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“Not since Gunnar Myrdal’s An American Dilemma has anyone laid bare America’s racial problems with such clarity, insight and drama. Coleman has written a classic.”—Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center
Long Way to Go
Black and White in America
By Jonathan Coleman
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-723-4 • $15.00 • Paperback • Sep. 1998
Current Affairs
“If you stand before a towering oak tree and look closely, you will see the roiling story of race in America woven deep into the bark and branches of the tree itself; a long, twisting, looping story made up of many strands—all disparate, all finally, crucially, connected. . . . Many of us thought—needed to feel—the whole business was ‘settled.’ But it’s not, never has been. Laws have only taken us so far. . . .”—from the Prologue

As America nears the end of the twentieth century, our dialogue on race relations has sadly fragmented into specialized, often academic discussions, discussions that sometimes bear little connection to the people who should be part of them. Now, after seven years of extraordinary, on-the-ground reporting from one of the most segregated areas of the country (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, “heartland of the Heartland”), best-selling author Jonathan Coleman provides us with a broader, more human perspective: a powerful, affecting narrative that not only illuminates the various ways—ways we are often not conscious of—that race continues to permeate our lives, but one that helps us understand why we are still divided after all these years. . . .

Not since J. Anthony Lukas’s classic Common Ground has book explored the complexities of race in America today so richly and disturbingly. Drawing on countless interviews (marked by astonishing frankness), on diaries, journals, and letters, on events he himself witnessed, and weaving it all into the context of history, Coleman introduces us to a fascinating cast of characters: an alderman who revives a chapter of the Black Panthers and threatens guerilla warfare if certain demands are not met . . . a sixties revolutionary who becomes school superintendent . . . a white woman who insists she has “earned” her racism . . . another who becomes painfully aware of the “privileges” she has just because she is white . . . a black family determined that gangs not force them out of their neighborhood . . . a Rotarian who wonders why, given everybody’s “good intentions,” things are still the way they are.

By looking at America through the window of Milwaukee, Coleman’s journey through the minefield of race becomes our journey. His book is a marvelously constructed tapestry whose power is cumulative, yet one that allows us to look unflinchingly at each individual strand of race in the 1990s—from the ongoing changes in welfare and affirmative action to the success and failures of integration; from the appointment of Clarence Thomas and the Los Angeles riots to O.J. Simpson and the Million Man March; from life in the ghetto to the lives of those who have escaped it and now exist uneasily in the mainstream; from the bitterness of white conservatives—and the rise of black ones—to the disillusionment of white liberals; and many others. . . .

Coming thirty years after the end of the civil rights movement and resonating throughout with unforgettable voices, Coleman’s book show us how far we have come—and how far we have yet to go. Written with care and sensitivity, bold and direct from beginning to end, Long Way to Go transcends both reportage and politics and, most importantly, it does something more: it convinces us—whites and blacks—that we must get beyond damaging stereotypes and polarization in order to finally resolve our most enduring dilemma for the generations to come.

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