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We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity

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African American history resounds with calls for black unity. From abolitionist times through the Black Power movement, it was widely seen as a means of securing a full share of America's promised freedom and equality. Yet today, many believe that black solidarity is unnecessary, irrational, rooted in the illusion of "racial" difference, at odds with the goal of integration, and incompatible with liberal ideals and American democracy. A response to such critics, We Who Are Dark provides the first extended philosophical defense of black political solidarity.

Tommie Shelby argues that we can reject a biological idea of race and agree with many criticisms of identity politics yet still view black political solidarity as a needed emancipatory tool. In developing his defense of black solidarity, he draws on the history of black political thought, focusing on the canonical figures of Martin R. Delany and W. E. B. Du Bois, and he urges us to rethink many traditional conceptions of what black unity should entail. In this way, he contributes significantly to the larger effort to re-envision black politics and to modernize the objectives and strategies of black freedom struggles for the post-civil rights era. His book articulates a new African American political philosophy--one that rests firmly on anti-essentialist foundations and, at the same time, urges a commitment to defeating racism, to eliminating racial inequality, and to improving the opportunities of those racialized as "black."

Synopsis:

A new African-American political philosophy is provided in this study that draws on the history of black political thought and the contributions of

About the Author

Tommie Shelby is Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Political Philosophy and the Black Experience

1. Two Conceptions of Black Nationalism

2. Class, Poverty, and Shame

3. Black Power Nationalism

4. Black Solidarity after Black Power

5. Race, Culture, and Politics

6. Social Identity and Group Solidarity

Conclusion: The Political Morality of Black Solidarity

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674043527
Subtitle:
The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Author:
Shelby, Tommie
Author:
Tommie Shelby
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Political Advocacy
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070915
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » Black Studies (Global)
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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