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An outspoken philosopher and social critic fearlessly addresses the troubling issues of race affecting America today.


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An outspoken philosopher and social critic fearlessly addresses the troubling issues of race affecting America today.

48 review for Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jay Douglass

    With the recent MLK day, the author has written a most topical and enlightening book about the aspirations of Dr. Martin Luther King. With the election of President Obama in 2008, many people had the impression America despite it's history of slavery, racial strife, prejudice, discrimination,etc.. that If the majority of the populace elected a Black American to the highest office in the land, that it would be a turning point in race relations in this country. Sadly, it hasn't turned out that way e With the recent MLK day, the author has written a most topical and enlightening book about the aspirations of Dr. Martin Luther King. With the election of President Obama in 2008, many people had the impression America despite it's history of slavery, racial strife, prejudice, discrimination,etc.. that If the majority of the populace elected a Black American to the highest office in the land, that it would be a turning point in race relations in this country. Sadly, it hasn't turned out that way even with Obama's reelection in 2012. Racism is the elephant in the room, that we do not discuss willingly that is alive and well in the USA. As a Caucasian, I continually see racism continue, while there has been progress, there is much more that is needed for people of color to feel they are on a level playing field. Because of things like real time images of events, such as police body cameras, we see the alleged brutality that is perpetrated by law enforcement. Only then, do we realize things are not fair in a segment of society that is marginalized. Julius Bailey is a visonary whose books are a must read. He is such a gifted and eloquent writer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Reader Views

    RACIAL REALITIES AND POST-RACIAL DREAMS: THE AGE OF OBAMA AND BEYOND Julius Bailey Broadview Press (2015) ISBN 9781554813162 Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (05/16) Article first published as Book Review: ‘Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond’ by Julius Bailey on Blogcritics. “Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond,” by Julius Bailey is a wake-up call for America. There is so much hatred and false information in the media; I have RACIAL REALITIES AND POST-RACIAL DREAMS: THE AGE OF OBAMA AND BEYOND Julius Bailey Broadview Press (2015) ISBN 9781554813162 Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (05/16) Article first published as Book Review: ‘Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond’ by Julius Bailey on Blogcritics. “Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond,” by Julius Bailey is a wake-up call for America. There is so much hatred and false information in the media; I have taken a step back from following anything regarding politics. Instead of politicians promoting what they can do, they use the media to tear apart their opponents. The hatred that spews forth sickens me. I made the decision to step away and not discuss politics for the sake of my mental health. How can I choose a leader, when I feel that I have to pick one that is the least likely to cause harm, instead of the one who will do what is best for the people of our country? My decision to step back has left me very ignorant about what is currently going on outside of my little border town. I chose to read “Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond,” because I wanted to take a peek back into it all and see what is happening. Positive reviews about the author made me feel like this book was a safe choice, and I was correct. The author is a talented writer who managed to incite feelings of indignation in me, instead of hatred, about our current state of affairs. The indignation wants me to step back into the ring and start paying attention again. Julius Bailey doesn’t just talk about the present he also goes into events in the past. He presents pictures that evoke emotions relating to events that were happening at the time. These pictures helped me step into the shoes of the people that were in them, consider what they had been going through, and what they were feeling. When Obama was elected president, there was a huge hope that racial tensions would be diffused and that our country could start moving forward past the horrors of the past. Bailey refers to this as “Post-racial dreams.” It didn’t happen. While I hope and believe the country is moving forward to get past this issue, it still has a long way to go. Having Obama as president has helped open up decisions about racism, but it has also been made apparent that a lot of disrespect directed at him has been racially motivated, especially by his opponents. Bailey also mentions some disappointment in regards to Obama taking a more centrist stance and being supportive of corporate agenda. Nearing the end of his second term, he has made more progress on addressing the racial inequalities in our country. This is a safe time for him to do so because he doesn’t have to worry about running for office again. The author covers a wide range of well thought out and referenced topics in the pages of this book. These include the discrepancies between the rich and the poor, education inequality, immigration, black lives matter, xenophobia, gender discrimination, and the higher rates of incarceration for blacks. In his discussion about the recent shootings of unarmed black and Native Americans, he calls these events, “state sanctioned lynchings.” It is awful to think that something like this could still be going on today. I am really glad that I read, “Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond,” by Julius Bailey. Perhaps because it is written by a philosopher, I found it much more interesting to read. The author’s words flow, which makes the material, no matter how unsettling, easier to read. Each chapter ends with notes, that give more information about the topics being discussed, and there are almost five pages of citations at the end. The overall feeling that I came out with after reading this book is that the author wants to wake people up to the issues that are going on so that we can work together to make America great. I think it would make a great required reading book for a political science, history, or an African American studies course.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    My colleague trains his sharp eye and intellect on our slow, plodding climb toward America's mountaintop promise of equality and justice for all. Through careful, critical analysis he blows apart the myth of a post-racial America and clearly exposes the continuing trek to which we must remain committed, all the while keeping hope alive with his call to our collective better angels. My colleague trains his sharp eye and intellect on our slow, plodding climb toward America's mountaintop promise of equality and justice for all. Through careful, critical analysis he blows apart the myth of a post-racial America and clearly exposes the continuing trek to which we must remain committed, all the while keeping hope alive with his call to our collective better angels.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bryson West

