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Faded dreams, the politics and economics of race in America, Martin Carnoy

Faded Dreams paints a new and challenging picture of why racial inequality changes in America. The author argues that blacks caught up with whites mainly when government policies, under political pressure by blacks and an important segment of the white community, pushed for greater racial equality. Similarly, the greatest obstacles to black gains in other periods have also been government policies. These policies usually assumed away the race problem or used it against blacks for political purposes. Faded Dreams shows that three dominant views of economic differences between blacks and whites - that blacks are individually responsible for not taking advantage of market opportunities, that the world economy has changed in ways that puts blacks at a tremendous disadvantage compared to whites, and that pervasive racism is holding blacks down - do not adequately explain why blacks made such large gains in the past and stopped making them in the 1980s and 1990s.--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The ups and downs of African-American fortunes -- 3. The politics of explaining racial inequality -- 4. Are blacks to blame? -- 5. Is the economy to blame? -- 6. Have racism and discrimination increased? -- 7. Politics and black educational opportunity -- 8. Politics and black job opportunities: I -- 9. Politics and black job opportunities: II -- 10. Black economic gains and ideology: the White House factor -- 11. Is there any hope for greater equality?
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (x, 286 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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