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Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America Paperback – October 4, 2011
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This is not a book that pines for the "good old days." Robinson is frank about the grim truth of life in black America before Civil Rights. However, he recognizes that the passage of Civil Rights legislation was a step, not the completion of a journey, and that no matter how bright this goal, there were still dark and unintended consequences.
While Robinson's book is focused on the black community, the effects he notes are happening across racial divides. The increasingly polar communities he describes are applicable to America as a whole as the gap between rich and poor has widened ever more sharply over the last three decades. The resulting stagnation and isolation of the abandoned class and the constant celebration of the accomplished class is something that's affecting all of America, not just black America. These effects are illustrated most fully in the black community, where the limits of Jim Crow laws kept the gap between rich and poor very small for the better part of a century, but the same forces of income and educational inequality don't just threaten to shatter -- they are shattering -- the nation as a whole.Read more ›
DISINTEGRATION takes a hard look at how blacks have evolved as a people in the United States, and is not without it critiques of the hardships some have brought on themselves. The book reminds you of what so many have fought for and even given their lives to achieve, while some just seem to squander the civil rights they have at their disposal.
No wonder Robinson's writings are so respected. Whatever your political persuasion, you will find something in the book you will not only agree with but find yourself sharing with others. I know I did. As a Conservative, I try to approach book on the topic of race with an open mind. In this case, I am a better person because I did.
Kudos to Robinson for delivering an honest portrayal of black America that is sure to be a discussion piece for some time to come.
He puts black people in four categories: Mainstream, Emergent, Transcendent, and Abandoned, but I think to combine two different groups of people (biracial black people and immigrants) in the Emergent group downplays the differing trials and tribulations both groups go through.
The black community is definitely divided by the haves and have nots, and it would be nice for us to all come together, but Robinson doesn't give many answers here. The ones he gives are idealistic.
This book was a start in the right direction, but it was a thin outline that needed more fleshing out.
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Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America is the PERFECT book for our times. Anyone who cares about race relations in our country should read it. You will be enriched.Published 1 month ago by BK
I appreciate the storytelling manner in which Robinson relates his experience of growing up in black America to the growing division he sees today. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Le Chalke Artiste
I enjoyed reading the historical element as to how each generational class evolved from where we were then as a people and where we are now...Published 12 months ago by harold hughes
Overall, good book on how America is heading back to a segregated society after years of promise.Published 13 months ago by TRACY L. DAWKINS