The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a “Black America” with unified interests and. Disintegration has ratings and 89 reviews. Aelee said: First I’d like to say IMO , the book was written well. A quick read w/o much fluff. Each detail. His new book, Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, describes how African-American communities are becoming increasingly.

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Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson

Glimpsed on television and the crime section of the newspapers, these are places where morality is narrowly and disingenuously constructed, is often primitive, concrete and arbitrary.

Speaking to the issue of prostitution in the Black community, Muhammad noted that white liberals saw Black female prostitution as a racial defect and believed that the experience of slavery had challenged their capacity to be virtuous. Black Americans, according to Robinson, can now be divided into four categories. He expresses concern however that these victories might have come at the cost of a coherent sense of Blackness and the interdependence that comes from that.

They are certainly not abandoned. For Robinson, there’s too much diversity within the African-American community to assume that there is any one belief or attitude held amongst all African Americans.

Washington and Joe Louis. One cannot predict the many ways that being Black will be manifested. But while these people appear to have transcended the daily hassles of being black in America, Robinson makes a convincing case that they remember very well the obstacles they had to overcome merely because they were black and that, like their black mainstream counterparts they recognize the need for eternal vigilance and constant motivation.


The rationale they have articulated to explain their suffering has engaged others in the ongoing challenge of defining an ethical American space.

The book started off well, with a lot of context for the 4 types of disitnegration in america today, and some historical context disintefration the problems of being black beyond slavery like jim crow laws and such.

In his introduction, Robinson says that African-Americans today have less in common with each other now than in the past, that the African-American middle class has different goals and values than the group he calls “the abandoned,” the people who got left behind in public housing and segregated neighborhoods and schools as their better equipped neighbors moved out and up the socio-economic ladder.

This apparently placed financial strain on the household. Robinson struggles, as we all do, to make sense of the middle class.

I also thought it a little disjointed that in most regards the book was very well backed-up with hard facts and historical events, but many times Robinson made important generalizations based on simply his own life-experience and circle of friends.

And there was a lot on how far they’ve come, and the elite and that was interesting too. 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 agree that it is important not to forget the horrific injustice that is a shameful part of this country’s history, but I think we should celebrate where we are and where we are going in regards to race relations rather than continue to harbor an us vs. Splinterinf year I started teaching a class of Seniors. Such spaces will also be used to explore the opportunities afforded by global capitalism, the still unmet promises of liberalism, and the amreica between these two forces.


Ever analytic and strategic, he thought about how he could speak in his own voice—the voice of a hustler. A third point is the race is a social construct theory. Your purchase helps support NPR programming.

Robinson does note americaa strong and enduring welfare ties between mainstream blacks and the so-called Abandoned. He’s a lucid writer, a voice of reason, and one of the only syndicated columnists I read in our local paper. I had no idea just how large the black middle class was, no idea of the extent of the Transcendent of whom Barack Obama is merely the most obvious. Transcendent – wealthy, powerful and influential “Obama’s presidency definitely settles any question of th a Transcendent black American elite has arisen – a small but growing cohort with the kind of power, wealth, and influence disingegration previous generations of African Americans could never have imagined.

These forms of Blackness are unethically constrained when white elites refuse to acknowledge Black individuality and agency. One steps forward with both confidence and vigilance.

Open Preview See ssplintering Problem? Instead of one black America, now there are four: Also classed as emergents are biracial Americans who may identify themselves as Black–or not.

The ‘Splintering’ Of America’s Black Population

The splintering of Black America by Eugene Disintegrztion. Given that his success is so tightly bonded to the street life, however, he cannot distance himself too much from its values. I disagree somewhat with this statement but won’t go into it here. There are no grudges in Vernon’s world, however; barely a week after the election, he was already skillfully renewing his ties with the Obama crowd.