West is at his best when separating the wheat from the chaff: Some point to racism a definite factor. In this sense, the problem of the twenty-first century remains the problem of the color line.
In the last five years, the Black Democratic Party mayors of four of the five largest cities have lost elections. West and his writings are a valuable addition to the debate over racism and discrimination and the divisions in American society.
West offers three objectives for a solution. Malcolm rejected that notion. It is not common for Black intellectuals to explain the problem of the Black community in such terms.
To meet the challenge of such nihilism, West prescribes a "politics of conversion. This threat is not simply a matter of relative economic deprivation and political powerlessness — though economic well-being and political clout are requisites for meaningful Black progress.
However, he fails to explicitly show the link between nihilism and the need to organize the fight to end oppression and exploitation. Now more than ever, Race Matters is a book for all Americans, as it helps us to build a genuine multiracial democracy in the new millennium.
There can be and will be individual exceptions. Not surprisingly, he sees the problem of Black survival in moral and political-economic terms. At the time, West was already known as prolific scholar and social critic.
It must unite with the organized labor movement, and organizations and groups fighting for the emancipation of other peoples of color, women, and defending the rights of gays and lesbians, and other discriminated sectors of society.
His ideas are clear and generally well expressed, though his presentation does have a kind of dry style, like an academic essay assignment. Using notions such as "prophetic leaders," "the love ethic," "conversion" and "transcendence," West brings his theological sensibility to bear on secular problems.
The media lynching of Lani Guinier was made easier precisely because the independent power of the Black community is not organized.
At the same time, the author cautions in several places about the harmful effects of the commodification of sex, instant-gratification culture, and hedonism. He doesn't have the fiery character of a Malcolm X. 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.
The liberals say it is a lack of resources. Defeating white supremacy, of course, must be our central goal. West's thinking consistently challenges the conventional wisdom. The leadership must be based on militancy and unity.
Summary West looks at how race affects both black and white Americans politically and personally, offering constructive criticism to both liberal and conservative approaches to the problem of racism.
Self-worth, or Black pride, is an important issue. 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.
In his profound book, Race Matters, written in earlyWest explains his philosophy and calls on Blacks, and whites, to. May 16, · Cornel West seeks in Race Matters to revitalize the United States’ discussion of race. That discussion has become mired in a polarized debate between liberals and conservatives that fails to.
In his work, “Race Matters”, Cornel West talks about black America regarding political, economic, spiritual, and ethical issues during the late twentieth century. Review of Cornel West's "Race Matters" Newsday, April 25, It is a testament to Cornel West's determination to root his theorizing in the everyday that he prefaces his exciting new collection of essays, "Race Matters," with a revealing anecdote.
Dear Cornel, 'Race Matters' is an excellent piece of literature. I read 'The Cornel West Reader' prior to reading 'Race Matters.' I see how your writing and understanding race in society has been challenged, cultivated, and developed/5(17). Dear Cornel, 'Race Matters' is an excellent piece of literature.
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