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Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics

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The year that saw an African American run for the presidency—as a viable contender—for the first time in US history also witnessed a truly remarkable silence—one that was scarcely coincidental. In all the millions of words written about the political ascent of one black man, there was virtually nothing about the descent of black leadership into well-nigh total ineffectiveness. Barack Obama’s personal itinerary was mapped in the minutest detail. The larger itinerary of African Americans was mostly ignored.

Kevin Alexander Gray is a civil rights organizer in South Carolina. He is also a contributing editor to Black News, was a former president of the South Carolina ACLU, and was Jesse Jackson’s South Carolina campaign manager in 1988. There’s no keener mind, no sharper eye, focused on the condition of black politics. Gray’s take is radical, so his focus is always ample and humane. In these passionate pages, he takes his readers into areas of darkness—South Carolina’s heritage of slavery, for example—and into the vibrancy and heat of James Brown and Richard Pryor. Gray’s intellectual footwork is as sure as Muhammad Ali’s in his prime, and the KO is as deadly. No one should venture a yard into the rough terrain of black politics and culture in America today without reading Gray’s Waiting for Lightning to Strike.

Book News Annotation:

Black political activist Gray collects 15 of his essays on American politics, most previously published in CounterPunch and other outlets. Among the topics addressed by Gray are the contemporary legacy of South Carolina slavery, the relationship between racial solidarity and black nationalism, critique of the politics of the Million Man March, the need for an anti-drug-war movement, critique of Jesse Jackson's style of leadership (Gray was an advisor of Jackson's during the latter's presidential campaign), the negative politics of Bill Clinton and Strom Thurmond, US policy towards Iraq, Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope, and tributes to Richard Pryor and James Brown. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A strong voice emerging from the Black Left.

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Political Science. African American Studies. The year that saw an African American run for the presidency--as a viable contender--for the first time in US history also witnessed a truly remarkable silence--one that was scarcely coincidental. In all the millions of words written about the political ascent of one black man, there was virtually nothing about the descent of black leadership into well-nigh total ineffectiveness. Barack Obama's personal itinerary was mapped in the minutest detail. The larger itinerary of African Americans was mostly ignored. In these passionate pages, Gray takes his readers into areas of darkness and into the vibrancy and heat of James Brown and Richard Pryor. His intellectual footwork is as sure as Muhammad Ali's in his prime, and the KO is as deadly.

About the Author

Kevin Alexander Gray is a civil rights organizer in South Carolina. He is also a contributing editor to Black News in South Carolina, a former President of the SC ACLU, and was Jesse Jackson's SC campaign manager in 1988.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781904859918
Author:
Gray, Kevin Alexander
Publisher:
AK Press
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
African Americans--Politics and government
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Subject:
African American Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
250
Dimensions:
7.6 x 5.1 x 0.7 in 9.5 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Political Science. African American Studies. The year that saw an African American run for the presidency--as a viable contender--for the first time in US history also witnessed a truly remarkable silence--one that was scarcely coincidental. In all the millions of words written about the political ascent of one black man, there was virtually nothing about the descent of black leadership into well-nigh total ineffectiveness. Barack Obama's personal itinerary was mapped in the minutest detail. The larger itinerary of African Americans was mostly ignored. In these passionate pages, Gray takes his readers into areas of darkness and into the vibrancy and heat of James Brown and Richard Pryor. His intellectual footwork is as sure as Muhammad Ali's in his prime, and the KO is as deadly.
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