The Color Line

The Color Line

Legacy for the Twenty-first Century

eBook - 1993
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Originating as three lectures delivered at the U. of Missouri in April 1992 (just one day after the "not guilty" verdict was returned in the trial of Los Angeles police officers in the beating of Rodney King), distinguished historian Franklin reflects on the most tragic and persistent social problem in American history racism. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
"The problem of the twentieth century will be the problem of the color line - the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men," wrote author and civil rights leader W. E. B. Du Bois in 1903. As the twentieth century comes to a close, one of America's most distinguished historians takes an unflinching look at race relations in America today. Distilling more than two centuries of history, John Hope Franklin reflects on the most tragic and persistent social problem in our nation's history - the color line - as it becomes our legacy for the next century.
The Color Line originated as three lectures delivered at the University of Missouri-Columbia in April 1992, just one day after the "not guilty" verdict was returned in the trial of Los Angeles police officers in the beating of Rodney King. The violence that shook Los Angeles and soon erupted in other cities across the country provided a dramatic backdrop for Franklin's message: the color line holds fast - in education, in housing, in health care, and in the legal system.
Franklin illuminates some of the key episodes in our nation's history that have brought us to the present day. He traces America's forward and backward steps on the path toward racial equality, from the Carter administration's record number of appointments of African Americans to the bench to the Reagan administration's effort to continue support for educational institutions that persisted in racial discrimination and segregation. Examining the historical role of race in both the Republican and Democratic parties, Franklin argues that while opponents of affirmative action claim to promote a color-blind legal system, many have adopted race-encoded rhetoric to raise the specter of racial fear and hatred. Franklin also outlines the questionable civil rights record of Clarence Thomas, whose nomination and confirmation as Supreme Court justice provoked considerable controversy among civil rights leaders.
The color line continues to flourish in the final decade of the twentieth century. "Perhaps the very first thing we need to do as a nation and as individual members of society," writes Franklin, "is to confront our past and see it for what it is." Only by facing the truth of our history can we hope to envision another kind of society for our future. Here John Hope Franklin brilliantly aids in that task as he shines the sharp light of history on the color line, our legacy for the twenty-first century.

Publisher: Columbia, Mo. : University of Missouri Press, ©1993
ISBN: 9780826260567
082626056X
9780826209641
0826209645
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 87 pages)

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