There's a post on Leiter Reports asking readers what they recommend as the best work in philosophy in the past decade. (Leiter Reports is the leading blog amongst professional philosophers.) Tommie Shelby's We Who Are Black came up a couple of times. I hadn't heard of it (political philosophy's not my field). Has anyone here read it?
African American history resounds with calls for black unity. From abolitionist times through the Black Power movement, it was widely seen as a means of securing a full share of America's promised freedom and equality. Yet today, many believe that black solidarity is unnecessary, irrational, rooted in the illusion of "racial" difference, at odds with the goal of integration, and incompatible with liberal ideals and American democracy. A response to such critics, "We Who Are Dark" provides the first extended philosophical defence of black political solidarity.
About the Author
Tommie Shelby is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University.