Reviews: The New Black

Cover of The New Black by Kenneth Mack

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

“The New Black is a collection of 11 thought-provoking essays, and an introduction, which juxtapose the accomplishments of the civil rights movement with the unraveling of legal and policy remedies. The essays examine the deep divide in the America soul and psyche as the nation confronts its oldest social problem in a new century.”

-Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

“Mack and Charles have staged an eminently readable event.”

-Publishers Weekly

“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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