The End of Blackness by Debra J. Dickerson

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Debra Dickerson pulls no punches in this electrifying manifesto. Outspoken journalist and author of the critically acclaimed memoir An American Story, she challenges black Americans to stop obsessing about racism and start focusing on problems they can fix. The way out of the ghetto, she asserts, is to take a good, hard look in the mirror. Get angry, Dickerson says, but use that anger to fuel excellence and civic participation rather than crime or drug addiction. Drawing richly on black history and thought, as well as her own hard-won wisdom, she urges blacks to let go of the past and claim their full freedom. It’s only by shaping their own future, she argues, that blacks will finally abolish the myth of white superiority.

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About Debra J. Dickerson

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Debra J. Dickerson is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and a columnist for She has been an editor at U.S. News & World Report and her writings have appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, Slate, The Village Voice, and Essence, among other periodicals.  She lives in Washington, D.C.
Published December 10, 2008 by Anchor. 322 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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and questions my Negritude for my interracial marriage or my insufficient (to them) engagement with the black community, they better come loaded for bear.” Black America is too diverse to be stereotyped, she suggests, and far too many blacks are enjoying material and social advantages that are hi...

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In order to make progress possible, blacks have to give up on the past—that's the core argument of this inflammatory, cogently written book. Dickerson, a lawyer and journalist, continues

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*Fascinating note: Debra Dickerson is a graduate of the University of Maryland (College Park).

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