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Bell Hooks, the influential writer of Ain't I A Woman?, offers a black and feminist perspective on the issue of race in America. Throughout the 23 essays, Hooks seeks a way out of the cycle of racism. A provocative voice seeking wisdom in the din, she boldly asserts "this nation can be transformed... we can resist racism and in the act of resistance recover ourselves and be renewed." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If cultural critic hooks (Black Looks), distinguished professor of English at New York's City College, doesn't have a comprehensive plan for achieving her subtitle's promise, her sensitivity to the intersection of race, class and gender infuses many of these essays, written during the past 20 years, with challenges to conventional and liberal wisdom. Deeming her own rage "constructive," she urges that collective black rage be linked to a passion for justice, even as she warns that privileged blacks' "narcissistic rage" leads to public trivialization of poor blacks' real grievances. Though her declaration that contemporary feminism has done little to help blacks seems sweeping, hooks rightly argues that white defenders of Anita Hill have done little for poor black women, and that whites who deny that they are racist must engage in regular interaction with black folk. The author discerns that the recent wave of black self-help books ignores the link between personal and political change, and rues that contemporary black activists have forgotten the "profound critique of capitalism" their forebears raised in the 1960s. Also, she wisely warns against turning Afro-centrism into utopianism and wrenching multiculturalism into narrow nationalism. Author tour.
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Hooks expresses astonishment at the fact that some white people fear 'black revenge', as though such a thing was absurd and paranoid. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Giles Penfold
I'm currently reading this for a college course I'm taking, and for the class, it does it's job. I would never recommend this book, and I will never read it again. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ally
i havent started the book yet, but the quality of the actual book is great, this was a great purchase.Published on April 25, 2013 by lynndsey
This book has much insight as to why Black people continue to have problems moving forward in life. This also points out the blatant denial whit America still has for racial... Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by Antoinette Lillie
Hooks has been praised for her apparent "insight" and "black awareness" and I'm still wondering WHY? Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Gina C.
I had to read several excerpts from this book for a college class. I don't understand why the author hates white people so much. The author is a vile, vile, woman. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Jgangsta
I picked this up in interest. Then I got to a particular paragraph. She says that she doesn't understand why white people think that black people are eager for revenge and bound... Read morePublished on June 23, 2008 by Michael J. Smith
This book packs one hell of a wallop. Ms HOOKS first essay titled Killing Rage put my teeth on edge, for I have had a similar experience, only because I can pass for white it... Read morePublished on September 6, 2007 by Kali
It wasn't long ago that I despised "racism", which I felt meant oppression, exclusion and generally dislike of peoples with different skin color attributes. Read morePublished on December 6, 2005