Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line

Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line

Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line

Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line

Synopsis

Former welfare father, ordained Baptist minister, and Princeton Ph. D., Michael Eric Dyson is best known for taking black studies "to the streets" with his passion for popular culture and his commitment to urban youth. Here he unearths the hidden rules that poison our language, our thinking, and our politics. Dyson reveals the pernicious influence of racial thinking across the broad canvas of American social and cultural life, from the disjunction between how whites and blacks view the world, to the way perceptions of black masculinity thwart black leadership, to the politics of nostalgia that keeps us looking to an imaginary past rather than creating a positive future. Through painful examples drawn from within the black community- sexual conflict in the black church, the myth of the "head Negro," relations between black men and women- he depicts our ongoing failure to break free of the rule of race."In a color-blind society, we can only see black and white," warns Dyson as he argues for color consciousness informed by history and shaped by hope. provocative and compelling, Race Rules is the most important work to date from the "hip-hop intellectual" who stands at the forefront of his generation of black public thinkers.

Excerpt

In this case, the danger, in the minds of most white Americans, is the loss of their identity. Try to imagine how you would feel if you woke up one morning to find the sun shining and all the stars aflame. You would be frightened because it is out of the order of nature. Any upheaval in the universe is terrifying because it so profoundly attacks one's sense of one's own reality. Well, the black man has functioned in the white man's world as a fixed star, as an immovable pillar: and as he moves out of his place, heaven and earth are shaken to their foundations.

James Baldwin

The Fire Next Time, 1963 . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.