- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Powernomics Corp of Amer (Aug. 1 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966170210
- ISBN-13: 978-0966170214
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #435,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Black Labor, White Wealth: The Search for Power and Economic Justice Paperback – Aug 1 1994
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"similar to W.E.B. Dubois and the best of the 20th century." -- Detroit Free Press
"the second Bible for black Americans." -- Jet Magazine
About the Author
Dr. Claud Anderson is a successful author who has popularized Black history and is widely recognized as one of America's most influential intellectuals. He has drawn the nation's attention to the issue of race and the advantages of redeveloping and industrializing black communities. Dr. Anderson has a broad and varied base of experiences spanning education, business, national and state politics and successful economic and social reform. Dr. Anderson is currently president of the Harvest Institute, a black think tank. Appointed by President Jimmy Carter to head the Coastal Plains Regional Commission, Dr. Anderson funded and directed economic development activities for governors in the Southeastern states. He was executive director for two economic development corporations in Miami, Florida. As special assistant to the 1988 Democratic Convention, he awarded 37% of the contracts to blacks, a record that has not been reached or broken. During integration, he served as State Coordinator of Education of the state of Florida under Governor Reubin Askew.
Dr. Anderson has developed the concept of PowerNomics, a set of social-political and economic strategies based upon his analysis of the race problem as described in Black Labor. PowerNomics is designed as a solution to the nation's race problems and to help make Black America more self-sufficient and competitive as a group. He is also involved in several projects to redevelop inner cities according to PowerNomics strategies.
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Its main strength is an unflinching review of the sources and consequences of white economic power. Anderson clearly set out to provoke readers, and his deployment of facts and rhetoric is impressive. Whether discussing the checkered history of the Bill of Rights or the unique origins of American slavery, his discussion is designed to expose the "secret history" of race relations.
That said, the book has many problems. His history is often shallow, as when he claims Native Americans have less to complain about than African Americans because they received schooling, blankets, food, etc. in exchange for their land. If memory serves, some of those blankets were contaminated with smallpox, and government-run schools were machines for destroying NA history, culture, and families. Generally, when he mentions others' sufferings, it is to belittle them so that those of African Americans look that much worse. What he forgets is that if one is starving or being beaten right now on account of race or ethnicity, the relative freedoms of one's ancestors matters little.
His use of sources is also suspect. When he agrees with Thomas Sowell, for example, he just cites his name, but when he disagrees, he adds epithets about Sowell's political affiliations. In many places, he cites secondary souces, such as a book titled Sociology (a college text?), rather than tracing the facts and accounts to their primary sources.
Overall, his conclusions are usually more compelling than the arguments that support them, which is to say that the book can inspire further research but not real confidence. By far, the most striking and important part of the book is its concluding section, an extensive program of remedies; many books are long on opinions but short on pragmatic solutions that combine day-to-day living with a long-term vision.
Should people read this book? Yes. Like any book of its kind, it deserves a sound, critical response, and it should not be taken as a voice from the sky.
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