Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

Democracy in Black How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul 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 th

  • Title: Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
  • Author: Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780804137416
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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 middleA 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 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 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.

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    • Grady McCallie says:

      I am grateful to have received an early reviewer copy of this book.Overall, Democracy in Black is worth reading, with a couple caveats. Written by a Princeton professor whose specialty is African-American religious history, the book is well organized and the writing is a real pleasure to read. It opens with an analysis of racial inequality in America today, coming out of the Great Recession. The author then sets out his central argument: "When we think about the differences between whites and bl [...]

    • Beverly says:

      This was a 4.5 read for me.Professor Glaude provides us with an illuminating, coherent, thoughtful tome on the historical and timely issue of racism directed towards African-American. In a powerful and passionate voice the necessary examination of structured and unknowing racism through polices and misguided assumptions in a logical way provides the groundwork for the next set of deeper scrutiny Glaude will present. For me the strength of this book is the discussion why we do not/cannot move for [...]

    • Andre says:

      Professor Eddie Glaude Jr of Princeton comes out firing on all cylinders in this book. He really has his pulse on the race situation that continues to plague America and has come up with some thoughts that I'm sure will become part of the prescript of any discussions concerning race. One such idea is the "value gap", which Eddie describes as, "(the belief that white people are valued more than others) and racial habits (the things we do, without thinking, that sustain the value gap) undergird ra [...]

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    • Martha says:

      real rating: 4.5Glaude does impressive work here in his patiently constructed, disciplined presentation of how white supremacy works, and the way it has impacted both black Americans and the options left to those who try to improve the lives of African Americans through political channels. What's perhaps most valuable about the first part of the book is the language Glaude uses and how clearly he makes his case -- in so doing, he very likely will open the eyes of some Americans to the realities [...]

    • Arlena says:

      Title: Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American SoulAuthor: Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.Publisher: Broadway BooksReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FourReview:"Democracy in Black: How Race Stills Enslaves the American Soul" by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.My ThoughtsWhat a read that Dr. Glaude gives the reader some interesting perceptions of 'why the 2008 recession disproportionately' did impact black people and so much more. Yes, this is a book about race. Now, I will say I had to sit back and thin [...]

    • Erin O'Riordan says:

      This book is excellent at describing what the problem is, but a bit lacking in practical solutions on how to solve the problem. Professor Glaude isn't responsible for single-handedly solving the race problems in the U.S.A of course, but I did think that at the beginning of the book he said that he would focus on what could be done other than more preaching to the choir. The #1 problem, as summed up in this book, is that white Americans fundamentally need to change the way we view African-America [...]

    • Sofia Lemons says:

      Very interesting perspective on structural racism, even though many of the facts will likely not be news to those informed on racial bias and its impact on black communities. The arguments pertaining to the value gap give good language around implicit bias and the realities of racism. Does a good job of dispelling the myth of racism being conscious and/or individual. The arguments are well situated in historical and contemporary contexts, including discussion of the newer models of anti-racist o [...]

    • Mehrsa says:

      I have some quibbles with this book--the main being that it's criticisms of Obama and other black leaders are not grounded in reality. Glaude admits that we all projected our expectations on Obama, but then doesn't hold back when it comes to being disappointed in his not meeting our expectations. The book is a fast read and it really captures the race problem today. Also, I would love to hear more conversations about his proposal that blacks not vote in 2016. I completely understand the logic th [...]

    • Nancy says:

      I won this in a giveaway.This gives a very good perspective on being black. Though he outlines the issues and frustrating parts of racism in this country, not voting is the wrong step. Handing the leadership of this country to the likes of Cruz or even worse Trump would be worse than what we are living in today. Remove that from this book!

    • Terrence says:

      I read MICHELLE Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" - I worried that this would be a carbon copy or closely aligned. It's not! It stands solidly on its on footing with an urgent and uncomfortable message that needs to be read, discussed, and used as a resource for substantive action.

    • Stephanie Moran says:

      I initially picked up this book to better understand the issues with the race issues that currently exist in our country. To me, there were hits and misses in this book - from my perspective.My parents raised me, pretty much to the effect of Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of people being judged by the content of their character. So for me, I always saw people for who they were - not what they looked liked. Furthermore, I learned skin color is determined by your ancestor's exposure to the sun - [...]

    • Tonstant Weader says:

      Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul contributes important ideas to the struggle of black liberation. The author, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. argues that the core of the issue is a “value gap” that is woven into the entire fabric of our society, from its foundational myths and documents through its laws, customs and its values. That value gap is the simple, incontrovertible fact that black lives are valued less than white lives. If anyone seriously doubts that fact, I can re [...]

    • Keytelynne says:

      This is a novel in which the author's voice is clear and impactful to the reader. Reading this work reminded me of some of my college seminars. I wanted to underline and dog ear and write notes to myself, so that I could go in the next day and ask "what were your thoughts behind this passage?" or "can you provide clarity and deeper insight on this subject?" Democracy in Black inspires discussion, or at least it should. My difficulty with the book was that I was reading it on my own and did not h [...]

    • Shavaugn says:

      This book expresses many of the reasons I roll my eyes every time someone says America is the greatest democracy, like I should be happy I am not living somewhere else because the oppression would be even worse. We do not have to choose between the lesser of two evils when it comes to democracy - a great reminder as the 2016 presidential side show continues to unfold. The author's idea of a "blank-out" for the upcoming election, or turning in blank ballots in protest of our options for president [...]

