- Title: Disintegration
- Author: Eugene Robinson
- ISBN: 9780385533706
- Page: 335
- Format: ebook
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Instead of one black America, today there are four There was a time when there were agreed upon black leaders, when there was a clear black agenda, when we could talk confidently about the state of black America but not any from DisintegrationThe African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity a Black America with uInstead of one black America, today there are four There was a time when there were agreed upon black leaders, when there was a clear black agenda, when we could talk confidently about the state of black America but not any from DisintegrationThe 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.Robinson shows that the four black Americas are increasingly distinct, separated by demography, geography, and psychology They have different profiles, different mindsets, different hopes, fears, and dreams What s , these groups have become so distinct that they view each other with mistrust and apprehension And yet all are reluctant to acknowledge division Disintegration offers a new paradigm for understanding race in America, with implications both hopeful and dispiriting It shines necessary light on debates about affirmative action, racial identity, and the ultimate question of whether the black community will endure.From the Hardcover edition.
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First I'd like to say IMO, the book was written well. A quick read w/o much fluff. Each detail provided insight into African American culture and self identity.Disintegration summed up in one sentence is a comparison between those that have and those that have not in the African American community.In this book African Americans are placed into four categories: Transcendent, Mainstream, Emergent, and Abandoned. Example of these would be:Transcendent: Oprah Winfrey, Obamas, Robert Johnson etc.Main [...]
When I first started reading this book – I thought to myself – who was this book written for – thinking that most black (if not all) know we are not monolithic, and the information at the beginning of the book was something that is known, so was thinking this book was probably written for a non-black audience. But, as I read on – I changed my mind as in this book Eugene Robinson convinced me this is a book for all people and depending on which group was reading/discussing the book – th [...]
There is no "black America" any more says Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer-prize-winning Washington Post writer and MSNBC commentator. In the days of Jim Crow and widespread discrimination it didn't matter whether a black person had a PhD and taught at Stanford University or dropped out of high school and worked as a domestic, all black people were in danger of insult and even violence.In the last 40 years this has changed, and for some African Americans it has changed dramatically. The black community [...]
Disintegrated is an in depth analysis of the state of Black America, told from the viewpoint of someone who lived through Jim Crow & also benefitted from the gains of the Civil Rights Movement. I think that's important because he has the unique experience of living through legalized & accepted segregation and the assimilation of middle & upper middle class black families into "mainstream" society.Disintegration explains how black society has splintered from one collective group with [...]
This book should be read and digested by all, as it is important to everyone of every political influence and economic state. Although at times this book transcends time, crossing 50+ years betwixt two paragraphs, I still found the basis of the information to be thought provoking. I must agree, “no one belongs to the black community” because there isn’t really one. Black America, according the book is divided into four groups: 1. The Mainstream majority: everyday strivers committed to maki [...]
Another book I saw on the Colbert Report. The premise is that there is no longer one Black America, but rather four separate groups of Black Americans that have developed since the civil rights movement in the 60s: Transcendent (i.e. Oprah), Mainstream (middle class), Abandoned (poor), Emergent (immigrants that do not have American slave ancestry, and mixed race Black Americans). While it used to be the case that being victims of social injustice created unity among all Black Americans, this is [...]
DisintegrationEugene RobinsonEugene Robinson is perhaps best-known as a columnist for the Washington Post, where he comments on the national scene, particularly politics, from his post in the nation’s capital. But he is also an author of several books. This, his latest, is an examination of what he describes as the end of what had been a more or less monolithic Afro-American community.In Robinson’s view, previous to the mid-60s, Jim Crow laws in the South and de facto segregation in housing [...]
Excellent book with Mr. Robinson's personal experiences and insights during the Civil Rights Era interwoven within it. This is a book you have to read more than once I think. This is because of the times we live in and vitriol that is everywhere in American society today it could very well be considered a living document -- given the accomplishments and ongoing work of Mr. Robinson at the Washington Post. The book offers the thesis/premise that Black America is now divided into four groups: the [...]
