The Commonality of Dreams: Racism of Another Color Book Review by Nicky

The Commonality of Dreams: Racism of Another Color
A discussion on Barak Obama's autobiography "Dreams from My Father: A story of Race and Inheritance".
# 150218 | 855 words | 0 sources | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2012 in Literature (American) , Sociology (General) , African-American Studies (General)


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The paper focuses on the fourth chapter of Barak Obama's autobiography "Dreams from My Father: A story of Race and Inheritance" where Obama reflects on his observations of the behaviors exhibited by other black men from the African-American community. The paper discusses how Obama addresses African Americans' racist beliefs and attitudes toward people of other ethnic backgrounds. The paper posits that the strength of Obama's style is his frankness in admitting the way things are without the cynicism that often accompanies it and without condoning racist behaviors.

From the Paper:

"Much of the debate concerning race in this country and indeed around the world has for centuries consisted of listing and extrapolating on the perceived differences from one race to another. Different theorists, politicians, scientists, and social philosophers, great thinkers and small minds alike, have pointed to various perceived differences between races as reasons that they reasonably could or should be separated, treated differently, or even simply understood differently. The differences between races perceived and asserted by these individuals have ranged from those that have a biological or genetic basis, which have been proven largely if not entirely unfounded by today's researchers, to social and cultural differences that certainly exist, though they cannot be said to have a racial basis. In short, many people--perhaps nearly everyone--have insisted on real and persistent differences in racial identity and/or worldview that affect the interrelationships among races in a diverse society.
"This background is what makes the fourth chapter of Barak Obama's autobiography Dreams from My Father: A story of Race and Inheritance both so compelling and so ironic. In this chapter, Obama reflects on his adolescent years, growing up as one of the very few black students at his Hawaiian high school wile living with his white grandparents."

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The Commonality of Dreams: Racism of Another Color (2012, January 30) Retrieved May 21, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-commonality-of-dreams-racism-of-another-color-150218/

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"The Commonality of Dreams: Racism of Another Color" 30 January 2012. Web. 21 May. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-commonality-of-dreams-racism-of-another-color-150218/>

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