About the Author
is an independent journalist, policy adviser, and historian. Formerly he was Vice President for Research and Planning at the Chicago Urban League. Among his recent books are Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics
(Paradigm, 2008), Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: A Living Black Chicago History
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), and Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in Post-Civil Rights America
(Routledge, 2005). His many articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune
; In These Times; Dissent; Z Magazine; Black Commentator; Monthly Review, Journal of American Ethnic History; Journal of Social History
, and other publications.