Nation of cowards

Black activism in Barack Obama's post-racial America

David Ikard, Martell Lee Teasley

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Abstract

In a speech from which Nation of Cowards derives its title, Attorney General Eric Holder argued forcefully that Americans today need to talk more-not less-about racism. This appeal for candid talk about race exposes the paradox of Barack Obama's historic rise to the US presidency and the ever-increasing social and economic instability of African American communities. David H. Ikard and Martell Lee Teasley maintain that such a conversation can take place only with passionate and organized pressure from black Americans, and that neither Obama nor any political figure is likely to be in the forefront of addressing issues of racial inequality and injustice. The authors caution blacks not to slip into an accommodating and self-defeating "post-racial" political posture, settling for the symbolic capital of a black president instead of demanding structural change. They urge the black community to challenge the social terms on which it copes with oppression, including acts of self-imposed victimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages160
ISBN (Print)9780253006288
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Ikard, D., & Teasley, M. L. (2012). Nation of cowards: Black activism in Barack Obama's post-racial America. Indiana University Press.

Nation of cowards : Black activism in Barack Obama's post-racial America. / Ikard, David; Teasley, Martell Lee.

Indiana University Press, 2012. 160 p.

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Ikard, D & Teasley, ML 2012, Nation of cowards: Black activism in Barack Obama's post-racial America. Indiana University Press.
Ikard D, Teasley ML. Nation of cowards: Black activism in Barack Obama's post-racial America. Indiana University Press, 2012. 160 p.
Ikard, David ; Teasley, Martell Lee. / Nation of cowards : Black activism in Barack Obama's post-racial America. Indiana University Press, 2012. 160 p.
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