How the marginalization of African Americans turned into a social phenomenon for the nation and world
The End of White World Supremacy
Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line
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Paul Sweezy Marxist Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association conference, 2010
The End of White World Supremacy explores a complex issue integration of Blacks into White Americafrom multiple perspectives: within the United States, globally, and in the context of movements for social justice. Roderick Bush locates himself within a tradition of African American activism that goes back at least to W.E.B. Du Bois. In so doing, he communicates between two literaturesworldsystems analysis and radical Black social movement historyand sustains the dialogue throughout the book.
Bush explains how racial troubles in the U.S. are symptomatic of the troubled relationship between the white and dark worlds globally. Beginning with an account of white European dominance leading to capitalist dominance by White America, The End of White World Supremacy ultimately wonders whether, as Myrdal argued in the 1940s, the American creed can provide a pathway to break this historical conundrum and give birth to international social justice.
"In The End of White World Supremacy, Roderick Bush has established his status as a preeminent scholar of the Black intellectual tradition. I firmly believe that this work will become a classic which will assume an important place in the canon of African American studies and world systems theory."
"Roderick Bush leads us on a sophisticated tour through the long and complicated history of the relations between Black radicals (intellectuals and movements) and the world Left. He comes down squarely on the need to find politically effective common ground that does not sacrifice what both have had and still have to offer in their efforts to transform the world into something far different and much better."
"The End of White World Supremacy is a riveting, bold, and important analysis of black radicalism's evolution during the long twentieth century. Theoretically ambitious and conceptually sophisticated, Roderick Bush has produced an invigorating and indispensible work whose wide ranging scope will appeal to a broad range of interdisciplinary scholars and students."
"Bush's provocative book...argues that historically, racial oppression developed hand-in-hand with class-based oppression in a global economy....Bush offers an intellectual history of black radicalism as he explores the roots of global consciousness in African Americans' struggle for equality....[H]is work does shine new light on the civil rights struggle....Bush's attention to the ways in which social movements are influenced by a long history of idea development is also refreshing."
"The book's strength rests with Bush's intimate familiarity with the central figures, debases and issues. Summing Up: Recommended."
"Bush has offered a very thought-provoking and challenging examination of the construction of racial capitalism (in the USA and globally) and the Black radical currents that have risen in response. As such, this book is one that not only must be read, but must be contemplated."
"A cogent, well-developed work that analyzes the Black international tradition using world-systems theory…. Bush’s discussion of the Black intellectual tradition and its many scholars, especially W.E.B. Du Bois, is particularly brilliant and will remain as a major contribution to race studies on its merits alone."
"[Bush's] real contribution is in articulating black internationalism as an autonomous and unified theory of and resistance to systematic racism, which he situates somewhere between Marx and Weber – a revolutionary system of thought weary of progress and modernity.... In the end, The End of White World Supremacy serves as an interesting read for sociologists entering the scholarly world of politics and race."
"Bush offers a sophisticated, ambitious, and expansive rebuff to those embracing a vision of racial idealism.... The End of White World Supremacy is an exceptional work of great intellectual scope, interdisciplinary methodology, and scholarly rigor that challenges and engages, while simultaneously issuing a bold call to action.... [I]t will reward scholars and students through the command and force of its scholarship."
"Bush critically discusses the various social movements that sought to bring about racial equality in the United States. With detailed examples, Bush demonstrates how the 1960s social movements in the United States of America were part of a global social movement that challenged white supremacy the world over.... Although activists and scholars of colour in particular will find this book useful, the book offers critical insight for radical activists who are interested in building social movements that are based on anti-racist values. The most important lesson...is the importance of cultivating solidarity among social movements."
Introduction: “The Handwriting on the Wall”
PART I: Theory
PART II: Radical Social Movements