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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In the first instance is an unfettered youth who is not constrained by caring and morally upright individuals, nor is he embedded in a safe environment that constrains even as it facilitates ethically informed risk taking.

He grew up in the Jim Crow South, while his sons grew up in a predominantly white, middle-class neighborhood. 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.

Speaking to the issue of prostitution in the Black community, Muhammad noted that white liberals saw Black female prostitution as a racial defect and believed that the experience of slavery had challenged their capacity to be virtuous. They want to emasculate you, make you compromise or sacrifice in a way that no man, or woman should.

The splintering of Black America. This sort of thinking and behavior has a fatalistic feel to it. It deftly paints a more nuanced picture of Black reality as it exists today and then calls us all to action. Muhammad tracks the arguments regarding the dislocations caused by disinteegration, the absence of gainful employment for Blacks, and their abominable housing conditions as factors contributing to their criminal behavior.

There is no shortage of research that establishes the shaky relationship between having an overabundance of material goods and a sense of well-being. How can the Black community be characterized by Barack Obama on the one hand and Ferguson on the other?

I wonder if the author realizes the contradictions his makes in his book. More and more, however, we lead separate lives. Jay-Z, in DECODED, his fascinating and often enigmatic biographical riff, lays out the core dilemma facing not just poor disaffected Black youth, but also the restless individual in twenty-first century America.


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: This is a book you have to read more than once I think.

A quote in an anti-abolitionist pamphlet written by William Drayton, incaptures the flavor of this dehumanizing negative exceptionalism in the portrayal of Black Americans: I wanted to create as much of a collegiate simulacrum as I could. Robinson does not acknowledge this subset within the Emergent group that is fast becoming part of the so-called Abandoned.

These are the Black Americans who are stuck in a generational cycle of welfare, teen pregnancy, and lackluster public education; they live in urban dwellings and rely on public transportation. Time and again the faculty and administrators are compassionate and creative in engaging these students to overcome their deficits and maximize their talents.

This is not to find fault with the book or Eugene Robinson, but to warn readers who are looking for easy solutions that this is not the place to find them.

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The challenge is to be able to hold both in tension; to fail to do so, as Robinson sometimes does, is to unwittingly gild the past. 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: Alongside the condemnation of Blackness that Muhammad so well documents there existed an affirmation of a different and positive Blackness; perhaps we could have heard more about that in the struggles for the recognition of a Black humanity.

For me, what is lack The meat and potatoes of this book is about the author’s argument that Black America is currently not a monolith, that is, Black America is made up of smaller groups such as the superinfluential, those of mixed race, African immigrants, etc.

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Robinson seems to shift focus, as if he started out to do one thing with the book and wound up doing something else. And the fact that we lived in a racist society did not trump that realization.


There are times and places where anerica all still come back together — on the increasingly rare occasions when we feel lumped together, defined, and threatened solely on the basis of skin color, usually involving some high-profile instance of bald-faced discrimination or injustice; and in venues like “urban” or black-oriented radio, which serves as a kind oc speed-of-light grapevine.

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Jun 23, Karen rated it liked it Shelves: I think that this book very easily and simply is a good State of Black America in the Obama presidency – how economics are and are not involved, the unshakeable caste that is being Black in America, and most importantly, identifying 4 groups that make up Black America. Also classed as emergents are biracial Americans who may identify themselves as Black–or not.

He describes how each group has a different ‘black experience’ and largely remains detached from the others. The Mainstream are more than a third of black Americans who are now in the middle class, well educated, and earning above the median. They are probably less than ten percent of the African American population.

The ‘Splintering’ Of America’s Black Population

He vaguely touches on other cultural commonalities: What this book does do is offer rich informative insight into a people disintegrahion is mostly played out as gangsta, thugs and their hoes throughout the media world. OprahMainstream middle classAbandoned poorEmergent immigrants that do not have American slave ancestry, and mixed race Black Americans.

Alongside this was a fierce resistance to extending special assistance to enable them to flourish. But how many people really know about the other groups? Is it meeting a certain standard expected of all professionals or is there more to the story? Preview — Disintegration by Eugene Robinson. Robinson does not make much of this, instead noting that the crucial marker was not poverty but race. A more enlightened position is taken by M.