Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching : A Young Black Man's Education
Mychal Denzel Smith, a contributing writer to Nation magazine, tackles the question: how do you learn to be a black man in America? Mychal grew up in a strict military family, coming of age in time to vote for Barack Obama for President. He attended an HBCU school, wrote for the student paper, and tried to make sense of the world outside of school. His book lets us know him—his fears, frustrations, and triumphs; we see him grow up giving voice to the nameless young men trying to “get through this thing called life” in an America filled with confusion, hate, and institutional, systemic racism. An important, relevant book by a gifted writer, it deserves the widest possible readership.
Check out these other similar titles: Carol Elaine Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, and Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me.
"Smith cautiously sketches a useful blueprint for radical and intersectional politics in a country where a black child can grow up to be president but where living while black is still dangerous." -Kirkus Review