The meat and potatoes of this book is about the author's argument that Black America is currently not a monolith, that is, Black America is made up of smaller groups such as the superinfluential, those of mixed race, African immigrants, etc.Like any kind of categorization, I believe that it is not foolproof; there are always those who fall in the margins. Nevertheless, the author did a superb job in discussing the social, historical, and economic background of Black America. For me, what is lack [...]
Excellent book. Robinson argues that there is no longer one "Black America." Rather, the African American communities are four: The Mainstream (those who have made it solidly into the Middle Class), The Transcendent (those who are affluent and powerful in the world), The Emergent (composed of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean), and The Abandoned (the poor, ghettoized African Americans). Robinson postulates that some African Americans now have more in common with similar whites than they d [...]
As one of the Caribbean Emergent and Mainstream, I found myself continually nodding in agreement while reading this book. Mr. Robinson articulated many of the trends I'd observed but had been unable to express. The author could have gone further in his analysis though. He seemed to skim the surface of the four groups while dwelling quite a bit on Jim Crow and other historic injustices. Still a worthwhile read as it lays a foundation for further reflection.
Perceptive, precise, passionate. Fascinating read replete with history of the black community in Atlanta and Washington, DC. Glad this was written by a journalist and not some bombastic academic like Dyson. It's emotional and sincere but still crisp and professional. A great discussion on the african-american/black community's past, present, and future.
A thought provoking framework for how and why the simplistic stereotype from the mid-20th Century of a "single, unified black America" no longer applies (if it ever did). Broadly speaking, this book can be divided into three parts: - First part of the book: Provides the outline of the disintegration framework, supporting by data. 4 stars- Second part of the book: Deep dives into each group, with examples and human interest stories: 3 stars - Third part of the book: The 'so what': 4 starsRobinson [...]
How can the Black community be characterized by Barack Obama on the one hand and Ferguson on the other? This book makes the case that the "Black community" has now actually splintered into many different communities - and although there are some African-Americans who have "made it," there are still many who continual to struggle intractably with the residual effects of slavery and systemic racism. It deftly paints a more nuanced picture of Black reality as it exists today and then calls us all t [...]
3.5 stars but am rounding up. Really interesting framework/thesis, but it’s a bit more anecdotal than I would like (especially with stories about DC from author’s personal observation) and it definitely feels like it’s a journal article stretched into a book. Still, fascinating thesis. Wonder how much the author would think both Ferguson and the emergence of Black Lives Matter as well as Trump’s election may have affected the sense of disintegration among the 4-5 groups or community in b [...]
Must admit I skimmed this book, but quite thoroughly nevertheless. Found it fascinating - and his analysis makes sense.
Very refreshing read and anyone involved in the African-American Community should consider picking this up. There may be a few sections were the author could go into greater detail but while writing this review I can't recall one. Robinson doesn't mince his words and doesn't fluff up his writing, which I appreciate as a reader. This book forces you to rely on your knowledge and experiences to dispel the statistics the global media and naysayers what to throw at you on every occasion. If you are [...]
This year I started teaching a class of Seniors. It had long been a goal, and now I got to do it. I wanted to create as much of a collegiate simulacrum as I could. So I brewed up some lectures and led each week of instruction, discussion and reflection around a prominent theme in literature generally--with specific attention paid to African-American experiences (slightly awkward for a transparently white guy to do for a class full of black kids). And to guide my lecture creation and thematic dev [...]
I admire Eugene Robinson. He's a lucid writer, a voice of reason, and one of the only syndicated columnists I read in our local paper. And although he doesn't come right out and write it, he probably falls into the transcendent group of African-Americans who wield power in the era of Oprah and Obama.Still, I was a bit disappointed in Disintegration, because I couldn't quite figure out its purpose. Which doesn't mean that I'm not discussing it with kith and kin, so maybe that's purpose enough. In [...]
