Involuntary Racism: Reflections of an African-American Woman in Italy

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Involuntary Racism was inspired by the on-going crisis regarding racism and immigration in Italy. While addressing serious social concerns, the author, Joanna Martin, writes in a relaxed tone with a hint of sarcasm. Laughter can be disarming and discussions about racism often stimulate unproductive defensive posturing. Martin's light-hearted approach to a very serious topic is a diversion from the style of many academic texts, which seemingly create barriers and scold. Involuntary Racism is succinct and direct, ...
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Overview

Involuntary Racism was inspired by the on-going crisis regarding racism and immigration in Italy. While addressing serious social concerns, the author, Joanna Martin, writes in a relaxed tone with a hint of sarcasm. Laughter can be disarming and discussions about racism often stimulate unproductive defensive posturing. Martin's light-hearted approach to a very serious topic is a diversion from the style of many academic texts, which seemingly create barriers and scold. Involuntary Racism is succinct and direct, but it is also a barrel of laughs. You'll find chapters like ITALIANS DO IT BEST, GOOD INTENTIONS, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, ODE TO MY FAMILY, and "THEM" AGAINST "US". In these chapters, Martin shares shocking and funny situations, explores her own racism, makes some predictions about the future of immigration in Italy, describes various types of racism, offers some practical advice, praises her Italian and American families, and even plays a game with readers. Involuntary Racism offers a critique based solely on Martin's personal opinions and experiences. It is in no way intended to offend or attack. Her purpose in writing Involuntary Racism was dual. First, she was searching for an outlet to express her feelings after many years of traveling and living in Italy as a woman of African descent. Second, she wanted to provoke introspective thought in the hopes of promoting positive change. The first has been accomplished, but the latter still remains to be seen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482798777
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/20/2013
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 858,478
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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