Race Matters by Cornel West

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The fundamental litmus test for American democracy-its economy, government, criminal justice system, education, mass media, and culture-remains: how broad and intense are the arbitrary powers used and deployed against black people. In this sense, the problem of the twenty-first century remains the problem of the color line. --from the new Preface

First published in 1993 on the one-year anniversary of the L.A. riots, Race Matters was a national best-seller, and it has since become a groundbreaking classic on race in America.

Race Matters contains West's most powerful essays on the issues relevant to black Americans today: despair, black conservatism, black-Jewish relations, myths about black sexuality, the crisis in leadership in the black community, and the legacy of Malcolm X. And the insights that he brings to these complicated problems remain fresh, exciting, creative, and compassionate. Now more than ever, Race Matters is a book for all Americans, as it helps us to build a genuine multiracial democracy in the new millennium.

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About Cornel West

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Cornel West has been Professor of Religion and Director of Afro-American Studies at Princeton University since 1988, and was recently appointed Professor of Afro-American Studies and the Philosophy of Religion at Harvard University. He is the author of many books, including Keeping Faith, Prophetic Fragments, and, with bell hooks, Breaking Bread.
Published October 31, 2000 by Beacon Press. 140 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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a way of speaking about black advancement that doesn't distort the enduring realities of black poverty.'' Thoughtful and, particularly in the Gates essay, deeply felt.

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West identifies the valuable insights of black conservatives while taking their conclusions to pieces and sees black anti-Semitism as threatening the ethical nature of the black struggle (if it ``becomes simply a power-driven war...that pits xenophobia from below against racism from above, then D...

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West's collection of eight cogent and profoundly moral essays on American race relations was a one-week PW bestseller.

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Political scientist Adolph Reed, in a piece published in the Village Voice, questioned West’s academic status as a pre-eminent black intellectual, calling him “a thousand miles wide and two inches deep” and adding that West “either conflates the audiences into an unhelpful least common denominato...

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Carlin Romano

By any measure, this has been a busy year for news stories about race.

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Mises Institute

Michael Levin has gotten himself into enormous trouble with his fellow philosophers by adhering to a standard maxim in the philosophy of science.

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