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Why Black People Tend to Shout: Cold Facts and Wry Views from a Black Man's World

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  152 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In this collection of essays Ralph Wiley takes on popular culture as it relates to Black Americans today. His scope includes everyone from Marion Barry and Nietzsche to Bernhard Goetz, Jackie Robinson, Spike Lee, and H.L. Mencken, and everything from food to IQ tests to the Black Sox. In essays like "What Black People Won't Eat," and "The Natural Superiority of Black Athle ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Penguin Books (first published March 1st 1991)
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Douglas Graney
Aug 21, 2008 Douglas Graney rated it really liked it
I've read all of Wiley's solo books. They are all excellent. I miss his observations of American life.
Jul 31, 2007 Justin rated it it was amazing
Single-handedly the reason why I want to be a better writer.
Jan 11, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays
14. WHY BLACK PEOPLE TEND TO SHOUT. (1991). Ralph Wiley. ****.
I bought this book at a used book sale. I had never heard of it or its author before, but the title grabbed me. Mr. Wiley is (was?) primarily a sports writer, having worked primarily for “Sports Illustrated.” This series of short essays was collected and published in book form; the essays having, presumably, been published in one magazine or other in a previous life. Each essay addresses a specific issue concerning black people and/or
Nov 13, 2014 Edward rated it really liked it
Living in the supposedly "post-racial" America, we all wince when we hear anything that could be a generalization about race or racism. We have deluded ourselves into thinking that this means we have progressed in some way beyond discrimination, that we are truly "color blind." Look at the title of this book--what is your reaction when you say it out loud? Did it make you uncomfortable? Why?

The entire book is like the title. Wiley, speaking as a black man, takes the many presumptions, assumptio
Feb 28, 2016 Sciolist rated it really liked it
Wiley is an awesome writer. He is way ahead of his time on several compiled essays on race.

Throughout the book, he drives home several points that still resonate to this day in 2016. For example, he talks about the stigma of black athletes in the chapter titled "On the natural superiority of black athletes". This chapter delves into the myth that black athletes are better athletes than thinkers. He wrote this book maybe 4 years removed from when Doug Williams, a black quarterback, won the 1988 S
Benjamin Jancewicz
Feb 07, 2010 Benjamin Jancewicz rated it it was amazing
My favorite collection of essays.
Michael Strode
Jun 13, 2011 Michael Strode rated it really liked it
When I was a young man in my early teens, I encountered this text as one of the first reads that my mother allowed me to pull from the shelves of African American literature at some local Waldenbooks or Barnes and Noble. It remains my favorite collection of essays for both nostalgia's sake along with how well it lent itself as the basis for a great deal of my early opinions and philosophical investigation. Wiley struck me as the curious and opinionated sort which are not bad qualities for a jour ...more
Zita Jackson
Aug 18, 2011 Zita Jackson rated it liked it
Topics about race and black people are usually always relevant but this book isn't so much about sociology views but more like musings of an older opinionated gentleman. I admit some of what was said in the little chapters between the covers of this book went over my head. Ralph Wiley is funny but he doesn't say anything too profound. I guess I was expecting a closer look at black people in the literature but sadly that never came. This book is dated so Wiley rambles about current events and thr ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Sunny rated it it was amazing
I heard about this book in a boxing book I was reading. It’s by a black author and it’s his view on the black African American group. It’s a really interesting social analysis of them and quite insightful. Some of the interesting chapters are about how black people: work under pressure, their hair, why they have no culture, how they integrate or not, who they trust, how they are portrayed on tv, Michael Jackson, black leaders, black people in Washington dc, black sports athletes and what annoys ...more
Feb 08, 2009 Yofish rated it liked it
A series of essays written (mostly in late '80s, I think) by a contributor to SI. Mostly about how blacks are downtrodden and whites just don't understand. They're well-enough written, but much more heat than light. Very hard to read more than one in a row, as it just beats on you. And a little repetitive. Awfully close to racist---at the least filled with stereotypes and broad generalizations.
Dec 28, 2010 Mscout rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-sciences
Though we can never truly know what it is to walk in another's shoes, Wiley does offer some interesting insights as to what its like to be a black male in America (c. 1990, anyway). I first came across his work on ESPN, so when I saw this I had to pick it up. Really glad I did...
Dave Peticolas
Oct 08, 2014 Dave Peticolas rated it liked it

Sharp essays on race by the late Ralph Wiley, who was one of the last 20 true NBA fans, at least according to Bill Simmons. But then, Bill Simmons would know.

Sep 07, 2011 Kareem rated it really liked it
My dad owned this book and gave it to me to read. Gonna say thanks, Dad, again. Always enjoyed reading Ralph Wiley's work wherever he was and whatever he wrote about.
Oct 23, 2008 Emily is currently reading it
can't believe this is on here.
but i honestly own this book.
Mar 30, 2009 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Sociological poetry.
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