I bought this book back in 2010. I recently pulled it off the shelf to check something, and realized that I, nor anyone for that matter had posted a r...moreI bought this book back in 2010. I recently pulled it off the shelf to check something, and realized that I, nor anyone for that matter had posted a review for this intelligent book. I thought I had reviewed it, but apparently not. Molefi Asante, without question is the preeminent scholar of African-American studies in America today. This book is co-authored with Ronald Hall and together they have traced the rise of the Black conservative movement, starting with the enslavement period, when African people were divided by house and field. The first chapter deals with the psychology that division engendered in the two different groups, and how the result shaped the foundation of the Black conservative movement.
Although this is not a very long book-167 pages-clearly it is compelling in its arguments as to how and why we have Black conservatives and how that mentality has not changed very much since its inception. They do a great job of explaining how the "house negro/field negro" divide fed the other divisions, like skin color, hair texture and ultimately how to proceed politically and socially.
With the political season upon us and so much debate surrounding President Obama and his chances at term 2, I think you will find this book timely. Here is a quote that reminds us of Herman Cain, "It is possible that many black conservatives live with the belief that something is tragically wrong with black people to have found ourselves in unjust situations. One of their techniques is to point to themselves and say "'Look at me. I did it by myself.'" pg. 150 In fact he uttered those exact words when he was still in the race. There are some who really and truly believe it is just that simple. A perusal through these 167 pages will perhaps disabuse them of that notion.
Should be required reading for any person attempting to understand the current Black political environment.(less)
Although I take issue with the term "African religion" the book does a good job of highlighting spiritual practices of various African ethnic groups....moreAlthough I take issue with the term "African religion" the book does a good job of highlighting spiritual practices of various African ethnic groups. There are many creation stories throughout the world, and most people only know one, and raise the one they know above all others. This is the height of arrogance fueled by ignorance. If one would take the time to read and know the spiritual practices of others, the world would surely be a more peaceful and tolerant place. Good starting point for anyone interested in spiritual practices on the continent of Africa. (less)
I must add my voice to those who were impressed by the thoroughness of Marable's book. The book goes deeper than perhaps any book currently on the mar...moreI must add my voice to those who were impressed by the thoroughness of Marable's book. The book goes deeper than perhaps any book currently on the market concerning the life of Malcolm X. It basically takes you inside the Autobiography, while adding additional depth and insight. If you read with a critical mind, you will not be bothered by what some have said are the author's "opinions." It is not the job of the historian/biographer to tell you what you should think, he can only give you the facts as determined by his research. Some of the facts will sometimes be circumstantial and others may be solid. A critical reader can discern the difference and any analysis of these facts is time well spent with this wonder of a book.(less)
You have to check your cynicism at the first page if you are going to enjoy this book all the way through. To have a young man be as flawless as Midni...moreYou have to check your cynicism at the first page if you are going to enjoy this book all the way through. To have a young man be as flawless as Midnight stretches credulity to the point of extreme humor. When you see how perfect this young man is it moves the book into fantasy and takes away all suspense and tension. Souljah can be very descriptive in her writing and while this is normally a positive, she manages to annoy the reader with excess detail about minutiae. The things that Midnight does and thinks through for someone his age is just incredible. It's hard to take this book seriously and believe me I tried. I even considered that Souljah may be trying to inspire young brothers by holding Midnight as the epitome of what young, serious and focused young men can accomplish, but you have to add some type of failure, shortcoming, defect, etc. to see how one recovers from that. Unfortunately that never happens in this could-have-been-great novel.(less)