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I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts Hardcover – January 20, 2009
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This is destined to be one of those books. "I'd Rather We Got Casinos" presents the thoughts of Larry Wilmore. These are not just thoughts. They are profound thoughts. And they are black thoughts--presented by the Senior Black Correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. This book is thought-provoking, joyously politically incorrect...and very, very funny.
No summary can do justice to the contents of this volume, but you may get a flavor for what awaits you between the covers by learning that there are chapters on why black audiences talk back to horror movies, why it's OK to hate black people who work at McDonald's in airports, why fat black weathermen make Wilmore happy (and sad), and Wilmore's extended, ultimately futile correspondence with the NAACP, which attempted to persuade the organization to join his crusade to replace the descriptive phrases black and African-American with the far superior term, "chocolate." There's real humor here, but there are deeper meanings as well.
As a white (or in Wilmore's parlance, vanilla) guy, I may not be able to fully appreciate the profound depth of these thoughts--but I do know that I laughed out loud--many, many times. And this book stimulated thoughts of my own. Maybe not as profound as Mr. Wilmore's, but they were thoughts, nevertheless.--William C. Hall
Despite the great review which made me pick this book up, for some reason I thought it was going to be more sociological than humorous. I was expecting to learn more about black culture and I don't know that I came away from the book really knowing more than I did before.
Of course this book is a collection of humorous essays so I guess it's not necessarily meant to be educational. Or maybe I need to learn to read between the lines a bit better. Overall I think Wilmore just uses humor to draw attention to certain topics and make you start to think about them. In his essay, "In Search of Black Jesus," he makes several stereotypical points to suggest that Jesus was black, for example, he walked on water because "brothas can't swim." (pg. 94)
Some portions I thought were redundant, like the chapter where he said black weathermen make him feel happy. Then, in the next chapter, he changed his mind and said they make him feel sad, basically re-writing the essay with only a few words changed (e.g. replacing "happy" with "sad"). But the chapters are quite short so I read through it and didn't feel like my time was wasted.
In the end, I feel like I have more questions about black people and culture than when I started. Maybe that was Wilmore's intention and he wants to inspire people to learn and read more.
Do it. And Enjoy!
But however great a stand up comedy Larry Wilmore claimed to be on tv, the humor and thoughts were clearly not translated to the book.
The title was very promising in its provocation. I expected discussion on how the economy / stock market were functioning poorly like the casino. I was also expecting other forms of dark humor thoughts (i.e. twisted humor). But I totally missed the point that that it was referring to African-American (black) thoughts. But by itself, this was also fine.
Reading on the book, I couldn’t wait to finish it and move on. 5/6 of the books were written in language style or thoughts that could not be comprehend by the mainstream. I am not familiar with the African-American community. Hence its not fair to comment on whether the book could be classified mainstream by the community’s culture lingo. Personally I reckoned otherwise.
Below are the very limited interesting quotes, to share with the readers.
This is to save them the trouble of reading the book.
“ Most so-called black leaders were self-appointed…never an election.”
“To be an effective black leader, one must be able to blame Man for just about everything. The problem is, most black leaders are ambulance chasers”
“All good black leaders got mysterious jobs…I get paid, but by whom….i go to work every morning, but to where ? …..I do what I do because I’m very good at it. Yeah but what is that ?”
“In order to be an effective black leader you have to have ‘reverend’ in your name. It gives you instant gravitas in the black community….an attack on me is an attack on Jesus…”
“….Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although the book is somewhat slow in some areas, there are a lot of really great points and some really great jokes sprinkled through out. Overall great book.Published 6 months ago by Jess
everybody should read this book!!! larry wilmore is the best thing on television right now, and his written word is just as solid as his television material. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles Henderson
Excellent read!! A great look into America from another point of view. Highly recommend.Published 14 months ago by Robert
Mark is reviewing the audiobook. Mark didn't find it especially funny. When Larry reads, he frequently refers to himself in the 3rd person. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mark Miller
I thought it would be a lot funnier and more engaging. A waste of time and money.Published 15 months ago by M. Irving
A very funny read. Larry talks about a number of subjects and challenges you to think outside the box on daily life and the racial implications. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ernest James Jr
3.5 stars. Having laughed my way through a Larry Wilmore special on TV, I thought I would love this book. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by bookworm53