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The Good Black by Paul M. Barrett

The Good Black

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    Jan 01, 2000 | 320 Pages

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Praise

“Superb and provocative… It will rivet anyone wondering why the struggle to racially integrate Corporate America has made such scant progress.”—David Segal, Washington Post

“Like Grisham, Barrett has a knack for writing dramatically about lawyers and their world. What haunts this reader is the sadness of a man who spent his life trying to be ‘a good black.’”—Newsweek

“An emotional roller coaster… Should serve as a wake-up call for those who have ignored the wide gulf between blacks and whites in the American workforce.”—Lawrence Otis Graham, author of Our Kind of People and Member of the Club

“Barrett has written a fascinating racial Rashomon story. With unusual empathy and evenhandedness, Barrett illuminates the complicated workings of race in a middle-class, post-civil rights society—while at the same time spinning an absorbing courtroom yarn.”—Nicholas Lemann, author of The Promised Land

“A morality tale with a twist… Has the power to unsettle us and our self-congratulatory expectations.”—Denver Post

“A remarkably clear portrait… part case comment, part biography, and part snapshot of race relations at the end of the twentieth century.”—Harvard magazine

“Powerful and poignant.”—David J. Garrow, author of Bearing the Cross

“Raises all the right questions… paints an intimate picture… illustrates one of the modern-day iterations of the debate about race.”—Chicago Tribune

“An important story… No one who cares about the future of black-white relations in this country can afford to ignore its lessons.”—Charles Lane, editor, The New Republic

The Good Black really is The Firm… Illuminates not only the avarice at the core of modern law practice but the never-ending ambiguities of race.”—Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson

Table Of Contents

Chapter One: “Don’t Be Afraid; I’m One of the Good Blacks”
Chapter Two: “Eat What You Kill”
Chapter Three: “You Don’t Want to Mess with This Guy”
Chapter Four: “Play by the Rules and the System Will Treat You Right”
Chapter Five: “You’ll Get Screwed the Way I Got Screwed”
Chapter Six: “A Balls-Out Firm”
Chapter Seven: “What Are You Doing with That Nigger Friend?”
Chapter Eight: “A Cocky Guy in for a Fall”
Chapter Nine: “Saving Mungin”
Chapter Ten: “You Fell Between the Cracks”
Chapter Eleven: “As Long As You Get a Paycheck, You Do as You’re Told”
Chapter Twelve: “They Promised You the World; They Gave You the Street Corner”
Chapter Thirteen: “I Am a Whistle-Blower”
Chapter Fourteen:” There Will Be a Trial”
Chapter Fifteen: “Racism: When It’s There, You Can See It”
Chapter Sixteen: “It’s My Party; I’ll Cry If I Want To”

Chapter Seventeen: “Afraid We Would Lose Him”
Chapter Eighteen: “Shucking and Jiving”
Chapter Nineteen: “Teach the Firm a Lesson”
Chapter Twenty: “We Were Pushing for Him”
Chapter Twenty-One: “God Has a Plan for Everybody”
Chapter Twenty-Two: “No Reasonable Juror…”
Chapter Twenty-Three”: Conclusion: Integration’s Paradox

Epilogue
Afterword
Index

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