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Let’s Go To This: Discussion of “Between Barack and a Hard Place”

March 7, 2009

Another reason you are lucky, San Franciscans, is that City Lights not only is a book store, but a book club as well.

wiseThis Tuesday, March 10th, the City Lights Book Club is discussing Tim Wise‘s latest book, Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama.


Some of the challenging questions posited to readers…

  • According to Wise, for many whites, Obama’s rise signifies the end of racism as a pervasive social force; they point to Obama as a validation of the American ideology that anyone can make it if they work hard, and an example of how institutional barriers against people of color have all but vanished. But is this true?
  • And does a reinforced white belief in color-blind meritocracy potentially make it harder to address ongoing institutional racism?
  • Is black success making it harder for whites to see the problem of racism, thereby further straining race relations, or will it challenge anti-black stereotypes to such an extent that racism will diminish and race relations improve?
  • Will blacks in power continue to be seen as an “exception” in white eyes?
  • Is Obama “acceptable” because he seems “different than most blacks,” who are still viewed too often as the dangerous and inferior “other?”

What do you think?

Sounds like it will be a passionate discussion…though I have not yet read Wise’s book.

Details, if you’re going, here.

P.S. You can buy Between Barack and a Hard Place for 30% off at City Lights (as well as all book club selections).


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