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Black No More by George S. Schuyler
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Aug 04, 12

Read from June 09 to August 03, 2012

This book was not what I expected it to be, but was definitely thought provoking.

The novel details a fictional invention, "Black-No-More", that makes a black person become a white person. This invention doesn't just turn the skin white, but makes the person blonde and changes their features to be more Nordic. Millions flock to the institutes set up to change African Americans and the white society begins to panic about the fact that they can no longer tell the difference between the races. The only flaw with the invention is that it doesn't pass on genetically to their children. This spurs the creation of laying-in institutions for women to go to when they give birth so that the babies can immediately altered. The novel follows an African American who was the first to make the switch and who then went hunting for a white woman who rejected him when he was black. He finds out she is the daughter of the leader of the modern day version of the KKK. He decides to assist the group in their endeavors (for reasons unknown) and gets himself immersed in the group's activities. Eventually, the story progresses to the point where everything comes out about who is who and the country is forced to come to some realizations.

This was an interesting take on racism in the country and the lengths society will go to in order to feel that one group is better than another. Though I couldn't understand some characters' motivations at times, the ending of the book was quite ironic and well crafted. Definitely a unique book about the black experience.
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