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Reviewed by Betsy Malone for Readers' Favorite
Black Americans in the 21st Century written by Doug Saint Carter takes an honest and deep look at race relations in America today. The author notes that rather than closing the gap between the races, it seems to be widening. The author points out the fact that too often, whenever an African-American has a problem, the word race is brought up and too often the issue of slavery arises. One of the points the author makes is that whites do not see themselves as a race, this is why many whites are shocked when African-Americans declare they still live in slavery. However, the author admits there are still many problems and legitimate complaints. This country cannot heal as it stands now. Any wound picked at constantly becomes infected and often results in a more serious situation. The author believes the government encourages families to be dependent. Once an individual or family becomes dependent on government assistance, it is very difficult to cut the umbilical cord and live without the assistance.
Black Americans in the 21st Century takes a unique approach to looking racism in the eyes and not blinking. I agree with most of Doug Saint Carter’s ideas. He points out that we are sending mixed messages by both segregating and integrating African-Americans. When President Obama was elected it was thought that he would bring the races closer together. Unfortunately they have grown farther apart under his administration. Until African-Americans stop seeing themselves as a separate people there will be racial tension. Whether you agree or disagree with the author’s theory, this is a book you should read.