Brotherman: the odyssey of black men in America
"[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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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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 ...
If self-hatred was a factor, it was not, for us, a matter of hating lower-class blacks
but of hating what we did not want to be. Still, hate or love aside, it is
fundamentally true that my middle-class identity involved a dissociation from
images of ...
Little did I know the song titled "Cop Killer" was gonna cause the country to go
nuclear. I didn't even think "Cop Killer" was a controversial record, because
everybody I know hates the cops. I thought everybody hated the police. And I
thought all ...
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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