Democracy in Black
How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
A powerful polemic on the state of black America that savages the idea of a post-racial society.
America’s great promise of equality has always rung hollow in the ears of African Americans. But today the situation has grown even more dire. From the murders of black youth by the police, to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, to the disaster visited upon poor and middle-class black families by the Great Recession, it is clear that black America faces an emergency—at the very moment the election of the first black president has prompted many to believe we’ve solved America’s race problem.
Democracy in Black is Eddie S. Glaude Jr.'s impassioned response. Part manifesto, part history, part memoir, it argues that we live in a country founded on a “value gap”—with white lives valued more than others—that still distorts our politics today. Whether discussing why all Americans have racial habits that reinforce inequality, why black politics based on the civil-rights era have reached a dead end, or why only remaking democracy from the ground up can bring real change, Glaude crystallizes the untenable position of black America--and offers thoughts on a better way forward. Forceful in ideas and unsettling in its candor, Democracy In Black is a landmark book on race in America, one that promises to spark wide discussion as we move toward the end of our first black presidency.
Good Read but doesn’t good deep enough
A Good read and helps keep things in perspective. The categories that Dr. Glaude creates are helpful particularly “deremembering” which attempts to identify our consistent amnesia as a country and people. He does not go far enough in his analysis of leadership where he critiques the old models of leaders, advance new models of leadership yet all are still trapped in a box of reformation and not revolution. The struggle against racism, white idolatry, and white supremacy in America is a revolutionary endeavor.