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 - 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
Review: Race MattersUser 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