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The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto

The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto

Written by Charles M. Blow

Narrated by JD Jackson


The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto

Written by Charles M. Blow

Narrated by JD Jackson

ratings:
4/5 (35 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Jan 26, 2021
ISBN:
9780062914699
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

A plan for racial equality…

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow is a man with a plan, and in “The Devil You Know” he lays it out with stunning clarity and resolution. He argues that if more Black people moved South, reversing the previous trend of migration to the North and West, it would create crucial political majorities in the Southern Heartland. And upending longstanding power structures could pave a new path toward racial equality for Black Americans. Blow’s powerful and timely manifesto is an urgent call to action.

Description

From journalist and New York Times bestselling author Charles Blow comes a powerful manifesto and call to action for Black Americans to amass political power and fight white supremacy.

Race, as we have come to understand it, is a fiction; but, racism, as we have come to live it, is a fact. The point here is not to impose a new racial hierarchy, but to remove an existing one. After centuries of waiting for white majorities to overturn white supremacy, it seems to me that it has fallen to Black people to do it themselves.

Acclaimed columnist and author Charles Blow never wanted to write a “race book.” But as violence against Black people—both physical and psychological—seemed only to increase in recent years, culminating in the historic pandemic and protests of the summer of 2020, he felt compelled to write a new story for Black Americans. He envisioned a succinct, counterintuitive, and impassioned corrective to the myths that have for too long governed our thinking about race and geography in America. Drawing on both political observations and personal experience as a Black son of the South, Charles set out to offer a call to action by which Black people can finally achieve equality, on their own terms.

So what will it take to make lasting change when small steps have so frequently failed? It’s going to take an unprecedented shift in power. The Devil You Know is a groundbreaking manifesto, proposing nothing short of the most audacious power play by Black people in the history of this country. This book is a grand exhortation to generations of a people, offering a road map to true and lasting freedom.

Publisher:
Released:
Jan 26, 2021
ISBN:
9780062914699
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

CHARLES M. BLOW has been columnist at the New York Times since 2008, and he appears regularly on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, the BBC, Al Jazeera, and HBO. Blow lives in Brooklyn with his three children and was named 11th most influential African American in the world by The Root magazine. 


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  • (5/5)
    This is a very thought provoking and detailed book with a casual and familiar style. Highly recommend!
  • (5/5)
    One of the best books on race and race relations. Well thought out and personal. Very applicable to inculcate in my thinking.

    As a south Asian, there is so much in this book that I can learn from and I look forward to applying many of the thought processes into my life.
  • (5/5)
    Great book! I am not surprised. He is a Gramblinite!
  • (1/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Poorly wriiten. Close minded. Preachy. Dont ware your time with this book.

    1 person found this helpful