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Black pride and black prejudice
Sniderman, Paul M.
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2002]

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xv, 215 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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E185.625 .S65 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Do "black pride" and "black prejudice" come hand in hand? Does taking pride in being black encourage the rejection of a common bond with other Americans?

In this groundbreaking study, two leading social scientists mount a challenge to those who would answer "yes." Paul Sniderman and Thomas Piazza probe these questions in the only way possible--asking black Americans themselves to share their thoughts about each other, America, and other Americans.

Writing in a strikingly transparent style, they open a new window on the ideas and values of real individuals who make up the black community in America today. Contrary to the rhetoric of some black leaders, Sniderman and Piazza show that African Americans overwhelmingly reject racial separatism and embrace a common framework, culture, and identity with other Americans.

Although the authors find that levels of anti-Semitism are notably higher among black Americans than among white Americans, they demonstrate that taking pride in being black does not encourage blacks to be more suspicious or intolerant of others who are not black. The higher levels of anti-Semitism are instead associated with a gallery of oversimplified and accusatory ideas, including a popularized Afrocentrism and charges of vast conspiracies, that have won substantial support in the black community.

Readers of this book will come away with an understanding of how African Americans, while insistent on winning racial justice, are deeply committed to the values of the American ethos and their identity as Americans.

Author Notes

Paul M. Sniderman is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the author of the widely influential The Scar of Race , coauthored with Thomas Piazza, among other books. He is coauthor, with Thomas Piazza and others, of The Outsider . Thomas Piazza is Senior Survey Statistician at the Survey Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or coauthor of many books and articles on racial attitudes and on survey methodology.

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Stanford political scientist Sniderman and Berkeley statistician Piazza have collaborated once again (The Scar of Race, CH, Feb'94) to produce an engrossing social scientific study that measures the meaning and modes of expression of black pride, the factors undergirding it, and the relationship--if any--between black racial solidarity and prejudice against nonblacks. Based on a 1997 questionnaire administered through telephone surveys in Chicago, the book presents the results in meticulous detail, with nuanced analysis, and written in lucid, accessible prose that never obscures but instead fully exposes the authors' methodology and interpretations to critical scrutiny. The authors reach conclusions that counter conventional stereotypes: blacks clearly affirm their distinctiveness as blacks; however, they are overwhelmingly devoted to individual achievement, overwhelmingly reject racial separatism as both desired end and political strategy, and are overwhelmingly committed to sharing a common American culture with other Americans. The data suggest that black pride and black prejudice are not related, that, indeed, it is black intolerance--correlated by strength of identification with Afrocentrism and tendencies toward conspiratorial thinking--rather than black self-affirmation, that explains black hostility to nonblacks, especially black antisemitism. This cogent, challenging work promises to stir much discussion among all who deal with its issues. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels and libraries. B. Kraut CUNY Queens College

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 Racial Solidarityp. 11
Chapter 3 Conflictp. 61
Chapter 4 Common Groundp. 109
Chapter 5 Conclusionp. 157
Appendix A

p. 181

Appendix B

p. 184

Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 211