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How Race Is Lived in America: Pulling Together, Pulling Apart Paperback – May 1, 2002
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Originally published as a series in The New York Times, the 15 stories are the outcome of a yearlong examination by a team of reporters who managed to overcome the taboo of discussing private attitudes toward race and uncover the daily experience of race relations in schools, friendships, sports, popular culture, worship, and the workplace. The result is a wide range of intimate portraits, from bringing up slavery in the Old South, to drug cops reacting silently to the Amadou Diallo verdict, to the making of the HBO special The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood.
Race clearly remains a source of misunderstanding and alienation, but there are also heartening signs of reaching out, reconciliation, and even unity. This book is an important leap into an area most fear to tread, yet also yearn to change. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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That said hold onto you seat for a bumpy read about a subject that upsets most of us & still fills us with dread & hope.
There are 15 articles written by 15 very different reporters - each focusing on an aspect of race relations that speaks particularly to them. I cannot separate them here for you - suffice to write that each article will put you through your complacency paces, set your nerves ajangling & raise a host of old ghosts most of us wish would lay low.
How are race relations lived today? Very, very carefully & rather schizophrenically for the most part & for other parts? Pure, teeth-grinding swallowings of crow food, blundering inconsiderations - hell, they treat their dogs better! & hope - what a faint & fragile zephyr is hope!
While we may no longer have to storm into Cicero to demand equal rights to live in equally pleasant homes - we sure are determined to judge each other for the way we talk, about what we talk, the way we walk & to where we walk, even the way we say hello - the color of our skin may be the least of it!
In the end both photographers & reporters speak their piece about their piece & make peace with the process - their stories are as vital as the previous ones & just as telling as they tell about their own prejudices, foregone assumptions & epiphanies.Read more ›
Institutionalized racism may indeed be over in the USA, but social racism is still there. Most of the articles in this book are about racist feelings, not policies. "Who Gets to Tell a Black Story" shows how there's still cultural bias in the media, and "Which Man's Army" is about an Army platoon that is polarized by race. Some stories can be funny, like the Old Southern Belle who turns over her property, complete with slave cabbins (yes, still stading) to the Parks Dept, even dressing in period clothing as a tour guide.
I won't give this bok fours stars, because I think there's more it could cover. There was a page about Native American issues, and a paragraph about White teens who date Asian-Americans. But that was about all they got.
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I had the opportunity to read some of the testimonials and accounts that appear in this book when they were first published as a series in the New York Times. Read morePublished on February 17, 2007 by Harmonious
This collage of independant stories revealed the courage of ordinary Americans doing extra-ordinary things. Read morePublished on August 11, 2002 by Malik C. Padgett
How race is lived in america deals with the issues of race that we are still dealing with today and how race still does matter. Read morePublished on June 9, 2002 by Neel Aroon
I picked this up last night and couldn't put it down. Not only that, but after each chapter I just stopped and thought for a minute or two. Just incredible. Read morePublished on March 10, 2002 by David N. Thielen