The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City

The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City

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By Jim Schutze

with a new foreword by John Wiley Price

The powerful classic of Dallas history that examines the violent and suppressed history of race and racism in the city, from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement, and the city’s desegregation efforts in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Publication Date: September 7, 2021

Hardcover: 9781646050963
Ebook: 9781646050970
Audiobook: 9781646050741

Available to preorder in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook editions. This book will ship once published.

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Written by longtime Dallas political journalist Jim Schutze, formerly of the Dallas Times Herald and Dallas Observer, and currently columnist at D Magazine, The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City details the violent and suppressed history of race and racism in Dallas from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement, and the city’s desegregation efforts in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Known for being an uninhibited and honest account of the city’s institutional and structural racism, Schutze’s book argues that Dallas’ desegregation period came at a great cost to Black leaders in the city.

The Accommodation is one of the first major works about the history of race and racism in Dallas, and its importance to the counter narrative of ‘Dallas as a great city for all’ can’t be understated,” shares Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, who also serves on the Deep Vellum board of directors. “The telling of a Black story by a white author deserves continued critique and interrogation, however with The Accommodation, Jim Schutze delivered a must-read treatise about racism in Dallas that was both eye-opening and prophetic.”

The Accommodation was originally set to be published by Taylor Publishing Company of Dallas in 1986 before being dropped from publication. It was then published by Citadel Press of New Jersey in 1987 before rights were purchased by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

While long out of print, this title has seen repeated waves of interest among Dallas residents since its original publication. Most recently, it has been called “The Most Dangerous Book in Dallas” by Peter Simek of D Magazine and “essential reading to understand Dallas” (Tim Diovanni, Dallas Morning News) and has been distributed digitally and in samizdat printouts among Dallasites interested in learning more about what makes Dallas the city it is, and how to address that history to build a better, more inclusive city together.

Reviews 

"A long-suppressed book about politics and race in Dallas...[The Accommodation] chronicles the bombings of Black Dallas homeowners integrating a white working class community in the 1940s/50s and the deal made to stop desegregation." — Rodney Hawkins, CBS Morning News 

"The Accommodation is one of the first major works about the history of race and racism in Dallas, and its importance to the counter narrative of ‘Dallas as a great city for all’ can’t be understated... The telling of a Black story by a white author deserves continued critique and interrogation, however, with The Accommodation, Jim Schutze delivered a must-read treatise about racism in Dallas that was both eye-opening and prophetic."  Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

“By now, most tuned-in Dallasites are familiar with the story of The Accommodation, our friend Jim Schutze's landmark study of Dallas’ racial history. Over the weekend, CBS This Morning brought the tale to national audiences. In the report, Schutze and civil rights activist Peter Johnson speak about Dallas history, segregation, and the resurgent popularity of the long out-of-print book that will be republished by Deep Vellum later this year. — Peter Simek, CBS Media https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL9f67FgNqg

"A masterpiece of history and insight. The author was decades ahead of his time, and his work is worthy of accolades.” Dave Lieber, Investigative Reporter at Dallas Morning News

"One of the most sought after reads on how racism shaped this American city… the book [takes] a critical view of both the white and the Black leaders, painting both sides as being complicit in laying the groundwork for how race relations the divisions in the city would play out in Dallas for decades to come." Sabra Ayres, Spectrum Local News