Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses

Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses

Lawrence C. Ross / Nov 22, 2019

Blackballed The Black and White Politics of Race on America s Campuses College is a word that means many things to many people a space for knowledge a place to gain lifelong friends and an opportunity to transcend one s socioeconomic station Today though this word al

  • Title: Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses
  • Author: Lawrence C. Ross
  • ISBN: 9781250079114
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • College is a word that means many things to many people a space for knowledge, a place to gain lifelong friends, and an opportunity to transcend one s socioeconomic station Today, though, this word also recalls a slew of headlines that have revealed a dark and persistent world of racial politics on campus Does this association disturb our idealized visions of what hap College is a word that means many things to many people a space for knowledge, a place to gain lifelong friends, and an opportunity to transcend one s socioeconomic station Today, though, this word also recalls a slew of headlines that have revealed a dark and persistent world of racial politics on campus Does this association disturb our idealized visions of what happens behind the ivied walls of higher learning It should because campus racism on college campuses is as American as college football on Fall Saturdays.From Lawrence Ross, author of The Divine Nine and the leading expert on sororities and fraternities, Blackballed is an explosive and controversial book that rips the veil off America s hidden secret America s colleges have fostered a racist environment that makes them a hostile space for African American students Blackballed exposes the white fraternity and sorority system, with traditions of racist parties, songs, and assaults on black students and the universities themselves, who name campus buildings after racist men and women It also takes a deep dive into anti affirmative action policies, and how they effectively segregate predominately white universities, providing ample room for white privilege A bold mix of history and the current climate, Blackballed is a call to action for universities to make radical changes to their policies and standards to foster a better legacy for all students.

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      • Lawrence C. Ross

        Lawrence Ross attended both the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a bachelor s degree in History Ross also has a Master of Fine Arts MFA degree in screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.Ross began his writing career in the mid 1990s as the managing editor of Rap Sheet magazine, the west coast s first hip hop magazine He d then move to the Los Angeles Independent newspapers, where as a reporter, he covered city government and community issues in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Culver City, and West Hollywood.Ross s first book, The Divine Nine The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities, was published by Kensington Books in 2000 The first book written about all nine African American fraternities and sororities, the Divine Nine is a Los Angeles Times, and Essence magazine best seller As a result, Ross has lectured at over 500 colleges and universities, speaking on issues of fraternalism, student development, and fraternity and sorority hazing He s written commentaries, and has been interviewed, by The Root, The Grio, Los Angeles Times, the BBC, Atlanta Journal Constitution, MSNBC, CNN, and other publications.In 2001, Ross second book, The Ways of Black Folks A Year in the Life of a People was selected as a Fall Must Read by the National Association of Black Journalists The Ways of Black Folks chronicled Ross travels to England, France, Ghana, Brazil, Jamaica, and Canada, as he searched for the commonalities in the African diaspora experience His two novels, Friends With Benefits and Skin Game, were both chosen by Doubleday s Black Expressions Book Club And Ross fifth book, Money Shot The Wild Nights and Lonely Days in the Black Porn Industry was published by Running Press, and is the first book written about African Americans in the adult film industry.In early 2016, Ross s sixth book, Blackballed The Black White Politics of Race on America s Campuses is being published by St Martin s Press Blackballed explores the present and historical issues of racism on hundreds of American college campuses, and how that ties into today s BlackLivesMatter campaign.Ross lives in Los Angeles with his wife, April, and their son Langston.


    1. Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. I teach at two community colleges, and, therefore, have an interest in this timely book. If you haven’t heard about all the protests about racism on college campuses then you haven’t been watching any news. Congrats on having your head in sand. Ross’ book is something that anyone associated with any college in any way should read; however, there are some problems with the book.On the one hand, Ross’ book does shed light on the issues of racism on major coll [...]

    2. Grim topic, excellent read - informative but not bland, it does not aim for some kind of wishy-washy faux-neutrality but makes a firm stand for the rights of Black students on campus. Very good writing, with dynamism and pace - I want to read the author's other books now!Blackballed is mostly about predominantly white state universities - it has a few details about HBCUs, but basically nothing about community colleges. This replicates what many Americans think of as "the college experience", so [...]

    3. A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Lawrence C. Ross delivers a well-researched, timely, and critical call-to-action message in his latest: BLACKBALLED: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses --harsh truths--universities must make radical changes to their policies and standards, in order to continue to provide education and a better college life environment, for both black and whites--no longer can they bury t [...]

    4. People need to understand that we do not live in a post-racial society. Racism is still prevalent in every aspect of our culture. Blackballed takes a look at it on college campuses. Today, systemic and institutional racism still plagues African Americans, long after the “colored only” signs have been taken down. african americans are primarily the ones burdened with the task of fixing a race problem they didn’t produce or perpetuate, while white America continues to say, “I don’t see i [...]

    5. This sobering book details many ways that African American students are harassed, discriminated against, and harmed in today's traditionally white universities. There were a few main categories that the author discusses in depth:- Greek life: Both keeping black students from fraternities or sororities as well as fraternity and sorority events that appropriate culture or are hostile towards black students- Buildings and physical spaces: Many university stadiums, buildings, and dorms are named aft [...]

