You are viewing xilovebroccolix

(no subject)

« previous entry | next entry »
May. 8th, 2006 | 11:39 pm

i'm looking to read some good books on race. since i was 17 (when i decided to actively self-educate), i've gone subject by subject, reading about things i'm interested in. when i feel that i've learned enough on a particular subject, i move on. i've mostly read feminist and (green) anarchist stuff over the years, and it recently occured to me that i have never read a book written by a black person, about black people. the same for hispanic people. or asian people. or jewish people. so, if you know of anything that you personally enjoyed (not too dry!!), let me know!

i just finished a book called "the time traveler's wife". it was a cute love story that ben made me read becuse he said it reminded him of us (which if you read the story, you would find extra-sweet.) before that i read "the toughest indian in the world" (a book of short stories). i've been trying to read "a little matter of genocide" by ward churchill since last summer and i don't think i'll ever finish. his style of writing is so hard for me to get through. it's not personal enough. before that i read wanda gag's autobiography, which was a lot less interesting than i expected. and her art outside of children's books illustrations isn't really anything i can get into.

speak of art... how cool is what this girl i found on myspace makes!!???!!!

http://myspace-554.vo.llnwd.net/00418/45/59/418569554_l.jpg

http://myspace-791.vo.llnwd.net/00472/19/74/472704791_l.jpg

Link | Leave a comment | Share

Comments {18}

jb.

(no subject)

from: xquerenciax
date: May. 9th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
Link

Studs Terkel's Race is typically great stuff, full of interviews that allow people to speak for themselves without too much intervention, though it is only about black and whites.

Thomas King, a "Canadian" who's part-Cherokee and has written extensively about Native issues, is truly wonderful. He gave the 2003 Massey Lectures up here, which are broadcast on CBC (Canadian national radio) every year, and the book from them, The Truth About Stories, is excellent. His novel Green Grass, Running Water is also a great read.

Reply | Thread

fat girl with a lisp

(no subject)

from: perksof
date: May. 9th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Link

that first one is fantastic

Reply | Thread

mutants for nukes

(no subject)

from: herkyjerkydance
date: May. 9th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
Link

BELL HOOKS BELL HOOKS BELL HOOKS.

Also, Chandra Mohanty. Look for the essay "Under Western Eyes", that shit is genius.

Reply | Thread

(no subject)

from: precipice
date: May. 9th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
Link

amen to bell hooks.

Reply | Parent | Thread

which reveals the truth

(no subject)

from: art_is_a_lie
date: May. 9th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
Link

agreed. bell hooks is amazing.

Reply | Parent | Thread

(no subject)

from: xcaptjorgex
date: May. 9th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Link

Naomi Zack, Tim Wise: White Like me, Mab Segrest(sp?) Memoirs of a Race Traitor, WEB Du Bois.

Those are a few I have read and enjoyed. Zack is good because she breaks down clearly the systematic causes of racism, even to the point of debunking that there are such a thing as "races" between humans. Tim Wise is very smart and clear about what it is to have white privilege and what we should do with it. Memoirs is a book about a girl in NC fighting against racism while her whole family and community aren't. and Du Bois is Du Bois, look at all his books and pick the one you think you would like the best.

Reply | Thread

lumenredundas

(no subject)

from: lumenredundas
date: May. 9th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
Link

this isnt an educational book by any means, but it does make you think and its a really good latin american writer.
"hundred years of solitude" by Gabriel Garcia.

Reply | Thread

Adam22

(no subject)

from: adam22
date: May. 9th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
Link

i was really moved by the autobiography of malcolm x.

Reply | Thread

(no subject)

from: precipice
date: May. 9th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
Link

i find it so funny that you yearn so much to read a book written by a black person, about black people. i'm not saying they don't have a distinct experience that allows them to write a whole new breed of stuff, but that distinction seems arbitrary in so many ways. one of my favorite books is michael ondaatje's 'anil's ghost.' ondaatje is sri lankan, canadian and everything in between. he's constantly criticized for failing to concentrate on the sri lankan human rights crisis in his works, but he always replies that he is more than that. i guess what i'm trying to say is that there are awesome books written on minority issues that are not written by that specific minority or a minority at all. i can't give you an example right now though...

but yes, 'anil's ghost' is sooooo good. it's fictional (but based on the sri lankan conflict), poetic and you can sit down and finish it in 1-2 nights.

Reply | Thread

emu violence

(no subject)

from: coweatman
date: May. 9th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
Link

assata, by assata shakur. the best book i've ever read on the black panthers.

the autobiography of malcolm x.

i like race traitor, too, which is a journal noel ingatiev edits.

Reply | Thread

blastingcaps

(no subject)

from: blastingcaps
date: May. 9th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
Link

read anything by W.E.B. DU BOIS.

Reply | Thread

which reveals the truth

please please please read

from: art_is_a_lie
date: May. 9th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
Link

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

it is one of the first books i read about racism in america. it's full of very very valuable information.

this is Avalon, by the way!

Reply | Thread

(no subject)

from: xgeniex
date: May. 9th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Link

ok, it may be pretty dry, but i felt like after reading it, i learned a LOT... it's called "Black Metropolis"... it's pretty dense but really good...

but if you want a really good fiction but still about race (by a black person about black people) I really really liked "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison

Reply | Thread

jill elise

(no subject)

from: _battlecat
date: May. 9th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
Link

read bell hooks

Reply | Thread

jill elise

(no subject)

from: _battlecat
date: May. 9th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Link

oh, people said her. i have a lot of her books if you want to borrow them. and some other race books but im too lazy to go look.

Reply | Parent | Thread

(no subject)

from: il_rapido
date: May. 10th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Link

I liked the book Makes Me Wanna Holler. I definitely don't agree with the guy indiscriminately, but it gave me a lot of perspective I didn't have when I read it.

Reply | Thread

(no subject)

from: il_rapido
date: May. 10th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
Link

Oh, and my local Books 4 Prisoners chapter has all these sweet zines about the BLA and the BPP and stuff -- Asata Shakur, Jalil, George Jackson, etc. -- plus generalized "black anarchism". I've been tearing through that stuff lately. Our zines are two to three dollars a piece, but all the money goes to the postage and supplies for getting stuff to the prisoners. I think some of it's online, too, so if you can't swing that, I can try to find you websites with the zines typed up.

Reply | Thread

erika lee

(no subject)

from: sutures
date: May. 10th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
Link

i just made something similar to those in my ceramic
class at school . on a drape mold plate i sculpted
red clay over the mold into a plate &then made a protruding
face in it hahaha .

Reply | Thread