Ghosts of Jim Crow

Ghosts of Jim Crow

Ending Racism in Post-racial America

Paperback - 2013
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A provocative, and timely, solution for ridding America of the traces of Jim Crow policies to create a truly post-racial landscape
When America inaugurated its first African American president, in 2009, many wondered if the country had finally become a "post-racial" society. Was this the dawning of a new era, in which America, a nation nearly severed in half by slavery, and whose racial fault lines are arguably among its most enduring traits, would at last move beyond race with the election of Barack Hussein Obama?

In Ghosts of Jim Crow, F. Michael Higginbotham convincingly argues that America remains far away from that imagined utopia. Indeed, the shadows of Jim Crow era laws and attitudes continue to perpetuate insidious, systemic prejudice and racism in the 21st century. Higginbotham's extensive research demonstrates how laws and actions have been used to maintain a racial paradigm of hierarchy and separation--both historically, in the era of lynch mobs and segregation, and today--legally, economically, educationally and socially.

Using history as a roadmap, Higginbotham arrives at a provocative solution for ridding the nation of Jim Crow's ghost, suggesting that legal and political reform can successfully create a post-racial America, but only if it inspires whites and blacks to significantly alter behaviors and attitudes of race-based superiority and victimization. He argues that America will never achieve its full potential unless it truly enters a post-racial era, and believes that time is of the essence as competition increases globally.

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9780814737477
Branch Call Number: 305.896073
Characteristics: x, 316 pages ; 24 cm


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IndyPL_RyanD Aug 03, 2020

Author and law professor F. Michael Higginbotham writes a very interesting book about Jim Crow laws and racial issues in the United States from Colonial America to 2013. His thesis is that there is a racial paradigm focused on white superiority and black inferiority, white isolation and black separation, and black victimization. Higginbotham demonstrates how the U.S. has managed to sustain the elements of the racial paradigm throughout history using slavery, the legal system in many ways, voter suppression, segregation in schools and neighborhoods, predatory lending practices in real estate, and through outright white supremacy and violence towards blacks.

Higginbotham’s book is a great read in that he provides a combination of a summary and interesting insight on a complex topic in only 220 pages. His personal experiences with being black in the U.S. and his interactions with police are especially insightful to those who may not be as informed on racial and police issues. Higginbotham ends his book with proposals that focus on continuing to integrate society and solving the problems leftover from the ghosts of Jim Crow laws.

Dec 17, 2016

Author F. Michael Higginbotham, African-American law professor, tells the story of America’s White view of Black Americans, from slavery (1619-1865) which was transformed into Jim Crow in the South and de facto discrimination in the north (1877-1968) and then a brief period of racial improvement and then a return to as much discrimination as Whites could muster soon after right up to 2013. This is a great book for those doing research on the history of American white supremacy. When the book was written (2013), Higginbotham made some proposals to bring an end to white supremacy in America. Well those ideas will have to be shelved because our president-elect intends to return America back a few decades.

mattdog2x Jan 27, 2014

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