Angela Onwuachi-Willig discusses the newsworthy arrest of Henry Louis Gates. Glenn Loury argues that "Obama's election has neither fulfilled King's dream nor does it usher in any sort of a new era," and that "the imperatives of office in the position of the American presidency" take Obama away from the "black prophetic tradition." "Postracial America," one contributor observes, "is the dream that we would prefer to believe, and the one that many would rather see depicted." Mack and Charles have staged an eminently readable event for wrestling with that idea. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

Contemplating the current state of race in America. Since the election of Barack Obama in 2008, there have been countless discussions about the concept of a "post-racial America." Whether unduly optimistic or simply silly, this assertion had legs even as some of the most aggressive opposition to the new president came in the form of barely cloaked racial animosity. In their new essay collection, Mack (Law/Harvard Univ.; Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer, 2012) and Charles (Law/Duke Univ.), who founded the Duke Center on Law, Race, and Politics, bring together 12 scholars and writers to reflect on the "New Black." While the contributors take wide-ranging and often contradictory approaches to the issue of race in contemporary America, they all write from the perspective that "the civil rights idea," the integrationist model expressed in the classical phase of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, "no longer provides an easy way to describe, or address, America's continuing race problem." The contributors cover an array of issues, from the infamous arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, which led to the so-called "beer summit" in 2009, to the relevance of politics (including the role of Obama) and law in the world of minorities, to reconsiderations of civil rights history and questions of the failures of a binary black-white view of race relations in the U.S. The contributors, who include Elizabeth Alexander, Lani Guinier, Glenn C. Loury and others, tackle this perpetual issue in thoughtful essays that vary in quality but rarely in the seriousness of their engagement. Reveals some of the directions that questions of race and racism will take as we approach post-Obama America.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Table of Contents

Orlando PattersonKenneth W. Mack and Guy-Uriel E. CharlesLani Guinier and Gerald TorresTaeku LeeCristina M. RodríguezPaul ButlerLuis Fuentes-RohwerJonathan Scott HollowayOrlando PattersonJeannine BellAngela Onwuachi-WilligGlenn C. LouryElizabeth Alexander
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The New Black and the Death of the Civil Rights Ideap. 1
1 Political Race and The New Blackp. 13
2 Déjà Vu All Over Again? Racial Contestation in the Obama Erap. 34
3 Immigration and the Civil Rights Agendap. 49
4 The President and the Justice: Two Ways of Looking at a Postblack Manp. 64
5 The Racial Metamorphosis of Justice Kennedy and the Future of Civil Rights Lawp. 80
6 The Right Kind of Family: Silences in a Civil Rights Narrativep. 100
7 John Hope Franklin: The Man and His Worksp. 118
8 The Puzzles of Racial Extremism in a "Postracial" Worldp. 131
9 An Officer and a Gentlemanp. 146
10 Obama Is No King: The Fracturing of the Black Prophetic Traditionp. 163
11 Free Black Menp. 181
Acknowledgmentsp. 199
Contributorsp. 201
Notesp. 207