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Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession (Original 1992; 1992. Auflage)

von Studs Terkel (Autor)

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A provocative look at contemporary race relations. First published in 1992 at the height of the furor over the Rodney King incident, Studs Terkel's Race was an immediate bestseller. In a rare and revealing look how at how people in America truly feel about race, Terkel brings out the full complexity of the thoughts and emotions of both blacks and whites, uncovering a fascinating narrative of changing opinions. Preachers and street punks, college students and Klansmen, interracial couples, the nephew of the founder of apartheid, and Emmett Till's mother are among those whose voices appear in Race. In all, nearly one hundred Americans talk openly about attitudes that few are willing to admit in public: feelings about affirmative action, gentrification, secret prejudices, and dashed hopes.… (mehr)
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Titel:Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession
Autoren:Studs Terkel (Autor)
Info:New Pr (1992), Edition: 1st, 403 pages
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Tags:Social Sciences 8, Social Sciences, Anthropology and sociology, Social Inequality

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This book brought so many things into sharp focus for me when I read it back in college. Any kid who grew up in a sheltered, mono-cultural world should read it. This book, along with the course I took that assigned me to read it, changed my world view, and I am not exaggerating that. ( )
  Jen42 | Jun 6, 2010 |
I can’t recommend Studs Terkel enough. I have his read [Working] and [“The Good War”] before reading this, his 1992 book [Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession] so I had high expectations when I opened the book. His first interview went beyond what I expected from the entire book. He spoke with Emmit Till’s mother and instead of discussing the past she spoke of the future and moving on. One reformed member of the KKK talked of being manipulated by businessmen and politicians intent on maintaining the status quo to counter black activists. The ferocity of the resentment expressed by some Whites revealed the strength of the backlash to the Civil Rights advances of the 1960s.
Some of the interviews were more interesting than others but every one was calm and articulate, attributes I don’t normally see when race is the topic. Terkel’s ability to get so many people, with such a variety of economic, education, and religious backgrounds to calmly discuss their views and experiences concerning race is a testament to his ability as an oral historian. ( )
  TLCrawford | May 21, 2010 |
In "Race," Terkel gets a ton of people to talk about race in their communities (for the most part the communities are working-class neighborhoods in Chicago). Of course even in this most honest of books, the Americans speaking are not completely honest with themselves when it comes to race. But what is more important for me is the picture that Terkel's book paints of America in 1993. I was kinda young then, and I prefer the stories told here over the rather hopeless stories one hears about the times elsewhere. ( )
1 abstimmen DanielChilds | Jun 5, 2009 |
Studs Terkel's "Race" is another in a series of books that provides an excellent oral history about subjects that few feel free to talk about. If you like oral history, then you'll love Studs Terkel. Famous for his classic book "Working", he seeks out common "unfamous" Americans and simply asks them to talk about what they think about Race and race relations, in this book. Written in 1990, the book is a little dated, but still holds largely true. There are around 100 interviews in this book. He interviews about an equal amount of Blacks and Whites with some other ethnicities mixed in, and like in all of his books, he interviews about the same number of old and young, men and women, and middle-class and poor. (No mention of anyone's sexuality though.)

Some highlighted stories are from a white former Ku Klux Klan member and a black former civil rights leader are interviewed some two decades later. The Ku Klux Klan member has become a hard-core anti-racist radical who is President of his union which is more than 80% Black. The former civil rights leader has become a conservative republican (though he still believes in limited Affirmative Action). Many of the other stories are interesting because when you put the white point of view and the black point of view right next to each other, there are clearly some huge gaps in understanding each other, and usually the faults and ignorance seem to lie on the white point of view (though some of the interviewed are trying to change their understandings or admit they've changed). There is a lot of frustration on both sides, but at no point do you get an opinion exactly the same as another individual.

I have a belief that you should have 10% theory and 90% action, and lately I've been reading a lot of theory. Books like these are a good antidote to too much theory in your life. I love oral history, because it's straight to the point and doesn't require any detective work by the reader to find out what the author is talking about. Something like the subject of Race, being so linked to how people in the United States relate to each other, you need some straight-forward answers. People too often dance around the issue of race and in order to build a social change movement that brings real improvement in all people's lives; we can't squirt around race anymore than class or gender or sexuality or anything else. Most often, the real battle is the battle for the hearts and minds of people, and to understand what that is exactly. Oral history is important.

In conclusion, Studs Terkel is my favorite non-fiction writer of all time, because his work involves the words of thousands of ordinary people.
1 abstimmen jgeneric | Nov 23, 2007 |
From Publishers Weekly
The first title from Andre Schiffrin's publishing house is a major, timely book for an election year. In Terkel's ( Hard Times ) well-established manner--he is one of the great interviewers--he encourages a wide range of Americans, black and white, to speak their minds about race with remarkable frankness, as well as about their perceptions of the Washington leadership. The resulting book is infinitely more informative than polls taken on such issues because the subjects are allowed to explore their thoughts, prejudices, hopes and fears. There is almost universal agreement among the blacks and white sympathizers interviewed that life looks darker for blacks now than it did 20 years ago. A strong commitment to civil rights, meaningful affirmative action and poverty programs and a social climate in which overt racism was unacceptable all apparently suffered during the Reagan years. And now the economic hardships that are also partly a legacy of that era are further polarizing American society in ways that are seldom discussed. As South African author Rian Malan tells Terkel, "I think there's been an unhealthy trend in America for a long time not to discuss race. . . . I think airing prejudice could be healthy. . . . Race prejudice is something that thrives in ignorance." But optimism is hard to come by. Black psychologist Kenneth Clark states: "I am not sanguine about any kind of solid decency and justice in the area of race in America. The best we can settle for is appearance." The immediacy with which the interviewees speak about their experiences brings a fine leavening of anecdotes and stories to the mix of opinions, from tales of run-ins with the police ("I don't know one black person who's never had an encounter with cops," says a young middle-class musician) to moments of surprising warmth and understanding, as when a former Klansman finds himself working as a union leader with his arch-enemy, a formidable black woman. The reader comes away with greatly expanded understanding of much recent American social history and a wish that more respondents could display the balance of the well-adjusted mixed couples whose testimonies end the book.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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A provocative look at contemporary race relations. First published in 1992 at the height of the furor over the Rodney King incident, Studs Terkel's Race was an immediate bestseller. In a rare and revealing look how at how people in America truly feel about race, Terkel brings out the full complexity of the thoughts and emotions of both blacks and whites, uncovering a fascinating narrative of changing opinions. Preachers and street punks, college students and Klansmen, interracial couples, the nephew of the founder of apartheid, and Emmett Till's mother are among those whose voices appear in Race. In all, nearly one hundred Americans talk openly about attitudes that few are willing to admit in public: feelings about affirmative action, gentrification, secret prejudices, and dashed hopes.

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