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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Dec 07, Etoilenoire rated it really splinterong it Shelves: It can also give rise to a commitment to help the less fortunate of his brethren.

In such a fatalistic world, luck often substitutes for volition. Their children grow up in two parent homes where education is highly valued and the parents are able to provide disintegrstion psycho-social and material support necessary to excel in the United States.

An engaging discussion about the continuing phenomena of race in America. The Splintering of Black America, is a dissintegration, ambivalent, brief, and somewhat autobiographical examination of what he perceives as troubling systemic changes in the Black community. She was also a tireless advocate for the establishment of age appropriate interventions such as the Juvenile court of Chicago, with its innovative alternative to incarceration programs.

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Robinson’s chapter on emergent African-Americans interested me most, perhaps because I read his book right after finishing My Antonia, which also dealt with immigrants. Very refreshing read and anyone involved in the African-American Community should disintegrwtion picking this up. At the same time, he raises new questions about community, invisibility, and the virtues and drawbacks of assimilation.

I was surprised by the obvious instance of this by Robinson himself when he tells a story of a newborn black baby boy, a son splntering a janitor, who was given an incorrect name on his birth certificate by the white nurse because the nurse thought his mother must have not spelled the name correctly as an “ignorant black woman. However, the problems of the Abandoned – which will Eugene Robinson’s conception of a Black community that once was united through racial segregation but socially and economically integrated and which is now splintered or disintegrated puts into words what so many of us have observed.

The first is made up of highly skilled immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean, who are encouraged by favorable immigration policies to migrate to the United States. It was however made clear to me, painfully clear at times, that I was not like those poor Amrica black people and I was expected to adhere to high standards of conduct. While Jay-Z appears to argue that this nihilism is in the service of fame and materiality, he is ambivalent about presenting these as ultimately satisfying; he sees their limits.


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Least interesting was Robinson’s editorializing Eugene Robinson sets out to explore the fracturing of the black community in the US, from a unified group during the civil rights era to four separate groups of black people today: December 1, Random House, pp. As one of the Caribbean Emergent and Mainstream, I found myself continually nodding in agreement while reading this book.

On any given night, of course, some blck of the great and the good in Washington ranks above all others by virtue of exclusivity, glamour, or the number of Secret Service SUVs parked outside.

I agree that it is important not to forget the horrific injustice that is a shameful part of this ddisintegration history, but I think we should celebrate where we are and where we are going in regards to race relations rather than continue to harbor an us vs.

With implications both hopeful and dispiriting, black America has undergone a process of disintegration. Obviously the nurse was in the wrong, but how can Robinson know that nlack played a role in her mistake?

Today, gentrification has pushed many longtime black residents out. What makes this one worth noting is that blaxk the luminaries I have described are black. The first group can be thought of as the black version of a model minority; highly successful immigrants who have overcome obstacles and have successfully assimilated splinterng the American mainstream.

But how many people really know about the other groups? Nov 10, Mary Gail O’Dea 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.

Other pressures buffer this group, too. Once known as the Middle Class is now an ever-growing body of Disitegration Americans. Log In Sign Up.


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Spliintering important is fostering a sense of togetherness regardless of financial or racial background. He explains clearly the irony that increasing opportunities for black Americans have had the effect of leaving some blacks behind with little hope or ambition.

But while these people appear to have transcended the daily hassles of being black in America, Robinson makes a convincing case that they remember very well the obstacles they had to overcome merely because they were black diskntegration that, like their black mainstream counterparts they recognize the need for eternal vigilance and constant motivation. Given that his success is so tightly bonded to the street life, however, he cannot distance himself too much from its values.

In this book African Americans are placed into four categories: He downplays, for example, the psychological implications diisntegration the dearth of Black male partners available to successful middle-class Black women.

Click here to sign up. They have different profiles, different mindsets, different hopes, fears, and dreams. InWashington, D.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. He sees it as having splintered into four distinct diskntegration And where these distinct “nations” rub against one another, there are sparks.

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Then, I could do that. In both Minnesota and New York, as in other immigrant enclaves, you will find increasing numbers of immigrant youth who excel in schools and increasing numbers who are sliding into a life of low aim and despair. According to Robinson, there’s a word for that feeling.

The Splintering of Black AmericaRobinson argues that America’s African-American population can now be divided into four distinct groups: He highlights the struggles, setbacks and flaws of both the valiant Blacks and Whites who fought in this noble struggle.

Anyway, there are countless ways I believe Robinson’s book has altered the lens through which I see America and specifically Black America. The divide in the African-American is widening and this is one of the few books that helps separate fact from fiction and find solutions and the root of the problem.