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RON CHRISTIE is CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, an independent media and political firm providing government relations and strategic communications consulting. A former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, Christie recently served as a Resident Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Christie received his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center. He is the author ofActing White and Black in the White House.

The iconoclastic Black Republican strategist calls out leaders who fan the flames of racial rhetoric and sabotage a post-racial America

The euphoria surrounding Barack Obama’s historic election had commentators naively trumpeting the beginning of a “post-racial America.” In Blackwards, Ron Christie shows that not only is the opposite true, but black leadership today is effectively working against this goal by advancing an extremist agenda of separatism and special rights that threatens to point us backward to the days before Brown v. Board of Education.

The motto E pluribus unum (“Out of one, many”) speaks to the idea of a melting pot in which Americans of all backgrounds come together to form a strong, unified nation. But in the race politics of today, Christie argues the American melting pot is threatened by what Pulitzer Prize-winning liberal historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. warned was the “cult of ethnicity,” in which social divisions are deepened rather than transcended.

Christie takes on such sacred cows as affirmative action and other race-based educational policies and campus programs that, in the words of former NAACP officer Michael Meyers, place “figurative black-only signs over certain doorways at America’s colleges [while] only confirming and reinforcing pernicious racial stereotypes.” Meanwhile, the author argues any open debate about such issues has been hijacked by such self-appointed spokesmen for black America as Al Sharpton, who co-opt the public narrative merely by being outspoken and charging racism against anyone who would speak against their political agendas and public grandstanding. Tellingly, it is within this context that then–presidential candidate Obama famously declared he could not disown Reverend Jeremiah Wright for his racist and anti-American sermons any more “than I can disown the black community.”

Perhaps most important, Christie reveals how a separatist mind-s...

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ISBN 9780312591472
Genre HISTORY / Social History
Format Hardcover
Pages 290
Publisher Date 2012-09-04 00:00:00.0
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books
Copyright Year 2012
Height 8.5 in
Wdth 5.75 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 0.85 lb
Language English
Subtitle How Black Leadership Is Returning America to the Days of Separate but Equal
Audience General/trade
Authors Christie, Ron
Country of Origin United States

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