Deals with the Devil: And Other Reasons to Riot

Deals with the Devil: And Other Reasons to Riot

by Pearl Cleage
     
 

Dead on, to the point, fearless. A third-generation black nationalist feminist, Pearl Cleage recognizes the pure power of telling the truth — about African-American life and about the fate of the race in racist America. This book will incite any and all thinking people to ponder, argue, rage, reflect, and maybe even riot . . . .
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Dead on, to the point, fearless. A third-generation black nationalist feminist, Pearl Cleage recognizes the pure power of telling the truth — about African-American life and about the fate of the race in racist America. This book will incite any and all thinking people to ponder, argue, rage, reflect, and maybe even riot . . . .
"Uncompromising . . . Blistering." — San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cleage, a columnist for the Atlanta Tribune , editor of Catalyst magazine and director of a theater company, offers approximately 40 pointed, colloquial and lively essays rising from an anger that is both feminist and black nationalist. An ``outsider by choice as well as historical imperative,'' Cleage gets nervous when Bill Clinton makes her feel included and argues that America's integrationist dream is a ``perverse fantasy'' for blacks. Though she attacks Clarence Thomas as ``an enemy of our race,'' she refuses to honor Anita Hill, arguing that Hill's service to the Reagan administration marked her as a ``collaborator.'' Cleage is most forceful when she writes about race and sex. She can no longer celebrate Miles Davis when she learns he beats women, but her arguments that blacks are always right in interracial discussions of race and that ``conscious'' women are always right in discussions about sexism are certainly debatable. Other topics include Malcolm X, the film Driving Miss Daisy and Cleage's reflections on love, marriage and friends. A worthy voice. (Aug.)
Library Journal
This no-holds-barred, no-words-minced collection gathers essays and performance pieces written and delivered since 1987 by Cleage, an Atlanta writer ( The Brass Bed and Other Stories , LJ 5/15/91), performance artist, and playwright. Since she is a ``third-generation Black Nationalist'' writing ``to help herself understand the full effects of being black and female in a culture that is both racist and sexist,'' there is no garden club, country club, or investment club talk. There is, however, ``Basic Training'' talk: women--and men--are told the sexist and racist facts of life. A significant part of Cleage's focus is upon the pervasiveness in American society of violence against women. In no uncertain terms. she expounds upon the differences between a hero and a ``shero.'' Cleage's comments on Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill, Spike Lee, Malcolm X, pornography, and the U.S. Supreme Court make for stimulating reading. Her voice needs and deserves to be heard: all libraries should ensure that that happens.-- Katherine Dahl, Western Illinois Univ., Macomb

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345388711
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/1994
Edition description:
1st Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.64(d)

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