Race Matters is a social sciences book by Cornel West. The book was first published on April 1, by Beacon Press. The book analyzes moral authority and. The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the groundbreaking classic, with a new introduction First published in , on the one-year anniversary of the. Race Matters has ratings and reviews. Zadignose said: Cornel West would probably not be offended if I pointed out that he doesn’t quite have th.

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There was some mention of slavery, but it was something that was well in the past, America having progressed since the Civil Rights movement. But what West focuses on is not the state of affairs, matterd se, in the book; rather, he focuses on the events and the power structures that enforce and surround them.

So we would read biographies and essays and a myriad of material to feed our interests. I didn’t have a full sense of the context, and the conversation wasn’t really directed to me. The middle-class layers who suffer some discrimination there is a colored ceiling still live well enough not to want to shake the foundations that support them. A sharp and eloquent book, marred by a few loose arguments here and there.

Although Jackson and the Congressional Black Caucus have played a valuable role in exposing racism in government, and have taken some positions that are unpopular with the powers that be, their refusal to abandon capitalist politics for independent politics has led to little relief for the majority of Blacks.

I may not agree with him on everything, but like his intellectual opposite but personal friend Robert P.

Cornel West’s Race Matters

This classic treatise on race contains Dr. It would have meant challenging the real powers. I do disagree with West on a number of subjects.

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I’ll probably read this book again soon. These models must not only question our silent assumptions matteds black leadership — such as the notion that black leaders are always middle class — but must also force us to interrogate iconic figures of the past.

Race Matters – Cornel West – Google Books

Also, West takes a much broader and more accurate approach to issues of race, seeing them as a subset of larger economic and political issues. The fact that slavery once existed over years ago and Jim Crow existed means permanent affirmative action. No, this book gave rwce a map and a compass which to direct myself and others to more.

Furthermore, being the “Christian society” that we tout ourselves to be, I always wondered where the ideas of racism and superiority came from because nowhere in scriptures does it even refer to race or suggest that a group of human beings is superior to another group. The chapter that interested me the most was the one on Black Conservatism. Also, I had to keep reminding corne, that this book is over 10 years old, although I think it’s still greatly needed even today.

He is a man of the utmost intellectual honesty and of a true commitment to justice and truth in the face of oppression. For my own purposes I’ll try to note some of the controlling ideas that define the various chapters West points to the cirnel of the new Black middle class. He also has quite a lyrical way with words not too many scholarly big words, but also not too over-simplified that gets his point across perfectly.

Du Bois, Anna Cooper, E. Those who wish to boil it down to one or two axioms are missing many facets of the issue. This reason is twofold, I, like Cornel West, am a Leftist, the extent of which is not necessary for this place, and that I am aware and familiar with some of the more intellectual terminology that West uses in this book.


But it is more than just Black versus white. But regardless of the title I guess one can apply some of his theories and points to ANY race. Eventually we might get there, but progressive change is rarely fast or painless. I hadn’t heard much at all about black history. Selected pages Title Page. His analysis of contemporary thought on the problems that black Americans face was especially helpful for me, as he charts out a third way to understand these issues apart from conservative behaviorism and liberal structuralism.

The liberals say it is a lack of resources.

Just when one would have guessed that Black America was flexing its political and intellectual muscles, rigor mortis seems to have set in.

May 30, Terri Lynn rated it did not like it Shelves: From this perspective, his vision of empowerment, healing, and justice contains depth and power ahead of its time. Malcolm X and Black Rage Epilogue. We ignore his truth in Race Matters at our personal and national peril. As Bob Marley said – who feels it kno I so wish I was close enough to Princeton to be able to take a course or two of his there – although I hear he is moving to Union Theological Seminary soon to teach there.