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 21: Introduction to Black Studies
Introduction to Black Studies
This book remains among the most important in presenting an “African-centered” perspective on race and racism. Professor Karenga shows how the dominant intellectual thought and social analysis models in the United States have developed to both suggest and maintain institutionally the inferiority of blacks in this country. European-dominated thought helps to explain the nature of racism in that it presupposes black cultural inferiority. There are at least two important contributions to the discussion of race and racism in this text: first, the theory elaborated by the author and others proposes that it is useful for black political and economic, and psychological liberation from notions of inferiority; second, it approaches the black community as a unit of analysis in ...