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By The Color Of Our Skin Hardcover – January 1, 1999
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Drawing upon their varied professional experiences, they argue that the media has helped to foster an illusion of integration. In particular, they point to the typically diverse casting of on-air television news reporters at the national and local level that suggest an interpersonal racial ease only rarely achieved. The more common view, they argue, is a society where black and white people may work together [if mostly on unequal terms], but then pass each other like ships in the night on the way home to neighborhoods that are overwhelmingly white or black. Their analysis is especially significant for large northeastern and midwestern cities, where black-white relations mostly define the race landscape.
In the end, this book challenges scholars and citizens alike to reflect honestly on our values, our residential choices, and personal practices, not just on rhetoric. Steinhorn and Diggs-Brown show us that a commitment to integration requires hard work and difficult choices, both at the personal and community levels, in ways that national rhetoric about race misses.
The 1990s have not exactly been famine years for books on race, and some of them, quite frankly, have an "attitude" and an ideological ax to grind. "By the Color of Our Skin," in contrast, gives us a stark and uncompromisingly fair and honest picture of reality, moving the reader -- with statistics, facts, and cultural and historical analysis -- across America's vast sociological landscape, to the conclusion that for all of the Colin Powells, Oprah Winfreys, Michael Jordans, and Bill Cosbys, we are surely calcifying into two separate Americas -- one black, one white.
Politicians, the media and the entertainment industries play and perpetuate a tune of integration-on-its-way-to-being-achieved, and they have "charmed" the American people into thinking that things are ultimately moving in the right direction, that all that is needed now is time. But it is precisely time that is working against us, and unless we -- to borrow a medical phrase -- take some "heroic measures," we will become two countries sharing one land.
Admittedly, the authors are not particularly optimistic that Americans will take such "heroic measures." The resistance to affirmative action makes that clear. Indeed, all the signs suggest that Americans have neither the will nor the inclination to make the necessary sacrifices.Read more ›
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Pure racism disguised as "enlightened thought". Horrible book. I downloaded a copy just to see if it was as bad as I was told....It was worse. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by CDL
I've read "By the Color of Our Skin" three times. Each time I take away something different, and each time I cry. I cry because this book tells ugly, painful truths. Read morePublished on February 25, 2005 by Sarah
The best book yet on race relations. A compelling read for any American interested in an honest assessment of the devastating consequences of our nation's arrogance and hypocrisy... Read morePublished on April 4, 2003
this book resonated with me. it articulated and deepened some of my perceptions of the world. it maybe the best book on race i have read.
This is a book that I read for a while, then put down, read, and put down. I didn't WANT the authors to be right. Read morePublished on January 13, 2002 by Lubug
This book is a must read for anyone looking to understand race relations in America. It looks at every aspect of race in America -- history, media, culture, politics, how we lead... Read morePublished on July 16, 2001 by ojk99
I didn't buy this book from Amazon.com but was a bit stupid and bought it from a regular bookstore. My mistake but really this is not a very good book and to say it's... Read morePublished on December 28, 2000 by Sal Paradise