Beyond Black and White: Transforming African-American Politics, Manning Marable, Second Edition, London: Verso, 20091

In: Historical Materialism
Paul M. Heideman Rutgers University Newark

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The new edition of Manning Marable’s Beyond Black and White seeks to explain the course of black politics in the United States over the last thirty years. Marable argues that this history shows the failure of liberal and nationalist politics to address the problems facing black Americans. Though Marable attempts to chart a course beyond these ideologies, his alternative of ‘transformative politics’, shorn of the revolutionary Marxism that defined his earlier writings, is no more capable of confronting racial inequality than the strategies it seeks to replace.

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