Whites Shackled Themselves to Race and Blacks Have Yet to Free Ourselves

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"Whites Shackled Themselves to Race and Blacks Have Yet to Free Ourselves," looks at the cost the American descendants of African slaves have paid for continuing to see ourselves-and this country-through the black/white racial frame to which whites shackled themselves centuries ago. It describes the first steps to free ourselves from those "race" shackles and its attendant definition of the black race, which consists of negative stereotypes tied to skin color. It discusses how to redefine ourselves to ourselves as the vital American cultural force that we have become, as opposed to as a racial caste. It insists that we use that elevated self-image to teach ourselves to live and thrive in the often racist America we have, as opposed to the inclusive fantasy to which some pay lip service. It's about redefining our relationship to race, culture, history, and America itself.