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Race Matters by Cornel West
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Nov 26, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: igdi

Cornel West touches on all things concerning the black community. From the lack of strong leadership since the civil rights movement to misogyny and sexuality to relations with jews to homosexuality he applies his philosophy that america's increasing emphasis on capitalism has contributed to a sense of helplessness and hopelessness in the black community. His comments are even-handed and all-encompassing as he discusses the state of america with respect to blacks in the wake of the LA riots following the Rodney King trail in 1992. His base argument that economic forces are the largest underlying factor to blame for the ever deepening sense of nihilism among poorer blacks is different and well articulated, even if it is a bit dense at times. The book challenges our thought process and holds us all accountable for our collective future. The book sometimes has bit too much of an apocholyptic tone for some but his opinions are extremely well articulated and fair.
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