By The Color Of Our Skin by Barbara Diggs-Brown

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The signs of progress are everywhere-- white children want to "be like Mike," Oprah chats with millions everyday, Newt Gingrich quotes Martin Luther King. But when we look beyond the rhetoric and symbols, we find a very different reality: 70 percent of black children attend predominantly black schools; a Hispanic or Asian American with a third grade education is more likely to live in an integrated neighborhood than a black with a Ph.D.-- and the list goes on.By the Color of Our Skin is a provocative, readable analysis of race that argues three things: integration does not exist now, it was never a possibility in the past, and it will never exist in the future. Authors Leonard Steinhorn and Barbara Diggs-Brown want integration to be a reality. But their in-depth research, including polls, statistics, and powerful anecdotes about the daily lives of ordinary Americans, reveals the unfortunate truth. The book argues that the integration illusion keeps us from solving the problems of race. How did we get to this point? Why is this illusion so deeply entrenched in our society? And, if integration has failed, what should we do about race relations? In answering these questions, By the Color of Our Skin explodes one of our most powerful myths and outlines a new vision of race in America.
 

About Barbara Diggs-Brown

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Barbara Diggs-Brown is an associate professor of public communication at the American University School of Communication. She writes and lectures on cultural diversity in the media and has served as a media and press adviser for political campaigns, public officials, and advocacy groups. She lives outside of Washington, D.C.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Dutton Adult. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The authors revisit an old subject to shed belated tears for an honorable notion.

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Even as desegregation became the law of the land, true social integration never had a chance, according to the authors of this very pessimistic survey of race relations in the U.S. Steinhorn, a white man, and Diggs-Brown, a black woman, teach at the American University School of Communication, in...

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