Taking Bullets: Terrorism and Black Life in Twenty-first Century America Confronting White Nationalism, Supremacy, Privilege, Plutocracy and Oligarchy

Taking Bullets: Terrorism and Black Life in Twenty-first Century America Confronting White Nationalism, Supremacy, Privilege, Plutocracy and Oligarchy

by Haki R. Madhubuti


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Taking Bullets: Black Boys and Men in Twenty-First Century America Fighting Terrorism, Stopping Violence, and Seeking Healing starts a national debate on Black male empowerment with an urgency for the survival of a generation of Black men and boys who are confronted with disparity and adversity on the streets of every city in America. Haki Madhubuti speaks directly to these young men with an empathic understanding of their plight, yet he sees hope and a vision for their future. In Taking Bullets, he challenges community leaders, educators, and all of those individuals who directly impact the lives of our young men to develop sustained strategies to confront and challenge the systematic problems of police violence, mass incarceration and economic disparity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780883783610
Publisher: Third World Press
Publication date: 04/04/2016
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 278,623
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Haki R. Madhubuti—poet, publisher, and educator—has published over thirty books including YellowBlack: The First Twenty-One Years of a Poet’s Life; Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems 1967-2009; Honoring Genius, Gwendolyn Brooks: The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice; and the best-selling Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? The African American Family in Transition. He founded Third World Press in 1967. He is a founder of the Institute of Positive Education/New Concept School, and a cofounder of Betty Shabazz International Charter School, Barbara A. Sizemore Middle School, and DuSable Leadership Academy, all of which are in Chicago. Among his many honors and awards, Madhubuti received the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award presented by Poets & Writers Magazine and was awarded the Ninth Annual Hurston/Wright Legacy prize in poetry for his book, Liberation Narratives. Madhubuti retired in 2011 after a distinguished teaching career that included Chicago State University and DePaul University where he served as the Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor.

Table of Contents

Preface: Also Must be Noted xi

Taking Bullets 3

Change the Conversation 5

Bold Statements, But True 8

The United States of Empire 17

Terror in the Midst of Prayer and Empire 27

Blowback 30

Life's Work and Study 36

Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? Revisited 39

Whiteness 43

Violence, Poverty, and Health 52

The Police and Prison Industrial Complexes 56

Capitalism: Gladiator Culture 58

Fathers and Sons: A Healing Call 65

Dying of Ignorant Talk While Taking Bullets 67

Question(s) 70

Stop Corporate Sovereignty and the Trans-Pacific Partnership 71

Money: Owning Self, Community, Business and Our Tomorrows 72

Reparations /Restitutions: A Part of the Answer 83

Meaningful Change 90

Liberating Men on the Issues of Women 94

Violence Against Women 97

One Hundred and More Reasons to Believe in Women's Liberation 99

The White, Dark Secret 101

Standing as an African Man: Black Men in a Sea of Whiteness 103

Sixteen Shots in Fifteen Seconds 104

#BlackLivesMatter, And! 105

Art as Answer 108

More Powerful Than God? 109

Remember 110

The Four Unconditionals 111

Afterword 113

Note on the Bibliography 115

Bibliography 116

Appendix 153

Ten Things 155

Excerpts from Tikkun 158

Senator Tom Cotton and 47 Senators letter to Iran! 160

The Constitution of the United States 163

The Bill of Rights and Amendments to the Constitution 175

The United Nations - Universal Declaration of Human Rights 185

Suggested Organizations to Support 192

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