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Whether chronicling the class conflict in the African-American community or exposing the failings of the government response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Michael Eric Dyson has never shied away from controversy. No stranger to intellectual combat, Dyson has always been ready to engage friends and foes alike in open conversation about the issues that matter.Debating Racecollects many of Dyson's most memorable encounters and most poignant arguments. Dyson shows that he is as eloquent off the cuff as he is on the book page, andDebating Racegives readers a front row seat as he spars with politicians, pundits, and public intellectuals. From John Kerry and John McCain to Ann Coulter and the hosts of television's "The View"-Dyson shows the mental agility and rhetorical tenacity that have made him one of America's most astute intellectuals, and with topics ranging from civil rights, the legacy of the O.J. Simpson trial, and the authenticity of Colin Powell there is something inDebating Raceto touch a nerve in all of us.
Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
|Preface: A Taste for Talk||p. xi|
|Movin' on Up? Segregation, Integration, and Assimilation||p. 3|
|The Greatest American Ever: The Radical, and Human, Martin Luther King, Jr.||p. 25|
|Too Little Thought, Too Little Action? Black Leaders and Intellectuals||p. 39|
|Myths, Distortions, and History: Affirmative Action||p. 61|
|Rainbow Collision? Black, White, and Brown||p. 93|
|Membership Has Its Privileges: Coloring White Identities||p. 115|
|The Mexicans Are Coming: Immigration and the Borders of Fear||p. 129|
|I say Yo, You Say Oy: Blacks, Jews, and Love||p. 155|
|Can We All Get Along? Racial Friction and the Beloved Community||p. 175|
|Homelands, Homegirls, and Homefronts: The Politics of Black Love||p. 195|
|Where Is the Love? Condoleezza Rice and Black Folk||p. 209|
|General Principles: Colin Powell's Compassionate Conservatism||p. 215|
|Youth and Violence|
|Dying for Attention: Gun Obsession and American Violence||p. 221|
|The Stakes Are High: Violence, Hip-Hop, and the United States Senate||p. 231|
|Million Heirs: Marching Toward Manhood||p. 245|
|In His Own Hands: Black Male Intensity and Latrell Sprewell's American Dream||p. 251|
|Is Dave Chappelle Crazy? The Price of Fame and the Paranoid Style||p. 269|
|The Empire Keeps Track: 9/11, Race, and Religion||p. 281|
|Who's to Blame? Victims, Survivors, and Agents in Hurricane Katrina||p. 295|
|The Humor in the Hurt: Politically Incorrect Reflections on Hurricane Katrina||p. 309|
|Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word: Apologies and Reparations for Slavery||p. 315|
|Still Some Juice Left: O. J. Ten Years Later||p. 327|
|Weapons of Mass Seduction: The War in Iraq and Inside US||p. 339|
|Anatomy of a Conflict: Why Bill Cosby is Still Wrong|
|Bill Paid: Philanthropy or Social Justice?||p. 357|
|ResponsiBillity: Cosby's Conservative Turn||p. 381|
|Shock (Jock) Therapy? Bills of Right||p. 387|
|Poor Excuse: Cosby and the Politics of Disgust||p. 391|
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