Though slavery was outlawed nearly a century and a half ago, all of us are still in figurative chains of one kind or another. Thus argues Walter Mosley in ""Workin' on the Chain Gang"", a passionate examination of the social and economic injustices that continue to shackle the American people. Each one of us, Mosley claims, is restrained by a system that values money over humanity, power over truth, and conformity over independent thinking. Yet even as Mosley paints a sobering vision of contemporary economic and political reality, he offers a plan to break the fetters of our oppression. First we must recognize that our history is deeply informed by the black experience. Then we must cast off the all-consuming accoutrements of an economic system that keeps us blind to our own and others' humanity. Only then can we hope to achieve our true potential.
Walter Mosley's most recent essay collection is Life Out of Context, published in 2006. He is the best-selling author of five critically acclaimed mysteries featuring Easy Rawlins; the blues novel RL's Dream, a finalist for the NAACP Award in Fiction and winner of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's Literary Award; and the science fiction novel Blue Light. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives in New York.