Killing Rage: Ending Racism

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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One of our country's premier cultural and social critics, the author of such powerful and influential books as Ain't I a Woman and Black Looks, Bell Hooks has always maintained that eradicating racism and eradicating sexism must be achieved hand in hand. But whereas many women have been recognized for their writing on gender politics, the female voice has been all but locked out of the public discourse on race. Killing Rage speaks to this imbalance. These twenty-three essays, most of them new works, are written from a black and feminist perspective, and they tackle the bitter difficulties of racism by envisioning a world without it. Hooks defiantly creates positive plans for the future rather than dwell in theories of a crisis beyond repair. The essays here address a spectrum of topics to do with race and racism in the United States: psychological trauma among African Americans; friendship between black women and white women; anti-Semitism and racism; internalized racism in the movies and media. Hooks presents a challenge to the patriarchal family model, explaining how it perpetuates sexism and oppression in black life. She calls out the tendency of much of mainstream America to conflate "black rage" with murderous, pathological impulses, rather than seeing it as a positive state of being. And in the title essay she writes about the "killing rage" - the fierce anger of black people stung by repeated instances of everyday racism - finding in that rage a healing source of love and strength, and a catalyst for productive change. Her analysis is rigorous and her language unsparingly critical, but Hooks writes with a common touch that has made her a favorite of readers far from universities.Bell Hooks's work contains multitudes; she is a feminist who includes and celebrates men, a critic of racism who is not separatist or Afrocentric, an academic who cares about popular culture.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Any new work by hooks (Art on My Mind, p. 534, etc.) is welcome, but her latest is a somewhat diffuse effort. From its promising two-edged title and an introduction in which hooks convincingly talks ... Read full review

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Professor bell hooks is absolutely brilliant. This book is a must read, as well as "Cultural Transformations" and her excerpt in the outstanding anthology, "Moral Ground."
hooks is, by far, the
most important scholar of our time. Stick me on a desert island with hooks, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison, please. I would die before I ran out of questions to ask them. 

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Race Talk
Militant Resistance
Ending Racism
Representations of Whiteness in the Black Imagination
Accountability and Responsibility
Challenging Sexism in Black Life
The Integrity of Black Womanhood
Its a Black Thing
Class Cruelty
Class and Commodification
A Comment
Bonding Beyond Race
Keeping a Legacy of Shared Struggle
Political Bonding Between Black and White Women
Choosing Sides
Liberating Subjectivity

An AntiRacist
The Radical Politics of Mass Media
Internalized Racism
Liberatory Mental Health Care
Loving Blackness as Political Resistance
Black SelfDetermination
A World Without Racism
Selected Bibliography

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About the author (1996)

bell hooks is Distinguished Professor of English at City College of New York. She is the author of the memoir Bone Black as well as eleven other books. She lives in New York City.