"Who we are depends on who we believe we are." - Chpt. 7In his book, Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Eugene Robinson, proposes that the once monolithic Black America has been fractionalized into four distinct groups:1) The Abandoned. These are the marginalized, the poor, the working poor and the disenfranchised; think those trapped on rooftops during Hurricane Katrina. These are the Black Americans who are stuck in a generational cycle of welf [...]
I read this book for a class on Post-Blackness this past semester. Eugene Robinson gives an itneresting these about the current space that Black America is in, and how different divisions have left it splintered in a variety of ways. The Four groups he talks about are: a Mainstream middle-class majority who are entrenched in American society• a large, Abandoned minority who are stuck in the cycle of poverty with less hope of escaping than b• a small Transcendent elite - think Oprah, Sean Car [...]
"There was a time when there were agreed-upon 'black leaders,' when there was a clear 'black agenda,' when we could talk confidently about 'the state of black America' - but not anymore" (p.4)Mainstream - middle-class"The other is 'two worlds' reality - the fact that we tend to keep so much of the black Mainstream experience to ourselves" (p.99).Abandoned - poor "The web of restraints that keeps Abandoned black Americans from escaping into the middle class has been examined from every angle, des [...]
The book started off well, with a lot of context for the 4 types of 'black' in america today, and some historical context for the problems of being black beyond slavery (like jim crow laws and such). I enjoyed that part of the book.And there was a lot on how far they've come, and the elite and that was interesting too.Then the abandoned~~ that's sad. But gets weird when even middle class blacks cannot relate or don't know how/or don't want to get involved to solve the problem- themselves move aw [...]
If I could go back in time to 1 year ago, I would tell Bernie Sanders to read this book (as well as bet on the Superbowl, play the lotto, try to save lives, take down Trump, etc). I think that this book very easily and simply is a good State of Black America in the Obama presidency - how economics are and are not involved, the unshakeable caste that is being Black in America, and most importantly, identifying 4 groups that make up Black America. Most of Sanders's faux pas regarding race in Ameri [...]
An engaging discussion about the continuing phenomena of race in America. The authors central argument being that there is no longer a black america in the same way there was during the jim crow era of american history and that instead there are several versions of black america that differ significantly.The book raises important questions about whether there is a continuing need for affirmative action in the US and how current policies could be improved so that they benefit those whose position [...]
Eugene Robinson's conception of a Black community that once was united through racial segregation (but socially and economically integrated) and which is now splintered or disintegrated puts into words what so many of us have observed. This is an easy to read, easy to understand book full of many of the ideas that Mr. Robinson has presented in his Washington Post column. I have found myself quoting this book many times over the past two months. However, the problems of the Abandoned - which will [...]
Eugene Robinson sets out to explore the fracturing of the black community in the US, from a unified group during the civil rights era to four separate groups of black people today: the poor, the middle class, the rich and/or famous, and the burgeoning immigrant and mixed race group.The best passages are the ones in which Robinson, a writer for the Washington Post, tells the history of the black communities in cities like Washington DC and Atlanta. Least interesting was Robinson's editorializing [...]
I thought Robinson did a pretty good job of detailing how we got to a disintegrated black America and what those component parts are now. I don't understand why he lumped folks who are biracial together with immigrants. I understand that both groups do not fit the socio-economic categories which exist (rich/Transcendent, middle class/Mainstream and lower or underclass/Abandoned), but from my vantage point (as a pasty white, upper middle class woman), they are very different groups. And I believe [...]
I really like Eugene Robinson. He is a very good and perceptive writer and commentator. However, this book was a disappointment. In the beginning, Robinson states his thesis: Black America is not monolithic. Indeed, it is made up of four distinct groups: (1) a Mainstream middle-class majority; (2) a large Abandoned minority; (3) a small Transcendent elite (think Oprah); and (4) two newly Emergent groups comprised of people of mixed-race heritage and black immigrants. These groups really have not [...]
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