The year that saw an African American run for the presidency—as a viable contender—for the first time in US history also witnessed a truly remarkable silence—one that was scarcely coincidental. In all the millions of words written about the political ascent of one black man, there was virtually nothing about the descent of black leadership into well-nigh total ineffectiveness. Barack Obama’s personal itinerary was mapped in the minutest detail. The larger itinerary of African Americans was mostly ignored.
Kevin Alexander Gray is a civil rights organizer in South Carolina. He is also a contributing editor to Black News, a former President of the SC ACLU, and was Jesse Jackson’s SC campaign manager in 1988. There’s no keener mind, no sharper eye focused on the condition of black politics.
Published by CounterPunch and AK Press 2008. 250 Pages.