Writings on the Wall

Writings on the Wall

Searching for A New Equality Beyond Black and White

Book - 2016
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Basketball legend and cultural commentator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores how the America of today is a fractured society, sharply divided along the lines of race, gender, religion, political party and economic class. In his celebrated second career as a writer and social critic, Abdul-Jabbar examines these issues with insight and passion as he draws from his own experiences as a superstar athlete, an inquisitive scholar, a celebrity, a father, an African American and a Muslim. In his columns for Time, the Washington Post and other national publications, he has garnered wide attention for opinions that are unconventional yet disarmingly rational in a time of political absurdity. In this new collection of essays, he probes the roots of bias and unfairness that remain a stubborn part of America, even 240 years after its founding document declared that all Americans are created equal. He makes a compelling case for how America can create equal opportunity for all its citizens, not just the few and the favored.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Liberty Street, an imprint of Time Inc. Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781618931719
Branch Call Number: 305.5 Ab
Description: 245 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Obstfeld, Raymond 1952-


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America is divided along sometimes deep fault lines, but to succeed, we must create opportunities for all, not just "the few and the favored".

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ellensix Oct 18, 2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a true renaissance man. Coming on the heels of his novel Mycroft Holmes, Writings on the Wall is relevant to nearly every social issue the US is struggling with in 2016: gender, race, religion, political party, and social status. Abdul-Jabbar makes an eloquent case for "political correctness." Spoiler alert: All human beings are created equal and deserve equal opportunities.


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ellensix Oct 18, 2016

We have to begin fixing the system by rejecting the notion that our political candidates are saviors. It's not the fault of typical politicians that the more they make insulting, vague and factually incorrect claims, the higher they poll. The fault is in our starry-eyed worship of style over substance, of entertaining personality over enlightened policy. (p. 27)


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