Race Against Time

Bold Type. Sept. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781645037262. $28. soc SCI
In his latest book, CNN political commentator and best-selling author Boykin (One More River To Cross) examines the history of 20th-century American political parties and the pivotal role of Black Americans in relation to each party. This provocative chronicle of race relations and political maneuvering is divided into three sections that offer an incisive look at the county’s present, past, and future. Beginning with the economic and political chaos of 2020 and ending on a hopeful note, Boykin peels away the layers of partisan alliances and hypocrisies. The book’s strongest section looks at the history of slavery and race relations in concert with the pivotal role of the Black vote during the late 20th century. Boykin does not hold back in his critique of the modern Democrat and Republican parties and provides astute insight on the white politicians’ record of systemic racism. However, he does have a cautious yet positive outlook about the impact of modern political protests, especially after the murders of Trayvon Martin and George Floyd.
VERDICT A must-read for anyone interested in the history of American politics and race, and a call-to-action for aspiring activists.
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