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Living to Tell About It

Darrell Dawsey

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ISBN 10: 0385473133 / ISBN 13: 9780385473132
Published by Doubleday, 1995
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Title: Living to Tell About It

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Good

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The statistics about young black men are familiar; homicide is their #1 killer, one fourth are in jail, on parole or probation, and theirs rates of unemployment, teen fatherhood, educational drop-out-and death-exceed those of any other demographic group. Moreover, in the public mind, even those who don't bear out the grim statistics have come to embody society's worst pathologies. When given the opportunity to speak for themselves, they report feeling as fearful of mere survival as they are feared, as threatened as they are threatening.

Living to Tell About It is the first book to look beyond the statistics and perceptions at the real lives and experiences of most young black men in America today. Over the course of a year, journalist Darrell Dawsey traveled across the country, listening to a mosaic of young men talk about their childhoods, relationships with parents and women, sexuality, self-respect, spirituality, ambitions, the race that binds them and the diversity of class, education and geography that distinguishes them. Interweaving interview material with powerful reflections on his own background as a single-parent child of the inner city and a young father, Dawsey portrays the trials, tragedies, and triumphs of young black men in a society where they have been the targets of disenfranchisement, neglect, racism, and hostility.

The result is a compelling portrait of a generation facing the manifold challenges and dilemmas of black manhood-and living to tell about it."
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From Publishers Weekly:

For this book, Dawsey, a 27-year-old Detroit native and writer for the Detroit News, visited nine cities to interview black men aged 15 to 24. Mixing vignettes with his own musings, the author addresses such subjects as childhood, relationships with parents, respect, work, spirituality and violence. Given Dawsey's own urban upbringing and his "ground level" black nationalism-"to be Black in America is to be political"-there's a hard edge to this book; most interviewees are from the 'hood, not the suburbs or the country-though a few have become professionals-and Dawsey warily evaluates subjects he considers on the edge of sellout, like a black cop, while uncritically accepting a rapper who claims "the white man is the devil." Given that, Dawsey's own anger-at a father who abandoned him and at a country that discounts his life-has fueled a deep sensitivity to the daily struggles of his peers, and he rightly sees the ghetto drug economy as a business, part of how black youth pursue the American dreams of individualism and wealth. In his chapter on sex, he gives voice to a gay man and a Christian virgin and has harsh words for the misogynist strain in inner-city black male culture.
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