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Salvation: Black People and Love Paperback – December 18, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
"The transformative power of love is the foundation of all meaningful social change," contends hooks in this impassioned plea to embattled African-American communities to embrace love as a force for change. Returning to the subject of last year's All About Love, this leading feminist scholar focuses this time on a love ethic that, she maintains, has the potential to undo the long-term effects of neglect, poverty and despair. As in other recent books on black relationships (such as George Edmond Smith and Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant's More Than Sex), hooks refutes the myth stemming from the time of slavery that black people haven't attempted to normalize their lives, citing documentation of familial love and strong community ties. Much of the conflict in relationships between black men and women can be linked, she suggests, to the sense of loss and abandonment arising from increasingly fractured black families; as a result, many members of the hip-hop generation mistrust love. Although hooks covers overworked turf in her chapters on self-love, her flair for crisp writing surfaces again in her celebration of black women's propensity for cultivating love in their communities and in her stinging arguments against the scapegoating of black single mothers. In the later chapters, hooks reaches beyond the theoretical to address various walks of black life. Her fans will delight in her array of cultural references, from Zora Neale Hurston, Cornel West and Erich Fromm to Eldridge Cleaver, Olga Silverstein and Lil' Kim. Despite recent criticism that hooks may have lost some of her bite, this book provides ample evidence to the contrary. (Feb. 1 Forecast: Though it won't defend hooks from the charge that she is rewriting the same book, this effort is more focused and potent that her last. Supported by an 11-city tour that will include events that play to her following among college students, this title should keep hooks's fans satisfied.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Feminist scholar hooks (All About Love), who believes that there is a crisis of "lovelessness" in the black community, continues her exploration of love with a different slant: she addresses its meaning in black experience today and offers a plan of action for "black survivial and self-determination." At the heart of the matter are poor neighborhoods that were once lively but are now deserted, a lack of spirituality, an emphasis on gaining material things, and the resulting collapse of community. Hooks also covers the issues of self-love, single mothers, black masculinity, heterosexual love, and homosexual love. She appeals to Martin Luther King, Cornel West, writer June Jordan, and others for words of wisdom in this well-written and informative work. Ultimately, she urges African Americans to return to love, the clear path to healing our wounded environment. A welcome addition to most academic and some public libraries.
-DAnn Burns, "Library Journal"
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Bell Hooks as a cultural/social critic and intellectual, is a a gift to the African American community, as well to all those who wish to deeply understand, the African American experince. Her insights born of experince, makes her analysis that much more relevant, in excavating the deep terrain of the social fabric in which love plays a central element in Black life; both in a religious and social way through out the experince of African Americans on the shores of the United states.
Bell Hooks is gifted, with a laser like mind, in unearthing the truths around the issues in which the theme of love has been paramount in shaping African American life. What I love about her writing is she is unafraid to speak to the hard and difficult truths concerning the failing of the African American community, as well as the larger society in which these failings take place.
As a Black feminist she is able to deconstruct the role of patriarchy as well as white supremacy, and it's corrosive affects on the black community and how these elements impacts us all.
Bell Hooks brings a intellectual vigor as well as compassion to her writings that i feel makes her a stand out singular voice of her generation, and is a must read for those that seek to understand some of the social currents that have shaped the African American people.
She is generous as well as inclusive, having a chapter (ten) called embracing gayness-unbroken circles, she leaves no one out, thus proving she is truly a person who cherishes and loves ALL who represents the African Diaspora in America.
This book made me realise my own precious sense of self as a black woman.
The awfulness of how negative and damaging a childhood black people can have.
It can ruin self-esteem making a lot of us feel angry, critical negative
and constantly putting ourselves down or dissing other black people all the time.
I can relate to all the many years of damage that black fathers especially can do.
They descend on the home like a great black cloud or an ogre with their controlling ways, negativity, and various forms of abuse. A black child can feel such and despair struggling to appeal to often disinterested parents who are usually at loggerheads themselves. Where your best just isn't good enough and often our own black relatives are our worst enemies. Constantly finding fault instead of a balance of praise and constructive criticism.
It made me especially upset to read about the guy in prison who suddenly found compassion for his other inmates.
but is trapped on death row.
But there is great hope. We have to look in the mirror and constantly remind ourselves of our own magnificence and
Firmly keep our goals in sight and achieve them as quickly as possible at times keeping them to ourselves until they materialise.
Relate to friends and family who accentuate the positive in you and steer clear from those who don't.
Be firm and take no nonsense from relatives who always seek to be critical and damaging in their influence and
often expecting you to explain yourself. WHAT FOR????
Flee from relationships where the other person tries to press your buttons all the time. This is neither respect or real love!!
As black people we should read more and be much more pro-active in what we wish to achieve and want our lives to reflect.