Disintegration The Splintering of Black America

ISBN-10: 0385526547

ISBN-13: 9780385526548

Edition: 2010

Authors: Eugene Robinson
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Description: From Pulitzer Prizewinning columnist and commentator Eugene Robinson comes a paradigm-shifting book about race in America. The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a "Black America" with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking bookDisintegration, longtimeWashington Postjournalist Eugene Robinson argues that, through decades of desegregation, affirshy;mative action, and immigration, the concept of Black America has shattered. Now, instead of one, there are four distinct groups: a Mainstream middle-class majority with a solid stake in society; a large Abandoned minority with less hope than ever of escaping poverty; a small Transcendent elite, whose enorshy;mous wealth and power makes even whites genuflect; and newly Emergent groups of mixed-race individuals and recent black immigrants who question what "black" even means. Using historical research, reporting, census data, and polling, Robinson shows how these groups have become so distinct that they view each other with mistrust and apprehension. And yet all are reluctant to acknowledge division.Disintegrationshines light on crucial debates about affirmative action, the imporshy;tance of race versus social class, and the ultimate questions of whether and in what form racism and the black community endure. From the Hardcover edition.

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/5/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

EUGENE ROBINSON joined the Washington Post in 1980, where he has served as London bureau chief, foreign editor, and, currently, associate editor and columnist. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and in 2009, Robinson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. Disintegration is his third book. From the Hardcover edition.

Acknowledgments
"Black America" Doesn't Live Here Anymore
When We Were One
Parting of the Ways
The Mainstream: A Double Life
The Abandoned: No Way Out
The Transcendent: Where None Have Gone Before
The Emergent (Part 1): Coming to America
The Emergent (Part 2): How Black is Black?
Urgency, Focus, and Sacrifice
We Know Who we are. But Who Will We Be?
Notes
Index
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