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Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America Paperback – July 27, 2004
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Paul Lawrence Dunbar
We Wear the Mask!
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,--
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
The world has no idea of who we really are. My mask is taken off for only a few.
Together Jones, an accomplished national correspondent for USA Today, and Shorter-Gooden, a licensed psychologist and professor at Alliant University, cleverly discuss the inspirational swagger and inherent splendor that embodies the essence of African American women. Shifting, based on the African American Women's Voices Project, takes the reader on a much-needed journey of spiritual, economic, political, and social importance. Absolute brilliance most accurately describes the excellent scholarly writing, which combined with commentary, interviews, and shocking statistics is sure to keep readers engaged. The stories of insight, pain, joy, and confusion by and about African American women of diverse backgrounds and experiences are eye-opening and jaw-dropping, to say the least.
On a daily basis African American women are forced to deal with a multitude of catch-22s, including, but not limited to, sexual exploitation and expectation, gender discrimination, and pseudo-creative representation in the entertainment field. Yet, they seem to effortlessly rise about the conditions of their oppressors.Read more ›
The authors use research, interviews and surveys to show how African American women are forced to lead double lives in their efforts to assimilate into a society that tends to marginalize and stereotype them and their abilities. This book does a remarkable job of raising awareness on how the lives of these women are impacted in their communities, the workplace, and other areas such as child rearing, religion, personal grooming, and even amorous relationships.
SHIFTING is an outstanding collaboration between two noteworthy women that deals with a mostly unaddressed but nonetheless troubling issue from the perspective of the victims. The book makes for a very interesting read and imparts a wealth of information regarding the ongoing plight of people of color in a society deeply scarred by racism and sexism.
Reviewed by Autumn
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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I purchased this book for school for my Phd program. What a great book. It will definitely help with my defending. I love this book and would recommend it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book. I got this book for a book review for a Black Images college course at my HBC. I cried for most of the book she goes into great detail many topics. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chelsey
Really great insight and so relateable. I recommend to basically everyonePublished 9 months ago by Danielle Ross
I am enjoying this read. It's introspective and informative. It's interesting how women are viewed and how we still have to fight to be seen as a voice and not a race or gender in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dee
Better business then a thought it would be. It is an eye opening book from a black woman's prospectivePublished 12 months ago by harvey duke barr
This is an excellent book. I read a library copy and decided to purchase it as a Christmas gift for friends. I would recommend this book to anyone.Published 13 months ago by Alice Knight