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The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a "Black America" with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking book, Disintegration, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Eugene Robinson argues that over decades of desegregation, affirmative action, and immigration, the concept of Black America has shattered. Instead of one black America, now there are four: - a Mainstream middle-class majority with a full ownership stake in American society; - a large, Abandoned minority with less hope of escaping poverty and dysfunction than at any time since Reconstruction's crushing end; - a small Transcendent elite with such enormous wealth, power, and influence that even white folks have to genuflect; - and two newly Emergent groups--individuals of mixed-race heritage and communities of recent black immigrants--that make us wonder what "black" is even supposed to mean.show more

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PRAISE FOR "DISINTEGRATION" "In "Disintegration", Eugene Robinson neatly explodes decades' worth of lazy generalizations about race in America. At the same time, he raises new questions about community, invisibility, and the virtues and drawbacks of assimilation. An important book."--Gwen Ifill"Gene Robinson's "Disintegration" is the first popular salvo in the Age of Obama regarding the delicate issues of class division, generation gap, and elite obsession in Black America. This painful conversation must continue--and we have Gene Robinson as a useful guide."--Cornel WestPRAISE FOR "COAL TO CREAM" "A sorely needed new kind of book about race in America, one that does not simplify the intractable problem but doesn't traffic in easy doom either. . . . It is a breath of fresh air." --Anthony Walton, "The New York Times Book Review""From the Hardcover edition."show more

About Eugene Robinson

EUGENE ROBINSON joined the Washington Post in 1980, where he has served as London bureau chief, foreign editor, and, currently, associate editor and columnist. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and in 2009, Robinson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. Disintegration is his third book.show more

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