The fundamental litmus test for American democracy-its economy, government, criminal justice system, education, mass media, and culture-remains: how broad and intense are the arbitrary powers used and deployed against black people. In this sense, the problem of the twenty-first century remains the problem of the color line. --from the new Preface
First published in 1993 on the one-year anniversary of the L.A. riots, Race Matters was a national best-seller, and it has since become a groundbreaking classic on race in America.
Race Matters contains West's most powerful essays on the issues relevant to black Americans today: despair, black conservatism, black-Jewish relations, myths about black sexuality, the crisis in leadership in the black community, and the legacy of Malcolm X. And the insights that he brings to these complicated problems remain fresh, exciting, creative, and compassionate. Now more than ever, Race Matters is a book for all Americans, as it helps us to build a genuine multiracial democracy in the new millennium.
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Review: Race MattersUser Review - Joel Wentz - Goodreads
This little book packs quite a punch. West writes passionately and prophetically, unabashedly raising the discourse on important issues regarding ethnic identities in America. His ability to ... Read full review
Review: Race MattersUser Review - Jamille - Goodreads
This was a very interesting read. West touches on so very fascinating issues; I found the chapter Black Sexuality brilliant. What I liked about the book was that West not only critiques (which in my ... Read full review