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"Due to our strong personal convictions, we wish to stress that this book in no way endorses a belief in racism. We just hate everybody." So proclaim the folks behind this often funny, often offensive and appropriately bitter book(...) There are a few culls from the now-defunct ego trip magazine's pages, but most of the content is new and shameless: there's list journalism ("Professor Griff's Favorite Jewish People Some of Whom Also Happen to be Friends"; "60 Notable Moments in Interracial Luv 'N' Lust"), essays ("Fear of a Black Pool Party"), parodies of some easy targets (TV Guide, magazine quizzes) and some harder ones (MAD Magazine, which is itself an organ of parody), and digs at some others that deserve it (professional sports). The writing is sharp and to the point, and though there's plenty of silly stuff ("Who are the Black Muppets?"; the "hidden hate" in Wite Out and watermelon seeds), the underlying message is dead serious: racism pervades every aspect of culture, from travel books to television. Anyone who can call himself Chairman Mao must have a very thick coat of irony to protect himself-as should prospective readers, some of whom will remember ego trip's Book of Rap Lists, "hip hop's answer to the telephone book, you pity-party patsies." 3-color illus. throughout.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (October 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060988967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060988968
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By NappyGirl on October 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a frank & funny discussion on how race is lived from decidedly hip-hop perspective. It is a collection of lists, cartoons and essays published to skewer ALMOST every color of the rainbow. For the most part, it does a pretty good job.
The section devoted to sports was definitely the most thought provoking and informative, while the rest of the book was pretty hit ("Fear of a Black Pool Party" & the dictionary of new coined ethnic slurs) OR miss (the majority of the section on Asians was pretty weakly written, sorry y'all.)
I think the book could have been improved if the female perspective wasn't limited to one short piece on hair. For all the talk about what's wrong with everybody, women writers are almost completely left out. Except for a few scattered lists of women the writers found attractive (Brooke 'Doll Parts' Burke? Oh please!), this pop culture reference book doesn't have much to offer the ladies.
All in all I think the book is worth a look, it's far from perfect but still pretty entertaining.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
Very rarely does a book come along that can discuss something like race in a realistic manner... but, somehow this book does it. by being both tongue-in-cheek ("items in a chinese person's house not worth stealing") and deadly serious (listing various race incidents accross america from colonial times to the present on a state by state basis) this book actually delivers what it promises: a complete encyclopedia on race. By constantly mixing up it's tone and presentation (from dense factually based text to humorous cartoons), it manages to encompass so many viewpoints. Some of the things listed ("why hispanics steal?")are on that fine edge between parody and truth: are they kidding or are these the type of things that people may think but only say when drunk in the company of friends? As someone who is always glad to see the unspeakable said, I believe Ego Trip is operating in the tradition of Lenny Bruce: by speaking these thoughts and words, you are bringing them out into the open and thus demystifying them. Basically, race in america is a COMPLICATED issue to say the least. By coming at it from so many angles (and by always keeping a sense of humor), the authors may just come close to the truth.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Mealey on January 10, 2005
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What a wicked pleasure this book was!

This is essential tabletop material for those post-ironic, "racially enlightened", hipsters, with a sense of humor.

In other words, if you get offended easily, please, take a long soak in your tub, make love to your honey, then sit down and read this book. It will (hopefully) cure you. :-)

Yes, people. There is a key to the right way to do politically incorrect.

You. Must. Be. Funny.

If you aren't, you're liable to lose a few incisors.

There's Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, Aaron Macgruder, Conan O'Brien...And there's this book.

It's funny too. ;-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By British Commentator on December 22, 2005
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Everyone who is remotely into music or film should own this. Gives a critical overview and insights into race and its place in popular American culture in the last twenty five years, especially in the Hip Hop culture. Very good book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Onyema Nwadiei on May 15, 2004
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White Man oh Black man oh Racially variegated man, and I thought I was the only person who wrote or spoke like these guys do in a public forum...insofar as a book is public. The covers sort of look like a public bathroom stall wall but don't mistake anything in this book for a load of crap(don't even go there), thought there is a touch of what could be percieved to be toilet humor in some spots where entirely appropriate. I just wish I knew if and when they were going to write a New Testament to this race-relations bible for the modern world so I can sign up as a disciple! Almost everyone gets equal play and gets equally played in this book save for maybe Eskimos but that's to their credit. A few minor gripes: Why is there no mention of the cult favorite comicbook BrotherMan or the action figure Sun-Man or the race distribution of the 1980s G.I.Joe team but they have a whole section on Muppet nationalities?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2003
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I, like many other watchers (not really active participants anymore) of cool, cutting edge culture, pride myself on staying in the loop on underground and mainstream happenings. And little truly impresses me, especially attempts at documenting the history of modern cultural trends. But, ..., this book blows me away. Not only is it smart, biting, and thick but it is also more thorough than Israeli airport security. I am amazed at the work and effort put into this book. This is some definitive work right here-- a modern day history book. You must have this. Morons will like the easy listsand graphics. Smarties will like that stuff too but, oh, so much more
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emmeaki on October 15, 2007
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The Big Book of Racism waxes philosophical on--you guessed it--RACISM. It analyzes and pokes fun at all the things that people think about other races, but would never say out loud. The book equal opportunity, with every race, including mixed-race people(In a section called Da High Yella Pages)being a topic of discussion.

The authors of the book are of varying racial make-ups, so it's not like one racial/ethnic group making fun of all other groups. I'm a Black woman and this book had me laughing my @ss off!! Throw all PC notions out the window and just enjoy the book!
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