Sellout

The Politics of Racial Betrayal

By Randall Kennedy
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307388421, 240pp.)

Publication Date: January 6, 2009

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In this incisive and unflinching study, Randall Kennedy, author of "Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, "tackles another stigma of America's racial discourse: "selling out." He explains the origins of the concept and shows how fear of this label has haunted prominent members of the black community--including, most recently, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Barack Obama. Sellout also contains a rigorously fair case study of America's quintessential racial "sellout"--Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In the book's final section, Kennedy recounts how he himself has dealt with accusations of being a sellout after meeting fierce criticism at Harvard upon the publication of his book, "Nigger.



About the Author
Randall Kennedy is Professor at Harvard Law School and the editor of "Reconstruction" magazine.
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