Conversations about Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

A polemic on the state of race in America and what we can do to change it

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 4.19.35 PMAmerica’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


Chapter One | The Great Black Depression


Eddie S. Glaude Jr: Where Hope Resides conversation with Hank Stephenson for Shelf Awareness

Democracy in Black Book Discussion at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington DC

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 by Elias Isquith

Democracy in Black on Beaks and Geeks with Joe Muscolino

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. in conversation with Paul Samuel Dolman

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


Democracy in Black on PBS’ The Open Mind hosted by Charles Heffner

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  1. 'Rethinking Empire and Democracy' Reena N. Goldthree, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. 44:49
  2. 'The Formation of Religio-Racial Identity' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Judith Weisenfeld 47:32
  3. 'What Was African American Marriage?' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Tera Hunter 44:59
  4. 'Before Cornel West, After Cornel West' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Cornel West 52:46
  5. 'An Insistence on Not Being Discouraged' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chika Okeke-Agulu 55:19
  6. 'A Through Line for African American Studies' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Imani Perry 44:07
  7. 'Activism and Risk in the Face of Trump' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Asanni York, Destiny Crockett 43:02
  8. 'Langston Hughes, Religious Thinker' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Wallace Best 45:50
  9. 'Convergences and Dissonance' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor, Naomi Murakawa, & Imani Perry 60:08