In his review of Eddie Glaude’s Exodus! “Politics, Racial Solidarity, Exodus!” Robert Gooding-Williams argues that, despite sympathizing with Glaude’s conception of racial solidarity, he finds that “Glaude’s approach to racial solidarity is not pragmatic enough, precisely because the myth of the essential black subject still haunts it, its claims to the contrary notwithstanding.” This article challenges Gooding-Williams’s reading of Exodus!, demonstrating that despite his grasp of Glaude’s conceptual map, he misses precisely what is at stake for Glaude’s pragmatic notion of racial solidarity. Understanding what is at stake for Glaude’s conception of racial solidarity, one sees how the subtlety of his pragmatism actually resists any lingering essentialism. However, this article concludes by showing that despite Glaude’s evasion of Gooding-Williams’s charge, it is his emphasis on the Deweyan language of “problem solving” that courts the criticism in the first place. To circumvent the potential for misunderstanding, this article emphasizes a “negotiation of social practices” as an alternative to Glaude’s emphasis on the language of “problem solving activity.”


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