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The Envy of the World|Ellis Cose
The Envy of the World : On Being a Black Man in America
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With a compassionate eloquence reminiscent of James Baldwin's Letter to My Nephew, Ellis Cose presents a realistic examination of the challenges facing black men in modern America.

Black men have never had more opportunity for success than today--yet, as bestselling author Cose puts it, "We are watching the largest group of black males in history stumbling through life with a ball and chain." Add to that the ravages of police brutality, murder, poverty, illiteracy, and the widening gap separating the black "elite" from the "underclass," and the result is a paralyzing pessimism. But even as Cose acknowledges the systemic obstacles that confront black men, he refuses to accept them as reasons for giving up; instead he rails against the destructive attitude that has made academic achievement a source of shame instead of pride in many black communities--and outlines steps black males can take to enhance their odds for success.

With insightful anecdotes about a broad range of black men from all walks of life, Cose delivers a warning of the vast tragedy that is wasted black potential, and a call to arms that can enable black men to reclaim their destiny in America.

  • ISBN-13: 9780743428170
  • ISBN-10: 074342817X
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publish Date: January 2003
  • Dimensions: 8.54 x 5.59 x 0.45 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.53 pounds
  • Page Count: 176