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Black Men Speaking (Hardcover): Charles Johnson, John McCluskey
Black Men Speaking (Hardcover): Charles Johnson, John McCluskey

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Charles Johnson, John McCluskey

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More American black men are in prison than in college. They are more likely than whites to die violently and young. Is the American black man an "endangered species"? National Book Award winner Johnson (Middle Passage, 1990) and fellow novelist McCluskey (Mr. America's Last Season Blues, 1983) spent seven years collecting these original writings. Unfortunately, the perspectives provided here on this important question - with the exception of Yosef Komunyakaa's award-winning poetry and Don Belton's affecting essay, "Voodoo for Charles" - are mostly tired and trite. The common thread throughout is the bleak reality of the lives of African-American males and their negative portrayal in the media. Often lacking identity and self-respect, many black men are said to perceive themselves as "niggers." And those who do make it are accused here of too often being preoccupied with pursuing material success while ignoring social concerns. The writers ponder whether the underlying cause of this crisis is institutional racism, the educational system, economics, the lack of role models, or an insidious combination of all of the above. (Ironically, with few exceptions, African-American females don't emerge any more positively here than their male counterparts. Black mothers are often portrayed as abusive to their sons, dismissive of their needs, and incapable of instilling moral standards.) Gangs became the surrogate family to a generation of young men growing up without fathers and with mothers who are, at most, marginal to their lives. Their music is rap as it "reflects the realities of the judicial system, prison, the police, and our failure as Black men to listen and reach out to young men and validate their worth." Despite the urgency of the subject matter, there isn't much here that hasn't been expressed more eloquently elsewhere. (Kirkus Reviews)

"The book is a gripping litany of sermon, scripture, and spirituality. It is strident and unembarrassed by its message, urgent in its delivery, somewhat daunting in the tenets it proposes, and clear in its mission." Black Issues Book Review

..". an important book that offers useful insights into the lives and times of black men everywhere..." West Africa

"Black Men Speaking... provides in its diverse range of black, male voices an antidote for the silence that hindered them for so long." Washington Post Book World

..". important reading for Blacks and whites, men and women, young and old." Gazette Newspaper Group

"A must-read book for all" The Recorder, Indianapolis, IN

Editors Charles Johnson (whose Middle Passage won the National Book Award) and John McCluskey, Jr. have gathered the voices of 11 African-American men in this volume to tell us how they see themselves and other black males in America today. Contributors include Don Belton, Joseph W. Scott, and Peter J. Harris."


Imprint: Indiana University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 1997
First published: June 1997
Editors: Charles Johnson • John McCluskey
Dimensions: 220 x 147 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 216
ISBN-13: 978-0-253-33259-2
Barcode: 9780253332592
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LSN: 0-253-33259-1

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