The Time Is Always Now: Black Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy
By Nick Bromell | Tuesday, October 1, 2013
By Nick Bromell
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Available from Oxford University Press, 2013.
What are the implications for democracy in the US when political theory only represents the concerns and ideas of white Americans? In his recent book, Nick Bromell adresses this question by elevating the often overlooked contributions of black writers and activists to American political thought, including David Walker, Malcolm X and Audre Lorde. If readers, like Bromell, are searching for a more effective public philosphy for the next century, these writers offer a wealth of insight into the functioning of democracy and ways to reimagine democratic action in the public sphere. Bromell argues that these thinkers urge Americans to fundamentally re-imagine the nature of their democracy and recognize that indignation can be a powerful and productive democratic emotion; that dignity is just as important to democracy as equality and liberty; that national citizenship can be infused with a sense of responsibility to the world; and that faith can actually promote rather than threaten democratic pluralism.