One crucial question is why now in this moment has his apolitical pessimism gained such wide acceptance?
Summary West looks at how race affects both black and white Americans politically and personally, offering constructive criticism to both liberal and conservative approaches to the problem of racism. His treatment of the race issue is unique because he views it both politically and spiritually, and he tries to develop solutions that strike a balance between the two.
West identifies his purpose: This nihilism, due to a lack of moral nourishment and political power, is the fuel behind the rage black Americans feel. West offers three objectives for a solution.
First, black Americans must look to themselves and their common history as sources of power, hope, and help. And third, black Americans must generate new leadership, which is in touch with the people. Above all, West calls for politics of conversion as a cure to the nihilistic threat: A love of self and others must undergird any economic or political action-this is the essence of what West calls for in response to the rage and hopelessness of black America.
His insight helps his audience understand that there are aspects of truth in both responses, but that this issue is not simple; it is complex, requiring more than either government programs or individual morality can accomplish alone. He also is willing to tackle tough issues, such as sexuality, affirmative action, the crisis of black leadership, and the impact of Malcolm X and black rage on black Americans today.
Although this book is more on the academic side, it is a challenging and resourceful treatment of race matters in America.RACE MATTERS.
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Henry Jenkins is the Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California.
He arrived at USC in Fall after spending more than a decade as the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies .
The disagreement between Coates and me is clear: any analysis or vision of our world that omits the centrality of Wall Street power, US military policies, and the complex dynamics of class, gender.
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.
|Form and Content||That discussion has become mired in a polarized debate between liberals and conservatives that fails to examine the complexities of the issue.|
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Breitbart TV is the home of the hottest video on politics, world events, culture, and media. Race Matters confirms Cornel West's stature as the pre-eminent African-American intellectual of our generation.
-Henry Louis Gates Jr. We are living in one of the most frightening moments in Author: Cornel West.