Say It Louder! Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy

Amistad: HarperCollins. Jul. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780062976772. $23.99. POL SCI
In this debut, political analyst and media commentator Cross takes on cable news networks, venture capitalism, a century of Russian attempts to influence American politics, and more as she examines the role of Black voters in US politics. Cross shares her experiences as a young aspiring journalist who is forced to drop out of college owing to financial pressures but is able to win jobs, first at a local radio station and, shortly after, at CNN. She later produced a successful daily email newsletter analyzing recent news and politics, leading to regular appearances on cable news shows. Cross provides numerous examples of U.S. political and cultural systems working as they were designed; upholding whiteness and suppressing those who are not white, such as the media’s focus on recent Russian influence on Black voters while downplaying American white supremacy’s long role in erasing Black voters and their votes—literally, in some cases. Cross writes with entertaining and personable prose, almost as if readers are listening to her speak. She incorporates history extensively into her text, connecting the past to the present while looking ahead to the future.
VERDICT Insightful political and cultural analysis highly recommended for all readers.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing