We Real Cool

We Real Cool

Black Men and Masculinity

Book - 2004
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"When women get together and talk about men, the news is almost always bad news," writes bell hooks. "If the topic gets specific and the focus is on black men, the news is even worse."

In this powerful new book, bell hooks arrests our attention from the first page. Her title--We Real Cool; her subject--the way in which both white society and weak black leaders are failing black men and youth. Her subject is taboo: "this is a culture that does not love black males:" "they are not loved by white men, white women, black women, girls or boys. And especially, black men do not love themselves. How could they? How could they be expected to love, surrounded by so much envy, desire, and hate?"
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2004
ISBN: 9780415969277
Call Number: 305.3889 H764w
Characteristics: xvii, 162 p. ; 24 cm

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Aug 13, 2013

This is a very captivating book by bell hooks. She points out things about the dominant culture in America, something that she terms the "imperialist capitalist white-supremacist patriarchy," that challenge long held beliefs by the dominant culture. As someone who is not a member of the dominant culture, I found it easy to come to agreement with some of the claims that hooks makes within this book. This book is highly informative and is most definitely a recommended read for anyone interested in social issues or the portrayal of masculinity in minority men. This is a book that one can read cover to cover because it is impossible to put down due to how riveting it is.


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