This unique collection brings together selections from the work that has defined our understanding of racism. Every significant contribution to the analysis of racism over the past 50 years are comprised in this one book, including extracts from Myrdal's An American Dilemma, Cox's Marxist theory, Carmichael and Hamilton's introduction of the term ‘institutional racism’ and recent textual analyses. Ordered chronologically, so that the reader can work through the narrative of changes coherently, each contribution is introduced by the editors and the whole collection is bound together by introductory and concluding chapters. The result is an unparalleled teaching and study resource. No other book presents the highlights, range and complexity of the various attempts to unravel racism, in such a comprehensive and panoramic way.
Chapter 16: A Rap on Race
A Rap on Race
Margaret Mead and James Baldwin met for the first time on the evening of 25 August 1970. The preceding decade had been one of the most momentous in American history: the civil rights movement had brought a mixture of hope, redemption and disappointment. Black Power had, in many ways, superseded the more gradualist approaches of civil rights. The leaders, actual and symbolic, of the two movements had both been assassinated. New laws ending de jure legislation and prohibiting racial discrimination had been welcomed before the realization that legal prohibition was not necessarily followed by the disappearance of racism and discrimination. Rather, both assumed new, less obvious forms.
Mead, the noted anthropologist whose research had deepened her familiarity ...