The Crisis of Color and Democracy

Marable, Manning
Publisher:  Common Courage Press
Year Published:  1992
Pages:  262pp   Price:  $14.95   Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX6817

Essays attacking racist sterotypes and cynical arguments which America's national leaders use to obscure both the roots of today's social problems and their solutions.

This book is a testament to the inequities that Black people experience throughout the world. It is a collection of essays that investigate the perils Black folks face within the healthcare system, with employment opportunities and educational opportunities, as well as responses to these systems by the formation of grassroots movements. Marable also examines the complexities of navigating a democratic system when race is factored in. According to Marable, the ideology of whiteness determines who is considered worthy of being considered a citizen and who is not.

Marable adopts a black power lens to propose solutions for the problems that Black Americans encounter. He advances ideas for restructuring the American landscape to swing away from Bush and Reagan politics of giving ever more power to corporations. He believes that this will, to some degree, answer some of the racial inequities that Black Americans experience. Drawing on his investigation of the major intersection between race and class Marble ultimately claims that there is opportunity to transform the ways in which race operates in the American infrastructure.

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