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Disintegration: The Splintering of Black Americaby Eugene Robinson
Synopses & Reviews
From Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and commentator Eugene Robinson comes a paradigm-shifting book about race in America.
The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a “Black America” with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking book Disintegration, longtime Washington Post journalist Eugene Robinson argues that, through decades of desegregation, affirmative action, and immigration, the concept of Black America has shattered. Now, instead of one, there are four distinct groups: a Mainstream middle-class majority with a solid stake in society; a large Abandoned minority with less hope than ever of escaping poverty; a small Transcendent elite, whose enormous wealth and power makes even whites genuflect; and newly Emergent groups of mixed-race individuals and recent black immigrants who question what “black” even means.
Using historical research, reporting, census data, and polling, Robinson shows how these groups have become so distinct that they view each other with mistrust and apprehension. And yet all are reluctant to acknowledge division. Disintegration shines light on crucial debates about affirmative action, the importance of race versus social class, and the ultimate questions of whether and in what form racism and the black community endure.
About the Author
EUGENE ROBINSON joined the Washington Post in 1980 and has served as London bureau chief, foreign editor, and, currently, associate editor and columnist. Robinson, who has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 2009. He appears frequently on MSNBC as a political analyst. Disintegration is his third book.
Table of Contents
"Black America" doesn't live here anymore — When we were one — Parting of the ways — The mainstream : a double life — The abandoned : no way out — The transcendent : where none have gone before — The emergent (part 1) : coming to America — The emergent (part 2) : how Black is Black? — Urgency, focus and sacrifice — We know who we are, but who will we be?
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