Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America
Herb Boyd, Robert L. Allen
One World, 1996 - Literary Collections - 922 pages
"[AN] OUTSTANDING COLLECTION...
The powerful opening excerpt by Frederick Douglass evokes his boyhood as a slave, and the collection closes with an eloquent discussion of the race problem today by Cornel West. A distinguished addition to black studies".
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The purpose of this extraordinary anthology is made abundantly clear by the editors' stated intention: "to create a living mosaic of essays and stories in which Black men can view themselves, and be viewed without distortion". In this, they have succeeded brilliantly. Brotherman contains more than one hundred and fifty selections, some never before published--from slave narratives, memoirs, social histories, novels, poems, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, position papers, and essays.
Brotherman books us passage to the world that Black men experience as adolescents, lovers, husbands, fathers, workers, warriors, and elders. On this journey they encounter pain, confusion, anger, and love while confronting the life-threatening issues of race, sex, and politics--often as strangers in a strange land. The first collection of its kind, Brotherman gathers together a multitude of voices that add a new, unforgettable chapter to American cultural identity.
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They hate you because whenever they look into a mirror they fill up with bitter gall
. So forget them and most of all don't deny yourselves. They're tied by the short
hair to a run-away merry-go-round. They make life a business of struggle and fret,
What was important for me — as it is for every Negro boy in the South — was that
I gradually learned to fear and hate white girls. My hatred was as immobile as my
fear. I feared and hated without understanding. The thought as well as the sight ...
"I hated it, hated it," she said. "It was horrible, horrible, this guy acting like he was
coming on to Malcolm in prison, and Malcolm looking like some kind of doofus in
the barbershop, getting his hair conked, and then kissing this blonde White ...
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Brotherman: the odyssey of black men in AmericaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The editors' attempt to gather essays, poems, and segments of larger works as well as short stories covering every aspect of the black man in America--past, present, and future--explains this book's ... Read full review