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In By the Content of Our Character, Derrick Alexander Pope rejects the assertion that the historic election of an African American president signals the completion of the historic struggles of African American people. At the same time, Pope argues that this sophisticated moment of transition is just what black people need to take charge of the great matter of race by understanding its true character.
By the Content of Our Character is the first volume of a three-part series entitled With Liberty and Justice for All examining the socio-political habits of the nation, and Content begins the conversation with what Pope calls his racial kinfolk.
The author sets the challenges black people face against the broad backdrop of two major points; namely that America is still grappling with the failings of Reconstruction, and African American people are still caught in the grips of the inherited points of view and learned patterns of behavior that come from a citizenship lived in the shadows.
In less than 100 pages, the reader is treated to an ingenious display of accessible scholarship, a little humor, and unrelenting insight. In Part One, Pope makes the historical argument to support his declaration of independence, which outlines the paradox of this historical moment. Part Two contains an open letter to black leadership imploring it to resurrect its moral imagination and suspend the practice of misdirected honesty (what Pope calls a black collar crime), and in The Court of Public Opinion, Pope dons the role of Chief Justice and issues the definitive ruling on the great matter of the praxis of race and its relationship to THE GREAT MATTER of the pursuit of riches, which is followed by a constitution of black social and political activity. Part Three closes out the book with a comment on the state of the black church.
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DERRICK ALEXANDER POPE earned his law degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, and is an adjunct professor of law. He is the author of Thy Will Be Done: An African-American Guide to Estate Planning, and lectures frequently on politics and current events, faith and social issues, and law and legal analysis.Review:
What sets this book apart is its 100% originality. Rich in detail and depth, its brilliant honesty makes it a...THOUGHT PROVOKING key to understanding we the people in the age of Obama. --The Atlanta Inquirer
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