Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in the 21st Century
David Ikard is a professor at the University of Miami who specializes in black feminist criticism, hip hop culture, and black masculinity studies. In 2007, he published his first book, Breaking The Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism, which reconsiders the role of black men in feminism and identifies intraracial patterns of complicity in dominant modes of power that undermine even the most earnest and informed anti-sexist and anti-racist efforts. Co-authored with Martell Teasley, Ikard's second book Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America, explores the disconnect between the national hype over Barack Obama's historical election to the presidency and the ever-increasing economic distress of the black community that Attorney General Eric Holder broached in his controversial "race speech" in 2008. In 2013 Nation of Cowards was selected to receive the the Best Scholarly Book Award by DISA. The third book Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in 21st Century America engages the new and more nuanced dynamics of white supremacy in the 21st century and considers how blacks can navigate these dynamics in constructive and empowering ways. Ikard uses his own personal experiences growing up in the deep South in the 1970s and, more recently, parenting his two children in an increasingly brown America as political touchstones. What becomes clear is that, while many racial realities have changed for the better over the last half-century, many pressing challenges remain. Indeed, some of those challenges--like the prison industrial complex and neo-liberalism--are taking blacks a step or two backward on human rights and social equality.