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The paradox of loyalty : an African American response to the war on terrorism
Malveaux, Julianne.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : Third World Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xv, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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The terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001, and the American government's swiftly declared and presently global ""War on Terrorism"" receive commentary from a Black perspective. This volume of 22 essays, compiled and edited by entrepreneur and social commentator Dr. Julianne A. Malveaux and social service and community activist Reginna M. Green, reperesents voices from diverse age groups, religions, and social strata.

Author Notes

Julianne A. Malveaux is a Washington-based author, economist, and media commentator. She is president and CEO of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company. Dr. Malveaux's works have appeared in ""When Race Becomes Reality,"" edited by Bernestine Singley (Lawrence Hill Books, 2002) and ""Race and Resistance,"" edited by Herb Boyd (South End Press, 2002). She is the coauthor of ""Unfinished Business: A Democrat and a Republican Take on the 10 Most Important Issues Women Face"" (Perigee Books, 2002). Reginna M. Green is a writer with a long history of work with social service programs and community activism. A native of South Carolina and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, she is a Research Associate at Last Word Productions, Inc. She lives in Blythewood, South Carolina.

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These 21 essays document the African American response to the war on terrorism. The title refers to the DuBoisian statement of "double consciousness" that defines the relationship of African Americans to the US. African Americans express their commitment to the US and the idea that its ideals can become a reality for black people. September 11 has left Americans anxious about being subject to sudden and arbitrary attack, but that has been the experience of black people in the US all along. Initially, African Americans joined in the national display of patriotism, but racism and bigotry immediately emerged against Arab and Muslim Americans in the form of profiling, all too familiar to African Americans. Civil liberties were set aside. September 11 provided an opportunity to bridge the racial division in the US and abroad as part of a coming together of people. The different points of view heard were only those of whites. In the end, African Americans have no choice; their interests are in the US. It may not seem so at times, but African Americans are Americans, and perhaps more so than anyone else. The many challenging ideas here provide an excellent basis for extensive discussions. Summing Up: Essential. All public and academic collections. A. A. Sio emeritus, Colgate University