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We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity

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African American history resounds with calls for black unity. From abolitionist times through the Black Power movement, it was widely seen as a means of securing a full share of America's promised freedom and equality. Yet today, many believe that black solidarity is unnecessary, irrational, rooted in the illusion of "racial" difference, at odds with the goal of integrati

Hardcover, 298 pages
Published November 15th 2005 by Belknap Press (first published 2005)
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Craig Werner
Pedestrian development of an argument for "black solidarity," which Shelby understands as a sort of "pragmatic black nationalism." I'm certainly not opposed to what he calls for: "the faithful adherence to certain political principles, including antiracism, equal educational and employment opportunity, and tolerance for group differences and individuality, and to emancipatory goals, such as achieving substantive racial equality--especially in employment, education, and wealth--and ending ghetto ...more
Malik Newton
This book gave history to a form of politics I've already come to embrace: Black solidarity. Shelby attempts to give a philosophical foundation to this notion, so as to ask, were such a politic possible (which surely it must be), what are the features it should or best exhibit. Of course, we know the politics is possible. Shelby traces the development of the thought on this matter from theorists as far back as Martin Delany--considered the "father of black nationalism"--up through its Black Powe ...more
May 27, 2007 rated it it was ok
Good review of the black nationalist tradition. Shelby rightly rejects a lot of the tradition as unworkable, misguided, or dangerous. He articulates a notion of "thin" blackness that he thinks will allow "us" to hold on to the idea that there's something good about black solidarity while rejecting the exclusiveness of the nationalisms of the past. We'll see...
Aug 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
I'm not convinced that he really cares about what he's writing about...
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best book ive read thus far around an emerging field in Africana Philosophy centered around black political pragmatism.
Hilariously, I am published on this book. (And also on Bill Lawson.) I read about 75% of it, and will someday return for the rest.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read sections of this and skimmed other parts. It's pretty abstract but did give me some good questions to use with my AFAM Voices class this fall.
Jun 06, 2007 marked it as to-read
I'm blaming Brandon if I don't like it.
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