Book: The New Black: What Has Changed—and What Has Not—with Race in America

Cover of The New Black by Kenneth Mack

Kenneth W. Mack and Guy-Uriel E. Charles

New York: The New Press 

September 3, 2013

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“Reveals some of the directions that questions of race and racism will take as we approach post-Obama America.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Teeming with critically important reflections on the state of race in America. . . . Whether you agree or disagree with the ideas herein, one thing is for certain: these perspectives ought not be ignored.”
—Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

The New Black is an indispensable guide to thinking one’s way through the peculiar institutional complexities of our supposedly postracial moment: the tensions among racial progress in some quarters, fierce backlash in others, the shifting demographics of et?hnicity, the subtleties of denial and unconscious bias, and the reconfigured challenge of civil rights for all Americans.”
—Patricia J. Williams, columnist at The Nation and James L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia University

“These insightful essays refocus our attention on race, helping to dissipate the willed delusion of a ‘postracial’ society. A must-read, and a fun read.”
—Ian Haney Lopez, John H. Boalt Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

“The contributors to this book raise significant questions about the continued relevance of the civil rights ideal and argue persuasively that new ideas are necessary, advancing an important discussion of the shape of race relations beyond the Obama presidency.”
—Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

“An important contribution. . . . As we transform into a majority-minority nation, The New Black gives us thought-provoking inquiries and frameworks that reflect the racial realities of Americans.”
—Deepa Iyer, chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

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