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"A standout, filled with keen and novel solutions to racial conflict. A thoughtful and inspiring book."-- Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, Harvard Medical School"Cose argues convincingly that racism persists in America today for the very reason that too many Americans fail to acknowledge it and to actively work to break down the artificial boundaries that divide one human from another. In so doing, Cose...moves us one step closer to its end."-- Senator Bill Bradley"A good primer for anyone who wants to see what has been going on with race relations through the eyes of a journalist who keeps a microscope on the subject."-- Juan Williams, "Los Angeles Times""Accurately assesses the contradictory nature of U.S. race relations: they often get better and worse at the same time."-- R. Z. Sheppard, "Time""A book this country desperately needs."-- "New York Times Book Review"
About the Author
Ellis Cose is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Rage of a Privileged Class. A former contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, his writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Time magazine, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the New York Daily News, among other publications.
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"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."
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.
Unfortunately, as a Human Resources Manager, I am still haunted by Cose' earlier expose, "The Rage of a Privileged Class", five years after its original publication. This book should be required reading for every Human Resources Manager, black professional and MBA student in North America - unfortunately it is now out of print at a time when its observations and anecdotes are more relevant than ever.
As an expert in recruitment and selection, it is hard for me to believe that anyone would doubt, or be shocked by the painful, but all too real stories of successful black professionals in "Rage". However, having seen the dismantling of Employment Equity in Ontario, and the woeful under-representation of blacks and other visible minorities in managerial and executive positions, I can only hope that more that 60,000 copies of "Color-Blind" are sold, but I somehow doubt that it will.
I cannot imagine a more important, intelligent and thorough examination of race and society being written in the near future. I applaud Ellis Cose for his vision and eloquence in attempting to shed light on the misconceptions of racial progress in our society.
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."