Say It Louder! : black voters, white narratives, and saving our democracy by Tiffany CrossA breakout media and political analyst delivers a sweeping snapshot of American Democracy and the role that African Americans have played in its shaping while offering concrete information to help harness the electoral power of the country's rising majority and exposing political forces aligned to subvert and suppress Black voters. Black voters were critical to the Democrats' 2018 blue wave. In fact, 90 percent of Black voters supported Democratic House candidates, compared to just 53 percent of all voters. Despite media narratives, this was not a fluke. Throughout U.S. history, Black people have played a crucial role in the shaping of the American experiment. Yet still, this powerful voting bloc is often dismissed as some "amorphous" deviation, argues Tiffany Cross. Say It Louder! is her explosive examination of how America's composition was designed to exclude Black voters, but paradoxically would likely cease to exist without them. With multiple tentacles stretching into the cable news echo chamber, campaign leadership, and Black voter data, Cross creates a wrinkle in time with a reflective look at the timeless efforts endlessly attempting to deny people of color the right to vote--a basic tenet of American democracy. And yet as the demographics of the country are changing, so too is the electoral power construct--by evolution and by force, Cross declares. Grounded in the most-up-to-date research, Say It Louder! is a vital tool for a wide swath of constituencies.
Call Number: JK1924 .C76 2020
Publication Date: 2020-07-06
On the courthouse lawn : confronting the legacy of lynching in the twenty-first century by Sherrilyn A. Ifill author.Revised edition of the groundbreaking book on the effects of lynching in the U.S. featuring a foreword from Bryan Stevenson Nearly 5,000 black Americans were lynched between 1890 and 1960, and, as Sherrilyn Ifill argues, the effects of this racial trauma continue to resound. In On the Courthouse Lawn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, issues a clarion call for American communities with histories of racial violence to be proactive in facing this legacy. Inspired by South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and drawing on techniques of restorative justice, she offers concrete ways for communities to heal. Featuring a new afterword from the author and a new foreword from Bryan Stevenson, this revised edition will help readers to navigate and better understand contemporary struggles to come to terms with the legacy of racial terror in the United States including debates about the National Anthem and Civil War monuments.