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Critical Analysis Race Rules Navigating the Color Line Michael Eric Dysons book Race Rules Navigating the Color Line is based on the examination of race and race relations in America The title has a double entendre Dyson does not only argue that race defines and rules our private and social lives but he also makes an attempt to let the reader know that there are strategies and rules for dealing with the black community especially the black mans role in society Dyson explores the issues of power justice and equality that divide blacks and whites and that echo in the black communities as well Dyson 8 Dyson does so by examining the trial of OJ Simpson the black intellectual and political elite the traditional black church a plagued generational divide amongst blacks elders and their children and the relationship between black men and women Simply put he wants to address the question why does race continue to rule In this critical analysis of the book I will provide a synopsis for each chapter by reconstructing the core arguments I shall demonstrate how certain arguments that he makes are valid as well as negatively criticize certain aspects of this book I will connect concepts that Dyson brings forth and relate the book to information shared in Political Theory 210 Finally I will draw a conclusion about the book based on my knowledge of the subject matter race relations in the United States of America Dyson opens this book with the question Why another book on race 2 He answers because we have not learned our lesson 7 He contends that the rules of race are still unclear to many Dyson looks to shed insight first by dealing with The Trial of the Century--the OJ Simpson double murder case Dyson claims that the verdict of the OJ Simpson trial exposed the racial divide that is present in America OJ represented a portion of the African-American community
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