Racism or Attitude?

Racism or Attitude?

The Ongoing Struggle for Black Liberation and Self-esteem

Book - 1995
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Robinson contends that blacks' attitudes about race and low self-esteem are as accountable as discrimination and racism for the troubles facing the black community. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." - a passage by Charles Dickens published a century ago - describes how African Americans today feel about their chances for advancement. Since the 1960s, socioeconomic reports have examined the difficulties blacks have endured in their attempts to enter into the mainstream. For example, in 1965, then U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel P. Moynihan released the "Moynihan Report" stating that the roots of poverty, illiteracy, and despair in the black community are tied to the instability within the family resulting from centuries of slavery and discrimination. Twenty-five years later, U.S. Statistical Abstracts declared that the number of African Americans in correctional facilities equaled those in universities; and the 1990 U.S. Census Bureau reported that not only do 45% of black children live in families barely at the poverty line, but that the median income of a white household is almost double that of a black household. Are there specific reasons for the prevalence of dysfunction in the African-American community?
Racism or Attitude? The Ongoing Struggle for Black Liberation and Self-Esteem challenges the long-held assumptions of black leaders and liberal thinkers that racism and discrimination are the only reasons behind the state of the African-American population. Dr. James L. Robinson, a political scientist specializing in African-American history, contends that negative attitude and a lack of self-esteem are as accountable as discrimination and racism for the ethnocentric troubles within the black community. The author explores social and economic conditions as they relate to the contradictions between race and class thinking, the varied results of Affirmative Action, and the effects of the civil rights movement on African Americans.
Have Affirmative Action and other such programs contributed to a sense of unworthiness within African Americans as to their abilities and intelligence? Or, is today's politically sensitive climate deflecting the responsibility of the individual to succeed in a society based upon merit? In response to these questions, Dr. Robinson, himself a beneficiary of Affirmative Action, demonstrates that true black liberation will occur only when black attitudes toward race change.
Racism or Attitude? is a frank analysis on the effects of race, economics, and politics in the United States on present and future generations of all members of society. Sociologists, political scientists, educators, ethnohistorians, demographers, criminologists, and behavioral psychologists will find this handbook on contemporary American history to be invaluable.

Publisher: New York : Insight Books, c1995
ISBN: 9780306449451
Characteristics: xi, 269 p. ; 22 cm


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