Making Friends With Black People

Making Friends With Black People

by Nick Adams


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White people of America, we know you've got it rough.

Sure, black men and women have been through four hundred years of slavery, oppression, murder, and watching white college students try to dance. But now that it's hip to have black friends, white people aren't sure how to go about it. And that is a real American tragedy. Thank God Nick Adams is here to help you avoid potential racial pitfalls and successfully make the transition from white to "aiight." Now, you'll know not to start a conversation with, "So, that new Jay-Z album is pretty great, right?" Or tell a co-worker he looks just like (fill in blank with name of dark-skinned person who works in the other building.) You'll know that a lot of black people you meet at parties or work functions don't care who played Thelma's husband on "Good Times", don't want to discuss the Malcolm X biography you just read and definitely don't want to listen to country music. Ever. Yes, it's a good thing Nick is here to explain. Because if we're going to live together in peace and harmony, you people are going to need help.

Black People, Briefly Explained. A Q&A with Nick Adams

Q: Nick, what is the correct term to use when addressing my new friends: Black or African-American?
A: Personally, I always liked Afro-American. I liked being named after a 1970's hairdo. But then I wondered why we didn't become the Jheri-curled Americans or High Top Fade Americans.

Q: Nick, if black people can use the "N" word as a term of endearment, can I, a white person, do so?
A: No. I don't care if you have your hair in cornrows while wearing a Phat Farm t-shirt at an R. Kelly concert. Black people don't get to be president, and white people don't get to use the word nigger. Can we just call it even now?

Q: Nick, I'd like to try slang. Is that okay?
A: When you guys start using our words, that's when we know it's time for us to stop using them. Every time a white, middle-aged math teacher calls a student, "dog," black people all over the country are notified via email. Believe it.

Q: Nick, surely you have to agree that Eminem is a hip-hop visionary?
A: Let's try this one more time: Kurtis Blow, RUN-DMC, LL Cool J, Rakim, Chuck D, KRS-One, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Common, Mos Def, Bitch!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758212955
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.61(d)

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Making Friends with Black People 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You writing all that say it to our face i dare you to go to 5th ward get that white nocked off!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a dark skinned black choclate whatever you want to call us black people. And i say black jokes all the time but this nick adams is lucky he doesnt get is butt kicked. By a gang of black pepes. Im actually surprised he didnt get jumped?????????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who ever said hilarious is a horrible person racisum is not funny
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Kaileigh More than 1 year ago
I wish there was a blank star for "hated it." This book sucked big-time! I will be the first to admit that there were a few times I giggled, but most of the time, I was shaking my head in disgust. I will also admit, I am a black woman and not the biggest fan of white people the majority of the time, but I found this book very racist and downright degrading to white people. His attempt at adding humor to make it sound funny just didn't work. In my opinion, he is very bitter, cocky, annoying and disrespectful to God. I only continued to read the book because it was chosen in a book club I'm in...I also didn't see more than maybe 3 tips on "how to make friends with black people."
tosean More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in Scotland, funny enough its a hit in Britain but no one has heard of it here. Great read not to be taken too seriously. A must for anyone in a diverse workplace. Everyone has either asked one or been asked one of those questions.