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Author Ikard, David, 1972-

Title Nation of cowards : black activism in Barack Obama's post-racial America / David Ikard and Martell Teasley
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (160 pages)
Series Blacks in the diaspora
Blacks in the diaspora.
Contents Introduction : is America a nation of cowards or has Attorney General Eric Holder lost his mind? -- The teaching moment that never was : Henry Louis Gates, Barack Obama, and the post-racial dilemma -- "I know what's in his heart" : enlightened exceptionalism and the problem with using Barack Obama as the racial litmus test for Black progress and achievement -- The audacity of Reverend Wright : speaking truth to power in the twenty-first century -- Setting the record straight : why Barack Obama and America cannot afford to ignore a Black agenda -- Pull yourself up by your bootstraps : Barack Obama, the Black poor, and the problems of racial common sense thinking
Summary In a speech from which Nation of Cowards derives its title, Attorney General Eric Holder argued forcefully that Americans today need to talk more-not less-about racism. This appeal for candid talk about race exposes the paradox of Barack Obama's historic rise to the US presidency and the ever-increasing social and economic instability of African American communities. David H. Ikard and Martell Lee Teasley maintain that such a conversation can take place only with passionate and organized pressure from black Americans, and that neither Obama nor any political figure is likely to be in the fo
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Obama, Barack -- Relations with African Americans
African Americans -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
African Americans -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Post-racialism -- United States.
Race awareness -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects.
Form Electronic book
Author Teasley, Martell L.
LC no. 2012017797
ISBN 0253007011 (electronic bk.)
9780253007018 (electronic bk.)