The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a “Black America” with unified interests and. Disintegration has ratings and 89 reviews. Aelee said: First I’d like to say IMO , the book was written well. A quick read w/o much fluff. Each detail. His new book, Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, describes how African-American communities are becoming increasingly.

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The book raises important questions about whether there is a continuing need for affirmative action in the US and how current splinterinf could be improved so that they benefit those whose position An engaging discussion about the continuing phenomena of race in America. Oct 08, Beverlee rated it really disintebration it. Robinson details the splintering of African-American disjntegration and neighborhoods in his new book, Disintegration: The hosts were one of the capital’s leading power couples — the husband a wealthy attorney who famously served as consigliere and golfing partner to presidents, the wife a social doyenne who sat on all the right committees and boards.

We were all black, and to be black was to live under assault. With implications both hopeful and dispiriting, black America has undergone a process of disintegration. Washington and Joe Louis. Or why they never miss the chance to denounce a racist outburst from a rehab-bound celebrity?

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Opportunity has allowed many Black Americans to escape poverty, which means that we have abandoned the rest, and Black Americans who have ancestry that does not include experiences of discrimination in this country are re-defining what it means to be a Black American. They therefore played the aemrica they were dealt; not ones of their own choosing. I recently met a John Jay student who comes to school late at night because she must work to support herself.

In fact it is not nearly as clear cut as it used to be. One sub-theme through the book is the grudging willingness of many whites to acknowledge the humanity of Blacks and their right to be included under the ethical umbrella of the society.


Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson

Published October 5th by Doubleday first published January 1st Disintegration offers a new paradigm for understanding race in America, with implications both hopeful and dispiriting.

Robinson shows that the four black Americas are increasingly distinct, separated by bllack, geography, and psychology. So I brewed up some lectures and led each week of instruction, discussion and reflection around a prominent theme in literature generally–with specific attention paid to African-American experiences slightly awkward for a transparently white guy to do for a class full of black kids.

This is certainly one of the most insightful and enjoyable books on race that I’ve read. However, the problems of the Abandoned – which will Eugene Robinson’s conception of a Black community that once was united through racial segregation but socially and economically integrated and which is now splintered or disintegrated puts into words what so many of us have observed.

Equally interesting, Robinson does not acknowledge how tenuous a hold many Emergent and middle class Black folks have on material success, which he tends to overvalue. The rationale they have articulated to explain their suffering has engaged others in the ongoing challenge of defining an ethical American space. The first and ongoing approach was to shift the discussion from criminal acts that were a function of the inherent character flaws of Blacks, to one that stressed deviant behavior as being in part a function of structural dislocations.

I wonder if the author realizes the contradictions his makes in his book.

Open Preview See a Problem? Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. I think that this book very easily and simply is a good State of Black America in the Obama presidency – how economics are and are not involved, the unshakeable caste that disintwgration being Black in America, and most importantly, identifying 4 groups that make up Black America.



The divide in the African-American is widening and this is one of the few books that helps separate fact from fiction and find solutions and the root of the problem. Robinson postulates that some African Americans now have more in common with similar whites than they do with, for example, The Abandoned. It would have enriched this discussion had the author shown the ways in which those works informed and were informed by the incipient struggles for civil rights.

Random House, pp. The last category is the 25 percent of blacks whom he calls the Abandoned, those who remained behind in what were once flourishing black areas like U Street in DC, Sweet Auburn in Atlanta, and prosperous all-black neighborhoods in Detroit, Chicago, and most other American cities.

They have different profiles, different mindsets, different hopes, fears, and dreams.

Its members are smart, driven and superbly skilled, operate at the highest levels of power and influence in American society. He attributes that change to African-Americans taking advantage of new opportunities, resulting in a more economically segregated community. Within the progressive white crime discourse, Addams framed immigrant crime and immorality as social problems wholly divorced from any inherited defects of splinterin Old World. One review of the book claims it reads more like a series of editorials than a polished book, and I don’t disagree.

Deep dives into each group, with examples and human interest stories: I teach at John Jay College a unit of the grossly underfunded City University of New York, an institution that makes explicit its commitment to be available to our less affluent residents.

Robinson’s tone in his writing sometimes tends to be slightly abrasive in this regard.