From the article "Black and White World"
For most of the civic history of black America, that reckoning has been much more than a punch line-as historian David R. Roediger and law professor Ariela J. Gross make painfully clear in How Race Survived U.S. History and What Blood Won't Tell, books that chart the ongoing legacy of the legal apartheid system in the United States. The verdicts they offer cut against the grain of the feel-good "postracial" message that was the moral-for many in the pundit class, anyway-of the Obama candidacy. But that's precisely what makes these books urgently necessary in the present political moment.