How to Survive America
It is a truism that standup comedians are a very angry bunch with many unresolved issues. Well, the author of this book, along with co-writer Doug Moe, is very angry indeed and uses this writing to unleash a scathing and true attack upon this country’s racial injustice and patriarchal offenses.
In Part IV of the book, they write “…the most dangerous place for a Black person to live is in a white person’s imagination.” And what the white person imagines of a person of color is deeply ingrained, flawed, and seriously ill-informed. All reason enough for the authors’ rage against all the apparent and egregious offenses against people of color in America today.
This unleashing of rage may be the first step in how to survive given this climate of bigotry and hate. Hughley wants us to get real about what is going on and how it affects the health of our political and economic systems. The final chapter laments that there is no vaccine for racism. Sadly true and a great burden for people of color navigating this unjust system.
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