- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (December 29, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375701508
- ISBN-13: 978-0375701504
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
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"Sooner or later, every generation must find its voice. It may be that ours belongs to Nathan McCall... He is a mesmerizing storyteller." - Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The New Yorker
"Filled with essays that challenge America's myths.... His easy reading style unsuspectingly pricks the conscience."- USA Today
"[These essays] reinforce the moral authority McCall [brings] to the issue of America's racial schisms." - The New York Times Book Review
"Straightforward, quick-moving [and] erudite." -Philadelphia Inquirer
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"Filled with essays that challenge America's myths.... His easy reading style unsuspectingly pricks the conscience." --USA Today
ith the same personal authority and exhilarating directness he brought to his account of his passage from a prison cell to the newsroom of The Washington Post, Nathan McCall delivers a series of front-line reports on the state of the races in today's America. The resulting volume is guaranteed to shake the assumptions of readers of every pigmentation and political allegiance.
In What's Going On, McCall adds up the hidden costs of the stereotype of black athletic prowess, which tells African American teenagers that they can only succeed on the white man's terms. He introduces a fresh perspective to the debates on gangsta rap and sexual violence. He indicts the bigotry of white churches and the complacency of the black suburban middle class, celebrates the heroism of Muhammad Ali, and defends the truth-telling of Alice Walker. Engaging, provocative, and utterly fearless, here is a commentator to reckon with, addressing our most persistent divisions in a voice of stinging immediacy.
"[These essays] reinforce the moral authority McCall [brings]
to the issue of America's racial schisms."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Straightforward, quick-moving [and] erudite."
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Besides the author himself, there are no characters in McCall’s book. But he does do a good job of characterizing himself. McCall makes it obvious he is a very open and calm person. Even if he’s trying to sound professional, at times he would just say whatever he wanted. Since he is black as well it’s just how he is and understand that. Besides the normal side of him I find pretty funny, like when he starts to swear or when he’ll talk like he’s in a black neighborhood.
He can definitely build up in some interest as you read along the chapters. Like when he starts to talk about his past, there are a lot of things that he did he knows was wrong to do. I’ll let you read the book to find out what he did. Even when he talks about that if you were black then you were automatically a skilled athlete specifically basketball. I didn’t understand how that made sense because there were some very skilled basketball players back in the day like Steve Kerr, Larry Bird, and John Stockton. But overall I really liked this book and I think if other people take the time to read McCall’s book they’ll like it as well. I would recommend this book to anybody.
Nathan McCall was born 1955 and is an african american who grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia. McCall studied Journalism at Norfolk State University after serving three years in prison. He has dedicated his career to improve race relations in the United States. Nathan McCall’s first book was Makes Me Wanna Holler and his second was What’s Going On.