I’m a 65-year-old African American. I was excited enough by the election of the nation’s first black president that I would have cut him a thousand miles of slack. But the last thing I expected was that I would watch him meekly accept humiliation by his political opponents. And the second last thing I expected was that I would go into 2012 looking at the upcoming presidential election as a lesser-of-two-evils affair.
It’s too bad Michael Dawson isn’t a better writer. That, at least, might have made Not in Our Lifetimes less of a slog. Instead, the book is turgid, larded with the jargon of academic political science, and, in the end, not terribly enlightening.
What effect will an Obama presidency have on America’s racial politics?
The senator’s Philadelphia speech on race was brilliant—but also troubling.
Kevin Merida & Michael A. Fletcher’s biography of Clarence Thomas