    6. I recivied an Advanced edition of this book from NetGalley In Exchange for my honest opinion.When I saw this book pop up, I'm pretty sure I squealed a little. Like many African American college students I'm familiar with Lawrence C. Ross's Divine Nine and when I saw that he had written a book on race on college campuses I was beyond excited. As a former student and current administrator and employee I have worked/attended an Flagship SEC PWI, a small predominantly Black institution (not an HBCU [...]

    7. I've read Lawrence Ross's work before - he wrote an excellent book about the Divine 9 fraternities and sororities that I used like my bible when I was writing my master's thesis. So, I was thrilled to pick up another book of his, especially since I work in higher education at a predominantly white institution. This book tells us a lot about what we already know about the experiences of black students on predominantly white campusesbut we can't hear these stories enough until real change happens. [...]

    8. Ross delves deep into the racial politics on campus at a time when many different campuses are coming up against a generation of students who are calling out institutional racism with the resources to capture them and generate national conversations. Ross captures some of the complicated histories that many institutions and college campuses must grapple with and negotiate as more diverse populations arrive on campuses and refuse to be ignored or devalued. One of his most interesting discussions [...]

    9. I won this uncorrected proof in a Giveaway. Great, deep, thorough, and thoughtful work.Ross' take on modern age racism and college campuses has me reevaluating my current positions on the many statues and building names honoring historic racists in the US. I still don't agree with mass erasure, many of the statues belong in museums with proper explanations. But, the point that Jewish students wouldn't be forced to go to classes in, or live in dorms, named after Nazi leaders was too real for me [...]

    10. The author takes a hard and needed look at the structures in place on college campuses that enable, and in many ways encourage, racism to flourish. This is particularly true in the world of Greek life at PWIs which he effectively exposes the hate emanating from many of these organizations. True cultural change needs to happen on our campuses which includes administration behaviors and student behaviors.

    11. Eye opening and well worth the read. This is not an anti-college or anti-sorority/fraternity book. Rather the book discusses how our current refusal to look at educational systems supports and encourages continued racism in this country. Until we willingly admit that our society is built on slavery and keeping people down, we can not move forward. I highly recommend this to anyone seeking a way to make a change.

    12. Another book which might help me to know feelings from a different point of view. We live in such an isolated area, and so much want to all *seem* like one that we don't really talk about how another person feels. It feels like cheating, but I just want to concentrate on us all being one in person -- which is why the books can be enlightening. In a larger venue, it would be easier to just have a more diverse group of intimates.

    13. A depressing but ultimately hopeful look at racial discrimination on college campuses. The author chronicles the history of racism at the college level from the 19th century to today. One of his most provocative suggestions is for elite athletes and their families to evaluate a school's history of dealing with racism as part of the criteria for selecting a school.

    14. A must-read for all students, faculty, and especially administrators. An ideal "common reading" book that will foster conversations and lead to changes in policy, university culture, and everyday realities that render universities campuses hostile to black students. Powerful and important

    15. I like the anger in the book, and how he clearly works his agenda. I thought he tried to make connections at times that just weren't there, but overall it made me appalled at the current Greek system.

    16. Great book breaking down the historical context of black and white politics on america's campuses! If you work in higher education, you should read this book!

    17. Great book that highlights the overwhelming amount of racism on our college campuses. Thank you for shedding light on this important topic!

    18. This book offers a lot of information on the racism imbedded in our universities, particularly those with legacies of families and racial prejudices in their history, but doesn’t dive into the more diverse aspects of racism and how to fix the problems in universities. Most of the book details incidents relating to Greek life which, while illuminating in many aspects, makes Blackballed feel more like a redux of Ross’ The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities [...]

    19. A cursory but compelling and troubling examination of entrenched systemic racism in predominantly white, American colleges and universities.

    20. I would rate this book 4 stars out of 5. This was a very powerful, enriching book. I want to start off by saying yes, I am racist, I am ignorant and I am very uncomfortable writing, talking, and discussing such an important topic of racism. I can't deny what I am not aware of. Yes, like many of you I try not to be racist, I have good intentions, but because I can not go through every event, thought, action, conversation, belief, comment, or criticism I have made throughout my life and say that a [...]

    21. After reading the introduction chapter in this book, I would have stopped reading if I hadn't had to do a review. For author Lawrence Ross’ arrogance about his book is overwhelming in that chapter. Is his book actually the first one to expose racism at colleges, including the racism often found in fraternities and sororities? Talking of fraternities and sororities, that’s another problem many readers, both black and white, may have while reading--namely that the vast majority of Americans, b [...]

    22. Blackballed by Lawrence Ross tackles an important issue regarding the racism that is rampant across Greek systems in College Campuses (and by extension the campuses themselves). The book rehashes significant racist attacks against black students over the last 40 or so years. This includes the infamous Machine at the University of Alabama (probably the most prevalent source of hardened institutional racism that is sanctioned on a campus) to the various parties with either blackface or inappropria [...]

    23. I learned a lot about the deep seated racism and discrimination perpetuated by many long-standing fraternities and sororities on US campuses. The rest, I pretty much knew and experienced having gone to and worked at a PWI. Good reading for those so-called white liberals at PWI campuses who want to believe that we live in a "post-racial" or rather "post-racism" society.

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