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The Black Progress Question

The Black Progress Question
Explaining the African American Predicament

First Edition

February 1995 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The recent Los Angeles race riots exposed the depth and persistence of the race problem in the United States and symbolized the despair and hopelessness felt in North America's cities. The key question remains: Are African-Americans making any progress towards integration into mainstream society?

The Black Progress Question examines the popular responses to this issue and finds them insufficient. For too long, the analysis of black progress has been met with an unwarrented optimism. Stephen Burman presents an alternative approach, sobering in its realism, which will dispel beliefs that a solution to this problem is close at hand.

The Inevitability of Antimony

These Things Take Time
The Liberal Tradition and Black Progress

American Right or Wrong
The Neoconservative Response

Everything and Nothing
Marxism, Capitalism and Black Progress

Been Down So Long
Race, Culture and Black Nationalism

Power and Pluralism
Black Progress and the Politics of Race

The Illusion of Progress? Race and Politics in Atlanta, Georgia
Progress or Impasse? The Continuing Tragedy of African Americans


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