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Racism 101

Author: Nikki Giovanni
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In Racism 101, Nikki Giovanni indicts higher education for the inequities it perpetuates, contemplates the legacy of the 1960s, provides a survival guide for black students on predominantly white campuses (complete with razor-sharp comebacks to the dumb questions constantly asked of black students), and excoriates Spike Lee while offering her own ideas for a film about Malcolm X. And that is just for starters. She  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Aufsatzsammlung
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Giovanni, Nikki.
Racism 101.
New York : W. Morrow, ©1994
(OCoLC)622587759
Named Person: Nikki Giovanni; Nikki Giovanni
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nikki Giovanni
ISBN: 0688043321 9780688043322 0688142346 9780688142346
OCLC Number: 28632148
Description: 203 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: "It's elementary, my dear Watson" --
I. Prefatory: "To catch the conscience of the king" : Griots --
II. "Plighting troth beneath the sky" : Paper dolls, iron skillets, libraries, and museums ; I plant geraniums ; Remembering Fisk, thinking about Du Bois ; The sixties: a review of My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered by Howell Raines ; Black is the noun ; His name is Malcolm ; Shooting for the moon --
III. "Wind in the cotton fields" : Annual conventions of everyday subjects ; Pioneers: a guide ; This has nothing to do with you: a special message to African-American collegians ; Campus racism 101 ; A theory of patience --
IV. "But common things surprise us" : Coffee signs ; A letter from Nikki ; Memories are selective ; November 22 ; Virginia: my view ; Sisters, too ; My road to Virginia --
V. "At this lopsided crystal sweet moment" : Architecture ; Black American literature: an introduction ; Discourses: an introduction --
Glasses: for Toni Morrison ; Miss Piersall ; Meatloaf: a view of poetry ; Earthlings: the future tradition ; Appalachian Elders: the warm hearth writer's workshop --
VI. Postscript: "Falalalalalalalala."
Responsibility: Nikki Giovanni ; foreword by Virginia C. Fowler.

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In Racism 101, Nikki Giovanni indicts higher education for the inequities it perpetuates, contemplates the legacy of the 1960s, provides a survival guide for black students on predominantly white campuses (complete with razor-sharp comebacks to the dumb questions constantly asked of black students), and excoriates Spike Lee while offering her own ideas for a film about Malcolm X. And that is just for starters. She also writes about W.E.B. Du Bois, gardening, Toni Morrison, Star Trek, affirmative action, space exploration, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the role of griots, and the rape and neglect of urban schools. But to reduce Nikki Giovanni's essays to their subjects is to miss altogether their significance. As Virginia C. Fowler writes in her Foreword, "These pieces are artistic expressions of a particular way of looking at the world, featuring a performing voice capable of dizzying displays of virtuosity." Profoundly personal and blisteringly political, angry and funny, lyrical and blunt, Racism 101 will add an important chapter to the debate on American national values.

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