"A book this country desperately needs, one with genuine healing potential." --New York Times Book Review
From the author of The Rage of a Privileged Class, a provocative, in-depth analysis of the state of race in America; a work that not only explores the racial transformation of this nation, but offers a creative and viable ten-step blueprint for the development of a race-neutral society
Is a truly race-neutral society possible? Can the United States wipe the slate clean and surmount the racism of its past? Or is color blindness just another name for denial? In this penetrating and provocative book, Ellis Cose probes the depths of the American mind and exposes the contradictions, fears, hopes and illusions embedded in our complicated perceptions of race. Cose trains his practiced eye on the murky waters of race in America and looks at the acute differences, even hostility, in our perceptions of race exposed by the O. J. Simpson trial, not to mention the controversial content of The Bell Curve. Looking beyond the platitudes and pronouncements that tend to distort reality rather than illuminate it, Cose offers a visionary analysis of the steps we must take if we are serious about finding a true resolution to the thorny problem of race in America.
"A standout, filled with keen and novel solutions to racial conflict. A thoughtful and inspiring book."-- Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, Harvard Medical School"Cose argues convincingly that racism persists in America today for the very reason that too many Americans fail to acknowledge it and to actively work to break down the artificial boundaries that divide one human from another. In so doing, Cose...moves us one step closer to its end."-- Senator Bill Bradley"A good primer for anyone who wants to see what has been going on with race relations through the eyes of a journalist who keeps a microscope on the subject."-- Juan Williams, "Los Angeles Times""Accurately assesses the contradictory nature of U.S. race relations: they often get better and worse at the same time."-- R. Z. Sheppard, "Time""A book this country desperately needs."-- "New York Times Book Review"