I love Howard Winant. Some years back I read Racial Formation in the United States (co-authored by Michael Omi) and declared Winant and Omi the rock stars of sociology. I actually talked with Winant* briefly at some cocktail meet-and-greet thing and he is fascinating and brilliant, plus he seems genuinely nice. I don’t entirely agree with this article, but it’s an interesting read:
We haven’t seen much anger from him yet, maybe a bit in his repudiation of Wright, but his chief emotion then seemed to be sadness. Obama needs to develop some serious and articulate anger at the powers that be. He’d better do it fast. Can a black man get angry in a national election? Can he channel the righteous indignation of America, not just black but also white? Can he represent BOTH class resentment AND racial tolerance? America’s future depends on the answer to that question.
*one of these days I’m going to write about my encounters with the famous.
**he also asked me if I knew Michael Omi. Heh.