“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.”
The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto, the latest book from acclaimed columnist and author Charles M. Blow, is “a must-read in the effort to dismantle deep-seated poisons of systemic racism and white supremacy” says SF Chronicle.
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“Blow’s provocative call for action contains much food for thought…. He paints a devastating picture of how white liberals have failed to match rhetorical support for Blacks with action, and buttresses his political arguments with painful personal experiences.” – Publishers Weekly
“Blow’s powerful writing is always stirring, but perhaps never more than in this timely, often personal call for the building of a better tomorrow.” – Town & Country
“A must-read in the effort to dismantle deep-seated poisons of systemic racism and white supremacy.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Daring…. Valuable as a thought experiment alone but also an “actual plan” for effecting lasting political change.” – Kirkus, starred review
“Charles Blow’s uncommonly specific and clear remedy for overcoming racial injustice in America is provocative, intriguing, innovative, and insightful. You won’t read another contemporary book on race as powerful as this bold work by one of the nation’s most compelling writers.” – Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy
“In his provocative manifesto Charles Blow gives us one of the most thrilling experiences as readers: the challenge of imagining an alternate future. Writing in a long tradition of Black visionaries who’ve wrestled with the political implications of place and power, he exhorts African Americans to reconsider the possibilities of home against an historical backdrop of past migrations. Blow is one of our most penetrating thinkers and brilliant essayists, and in The Devil You Know he is putting it all on the line.” – Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University