Race Manners: Navigating the Minefield Between Black and White Americans

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Social Science - 267 pages
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Completely revised and updated, this is a candid assessment of, and guide to, improving race relations, a book Kirkus Reviews called shocking, and Publishers Weekly termed a frank, intelligent guide. On a plane, a black passenger nervously scrutinizes an Arab-American passenger. In front of a store, a white woman clutches her purse as a black man walks by. In conversation, the topic of race comes up and both people wonder what they are willing to say?and what they are not. On television, images of the Hurricane Katrina disaster reveal the staggering depth of the country's racial and class divide. Each scenario reveals that how we act and react to each other on a daily basis stems from racial assumptions, biases, and misunderstandings. Some we acknowledge, others we overlook. In the wake of 9/11, confronting race relations in America is as daunting as it is necessary. Race Manners shows us how we can begin a civilized, meaningful dialogue?not with evasive abstractions, but with practicality and candor. Bruce A. Jacobs, a tireless speaker, has traveled the country over the past six years, learning and listening as people reacted to the first edition of this book and told him their own stories. This second edition is the result?a completely revised and updated work, a candid assessment of, and guide to, improving race relations that offers honest clarity on fear of crime and terrorism; the role of rage talk media; the problem with tolerance; race in pop music from Elvis to Eminem and beyond; the N-word, and much more.
 

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User Review  - janey47 - LibraryThing

His heart's very much in the right place, and there's a lot of sense in what he says, but I can't really gauge to what extent he's *right* (like when he talks about healthy ways for Black people to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Out in the Open
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Matters of Opinion
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Just Between Us
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Identity
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Is There Hope?
Acknowledgments
Recommended Resources
Notes
Copyright

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Bruce A. Jacobs is an author and speaker. He has appeared at scores of colleges, organizations, companies, places of worship, and community gatherings from New York to Arizona to California, as well as on C-SPAN, NPR, Pacifica, and radio and television shows nationwide. He is a featured participant in "Race and Reconciliation in America," a series of national conversations about race convened at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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