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  • Posted December 14, 2008

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    THE BLACK GIRL NEXT DOOR is a superb memoir

    In the mid 1970s in affluent California, elementary school student, Jennifer Baszile and her sister were the only black kids in the building. In the first grade she obtained a deep lesson on de facto racism and ignorance after winning a running race. The loser, naturally white, as everyone else except her sister was, ¿intelligently¿ commented that blacks had something special in their feet. Her teacher confirmed that as a truism. Her dad took exception but was careful not to have the school think he was a ghetto thug as he understood they were the local Jackie Robinson and had to behave with more decorum than their neighbors. As integration was pushed as social and legal policy, Jennifer would see de jure racism when she visited her paternal relatives in Louisiana and de facto segregation in Detroit seeing her maternal blood. Still her parents pushed her and her sibling to live the American dream as black pioneers, which the author succeeded because she became the first black female professor at Yale¿s History Department. <BR/><BR/>THE BLACK GIRL NEXT DOOR is a superb memoir that looks deep into one black family making it in an all white wealthy neighborhood during a time when the Civil Rights movement was pushing integration against racial laws and society barriers. Professor Baszile provides powerful anecdotal incidents of so-called supporters of integration resenting the first black family on their block and how it felt to be the only exceptions to the all white rule in so many scenarios; not just school. Readers will appreciate this superb well written window to how society has come a long way due to brave settlers like the parents of the author who wanted more than the dream for their offspring; they courageously went after the opportunity fully aware they would be the token black family next door.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

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    Another Shade of Blackness

    This is a rather unique perspective into growing up Black in an America when you have atypical economic circumstances but still suffer some of the stereotypical abuses of African Americans while trying to establish an identity that will let you survive. Poignant, compelling, and insightful is the author's perspective on the subculture of her family surrounded by non-white neighbors and friends. She struggles to identify while assimilating the values of the dominant group and has feelings of alienation and isolation before she is able to unravel the complexities of her existence. Ambivalence toys with her mentally and emotionally in her formative years before the formulation of the questions that bother her until she becomes strong enough of integrity to accept the answer.

    The voice is unique in the African American experience because it assumes that the leveling of the economic playing field and the exposure to upper middle class standards would impact the African American experience substantially. Instead, we are shown that there are some racial issues that must be confronted regardless of social class or strata. Unlike the experiences of an adult, the experience is seen through the eyes of the child that suffers the disappointments, angers, frustrations, misunderstandings, error, mistakes, fallibleness and innocence of the child/adolescent/ and finally adult. The story allows you to cry at the author's hurt yet rejoice in her triumphs.

    I found "The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir" surprisingly challenging as it forced me to confront some of my own values and demanded a review of personal prejudices. It is well written and evokes formulating and reformulated opinions on the role of racism in America. As the setting of the child changes, you get glimpses into her extended family and their feelings and ideas on race as well as school, church, neighborhood and personal evaluation when she realizes that there can be advantages to being African American, although it comes at the cost of taking advantage of the ignorance of non-black Americans. I look forward to reading her again as it is semi-documentary with a realistic story and a perspective that is limited in the literature.

    Reviewed by: Gail

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

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    I recommend this book, it revealed a side of America that can only be told by someone who has been there. For me it was hard to put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    AWFULLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    Um, we selected this book for our(Black) book club and we collectively all HATED it ! Boring, dragged on, did i say boring? There is nothing Unique about her story, i can't belive there is going to be a part 2?? moving ON !!!!!!..........

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Excellent!

    Left me wanting more...great read. Great incite into the world of "the black girl next door".

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    i love it

    this book is the best book i eva read...i now.love too read memoir..my favorite is this one lol

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