Eddie S. Glaude’s Democracy in Black is not only a timely read, given the state of American society, culture, and politics, but an enduring and necessary read. Glaude is a sharp, well-spoken critic who writes hard truths.
Crucially important to the book’s theme and to the reader’s understanding is the book’s subtitle: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. Glaude examines the ongoing effects of America’s history regarding race, using this to promote the idea of the “value gap,” a concept that explains that white lives are valued more in this society.
This is truly a crucial read. A difficult one. But one that everyone should parse and take to heart. Glaude is an important piece in the nation’s ongoing race rhetoric. Read this book.
**I was provided a copy of this book by the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.