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You're funny. A 50-state history spanning 600 years of a people whose "identity politics" were invisible in The Literature until The Cultural Revolution of the 20th century. In a diary.

Well, you have to start somewhere. And you don't have to be comprehensive.

"What is the centre of black politics in America today" is a rather limited question.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 10:06:57 AM EST
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oh, snap. I almost forgot Elizabeth Donnan. Crucial empirical, demographic source material, foundational really to debunking the stereotype of a black culture and politics. Demystifies the ancient curse of being "sold down river." Not to mention  diffusion of "values voters" in The Great Migration um upstream.

If the answer to the question, "What is the centre of black politics in America today?", is money --capital gain, bebe-- then the next surely concerns the so-called ingenuity of the "post-racial" individual American.

Which should "represents" nothing of race. And kinda problematizes the "intellectual debate" about nationalizing "our better history." If there were a debate.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 11:36:44 AM EST
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