By Post Staff
Although modernized, the incredibly destructive racism and discrimination that persisted from 1619 into the 1960’s in America have been replaced, though not completely, with the damage of indifference. This tragedy is clearly set forth in the recently published book: The Black/White Divide in America… Still, by Dr. Marlin Foxworth and Ralph Gordon.
Many cling to the myth that America is the preeminent land of equality, but the authors, by delineating numerous negative social consequences of racism explode the myth and show that America is a nation permeated by dominance and subordination.
In 1968, Black Rage, written by two psychiatrists: Price Cobbs, M.D., and William Grier, M.D., revealed, with profound insight, the social circumstances of racism. Foxworth and Gordon dissect the modern versions of those same circumstances, while highlighting the powerful function of stereotypes and language manipulation, which engender the varied perceptions and misperceptions of the racial divide that keep racism in alive and well.
The authors carefully analyze the unwitting contributions to the problem made by the educational system (including higher education) and the religious institutions, both of which fail to adequately address the issue – said failure resulting in damage to learning and the perpetuation of the black/white divide.
Foxworth and Gordon call for an unrelenting effort by our entire society to overcome the divide which debilitates all of America.
The authors will be signing their book at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 7, 08 at Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd. in Oakland, and, at 6:30 p.m., September 20, 08, at Marcus Books, 3900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland, where brief excerpts will be read. The book, on sale at Marcus Books, in Oakland, in San Francisco at 1712 Fillmore Street, and at A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland, can also be purchased online at Amazon, or by contacting the publisher Regent Press at (510) 845-1196 or www.regentpress.net.
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