“At its base, equality is about power: equal access to it, equal treatment by it and equal control over it,” Blow said in a statement. "The time is at an end for Black people begging and pleading, marching and chanting, for an equitable stake in that power. The time has come to simply assume it, to use the Constitution itself as the vehicle. I have written this book not as a meditation on race, not as a protestation, but as a plan. A manifesto.”
Blow, 49, has been a Times op-ed columnist since 2008. He is also the author of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” a memoir released in 2014.