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Color-Blind: Seeing Beyond Race in a Race-Obsessed World Paperback – January 7, 1998
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In Color-Blind, Cose analyzes the issue of race in America in ways that only someone who has felt the sting of discrimination could fully understand. Building on his earlier examination of race in America (and arguably, Canada), Cose looks at recent events, such as the OJ Simpson trial, and recent pubications, such as "The Bell Curve" and "The End of Racism" to acheve a dual purpose - to further illustrate the stereotypes and misconceptions that pervade American society, and to attempt to find solutions that will help blacks to fully reach their potential in contemporary American society.
Cose starts by picking up where Martin Luther King left off - the dream of a colourblind world. Unfortunaltely, for those who are black, Cose argues that dreams of economic equality, particularly as it relates to discrimination in the workplace, have fallen far short of what Dr. King would have hoped for as we appoach the end of the century.
However, Cose looks at a number of examples, at home and abroad, that illustrate how it is possible for blacks and other minorities to excel and achieve their full potential, and possibly overcome very pervasive and deep-seated stereotypes.
In fact, there is an air of optimism in this book, that a colourblind society could be more than a figment of someone's overly-fertile imagination. Cose even suggests a ten-step plan for achieving this goal.Read more ›
"In a world where it is often believed that lighter skin means higher status, money is the great equalizer, and education will set you free, COLOR-BLIND brilliantly reveals why race may be a larger -- and smaller -- issue than many people think. With the keen observational powers of a professional journalist and the concrete solutions of a true visionary, Ellis Cose delivers his most powerful and important book to date."
I personally think that Ellis wrote this particular book to cleverly vent his frustrations and concerns as they relate to the obsession that people (i.e., whites as well as blacks, asians, hispanics, etc.) have with regard to institutional racism and prejudice.
Thank you Mr. Cose for cleverly addressing numerous social issues that I have felt as an upper-middle class black professional male in not on American society, but also in South America and Europe."