Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line; Michael Eric Dyson
Posted Mar 27 2006
Dr. Dyson writes an important book on why race continues to matter in this country, whether we like it or not. He draws upon the contemporary issues of the period, which at the time of this book included The Million Man March and the O.J. Simpson trial. Challenging people’s views of the “other,” whether that be race or gender, Dyson asks both Whites and Blacks to look beyond sensationalized, emotion-driven reporting and to look at everything in a broader context. One issue he spends a particularly significant amount of time discussing is sexism and outmoded ideas of masculinity. As usual, he devotes time to explore contemporary pop culture, mostly hip hop. Other topics explored include the state of Black leadership, Black academics, and sexuality in the Black church.