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More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States

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For a nation that often optimistically claims to be post-racial, we are still mired in the practices of racial inequality that plays out in law, policy, and in our local communities. One of two explanations is often given for this persistent phenomenon: On the one hand, we might be hypocritical saying one thing, and doing or believing another; on the other, it might have ...more
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Published February 28th 2011 by New York University Press
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Sara Salem
Dec 18, 2014 Sara Salem rated it liked it
Interesting read but seems geared more towards an audience that needs to be convinced that racism exists institutionally in the US today. Some excellent points about the way race functions in "post-racial" America especially in terms of how different groups aw racialized. Would have been good to have more on race and neoliberalism though, even though she touches on it once in a while.
Theon Hill
Jan 06, 2016 Theon Hill rated it it was amazing
Imani Perry's second book, More Beautiful and More Terrible, was a joy to read. She offers penetrating insights into the reality of contemporary racial inequalities and makes several suggestions throughout the book of individual, local, and national opportunities to combat such inequalities. One of the most helpful concepts in the book was the notion of "post-intentional racism" as a organizing concept for the practices of racial inequality that persist in 21st century America. She uses this ...more
Leigh Patel
Aug 26, 2013 Leigh Patel rated it it was amazing
Perry is one of the pre-eminent thinkers on race, society, and inequality. More beautiful and more terrible manages to be comprehensive, insightful, substantiated, and forward-thinking - no small task for a thinker who can't help but make connections across disciplines normally set asunder. The job is for the reader, most of us miseducated to think about binaries of systems or individuals, to grasp Perry's points about practices of inequality and take up her charge for what we need to theorize, ...more
Drick
Jan 10, 2015 Drick rated it really liked it
Author Imani Perry starts with the premise (based on ample evidence) that U.S. culture is inherently unequal in the way it treat whites and people of color. The purpose of the book is to identify and describe what she calls "practices of inequality", which are ways of thinking and acting that reinforce the inequities across race in this culture. She focuses most of her attention on the ways these practices of inequality create disadvantages for Blacks, but occasionally offers examples of Latinos ...more
Myriam
Jan 03, 2015 Myriam rated it liked it
Liked the book and still thinking about some of the ideas within it; strikes me that the author does not situate herself in such a way that makes clear her own identity so that there are some confusing statements about President Obama, and others, for instance, whom she categorizes as "African American" while arguing for the transcendence of racial inequality...basically, some of the categories utilized don't quite add up and some of the argumentation falls short.
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Imani Perry, a professor of African American studies at Princeton, first appeared in print at age 3 in the Birmingham (Alabama) News in a photo of her and her parents at a protest against police brutality. She has published widely on topics ranging from racial inequality to hip-hop and is active across various media. She earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a ...more
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