Skip to product information
1 of 1



How Systemic Racism Devastates Black Lives―and How We Break Free

Tricia Rose
Regular price $28.99
Regular price $30.00 Sale price $28.99
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.
The definitive book on how systemic racism in America really works, revealing the vast and often hidden network of interconnected policies, practices, and beliefs that combine to devastate Black lives


In recent years, condemnations of racism in America have echoed from the streets to corporate boardrooms. At the same time, politicians and commentators fiercely debate racism's very existence. And so, our conversations about racial inequalities remain muddled.

In Metaracism, pioneering scholar Tricia Rose cuts through the noise with a bracing and invaluable new account of what systemic racism actually is, how it works, and how we can fight back. She reveals how--from housing to education to criminal justice--an array of policies and practices connect and interact to produce an even more devastating "metaracism" far worse than the sum of its parts. While these systemic connections can be difficult to see--and are often portrayed as "color-blind"--again and again they function to disproportionately contain, exploit, and punish Black people. 

By helping us to comprehend systemic racism's inner workings and destructive impacts, Metaracism shows us also how to break free--and how to create a more just America for us all.

Tricia Rose is Chancellor's Professor of Africana Studies and the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. The author of three books, including The Hip Hop Wars, she has received fellowships from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, and her research has been funded by the Mellon and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations.

"Tricia Rose is one of our most dynamic, and thoughtful, public intellectuals today, and in her new book, Metaracism, she gives us the gift of sight. At a time when terms like 'structural racism' and 'systemic racism' are tossed around in the political fires with little rigor or reflection, she provides a much-needed primer on the real-world meaning of the problem. From housing to education, economic inequality to the criminal justice system, Rose invites us to see that the roots of racism run deep and are pervasive in the traumatic suffering we have witnessed in our time--of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Kelley Williams-Bolar, and so many others. We must not only say their names. We must be able to name the reasons why. In this critical text, Tricia Rose helps us to do just." -- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., New York Times-bestselling author of Stony the Road

"Tricia Rose is a brilliant scholar who has been on the cutting edge of every concept she's touched. I read everything she writes, and always learn from her insights and analyses." -- Imani Perry, National Book Award-winning author of South to America

"This book will be the most definitive and comprehensive treatment of systemic racism we have from the academy for the larger culture in America! There is simply no one better equipped to write this magisterial text than Tricia Rose! She brings together the best of sociological analysis, cultural criticism, and brilliant prose!" -- Cornel West, New York Times-bestselling author of Democracy Matters and Race Matters

"Tricia Rose is one of our most powerful and profound public intellectuals. Her work on systemic racism is groundbreaking in its ability to elucidate the myriad ways in which we are still blind to how race operates under the surface of every American encounter. This book will become essential reading for anyone seriously interested in understanding the ways racism is seamlessly reproduced in this culture."
--Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times-bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop and What the Truth Sounds Like

"Tricia Rose has set the bar for what it means to be America's leading public intellectual. Brilliant, astute, passionate, there is no one on the planet better suited or better prepared to deliver what promises to be the definitive book on systemic racism in the United States. She has been chipping away at the topic since she began her career, evidenced by her critically acclaimed books, her stunning lectures, and her celebrated video series, 'How Structural Racism Works.' Given the unrelenting attacks on any recognition that racism exists, and all the nonsense that passing as the new racism studies, we need this book. Badly." -- Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk

"Tricia Rose shook the ground with Black Noise in 1994, calling a field into existence and making rigorous work in the history and rhythms of Black popular culture possible. She wrote the groundbreaking Longing to Tell setting a new standard for how to talk about the sexual lives of Black women. And The Hip Hop Wars inaugurated an entirely new generation of students into what it means to critical engage the music we bop to. When Rose takes to her pen, we listen for the record scratch, for the invitation to read closely. We do so because we know things will be different and we will be different after picking up whatever Tricia Rose is putting down." -- Brittney Cooper, New York Times-bestselling author of Eloquent Rage

  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publish Date: March 05, 2024
  • Pages: 288
  • Dimensions: 0.0 X 0.0 X 0.0 inches | 0.0 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardcover
  • EAN/UPC: 9781541602717
  • BISAC Categories: Civil Rights, Ethnic Studies - African American Studies, Discrimination & Race Relations, Race & Ethnic Relations

View full details