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Race Matters (Vintage) [Paperback]

By Cornel West (Author)
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The coauthor of The Future of the Race looks at the issues facing African Americans, including the new Black conservatism, Black-Jewish relations, discrimination, racial sterotypes, and despair. Reprint.

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With a new introduction, the groundbreaking classic Race Matters""affirms its position as the bestselling, most influential, and most original articulation of the urgent issues in America's ongoing racial debate.
Cornel West is at the forefront of thinking about race. In Race Matters""he addresses a range of issues, from the crisis in black leadership and the myths surrounding black sexuality to affirmative action, the new black conservatism, and the strained relations between Jews and African Americans. He never hesitates to confront the prejudices of all his readers?or wavers in his insistence that they share a common destiny. Bold in its thought and written with a redemptive passion grounded in the tradition of the African-American church, Race Matters""is a book that is at once challenging and deeply healing.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Race Matters (Vintage) by Cornel West has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 136
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 126
  • Publishers Weekly - 04/11/1994
  • Ebony - 11/01/2005 page 45

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Vintage
Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 29, 1994
Publisher   Vintage
ISBN  0679749861  
ISBN13  9780679749868  

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Educator and philosopher Cornel West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. Known as one of America's most gifted, provocative, and important public intellectuals, he is the author of the contemporary classic Race Matters, which changed the course of America's dialogue on race and justice, and the New York Times bestseller Democracy Matters and the memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He is the recipient of the American Book Award and more than 20 honorary degrees.

Cornel West currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States
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Exploring Race Relations in the USA  Feb 27, 2008
I didn't know Clarence Thomas was despised by many, until I read this book in 1997. I always assumed Thomas was a serious scholar of the law, until Dr. West painted a rather unflattering picture of the Supreme Court Justice. He describes Thomas as unqualified, lazy, callous, ignorant, selfish, and to sum up, Thomas is the "token Black guy" on the Supreme Court.

Dr. West goes into detail about his views on the Crown Heights Riots and why he believes the rioters were tolerated. He doesn't take sides or justify anything; rather he looks for the causes and the facts as they are. He lays bare the sad details of race relations and leaves the reader to decide. Dr. West can really tell is like it is!

But there's a sad irony.

Dr. West has become just like the people he despises. His conflict with Lawrence Summers shows that he's become a selfish, publicity-hungry showman who wants to use his color as an excuse. Calling his boss the "Ariel Sharon of higher education" doesn't bug me because I'm a Jew (I'm used to left-wing radicals using Israel as a metaphor for evil), it bugs me because instead of admitting he made a mistake, he defames his boss as being un-academic. Instead of saying "brothers and sisters, I have been neglecting my writing and giving out too many A's," he blames it on racism.

On the other hand, everyone is entitled to make at least one mistake. But I hope Dr. West will realize that while sad things have happened in the history of the USA, we are evolving for improvement. Racist laws have been overturned, careers that were once closed are now integrated, and the over-empowerment of the President in the post-9/11 age shows that liberty is something that we'll always be fighting for.

The first step in the fight for liberty and equality is the freedom to express our views. I look forward to reading more of Dr. West's work in the future.
Race still defines America  Nov 12, 2007
I just read this book and it got a lot of good information about it such as the names of black scholars and leaders that I had never heard of before and teachings of Malcolm X. The analysis of black anti-semitism and black nihilism was also very interesting. I intend to read more of his works in the future.
Ivy League Charlatan  Nov 10, 2007
Cornell West is a charlatan and this book, like all the rest of his work, is little more than a collection of biased opinions unsupported by logic or information. While most blacks have achieved middle class status in the past 30 years, West sees only those who are mired in poverty and crime. And those, he thinks, are pure victims of "racism". It does not occur to West that a person with a criminal record, a bad attitude, and a poor education - is unlikely to succeed regardless of his color. If America were really as racist as West imagines, how does he explain his own amazing success - for surely his success is amazing. How many men get paid the money that Cornell West is paid - and that for "mouthing off" about his favorite hobby-horses? Larry Summers chided West for his total lack of scholarship. This book proves that Summers was absolutely right.
Give thinking a chance  Dec 28, 2006
I am a West Reader so I may be a little bias on my review. Race Matters is a piece that takes the current position of many miniority races and forces them to relate to each other. The section on Malcolm and Black Rage hits it on the head. It has started my research on nihilism and allows the reader to jump into new areas of thought. It will expand your mind like all of West's works.
Race Matters  Mar 10, 2006
Excellent look at race issues in America that apply today even though the book was written more tha a decade ago.

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