The Crisis in Black and Black

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Hutchinson (The Assassination of the Black Male Image, LJ 10/19/6) brings together current themes of black identity with the events of the past few years and puts them into perspective. The author confronts the recent controversy of the O.J. Simpson trial by citing evidence that, despite the reported media polls of African Americans' unified feelings about the case, "30-40% of blacks publicly stated that O.J. was guilty." Hutchinson delves into events from the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the leadership of Minister Louis Farrakhan and the backlash against Ebonics. Hutchinson clearly identifies the crisis of polarity between the middle class and poor blacks, describing his own dilemmas as a black intellectual and stating that it is far easier to write for the TV-show circuit then to produce scholarly works. Hutchinson faces his own demon with a discussion of gay blacks. This seminal work will be widely studied and discussed. Recommended for public and academic libraries, and for classes on race relations.Kevin Whalen, Elizabeth Free P.L., N.J.
Kirkus Reviews
Pundit Hutchinson picks up where he left off in The Assassination of the Black Male Image (1996) with a series of polemical essays on matters racial. Nearly 40 years ago, Charles Silberman offered an astute and comprehensive report on the state of race relations in America in Crisis in Black and White. Hutchinson, in a deliberate homage to Silberman's book, has recrafted its title to reflect the dramatic, almost tragic shift in the problems plaguing the African-American community. In a series of 20 essays, the author takes on a wide range of issues, attacking black homophobes, neoconservatives, intellectuals, "gangsta" rappers, street criminals, and O.J. Simpson with almost gleeful abandon. Hutchinson's position is clear: Blacks þmust recognize that many of the problems that confront African-Americans are in reality American problems." He seethes with rage at the depiction of black men as little more than street thugs, a stereotype that he argues is derived as much from black image-makers as white media. He is appalled by black writers and polemicists who view all problems as the result of racist conspiracies. And he urges Americans to recognize that the values of the overwhelming majority of African-Americans are traditional American values. Regrettably, although his ardor and his stance are both admirable, his own writing too often descends into mere polemic. Moreover, the book is riddled with solecisms and factual errors (to cite only one, Manchild in the Promised Land is not a novel, as claimed, but a memoir). Silberman's book was the product of extensive reporting and research; by comparison, this reads like a series of TV commentaries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881032151
  • Publisher: Middle Passage Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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