Sellout by Randall Kennedy
The Politics of Racial Betrayal

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In this incisive and unflinching study, Randall Kennedy, author of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, tackles another stigma of America's racial discourse: “selling out.” He explains the origins of the concept and shows how fear of this label has haunted prominent members of the black community—including, most recently, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Barack Obama. Sellout also contains a rigorously fair case study of America's quintessential racial “sellout”—Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In the book's final section, Kennedy recounts how he himself has dealt with accusations of being a sellout after meeting fierce criticism at Harvard upon the publication of his book, Nigger.


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About Randall Kennedy

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Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his law degree from Yale. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is the author of five previous books, including Race, Crime, and the Law, for which he received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. A member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and the District of Columbia, and of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he lives in Massachusetts.













Author Residence: Cambridge, MA













Author Hometown: Columbia, SC
 
Published January 8, 2008 by Vintage. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A scholarly yet accessible examination of racial loyalty and betrayal in the African-American community from a distinguished legal historian.

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Randall Kennedy explores the notion of the race traitor; Shelby Steele uses Barack Obama’s candidacy as a window on contemporary black identity and progress.

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Randall Kennedy explores the notion of the race traitor; Shelby Steele uses Barack Obama’s candidacy as a window on contemporary black identity and progress.

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Randall Kennedy explores the notion of the race traitor; Shelby Steele uses Barack Obama’s candidacy as a window on contemporary black identity and progress.

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Accusations of “selling out”—of betraying or neglecting the interests of blacks to curry favor with whites—are among the most damaging that African-Americans level at each o

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