The New Black Politician

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark, and Post-racial America, Emory University associate professor of political science Andra Gillespie uses Newark as a case study to explain the breakdown of racial unity in black politics.

Comments [16]

Colin from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This author should have been given more time. BTW Melissa Harris Perry's show touch on this last Saturday. The observation that was made is of these new "post racial" African American politians e.i. Artur Davis, Adrian Fenty, Harold Ford etc. only President Obama and Cory Booker are the only ones that are now holding elective office at the present time.

May. 29 2012 12:16 PM
Ry from PA

Mayor Booker was making the point that both the President and Romney are avoiding present issues and are attacking each other on a personal level. I think that the mayor has developed his dislike of personal attacks because of his experience during his runs against Sharp James.

May. 29 2012 12:06 PM

I'm just saying that there's a big difference between attending a church and being a member of a church. For someone to claim that another is a "member" of a church requires some personal knowledge of the situation, which Martin clearly does not have.

May. 29 2012 11:20 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Look, RL, Obama WAS a willing member of Rev Wright's church. Though, that doesn't necessarily mean he was an uncritical member.

What's required here is independent analysis of the Rev's analysis, instead of secondhand accounts from clueless media. You will find that, in many ways, Rev was Right.

May. 29 2012 11:14 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Sharon and DarkSymbolist -- right on. This is a sick joke. "Not quite where we need to be"? Puh-lease. No where NEAR, irrespective of the progress made.

Seriously, that the notion could be even entertained is itself a symptom of the persistence of racism and its ripple, compounding effects. Here's how it works, in part:

Blacks still too often have to ingratiate themselves with the white power structure to socioeconomically ascend. And so the black folks with power and access, and who get to be interviewed by Brian, are desperately hyper-assimilated, NOT black affirmative and feel no responsibility or connection to the 66% of black kids who are still exposed to levels of poverty that only 2% of white kids experience. And so sh*t like this flies, with no robust push-back from pathetic blacks who otherwise could.

This is counterproductive for blacks and whites. Because the race issue and it effects are not just going to go away. They must be dealt with, straight on, lest we implode.

May. 29 2012 11:06 AM

"Obama never left Wright's church"
How is that true with Obama goes to a different church now. And was Obama ever an actual member of Wright's church. I don't think you know the answer to that, Martin. You are making things up again. sad.

May. 29 2012 10:58 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Post - racialism is about as real as Atlantis. It's just a fetish that white liberals and their center-right colleagues pretend they want "angry blacks" to aspire to.

May. 29 2012 10:55 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Well I too am glad the author cleared up the use of the idiotic term "post-racial". If anything the Obama years have proven that racism is alive and kicking in this country

May. 29 2012 10:55 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


You are lying.
Obama never left Wright's church.....politically, he was forced to disavow Wright on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, 2008, when ABC and Brian Ross made Wright's videod lectures mainstream topics.
Stop the BS.

May. 29 2012 10:53 AM
The Truth from Becky

THanks for clearing that up, marketing people who chances are, are not Black determined this title was a provocative way to sell books.

May. 29 2012 10:52 AM
Miles from Newark, NJ

Mayor Booker was, when he ran for mayor the first two (2) times, one of the few political candidates that I believed could make a difference and bring enlightenment to the City of Newark, getting us beyond the unrest of 1967. I was born, raised, work in and continue to Newark, however, my experience here has clouded my view of the Mayor. I worked the polls as an attorney observer in support of Mayor Booker during his second run because I wanted to be sure that the election was not stolen and that everyone entitled to vote could cast their ballot.

What we received in Newark, after his election, is nothing nearly as transformational as the speeches Mayor Booker gives or the press appearances he makes. The City of Newark does not run more efficiently. Piles of garbage still sit for months on our streets without being collected, despite letters to the City requesting clean-up. Contracts are still given out to those who are connected with the Mayor or his administration. Post-racial Mayor Booker has not and cannot give the City what it needs: (1) strong leadership and (2) new vision of government. At least with NYC Mayor Bloomberg, New Yorkers get city government that works, services provided and department heads held accountable.

May. 29 2012 10:52 AM
Maria from UWS

Per comment # 1 -- please note that Booker himself has said his mayoral runs in Newark were supported by Republicans, because he couldn't get Democrats to support him! (Google "Glen Ford" for details.)

May. 29 2012 10:51 AM
The Truth from Becky

No such thing as a "Post Racial America" this is still one of the most racist places on earth!

May. 29 2012 10:51 AM
lucy from Brooklyn

I hope you will talk about Booker being supported by the Bradley Foundation and others who are supporting the privatization of the public schools through profit making charter schools.

May. 29 2012 10:48 AM
Sharon from UES

While I understand "post racial" is a place we need to be headed but we are not anywhere near that.

To discuss post racism in this country at this time is in itself racist. It is utter ignorance to assume we've progressed in any way since the civil rights movement.

May. 29 2012 10:46 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

"Post-racial America"? No such thing exists...

May. 29 2012 10:44 AM

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