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He comes across as someone sure of his ideas, but humble as an individual. His ideas are clear and generally well expressed, though his presentation does have a kind of dry style, like an academic essay assignment. West does his best to play fair by staking out ground that might bring together the right and the left, i.
And, in an effort to conclude my summary by addressing the final two topics: Mythology about black sexuality is damaging. Fear and fascination with black sexuality, and especially interracial sexual relations are at the core of racial conflicts.
Black people confront many contradictory problems relating to how they may be degraded, or made to feel ashamed or dirty, while at the same time being objects of sexual fascination for white folks. Black folks have to be proud, not ashamed, and at the same time willing to accept a variety of expressions and sexual identities, without enforcing images of machismo on all black men.
Men and women must rise together. Healthy sexual relations should be embraced whether intra-racial, inter-racial, hetero- or homosexual. At the same time, the author cautions in several places about the harmful effects of the commodification of sex, instant-gratification culture, and hedonism.
As long as black sexuality remains a taboo subject, we cannot acknowledge, examine, or engage these tragic psychocultural facts of American life.
Furthermore, our refusal to do so limits our ability to confront the overwhelming realities of the AIDS epidemic in America in general and in black America in particular. Although the dynamics of black male sexuality differ from those of black female sexuality, new stylistic options of self-image and resistance can be forged only when black women and men do so together.
This is not so because all black people should be heterosexual or with black partners, but rather because all black people—including black children of so-called "mixed" couples—are affected deeply by the prevailing myths of black sexuality.
These myths are part of a wider network of white supremacist lies whose authority and legitimacy must be undermined.
In the long run, there is simply no way out for all of us other than living out the truths we proclaim about genuine humane interaction in our psychic and sexual lives.
The author saw a lot of unfulfilled potential in Malcolm X, whose strong expression of rage was focused on a psychological transformation in black people, but who tragically could not live long enough to mature and examine the implications of his approach. The author saw Malcolm X as starting to transcend national boundaries, and overcoming some of the unfortunate tendency of Nation of Islam to respond to white-nationalist power by adopting the same underlying formula i.
The author believed Malcolm would have gone beyond this in promoting black pride on its own terms, speaking out with appropriate rage to white abuses, but not allowing white culture to define the movement.
He also commented on the fact that, still young, Malcolm in his more orthodox Muslim phase, could not yet transcend racial reasoning enough to be able to see the broader social justice issues, i.CORNEL WEST ARGUES that the main obstacle to harmonious race relations in the United States is “nihilism” — the sense of worthlessness that exists among most Blacks.
Beacon Press is proud to present this hardcover edition with a new introduction by Cornel West. The issues that it addresses are as controversial and urgent as before, and West's insights remain fresh, exciting, and timely. First published in on the one-year anniversary of the L.
A. riots, Race Matters has since become an American classic. Beacon Press is proud to present this hardcover edition with a new introduction by Cornel West. The issues that it addresses are as controversial and urgent as before, and West.
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.
Cornel West is professor of religion and director of Afro-American Studies at Princeton University. His treatment of the race issue is unique because he views it both politically and spiritually, and he tries to develop solutions that strike a balance between the two.
Dear Cornel, 'Race Matters' is an excellent piece of literature.
Race Matters is a collection of loosely connected essays. West’s writing is aimed at a wide audience, and the author avoids using technical philosophical jargon or making obtuse references to. Beacon Press is proud to present this hardcover edition with a new introduction by Cornel West. The issues that it addresses are as controversial and urgent as before, and West's insights remain fresh, exciting, and timely. Race Matters has 8, ratings and reviews. Zadignose said: Cornel West would probably not be offended if I pointed out that he doesn't quite have th /5.
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