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