Synopses & Reviews
"Jones (Black Haze) uses Barack Obama's presidential campaign to launch a fascinating and well-researched exploration into black leadership in America. The author is thoughtful and balanced in his assessment of the changing nature of black leadership from W.E.B. Du Bois to Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson and in his evaluation of the challenges facing the black community's newest generation of leaders. In dense, academic prose that often encumbers his analysis, Jones contextualizes the Obama campaign as he documents the troubled state of politics in black America, illustrating the enduring effects of slavery and segregation and charting the burgeoning influence of modern megachurches, hip-hop culture and BET. Although Jones raises more questions than he answers, this book makes a compelling case for black leaders to re-examine, augment and sometimes discard old approaches and methods. Jones lucidly enumerates the challenges, choices and limitations Obama will face as he attempts to win the presidency, and provides a level of racial analysis and exploration that is almost entirely absent in the mainstream media. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Barack Obama s sudden arrival on the national scene has created a wave of excitement in American politics, a phenomenon that has been dubbed Obamamania. In What s Wrong with Obamamania?, Ricky L. Jones places Obama s run for the presidency in the context of deep and often disturbing shifts in black leadership since the 1960s. From Charles Hamilton Houston to Thurgood Marshall to Jesse Jackson, from prosperity preachers to megachurches, from W. E. B. Du Bois s Talented Tenth and civil rights advocates to Black Entertainment Television and hip-hop culture, Jones paints a picture of lowered expectations, cynicism, and nihilism that should give us all pause."
Juxtaposes the meteoric rise of Barack Obama with far-reaching - and disturbing - shifts in black leadership in post-Civil Rights America.