How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice from White People

How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice from White People

by D. L. Hughley, Doug Moe


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A cutting satire of race relations in the age of Trump and Black Lives Matter from the hugely popular comedian—one of "The Original Kings of Comedy"—and author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man, White House.

"White people are always giving out ‘helpful’ advice, such as: ‘Comply with the police and you won’t get shot.’ They’ve been doling out advice to black people ever since ‘I suggest you pick the cotton if you don’t like getting whipped.’ Not getting shot by the police has long been a problem for black people. Even when we had a black president! Now that we have a new set of overlords, with President Trump at the head, wouldn’t it be nice to get a little advice on how not to get shot?"

From the elections of Barack Obama and Donald Trump to the tragic events of Ferguson and Charlottesville, the subject of race has come to the forefront of American consciousness. Legendary satirist D. L. Hughley offers his own cutting observations on this contentious issue that continues to traumatize the nation, a wound made more painful by the ongoing comments and actions of the 45th president.

Hughley uses humor to draw attention to injustice, sardonically offering advice on a number of lessons, from "How to make cops feel more comfortable while they’re handcuffing you" and "The right way to wear a hoodie" to "How to make white food, like lobster rolls" and "Ten types of white people you meet in the suburbs."

Filled with illustrations and pictures that illuminate these "lessons," How Not to Get Shot is a much-needed antidote in these distressing times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062698544
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 90,915
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

D.L. HUGHLEY is one of “The Original Kings of Comedy.” His comedy specials have appeared on HBO and Showtime. His satirical documentary special, DL Hughley: The Endangered List, received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 2012. He also created and starred in the ABC sitcom The Hughleys and has hosted shows on BET, Comedy Central, TBS, and CNN. He currently hosts the nationally syndicated radio program The D.L. Hughley Show. His first book, I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up, was hailed as “the best book since The Hunger Games” by Chris Rock. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I How Not to Get Shot by the Police 17

1 Comply with Police Orders 19

2 Don't Talk Back 29

3 Don't Break the Law! 39

4 You Have to Understand: Cops Are Scared 51

5 Do Be an Angel 61

6 Don't Drive like a Suspect 73

7 If You Do Get Shot, Don't Rush to Judgment 81

8 The Real Way to Not Get Shot by the Police 93

Part II How to Look 97

9 Don't Match the Description 99

10 How to Dress Less Threatening 115

11 Don't Have Gang Tattoos 123

12 How to Do Your Hair 127

Part III How to Act 135

13 How to Be Nice and Quiet 137

14 What Kind of Music Should You Listen To? 141

15 Stop Making White People Say the N-Word 155

16 How to Not Come from a Single-Parent Household 163

17 What to Name Your Kids 167

18 How to Get a Job 177

19 Stop Taking Handouts 185

20 How to Move into a White Neighborhood 193

Part IV Understanding White People 201

21 What Kind of Black People Do White People Like? 203

22 Your Bill of Rights 209

23 "I'm Not Racist, I Have Black Friends" 215

24 How to Not Be a Reverse Racist 219

25 How to Not Play the Race Card 235

26 End White-on-White Crime! 243

27 How to Make White Food 245

Part V Tidbits of Advice for White People from Black People 249

28 It's Hard Being White, but Try to Make Do 251

29 Pay Attention to Signs 255

Epilogue 259

Acknowledgments 261

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How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All people of color should read this book. Smart, Witty, Funny and real!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing new in this book.