Preface 2001: Democracy Matters in Race Matters
Race Matters in Twenty-First Century America
Introduction: Race Matters
1. Nihilism in Black America
2. The Pitfalls of Racial Reasoning
3. The Crisis of Black Leadership
4. Demystifying the New Black Conservatism
5. Beyond Affirmative Action: Equality and Identity
6. On Black-Jewish Relations
7. Black Sexuality: The Taboo Subject
8. Malcolm X and Black Rage
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in three years and obtained his MA and PhD in philosophy at Princeton University. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Paris. He has written twenty books and edited thirteen, including Black Prophetic Fire and The Radical King, a collection that reclaims Dr. Martin Luther King's prophetic and radical vision as both a civil rights leader and a human right activist. Dr. West has also made three spoken-word albums, including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, and Gerald Levert. He is currently Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University.
"As moving as any of the sermons of the Rev. Martin Luther King, as
profound as W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk, as
exhilarating in their offering of liberation as James Baldwin's
-David Nicholson, Washington Post Book World
"Cornel West is one of the most authentic, brilliant, prophetic, and healing voices in America today. We ignore his truth in Race Matters at our personal and national peril."
-Marian Wright Edelman
"Exciting . . . illuminating . . . West's thinking consistently challenges the conventional wisdom [and] confronts the reader with profound and unsettling insights."
-Robert S. Boynton, Newsday
"A compelling blend of philosophy, sociology and political commentary . . . It directly takes on some of the most volatile issues facing American society today. . . . One can only applaud the ferocious moral vision and astute intellect on display in these pages."
-Michiko Kakutani, New York Times