Becoming Black

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Becoming Black: Personal Ramblings on Racial Identification, Racism, and Popular Culture

Have you ever wondered why Black characters get killed in movies? Did you ever notice that there are no people of color in The Wizard of Oz or The Lord of the Rings? Were you surprised to find out that America had become post-racial after the election of President Obama? Were you even more surprised when America stopped being-post racial? How did Black people come to be…well…Black?

If you have ever asked any of these questions (and even if you haven’t), pop culture critic David F. Walker has the answers. From the creator of BadAzz MoFo comes this profound, provocative, and deeply personal collection of rambling essays that examine the intersection of racial identification and popular culture. Learn how African Americans came to be who they are in the United States, and the role that popular culture played in their racial identification. Drawing from years of watching too many movies, too much television, and thinking really hard about what he saw, Walker has crafted eight essays that seek to explain how race and racism came to exist in America, and how it plays out in our lives. Becoming Black: Personal Ramblings on Racial Identification, Racism, and Popular Culture is an insightful and informative journey through how African Americans are defined in the United States.

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