Tired of Being Black Paperback – September 17, 2012
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I opened the book (ebook version) and scanned the table of contents and thought, “oh, good, a full menu of topics. This is going to be good.” I started reading and in less than an hour I had completed the entire book. I was disappointed. His book is full of personal statements on various subjects such as name calling, special privileges, priorities, my vote and more, but it offered few personal stories, few personal experiences, few solutions, little room for discussion/discourse. He had the opportunity to expand on the listed topics. Some of which could have been shared as a testimony. Some of the topics could have served as an education opportunity. Some of the topics could have shown the feelings, thoughts, actions of being a black male operating in a white-power base world. Instead of using this forum to enlighten, explain, demand, challenge, probe, Jordan simply listed his personal beliefs on the subjects and left it at that. I hate that readers will miss the opportunity to “walk in his shoes.”
I do give him praise for having the courage to put his views “up front and center.” Based on the statements in his book, I can say they were honestly blatant. This reader walked away knowing exactly where Jordan stood. While I agreed with some of his statements, I disagreed with others, and at the sake of beating a dead tree, I would have liked more data or personal commentary to help me better understand how he came to his personal knowledge and beliefs.
I will also give him kudos for solidly getting the point of his title across, that being he is more than just a label – black. He, like all of us, is an individual; a complex being that cannot be filed under one category. He, like all of us, is a composite of life.