Makes Me Wanna Holler:: A Young Black Man in America (英語) ハードカバー – 1994/2/6
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A true-life Native Son for the 1990s--an African American Washington Post reporter who served time recounts his life and brilliantly shows why prison has become a rite of passage for many young black men. 2 cassettes. --このテキストは、学校版に関連付けられています。
"Not since Claude Brown's Manchild in the Promised Land has there been such an honest and searching look at the perils of growing up a black male in urban America....A compelling depiction of the toll that racism and misguided notions of manhood have taken in the life of one black man--and, by implication, many others."--The San Francisco Chronicle
However, there were a few subjects that troubled me.
1. The constant rationalization that racism was the root of many of the author's decisions and problems.
For example, "The complexity of the shit I was dealing with was mind boggling. Although I didnt understand it at the time, matters of race were once again a key factor, lingering in the shadows like they always do: I'd hooked up with woman apparently desperate to nail down a brother to realize her family dreams amid widespread fears that there weren't many decent black men left...Race played a key role in how I viewed Debbie's actions, and, ultimately, how I got myself into deeper doo-doo while trying to clean up my act."
2. I didn't like his relationship with women.
The "trains" were hard to read, being that I have my own experience with sexual abuse and harrassment. I know what effects that kind of trauma can have.
I also didn't like how he treated his wife. He said he never loved her, but he that he was pressured to marry her. He felt like she manipulated him, but I didn't think he fully accepted his responsibility or part in bringing three children into the world. He was a slave to sex without commitment and left the responsibility of protection and contraception to the hands of women who was desperate to have kids before her biological clock was up.
I was impressed at how he turned his life around and the success he achieved. However, when it came to some of his personal decisions, relationships, and a few thoughts. I kind of felt like he could delve back into the territory of being just another sorry ass black man. He made a lot of excuses. Being that he was 33 years old, still a young man, at the time the book ended, I would like to see his growth over 25 year later.
When reading the book, there were times when he and I were in sync and times we were not! I was aggravated that Nate had to go through a thug period in his life, given that he lived in a decent home, with two parents with values. Why did Nate turn away other viable options he was presented and turn to thug life??? Why did he blame everything negative that happened on being Black? I found that very frustrating.
Yet, I must admit, after valley low, I was lifted as his consiousness expanded in prison and he learned to understand with actions come consequences. As an African American woman I was intrigued by his perspectives on relationships and simply bouyed by his growth. Some portions of the book were inspirational, some funny, some sad. It was a very worthwhile read.