The Omni-Americans: Some Alternatives to the Folklore of White Supremacy

  • 7h 10m 57s
  • Albert Murray
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2020

Rediscover the "most important book on black-white relationships" in America in this special 50th anniversary edition.

"The United States is in actuality not a nation of black people and white people. It is a nation of multicolored people.... Any fool can see that the white people are not really white, and that black people are not black. They are all interrelated one way or another." These words, written by Albert Murray at the height of the Black Power movement, cut against the grain of their moment and announced the arrival of a major new force in American letters. In his 1970 classic The Omni-Americans, Murray took aim at protest writers and social scientists who accentuated the "pathology" of race in American life. Against narratives of marginalization and victimhood, Murray argued that Black art and culture, particularly jazz and blues, stand at the very headwaters of the American mainstream, and that much of what is best in American art embodies the "blues-hero tradition" - a heritage of grace, wit, and inspired improvisation in the face of adversity. Reviewing The Omni-Americans in 1970, Walker Percy called it "the most important book on black-white relationships...indeed on American culture...published in this generation".

In this Audiobook

  • The Omni-Americans
  • Introduction
  • Image and Unlikeness in Harlem
  • Oneupmanship in Colorful America
  • The Illusive Black Middle Class
  • Two Case Histories
  • Who That Say, What Dat, Every Time Us Do That?
  • A Clutch of Social Science Fiction Fiction
  • James Baldwin, Protest Fiction, and the Blues Tradition
  • Identity, Diversity, and the Mainstream
  • Black Pride in Mobile, Alabama
  • Black Studies and the Aims of Education