the 2008 Democratic National Convention that ended up nominating Barack
flew out to Denver with the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Many people know
Jackson and I go way back. I could share many stories about that trip.
scene that replays the most in my memory is walking down the street in
Denver and coming across a black vendor selling T-shirts with Obama’s
superimposed over Malcolm X’s in the famous photo where Martin Luther
and Malcolm meet and shake hands. I stopped dead in my tracks. I cussed
aloud; saying, indignantly, to this fellow I didn't know, “That’s
asked him, in an irksome tone, “How ya’ll gonna just spray paint that
place in history he wasn’t at?” To my surprise -and good fortune- he
come back ugly on me. He grinned and said, “C’mon man, jus makin’ that
and went on with his business.
That said, this book’s title reflects where I believe black politics in
United States stands at this moment in time. To me things are still
the wrong direction in more ways than one. Even with an African
head of state. And more black billionaires, millionaires, media
athletes and entertainers than ever before. And more black elected
most who are democrats, in the nation’s history. Just think about it.
were about 100
black elected officials back in 1964. There were well over 9,000 as of
arguably, the most pronounced accomplishment of black politics in the
following the death of Martin Luther King Jr. is gaining public office.
This book is my take on
the road black politics has traveled. It's a
I've worked on over a numbers of years which needs a bit of funding for
completion before the 2012 elections. I hope that it will help people
understand the politics they are facing and the electoral choices they
INTRODUCTION - It just keeps getting harder to fight
The Excesses of the 60s
The Civil Rights era
Black Power, Black Panthers, Malcolm X and the Limitations of Black
Black politics and anti-colonialism
Jesse Jackson, the Rainbow Coalition and the left
Bling – The Reagan-Oprah-Nike-two Michael’s Generation
The 90s resurgence of black nationalism
War on drugs, 9-11 and war on Iraq
Black versus Brown
Class and Culture
The New Smoothy-Doovys - The New Democrats and the rise of Barack
Conclusion I: Black Power?
Conclusion II: Getting in the game
be published by Verso Books.
About the author
Kevin Alexander Gray
Cultural name - Khalid
Aikiiki Gamba (Eternal Friend & Warrior).
Freedom House Project.
Hear me Sunday 4-5pm on "Live from the Land of
Hopes and Dreams"on Sirius 146.
Regular columns in The Progressive and
“A Call for a New Anti-War Movement” appears in How to Legalize Drugs:
Public Health, Social Science and Civil Liberties Perspective edited by
Dr. Jefferson Fish of St. John’s University.
“The Legacy of Strom
Thurmond” is in Jack Newfield’s American Monsters and “Soul Brother”
featured in Alex Cockburn and Jeff St. Clair’s Dimes Worth of
Essays on race & politics have appeared in The Harvard Journal of
African American Public Policy – “The Intensification of Racial
Solidarity in the 1990s under the guise of Black Nationalism”; The
Washington Post Outlook Section, Emerge,The American University
Graduate Review & numerous other publications.