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Crossing Party Lines: Portland, OR
Join us to discuss our March BOOK CLUB selection:
Jason Riley’s “False Black Power?”.
Download the Primer:
An honest, factual look at why increased black political power has not paid off in the ways that Black civil rights leadership has promised.
The key to black economic advancement today is overcoming cultural handicaps, not attaining more political power.
Recent decades have witnessed a proliferation of black elected officials, culminating in the historic presidency of Barack Obama. However, racial gaps in employment, income, homeownership, academic achievement, and other measures not only continue but in some cases have even widened.
While other racial and ethnic groups in America have made economic advancement a priority, Riley argues that the focus on political capital for blacks has been a disadvantage, blocking them from the fiscal capital that helped power upward mobility among other groups. It’s the political strategy of civil rights leaders has left so many blacks behind — not racial discrimination.
“The sober truth is that the most important civil rights battles were fought and won over four decades ago. The black underclass continues to face many challenges, but they have to do with values and habits, not oppression from a manifestly unjust society.”
Black people need to focus more on personal empowerment
and less on politics and government intervention.
Questions to ask yourself:
• Have Black people benefitted from increased political representation? If so, how? If not, why?
• How widespread is racial discrimination today?
• Are racial disparities only caused by discrimination?
• Should Black self-reliance get more emphasis?
• What can we do to help empower more Black lives?
About the CPL BOOK CLUB
Discover the books people are reading to cross party lines.
As much as we might love other media forms, it’s reading good books that best helps us understand the world. Extended prose is the most effective way to communicate complex ideas. That makes sharing a book with friends such a rich and rewarding experience — especially when we see things differently.
Introducing the CPL BOOK CLUB: a space to discover the joys of reading with others who want to bridge our differences and explore issues that divide us. Each month we take up a book that provides a platform for warm and engaging conversation. Participants receive a brief primer that introduces the author and lays out the book’s main points to fuel our thinking and energize engagement.
MEETS WEDNESDAYS @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
TWICE MONTHLY VIA ZOOM
One Hour Book Introduction (1st Weds)
Two Hour Book Conversation (4th Weds)
CPL BOOK CLUB — SEASON ONE
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
False Black Power? by Jason Riley
Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger
Against Empathy by Paul Bloom
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianof and Jonathan Haidt
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”