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The End of Blackness: Returning the Souls of Black Folk to Their Rightful Ownersby Debra J. Dickerson
Synopses & Reviews
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Debra Dickerson pulls no punches in this electrifying manifesto. Outspoken journalist and
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. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Debra Dickerson pulls no punches in this electrifying manifesto. Outspoken journalist and author of the critically acclaimed memoir An American Story, she challenges black Americans to stop obsessing about racism and start focusing on problems they can fix. The way out of the ghetto, she asserts, is to take a good, hard look in the mirror. Get angry, Dickerson says, but use that anger to fuel excellence and civic participation rather than crime or drug addiction. Drawing richly on black history and thought, as well as her own hard-won wisdom, she urges blacks to let go of the past and claim their full freedom. It’s only by shaping their own future, she argues, that blacks will finally abolish the myth of white superiority.
About the Author
Debra J. Dickerson was educated at the University of Maryland, St. Mary's University, and Harvard Law School. She has been both a senior editor and a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report, and her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Slate, The Village Voice, and Essence. She lives in Albany, New York.
Table of Contents
Prologue: blackness before the dawn — Taking the words out of black mouths: narcissism, know-nothingness, and white intransigence — Kente cloth politics: the white man's ice, know-nothingness, and black futility — Gone native: the Uncle Tom imperative.
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