The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of activists.
In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.
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.
How American democracy sustains racial inequality by Pamela Newkirk for the Washington Post
‘Democracy in Black’ is a bracing call for action for African Americans by Kiese Laymon for the LA Times
Eddie S. Glaude Jr: Where Hope Resides conversation with Hank Stephenson for Shelf Awareness
Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul conversation with Sam Sedar for The Majority Report
‘I wanted him to be more bold’ discussion of black liberals on MSNBC Morning Joe
“Democracy in Black”: A Conversation about Race in America for Salon.com by Elias Isquith
Democracy in Black on Beaks and Geeks with Joe Muscolino
Democracy in Black on the Jordan Journal conversation with Howard Jordan for the Pacifica Foundation
Eddie Glaude: “Democracy in Black” a conversation with Derek McGinty for the Diane Rehm Show
What I Think: Eddie Glaude Jr. conversation with Jamie Saxon for Princeton University website
Faculty Book: Eddie S. Glaude Jr. *97 interview for Princeton Alumni Weekly
Understanding the Enduring Legacy of Racism in this Country a conversation on the Leonard Lopate Show
Democracy in Black on Beats and Geeks
Tera Hunter discussed her book, To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War, at the Institute on Ethnicity at Rutgers-Newark, in November 2011.