Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now
There are aspects of race that we humans will always react to. There has been and always will be tribes because "birds of a feather do indeed flock together." Human-kind has also always proved that it is willing to behave in mean and ugly ways. So, hoping that suddenly we will all be nice is wasted hope, but yet I still do hope....more
This book answers all the obnoxious questions asked of people like me, Black Americans with unique personalities and unique ways of "being Black" without insulting our ancestors or asking anyone for permission or a set of guidelines.
The book is equals parts social commentary and autobiographical musings from a cadre of Black stars in the sky of American Africana. Post-Blackness as a definable thing is constantly changing and based on a generational set-point—for example, being born in the 80’s, I am not familiar at all with critical ‘white gaze’ or could never imagine being afraid to eat friend chicken or watermelon in front of a White person—these thoughts have never crossed my mind. My parents never told me I had to be be...more
(My other favorite bit is a great postscript to Chapter 6, exploring the etymology of "M-therf-cker". It blew my mind).
If you're at all interested in the state of "blackness" in post-Obama America, this is a pretty good survey of the multiplicity of perspectives inherent in any consideration of what th...more
The format of this book is a combination of Toure's personal experiences at a child of the Black middle class and excerpts from over 100 interviews with different Black people from different generations.
The mixing of opinions and experinences is one the strong points of this work. Through th...more
Also, the book read a bit like Toure's Public Therapy Session. I can see many Black folks nodding in appr...more
In this book, he calls on a bunch of blacks with bold-faced names -- Malcolm Gladwell, Cornel West, Skip Gates, Thelma Golden, David Paterson and even an ex-boyfriend of mine--to talk about what it means to be black post-Obama. Basically, Toure fills the book with a bunc...more
So, what *is* Post-Blackness? Arising as a term in Art History, it refers to a Post-C...more
--Quote from Toure’ book entitled “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness”
Toure’ s book entitled Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness paints the picture of contemporary Black people in America. To note, Toure’ capitalizes Blackness to make the point that Blackness, which contrary to whiteness, is indicative to a certain ethnic groups—African Americans. Where as wh...more
Here, Touré discusses the spectrum of roles that racial identity can play in someone's life:
"[Michael Eric] Dyson defines three primary dimensions of Blackness. He calls them accidental, incidental, and intentional but I pr...more
The biggest issue that I have is the chapter on how to have more Pres. Obamas. Toure sets the book up to say that it's okay to be post-Black. Indeed, he encourages people to be who they are not conform to any type...more
That argument, the advance of which is the central purpose of the book, strikes me as difficult to take issue w...more
Before reading this, it was pretty obvious to me that the media in this country tends to portray Black Americans as this singular entity that is either incapable of and/or unwill...more
As another reviewer has noted, the interviewees are elite or famous Black Americans--not the average person on the street or in the grocery store--which may or may not skew the how readers understand the pronouncement that we are in...more
But do it as Touré has done, and you have something that is more than a book of words. You have the soul of a man poured out like water on dry ground, reviving, coloring, refreshing, healing--if you listen. Even when it's hard to list...more
I have the teflon attitude (most days), I just wish others could build up the resilience I have and see the diversity and beauty in all as opposed to believing (falsely) that there is only one w...more