Race Matters

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Vintage Books, 1993 - Political Science - 159 pages
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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.

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Pretty good insight. - Goodreads
West's research seems a little wonky. - Goodreads
West is a brilliant writer and speaker. - Goodreads
... many great quotes and so much great insight! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

This is a flawed-but-worthwhile read. The essays are mostly unsupported conjecture / opinion, but they often yield insights worth considering. Read full review

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User Review  - Kay Harden - Goodreads

I constantly quote this book! Slightly controversial, but very details his arguments about the nature of black culture. This book isn't solely for black people. Most of his arguments can be applicable to most people of color communities within the United States. Read full review

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Cornel West has been Professor of Religion and Director of Afro-American Studies at Princeton University since 1988, and was recently appointed Professor of Afro-American Studies and the Philosophy of Religion at Harvard University.  He is the author of many books, including Keeping Faith, Prophetic Fragments, and, with bell hooks, Breaking Bread.

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