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Parker, Morgan (author.).

Summary: "Dubbed a voice of her generation, poet and writer Morgan Parker has spent much of her adulthood in therapy, trying to square the resonance of her writing with the alienation she feels in nearly every aspect of life, from her lifelong singleness to her battle with depression. She traces this loneliness to an inability to feel truly safe with others and a historic hyper-awareness stemming from the effects of slavery. In this collection of sharp, reflective essays, Parker examines America's cultural history and relationship to Black Americans through the ages, through such topics as the Church's role in propagating segregation through scriptural misreadings, the implications of Bill Cosby's fall from grace in a culture predicated on acceptance through respectability, and the pitfalls of visibility as seen through the mischaracterizations of Serena Williams as alternately iconic and too ambitious"--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780525511458
  • ISBN: 052551144X
  • ISBN: 9780525511441
  • Physical Description: viii, 214 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : One World, [2024]

Contents / Notes

Formatted Contents Note: Start at the beginning -- At night -- Are we not entertainers? -- Black people don't go to therapy -- Everything is a slave ship -- We got jokes -- George Bush doesn't care about black people -- "Human being" -- Watch her rise & reign -- Self help -- Upended -- Coda: August -- Plantations -- A bale of cotton, for example -- Diaspora begins at home -- Everything is (still) a slave ship -- Wedding season (Nocturne for Sandra Bland) -- National emergencies -- We in the money -- Reparations (or, strategies for boat repair) -- Refrain and refrain and refrain: July [untitled because who cares?] -- Cheaper than therapy.
Subject: African Americans Psychology
African Americans Race identity
African Americans in popular culture
United States Race relations
Parker, Morgan
Depression in women United States
Noirs américains Psychologie
Noirs américains Identité ethnique
Noirs américains dans la culture populaire
États-Unis Relations raciales
Dépression chez la femme États-Unis
HISTORY / United States / General
African Americans in popular culture
African Americans Psychology
African Americans Race identity
Depression in women
Race relations
United States
Genre: Essays.

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