The End of Blackness

The End of Blackness

Returning the Souls of Black Folk to Their Rightful Owners

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“This book will prove and promote the idea that the concept of ‘blackness,’ as it has come to be understood, is rapidly losing its ability to describe, let alone predict or manipulate, the political and social behavior of African Americans.” Such is the explosive enterprise of what is sure to be one of the most
controversial books of recent times.

How has the notion of “blackness” bamboozled African Americans into an unhealthy obsession with white America? What are the deleterious consequences of this? How has “blackness” diminished the sovereignty of African Americans as rational and moral beings? How has white America exploited the concept to sublimate its rage toward and contempt for black America? Is American racism an intractable malaise, and who gets to decide when the past is over?

In this unstinting, keen, and brutally funny manifesto, Debra Dickerson critiques “race” as a bankrupt scientific and social construct, exposing the insidious, manipulative racial myths and prejudices still held by American blacks and whites. She examines much statistical rubbish that passes for sociological fact, the purposeful corruption of American history, and the resulting social ills and pathologies bedeviling both the black and white communities.

She bravely argues that, whether or not African Americans still have a moral claim against this country, they must now be fiercely self-reliant, ignoring the hackneyed presuppositions and expectations of whites and other blacks still stuck in tired and fruitless ways of thinking.

As the New York Times remarked about her highly acclaimed memoir, An American Story, “it is a startling thing to hear an American speak as frankly and un-self-servingly about race as Dickerson does.”

Baker & Taylor
Examines the issue of race, condemning the manipulative racial myths and prejudices, as well as the social ills and pathologies, that are rampant in both black and white society, and calling for self-reliance for African Americans.

Blackwell North Amer
In this manifesto, Debra Dickerson critiques "race" as a bankrupt scientific and social construct, exposing the insidious, manipulative racial myths and prejudices still held by American blacks and whites. She examines much statistical rubbish that passed for sociological fact, the purposeful corruption of American history, and the resulting social ills and pathologies bedeviling both the black and white communities. She bravely argues that, whether or not African Americans still have a moral claim against this country, they must now be fiercely self-reliant, ignoring the hackneyed presuppositions and expectations of whites and other blacks still stuck in tired and fruitless ways of thinking.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of An American Story speaks out candidly on the issue of race, condemning the manipulative racial myths and prejudices, as well as the social ills and pathologies, that are rampant in both black and white society, calling for self-reliance in the African-American community. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375421570
0375421572
Branch Call Number: 305.896 DIC
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 24 cm

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