We Who Are Dark The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity

ISBN-10: 0674025717
ISBN-13: 9780674025714
Edition: 2005
Authors: Tommie Shelby
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836

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 integration, and incompatible with liberal ideals and American democracy. A response to such critics, We Who Are Dark provides the first extended philosophical defense of black political solidarity. Tommie Shelby argues that we can reject a biological idea of race and agree with many criticisms of identity politics yet still view black political solidarity as a needed emancipatory tool. In developing his defense of black solidarity, he draws on the history of black political thought, focusing on the canonical figures of Martin R. Delany and W. E. B. Du Bois, and he urges us to rethink many traditional conceptions of what black unity should entail. In this way, he contributes significantly to the larger effort to re-envision black politics and to modernize the objectives and strategies of black freedom struggles for the post-civil rights era. His book articulates a new African American political philosophy--one that rests firmly on anti-essentialist foundations and, at the same time, urges a commitment to defeating racism, to eliminating racial inequality, and to improving the opportunities of those racialized as "black."

Tommie Shelby is Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University.

Preface
Introduction: Political Philosophy and the Black Experience
Two Conceptions of Black Nationalism
Class, Poverty, and Shame
Black Power Nationalism
Black Solidarity after Black Power
Race, Culture, and Politics
Social Identity and Group Solidarity
Conclusion: The Political Morality of Black Solidarity
Notes
Index

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