The Reckoning

The Reckoning

What Blacks Owe to Each Other

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452283145
  • 304 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


In The Reckoning, Randall Robinson examines the crime and poverty that grips much of urban America and urges black Americans to speak out and reach back to ensure their social and economic success in this country. With insight, compassion, and unflinching honesty, Robinson explores the twin blights of crime and poverty—the former often a symptom of the latter—and asks questions that are critical to the rebuilding of black communities: How do we create awareness of the heroic efforts already being made and how can we bring our troubled youth to safety?  A product of Robinson’s work with gang members, ex-convicts, and others who have been scarred by the harshness of life in our inner cities, The Reckoning is certain to be as important and controversial as his earlier books.
The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Written by: Randall Robinson


“Engaging…Robinson continues an important conversation…His anecdotes support his attempts to reclaim African heritage and empower African Americans.” —The Washington Post

“A reality check.  The Reckoning makes you stop and think, and inspires you to take action.” —Heart & Soul

Table of Contents

The ReckoningIntroduction

1. The Luncheon

2. My Thoughts As Peewee Waits to Speak

3. Peewee’s Speach

4. Deja Vu

5. Playing the Hand You Are Dealt

6. Peewee’s Revenge

7. The Aspiring American Entrepreneur

8. Peewee’s Father

9. Wadleigh Junior High School

10. Peewee and the White Stockbroker

11. Wealth, Privilege, Social Class, and Race

12. Washington, D.C., in the Year 2076

13. New York, 1964

14. False Exits

15. Peewee Goes to Prison

16. New Child Lynch

17. Walk-up Retail

18. Aubrey Lynch

19. Peewee and New Child: Saving Themselves and Saving Others

My Plea