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Racism 101

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  170 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
In Racism 101, Nikki Giovanni indicts higher education for the inequities it perpetuates, contemplates the legacy of the 1960s, provides a survival guide for black students on predominantly white campuses (complete with razor-sharp comebacks to the dumb questions constantly asked of black students), and excoriates Spike Lee while offering her own ideas for a film about Mal ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Quill (first published 1994)
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Danni Green
Jan 11, 2016 Danni Green rated it it was amazing
This book is not an abstract, theoretical beginner’s guide to understanding racism. Rather, it is a collection of deeply personal essays crafted by an extraordinary story-weaver sharing her own experiences with learning about how racism operates and has operated in the USA, and transmitting that knowledge to students and readers across a great breadth of life experiences. Using stories from her childhood, extensive explorations of Star Trek episodes and characters, and speculative journeys into ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
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This is a book of essays covering a wide range of topics. Education, family, parenting, aging, racism, writing, working, and living are the ones that stand out most to me. I like the anecdote about driving while black in New Jersey. Getting lost at 3 in the morning, getting pulled over by the cops. The cops were sort of like, "okay you ladies have a safe trip." To the author, this was an indication that she and her car mate had reached "old" and therefore were no longer perceived as a threat.

Dec 10, 2008 Brent rated it really liked it
I initially chose to read this book because the synopses that I read about it convinced me that it was a creative and fresh perspective that I had never previously explored. As a white male, this book that could be labeled as black, feminist literature would introduce me to a new genre. Therefore, my interaction with this book is a study in racial relations in itself.

Her writing was characterized by wit, dry humor, anger, small joys, and resilience. She was angry about how, “The fact of slavery
Giabao EVHS Pham
May 22, 2015 Giabao EVHS Pham rated it really liked it
This book was a typical informational book about racism. I got the information I need and wanted to know. Overall, very informative and descriptive.
Apr 24, 2008 Mary rated it liked it
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Some compelling essays here--about NG's childhood growing up in Knoxville and her college years at Fisk. Lots of great quotes, like, "I plant geraniums. No one will remember that. I have an allergy to tomato fuzz. No one will care. I write poetry and sometimes prose. No one wil know me...let alone what I thought I did. But while I live, during this all to brief period b/t birth and death, my life and work have been meaningful to me. 'The rest is silence.'"
Dec 15, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
I think that many were surprised by this work because it's not poetry and it's not necessarily about "racism." We all need to make some time to sit back and listen to our elders and this is is the crux of her essays. Listening. Hearing about the experience of Black women and making no assumptions.
Sep 09, 2012 CTRfilm rated it liked it
Excellent introduction to understanding the reality of racist thought and action as well as to Nikki Giovanni's political writing. If you like her political and socially conscious poetry, you will probably like Racism 101!
Oct 09, 2007 Shauna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those willing to learn
the title draws you in...this is a great collection of essays i read during college and still read at least every 6 months..she is so wise and makes me feel like i am wise too
Such a great book! Almost made me want to attend Virginia Tech...that is before the school shooting. Experiencing one school shooting in my life is enough.
Blunt, no nonsense and honest words from Ms. Nikki herself. What can I say....she still rings true and bright for me.
Jul 07, 2008 Deidra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo-ved it! Here, here, for an honest open discussion about race.
Jan 22, 2015 Chanelle rated it it was amazing
This book and all that comes with it is absolutely fantastic!
Dec 20, 2008 Tamera rated it it was amazing
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Excellent! Learned alot, wish it was REQUIRED reading.
Oct 31, 2008 Tialiah rated it liked it
great read, very witty.
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Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni is a Grammy-nominated American poet, activist and author. She has written numerous volumes of poetry and has been honored with loads of awards, including 20 honorary degrees from national colleges and universities. Her poems are undeniably authentic distillations of black life in America. She was editor of Fisk University's literary magazine. She lives in Blacksbu ...more
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