Black Identity

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Knowing where you have been is a precursor to knowing where you want to go (or not go). Reading 'Black Identity' makes the task of walking in our fore-parent's footsteps that much more appreciable and begs to ask the question...what will Black people who live in a white society be doing 500 years from now? Probably the same thing Black folks have been doing for the past 500 years; struggling to deconstruct a society that views them as inferior, while white folks continue to reconstruct a society that implies themselves as superior. If Dexter Gordon was not a Black Nationalists when he began the task of researching the history of Black Freedom Abolitionists, Advocates, Liberators and Fighters for this provocative book, I'd be surprised if he wasn't one when he finished. This book is a compelling argument for the rekindling and rebirth of that spark which was the catalyst for Black Self-Determination, Independence and Governance. 'Black Identity' is the calling card that should be carried in our backpack on our sojourn to Sovereignty as a reminder of all who sacrificed for us-their children-to live in a world where they are the Alpha and Omega of their resistance. Let's not let them nor their memories linger in limbo.  

Contents

Preserving Slavery
40
The Birth of the Black Subject
69
The Rhetorical Empowerment of the Black Subject
101
The Black Subject as Public Citizen
124
The Ideology of Black Nationalism and American Culture
161
Notes
207
Index
245
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