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The Persistence of the Color Line

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The Persistence of the Color Line by Randall Kennedy
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Apr 17, 2012 | ISBN 9780307455550

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“[A] provocative and richly insightful new book . . . A breath of fresh air.” —Brent Staples, The New York Times Book Review

“[A] powerful and ruminative book. . . . [Kennedy] has long been among the most incisive American commentators on race. His books . . . seem to be carved from intellectual granite, yet they have human scale. . . . So resonant and so personal. . . . Pay attention too to this book’s many ringing sentences.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“Kennedy is an unusual writer on the difficult and divisive subject of race. His voice is measured, calm.  He can discuss highly emotional issues with detachment. But underneath there is an unmistakable passion: for truth, for justice.”  —Anthony Lewis, The New York Review of Books

“Kennedy has created a valuable historical document—both for those of us who lived through the 2008 election and would welcome a more academic perspective on it, and for those who one day will look back and wonder what people were talking about.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“[Kennedy] deftly sketches both the infighting among Democrats in the primary season that pitted two strong candidates with equal yet opposing ‘first’ aspirations, as well as the ugly history of race-baiting that winds through American politics from the country’s birth. At times Kennedy’s plainspoken facts seem almost shocking, so degraded has much of our conversation about history become.” —The Boston Globe
“Those who believe Barack Obama’s election signaled a final triumph over racism will learn much from Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy, whose writings on race in America have delighted and provoked many. . . . Kennedy presents convincing evidence that race remains a dominant focus of American political consciousness.” —Tikkun
“[A] challenging new book.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Kennedy turns his kaleidoscopic perspective on race in America upon an engrossing and nuanced analysis of ‘the racial issues that have surrounded Obama’s election and presidency.’ . . . Challenging knee-jerk responses—from the left, right, center, and fringe . . . he manages to look beyond race without overlooking race, placing events in a historical political context. . . . Both provocative and informative, arguable and absorbing.” —Publishers Weekly
“A carefully calculated, sober discussion of why race will continue to haunt American politics.” —Kirkus

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