From Publishers Weekly
An editorial writer for New York Newsday , Sleeper here offers a fair, tough-minded airing of New York City's racial tensions and animosities on all sides. Countering those black leaders and white leftists who cast New York City as another Johannesburg or as "Up South," he sees hope for resuscitating the fragile 1960s consensus of interracial fair play battered by rising urban crime, poverty, black extremists' divisiveness and white racism. Sleeper spotlights constructive, predominantly black community-based organizations that have adapted the tactics of the late activist Saul Alinsky to confront establishment figures, including Mayor David Dinkins, fixture of the Harlem elite. As timely as today's ugly headlines, this blend of history and reportage seemingly spares no one in its search for common ground.
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About the Author
Jim Sleeper, a writer and teacher on American civic culture and politics, is a lecturer in political science at Yale and the author of The Closest of Strangers: Liberalism and the Politics of Race in New York and Liberal Racism. His reportage and commentary have appeared in Harper’s, The New Republic, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Washington Monthly, Dissent, and other publications.