1st Edition

The Fight for Black Empowerment in the USA America’s Last Hope

By Kareem Muhammad Copyright 2024
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book advances the view that concentrated black power is the backbone of the Democratic Party and, as such, black empowerment represents the last hope for the US both domestically and internationally. Through analyses of secondary data, historical archives, and a variety of political and economic statistical indicators, it examines the relationship between black empowerment and America's global stature across its history, exploring the socio-historical context in which obstacles to black empowerment have occurred and the strategies that have been adopted across time for its realization. An examination of what Black political, legal, economic and cultural power looks like, The Fight for Black Empowerment in the USA makes an urgent call for the up-lift and empowerment of the black population, without which the nation faces irreversible political and economic dysfunction domestically, and a loss of its status as a global superpower. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in racial and ethnic inequalities and contemporary American society.

    Chapter 1 - In Search of Power: Getting the Big Piece of Chicken



    Harvest for the World

    Chapter 2 – The Old Deal: Frenemy of the State:

    Blackhead Power

    Staying Power

    The Middling Constitution

    Church and State

    Fire Fighters

    Chapter 3- White Supremacist Ideology and the Power to Be Able:

    Pandemic and Ideologies

    New Ideologies for New Economies

    Rich People’s Problems

    Down By Law

    Off White

    Chapter 4 - The Political Leverage of Black Power:

    New In Town

    Black Jesus

    Cash Crop

    Passing Me By

    Revolting Behavior

    Public Enema

    Boycott Sal’s

    You Don’t Work, You Don’t Eat

    Civil Violence


    The Black Arts Movement

    The Real Hip-Hop

    Chapter 5 – Politics as Usual:

    Birney Bros

    Blood and Treasure

    The Audacity of Hope

    The Great Sellout

    Chapter 6 – No Permanent Friends, No Permanent Enemies:

    The New Deal

    The Long Civil Rights Movement

    A Long Time To Come

    Mourning in America

    The First Black Precedent

    Brand New Funk

    Fierce Urgency

    Chapter 7



    Kareem R. Muhammad is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Carroll University, USA.