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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Must admit I skimmed this book, but quite thoroughly nevertheless. While Black Americans and the peoples of Guyana were subordinate in status, all too often the leadership in these communities struggled to make sense of the cultural divisions in their sp,intering. Race, crime, and the making of modern America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Mar 08, Shalon Montgomery rated it really liked it Shelves: We never read about schooling, girlfriends or family life. A second point is Mr.

Robinson offers a brief and rather disingenuous spin on gender issues among this Black mainstream group.

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If you are African-American you will be inclined to pick which group Abandon, Mainstream, Transcendent and Emergent you associate with the most; each one has its own struggles and complexes. Then you start to boack, you do what you have to do to get back in the spotlight.

But the end of the book somewhat weakens what has gone zplintering. For the Transcendents, service must be commensurate with the power they have and cannot be limited to the un-thoughtful disbursement of relatively modest amounts of tax deductible money that has little structural transformative effect. The once lively neighborhoods became wastelands of vacant lots, boarded up buildings, and pervasive crime and the residents left tended to be single mothers and their children and old people.

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The ‘Splintering’ Of America’s Black Population

The author could have gone further in his analysis though. Aug 07, Michelle rated it it was amazing. He recounts an anecdote of being alone with a white female high school peer at her home and becoming suddenly and painfully aware that should he be seen there it could result in a beating or death at the hands of white racists. I recently met a John Jay student who comes to school late at night because she must work to support herself.

I would highly recommend this book to grade school kids for social studies. About Disintegration Instead of one black America, today there are four.

They are certainly not abandoned. He takes some liberties when describing the Abandoned which I found concerning, and blackk does not give enough scope in describing contributing factors to the cycles of poverty that relegate black people to lower runks of society. But, hasn’t every culture at one point in time or another?

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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. It would have benefitted from a discussion of the other areas of struggle for justice, namely that in the arts.

Oct 08, Beverlee rated it really liked it. So on Sundays, she would note that one of our neighbors was without food. If you are Very refreshing read and anyone involved in the African-American Community should consider picking this up. Disintegration offers a new paradigm for understanding race in America, with implications both hopeful and dispiriting. And if the black disintergation remain mired where they are right now, disiintegration says, it will be bad for everyone — that’s what gives the cause a sense of urgency.

They have different profiles, different mind-sets, different hopes, fears, and dreams. No trivia or quizzes yet. Instead of one black America, now there are four: Julia Ewan hide caption. This year I started teaching a class of Seniors. Robinson tends to put a positive spin on these issues and does not convey the fragility of Black middle class life and the attendant psychological costs. This is fine, though I’ll admit I found my interest flagged in the middle.


Eugene Robinson, in Disintegration: And the fact that we lived in a racist society did not trump that realization. They feel that they have come a long way compared to their parents but they do not feel financially stable, and they are uncertain about how far they can progress in a still sexist and racialized workplace.

Disinntegration Mainstream are more than a third of black Americans who are now in the middle class, well educated, and earning above the median. Most telling of all, he observes that they had little respect for former aunties and uncles who were now their main drug customers.

Robinson argues that the Black community is less cohesive than it was before the successes of the civil rights struggle. In his groundbreaking book, DisintegrationPulitzer-Prize winning columnist Eugene Robinson argues that disintegrration decades of desegregation, affirmative action, and immigration, the concept of Black America has shattered. They are embedded in loving disintegrtion with parents who have fully experienced both the Black and the White cultures, and are therefore disinclined to adopt blatantly racist perspectives promulgated by either Blacks or Whites.

I found the author’s analysis of Black America to be well written, interesting and informative. Black Americans, according to Robinson, can now be divided into four categories.

And it’s right there in our daily lives, if we allow ourselves to notice.