    • Rachel says:

      In Democracy in Black, Glaude discusses in detail how and why the 2008 recession disproportionately impacted black people. He also writes about the value gap – the fact that white people are valued more than black people. His analysis is hard to dispute. Glaude doesn’t pull any punches. Anyone is fair game for criticism, not just conservatives. In fact, President Obama receives some of his harshest.I’m always looking for more articulate ways to explain systematic and institutional racism t [...]

    • Sojourner says:

      Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is an interesting, insightful, enlightening and eye-opening book on the issues it “threatened” to discuss and dissect, including American polity, issues relating to Africa-Americans, and the rampant racial discrimination widely prevalent in the country. Author Eddie S. Glaude Jr. may be a professor at Princeton University, teaching in the religion department and the Department of African American Studies, bu [...]

    • N.D. says:

      I won this ARC through a LibraryThing giveaway.Glaude does a wonderful job outlining, through discussion, statistics, and antedotal narratives the current plight of black America. "The reality is that by every relevant statistical measure (employment, wages, wealth, etc.) black America has experienced and is experiencing a depression. This is more like the symptoms of a national congenital disease than the flu." For any one who knows the stats (e.g graduation rate, incarceration rate, high schoo [...]

    • Verkakte says:

      Democracy in Black blends history, anecdote, and fact to create a smart analysis and an astute critique of black liberal politics and racial democracy. Well-researched with a structure crafted with the classroom in mind, Democracy in Black is written persuasively and clearly enough to be accessible to those outside of academia as well. That being said, this book is not for the uninitiated. The pacing of Democracy in Black is very much driven by Glaude’s passion; he doesn’t wait for you to ge [...]

    • Felix says:

      Glaude's fundamental arguments and analysis are sharp and necessary. Glaude's critique of Black liberals is the strongest chapter, showing how traditional Black liberals (e.g John Lewis), conservative Black liberals (e.g Clarence Thomas), and post-Black liberals (e.g Obama) all stifle more liberatory visions that figures like Du Bois and Robeson fought for. Glaude's prose, though, is at times repetitive and overly simplistic. For a stretch of the book, almost every paragraph opens with some vari [...]

    • Parker says:

      An excellent book. Required reading, I feel, for anyone who is interested in the inner workings of Black democracy. His section on the way we've(as a country--both Black & White) made MLK a bloodless icon is particularly interesting. I do not agree with his method to show displeasure with the current system, however.

    • Darian Jones says:

      This is a most read neo-West treatise about the American Soul and the Heglian Master-Slave Dialect. Dr. Glaude is a baaaaad man! Almost early Dr. West without the intentional complexity. Glaude has worked his thinking out before he puts pen to paper where early West was as if he was writing to himself in dialogue with his own mind.

    • Greg Bolt says:

      Fantastic, informative, hopefulAs a middle class, educated, cis, white dude in the Midwest this book gave me hope for the future of our democracy. It provides a direct call to action that might actually reset the broken democratic system that all working class folks are flounder under that especially burdens African Americans. This is a great book.

    • Eddie S. says:

      An overall decent book on race. He brings up some anecdotes from his experience in the black lives matter movement, and offers some possible solutions to race relations. His examinations were thorough and well thought out, however, his solutions seem too pretentious and utopian.

    • James says:

      In the tradition of Cornel West's Race Matters, Eddie Glaude, Jr's Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul offers an incisive critique of contemporary American society and the ways it perpetuates injustice toward the African American community. Glaude is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and chair of the Department of African American Studies.Weaving his own story  and experience throughout his analysis, Glaude begins by recounting [...]

    • Alex Lennon says:

      I’m too much of a Policy guy for this to ring with me. It’s clear that Glaude doesn’t like black liberals (Sharpton, Jackson) and was inspired by Ferguson, but a lot of the other concepts in this book (principally being caught between protests of the past and some undefined future way) are vague. The idea of ‘original sin’ in the US and the 'value gap' and 'racial habits' are great and there’s a 5-point policy agenda borrowed from NC, but it seems that its more the author venting fru [...]

    • Jocelyn Khan says:

      I found Prof. Glaude's book to be both painful and thought provoking. I think he is absolutely correct about the existence of a value gap wherein in white people are more valued than people of color, and that this is associated with a variety of racial habits. However, like many complex social problems, it's one thing to talk about diagnoses and another to come up with meaningful cures. The author identifies three components of a "value revolution": (1) a change in how we view government; (2) a [...]

    • Barbaracase says:

      Dr. Glaude's writes of the impact and costs to our country of our amnesia and dishonesty about to whom "liberty and justice for all" is afforded". Politicians talk as if the playing field has been even forever, or at least since reconstruction, or at least since the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s. In a searing yet immensely understandable way he illustrates how each president since Dr. King's Dream Speech has minimized the damage the implicit "value gap" between whites and blacks has done to [...]

    • LaVonda R. BAiley says:

      Great book loved it! This book offers Black people a historical view of politics that is rarely discussed. It offers solutions to change the political landscape by changing the view of ourselves, the government and our role in political game. He shows how people like Sharpton and Jesse Jackson undermine black power by agreeing to use tactics to keep black people docile and without true political power by ensuring they are monetarily compensated because its all about them and being on camera not [...]

    • Kalico says:

      This book was an interesting read. I do believe racism is more prevalent than we care to believe and that something needs to be done, but I do not agree with the author's solutions, especially the voter blackout by not voting for a presidential candidate. I don't think being "color blind" helps either. I think celebrating other cultures and traditions is a good way to unite people, and it's something I strive for.Ultimately, this book sparks a conversation that people need to be having.

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