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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Always the crime is "rape," but everybody, especially the white women, rich or "
poor trash," knows better. I do not propose to evaluate the singular, long-range
effects of the beating my grandmother gave me as a result of associating with a
white girl. How can I? So much has taken place since then, both to me and in me.
I know this: had my grandmother not discovered my particular transgression
against the ethics of segregation when she did, it would have been only a matter
of time ...
men and White women, get together, some sisters have been known to point out,
somebody's stuff can get "ragglely". But I really have no comment on it either way
anymore. It seems as if a large percentage of talented Black people, men and
women, end up marrying people other than Black people after they get pseudo-
rich and semifamous. I hate to see the talent and the wealth dispersed, but on the
other hand, what fool would try to legislate against the power of love? It would be
He said, "Keep your hands off that white woman." The man got up and said, "
She's not a white woman. She's my wife." One of the waiters added, "She's not
white, sir, she's colored." Whereupon the man from Iowa looked puzzled,
dropped his fists, and said, "I'm sorry." The colored man said, "What are you
doing up here in Harlem anyway, interfering with my family affairs?" The white
man said, "I thought she was a white woman." The woman who had been on the
floor rose and said, ...
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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