- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (January 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743298829
- ISBN-13: 978-0743298827
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting Hardcover – January 8, 2008
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Black Power masks Black Pain, says Williams, a social worker and founder of a successful public relations firm. Back when black was beautiful, we felt comfortable in our dark skin and 'nappy' hair. Decades later, that sense of pride has morphed into bling that hides the pain of poverty and racism. The result has been depression expressed through violence, addiction, suicide as well as obesity and hypertension. The stoicism blacks are taught in order to not appear weak in the eyes of other black people only leads to denial and isolation. Williams argues persuasively that blacks are not alone. She begins with her own tribulations with depression. From there, she examines how depression is expressed by black men, women and children, and shares the stories of scores of others: rich, poor, successful, incarcerated. This liberal insertion of case reports coupled with a plethora of block quotes can bog down the text. However, Williams is dedicated to convincing her fellow African-Americans that assistance is readily available, whether through counseling, medicine or self-help: [T]here is no need for you to suffer alone or in silence. Help is out there. (Jan.)
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