In this Biographical account about racial identity in America, writer, music journalist, cultural critic, and media personality, Touré tackles a very important aspect of black racial identity in America in the 21st century and sparks conversation on a very crucial matter. The matter in question regards the way of life of the modern black person in America, in the post-civil rights movement era, what Touré refers to as Post- Blackness.
Touré dedicates this nonfiction publication to “everyone who was made to feel ” not black enough, ” which begs the question, what does Post-blackness mean? Told with the intense, engaging, and charmingly captivating voice that is characteristic of Touré, with valuable input from 105 prominent African – Americans, Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness is a thought-provoking piece of what it means to be black in the modern era, in the 21st century and gives a progressive perspective on black cultural identity for African-Americans. It challenges the societal pressure exerted on modern Black Americans to conform to what had been known to be what it means to be black, without giving them the opportunity to embrace dynamism in their way of life.
Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness sheds light on the meaning of post-blackness and brings readers to the understanding that it is a new mindset in the identity of black people, which inspires a dynamic approach to life, whereby one is cognizant of their black roots but adopts a liberating rather than a restricted way of life. The book highlights notable African-Americans like Oprah and Barack Obama who have transcended racial limitations to fulfill their greatest potential.
Post Blackness is a mindset that enables black men/ women in America to fully realize their potential and be free to be anything they please. This book speaks to every black person and allows the reader to re-examine and understand their identity of being black and what it means to be black in the 21st century or what, at the time of release was referred to as the “Obama era”.
Touré, in this account, does not only ask what it means to be black but also gives honest reflections as answers to this fundamental question of identity. It is an engaging, honest, and at times sadness-provoking expository piece about life as people of the black race and a true Eye-opener. Even more important is that it challenges the temptations to conformity that society had placed on individuals and members of the black race and instead encourages its members to be informed of their roots but to, by no means, be restricted by them.
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