Thursday, March 3, 2016
To Be Black in America Is to Walk with Fury
author: Nathan McCall
average rating: 3.60
read at: 2016/03/03
date added: 2016/03/03
'To Be Black in America is to Walk with Fury' by Nathan McCall is a short essay that acts more as a follow up to his 1994 book 'Makes Me Wanna Holler.' I'm only passingly familiar with that work, so my impressions of this probably suffer a bit.
In short, while Nathan McCall has probably mellowed some with age, there is still much to be discontent with in a country that has white privilege. He talks about friends from the first work, and why they took the paths they took. He talks about teaching on a college campus in Atlanta and interesting experiences in South Africa, where, because he was American, he was treated differently than native born South Africans with the same skin color.
I come at this essay from a different place than Nathan McCall. I am white. I appreciate his intelligence and coherence in making his point. I can understand the rage he feels in a system that is inequal and seems to be stacked against him. This work made me think hard about things in a way that screaming rhetoric on 24 hour news channels did not. This felt more intimate. I appreciate what he has written.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Vintage, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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