Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Democracy in Black by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.


Goodreads Description:

A powerful polemic on the state of black America that savages the idea of a post-racial society
America’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. 

It is relevant with the times, or rather has been relevant since the inception of America but until recent years has been getting the attention has again that does not just deserve but NEEDS. Yet so many people are in the dark of what is really going on. Freedom is not a thing that is available to everyone. Yes ladies and gentlemen, freedom is not widely available for people IN THE UNITED STATES even today. It might not be as plainly obvious as it was over 150 years ago but it is all still very much there. This book touches and nails describing all the problems in todays society. This book needs to be in the hands of everyone.

Recommend it?