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The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a “Black America” with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking book, Disintegration, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Eugene Robinson argues that over decades of desegregation, affirmative action, and immigration, the concept of Black America has shattered. Instead of one black America, now there are four:

  1. a mainstream middle-class majority with a full ownership stake in American society;
  2. a large, abandoned minority with less hope of escaping poverty and dysfunction than at any time since Reconstruction’s crushing end;
  3. a small transcendent elite with such enormous wealth, power, and influence that even white folks have to genuflect; and
  4. two newly emergent groups—individuals of mixed-race heritage and communities of recent black immigrants—that make us wonder what “black” is even supposed to mean.

Robinson shows that the four black Americas are increasingly distinct, separated by demography, geography, and psychology. They have different profiles, different mindsets, and different hopes, fears, and dreams. What’s more, these groups have become so distinct that they view each other with mistrust and apprehension. And yet all are reluctant to acknowledge division.

Disintegration offers a new paradigm for understanding race in America, with implications both hopeful and dispiriting. It shines necessary light on debates about affirmative action, racial identity, and the ultimate question of whether the black community will endure.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ernestine | 2/9/2011

    " So far, well written but I am not sure of its audience and its purpose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maureen | 1/20/2011

    " Classic Eugene Robinson.....thoughtful and thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carl | 1/10/2011

    " This is an fantastic analysis of the current state of "Balck America" by the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Frank | 1/8/2011

    " A quick read—not an academic study, but quite insightful nonetheless. This book gave me a great lens for understanding the current range of African American experience. "

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About the Author

Eugene Robinson joined the Washington Post in 1980 and has served as London bureau chief and foreign editor. Currently he is an associate editor and columnist. He has been a Nieman fellow at Harvard University, and he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 2009. The author of Coal to Cream and Last Dance in Havana, Robinson appears frequently on MSNBC as a political analyst.