    This is what I wanted to say loud as I read through this wonderful book. It is so refreshing, especially in these modern times in which we live, to know that there are people who are willing to speak honestly about racism and the way in which it pervades all aspects of American life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bre

    Racial Realities and Post Racial Dreams is a serious and heartfelt intercession. This book doesn't just sing America, it holds a mirror before her as a sincere and straightforward friend. It highlights the juxtaposition of America's founding ideals with her recurring ills, and says 'this is what we need to deal with.' This book isn't so much a book about what's wrong with America as it is a book about the difference between mistaking America's potential for reality and the work of converting her Racial Realities and Post Racial Dreams is a serious and heartfelt intercession. This book doesn't just sing America, it holds a mirror before her as a sincere and straightforward friend. It highlights the juxtaposition of America's founding ideals with her recurring ills, and says 'this is what we need to deal with.' This book isn't so much a book about what's wrong with America as it is a book about the difference between mistaking America's potential for reality and the work of converting her potential into reality. No matter how revolutionary the documents ring or how exceptional and humane we think we've become in this country, we can't deny what happened to John Crawford III or Freddie Gray; we can't deny the shots fired at the Mosques or the use of Islamophobia by politicians to gain votes; and we can't deny the suffering of our poor and the role of inaccurate welfare tropes in denying their support. In lieu of overplayed partisan frames, Dr. Bailey reaches deep into our racial history to shed light on these disturbing but contemporary facts. Racial Realities teaches that in order to make those urgent and true strides toward justice, (as opposed to the mere quick and shoddy appearance of them, or magical disappearance of the need for them at all!) we have to remember, and reckon with, our histories. We have to acknowledge what came before us and how that still operates in us. One of the gems of the book is its broad perspective. It presents a moral arc from history to now and argues with us about whether we ought to consider ourselves on it. After reading, I'm more aware of the difference to be discerned between progress toward liberty and justice for all and the simple progression of time. And, I'm encouraged to work for an overlap of the two.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Píaras Cíonnaoíth

    Thoughtful and Influential Writing on Race in America... A timely work, this book will resonate with all those who have experienced racism as well as those who have followed the recent news coverage on violence against people of color. My verdict would be that this work become required reading for all high school students and adults alike. I have read it twice, and continue to learn from it. There are no wasted words. This is a powerful and exceptional book. This book says so much about the commu Thoughtful and Influential Writing on Race in America... A timely work, this book will resonate with all those who have experienced racism as well as those who have followed the recent news coverage on violence against people of color. My verdict would be that this work become required reading for all high school students and adults alike. I have read it twice, and continue to learn from it. There are no wasted words. This is a powerful and exceptional book. This book says so much about the community responsibility we all have (or should have) towards one another. I have read a few dozen books this year so far, and I can honestly say that very few have impacted me afterwards the way that Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond has. Even though I'm a 50 year old white man living in Ireland I have not experienced the blatant racism and discrimination that others have, but a book like this shows that you don't have to have experienced the events personally to be impacted and changed by them. At the end of the day it really does take a village to rear a child. And every village needs someone like Julius Bailey to continue to point out the shortcomings of our society. But we also need leaders who can stand up to the plate and actually do something about it. I'm reminded by Desmond Tutu when he said, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." Looking forward to reading more from Julius Bailey in the future.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kenny Holmes

    Racial Realities and Post Racial Dream is an outstanding book highlighting the reality that racism and poverty still presides within America. This book brings to light many of most current racial battles this country has encounter, and discusses how American's have responded to these situations. This book is a must read for people who are interested in the racial issue facing America. Even if you have little input into the racial battles in American, this book will give you an in-depth look at t Racial Realities and Post Racial Dream is an outstanding book highlighting the reality that racism and poverty still presides within America. This book brings to light many of most current racial battles this country has encounter, and discusses how American's have responded to these situations. This book is a must read for people who are interested in the racial issue facing America. Even if you have little input into the racial battles in American, this book will give you an in-depth look at the current racial battles and will show you that we (Americans) need to take a hard look at yourselves and surroundings if we want to end segregation. While this book seems to be written from the left side of the political spectrum, it needs to be read by all people and leaves the discussion open. Along with the current racial situation facing America, poverty is right on it's heels. This book makes a strong connection between the two and how these two realities are affected hand in hand and even if America wants to separate the two its almost impossible.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This is a truly outstanding work by Dr. Bailey. A forceful insight into race, poverty, and inequality in America today. A must read for anyone who cares at all about their fellow Americans.

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