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Dark thoughts : race and the eclipse of society
Lemert, Charles C., 1937-
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New York : Routledge, 2002.
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viii, 335 pages ; 24 cm

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In Dark Thoughts, eminent sociologist Charles Lemert dares to say, and explain, what everyone already knows - that the modern world was built on the need of white people to pretend they are not as dark as the next person.

Delving poignantly into the history and literature of domination, Lemert retells key moments of the twentieth-century by profiling figures like W.E.B. DuBois, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Anna Julia Cooper, Nella Larson, Malcolm X, and Muhammad Ali. In a rare and unflinching look at his own complicated history, Lemert also explores his own racism, his struggle with the suicide of his oldest son, as well as growing up as the virtual son of a black mother and his life now as the real father of an African-American daughter. DarkThoughtsspeaks to the most urgent social issues at the beginning of the twenty-first century: race relations, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Author Notes

Charles Lemertis Andrus Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University and is the author of numerous books, most recently Social Things, and Postmodernism is NotWhat You Think.

Table of Contents

Preface: Dark Days - September 11, 2001
Part I The Beginnings of a Millennium: 1990s
1 The Coming of My Last Born - April 8, 1998
The Eclipse of Society, 1901-2001
2 Blood and Skin - 1999
Whose We? - Dark Thoughts of the Universal Self, 1998
3 A Call in the Morning - 1988
The Rights and Justices of the Multicultural Panic, 1990s
Part II The Last New Century: 1890s
4 Calling out Father by Calling up His Mother - About 1941
The Coloured Woman's Office: Anna Julia Cooper, 1892
5 Get On Home! - About 1949
Bad Dreams of Big Business: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1898
6 All Kinds of People Getting Off - 1954
The Colour Line: W.E.B. Du Bois, 1903
Part III Between, Before, and Beyond/1873-2020
7 When Good People Do Evil - 1989 The Queer Passing of Analytic Things: Nella Larsen, 1929
8 What Would Jesus Have Done? - 1965
The Race of Time: Deconstruction, Du Bois, & Reconstruction, 1935-1873
9 Dreaming in the Dark - November 26, 1997
Justice in the Colonizer's Nightmare: Muhammad, Malcolm, & Necessary Drag, 1965-2020
10 A Call in the Night - February 11, 2000
The Gospel According to Matt: Suicide and the Good of Society, 2000
Endmatter, including index