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We Real Cool

Black Men and Masculinity

bell hooks

"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?"

 

bell hooks was an influential cultural critic, feminist theorist, and writer. Celebrated as one of America's leading public intellectuals, she was a charismatic speaker and writer who taught and lectured around the world. Previously a professor in the English departments at Yale University and Oberlin College, hooks was the author of more than 17 books, including the New York Times bestseller All About Love: New VisionsSalvation: Black People and LoveCommunion: the Female Search for Love, as well as the landmark memoir Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood.

 

  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (November 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0415969271
  • ISBN-13: 9780415969277
  • Item Weight: 9 ounces
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.42 x 9 inches