Toure Touts post racialism nihilism in new book: “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?”
Toure talking crazy. He wrote a new book “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?” whose title on the face of it is crazy. I think he is playing the un race card to sell books. Whites and blacks like me ain’t buying it.
African Americans fight a multifront struggle in pursuing their ambitions. Along with the difficulties that others face — bad luck, personal deficiencies, talented competitors — blacks face additional obstacles. On one front they encounter prejudiced Caucasians. On another they encounter Negroes who, attached to stunted conceptions of racial solidarity, habitually castigate as disloyal blacks perceived as “acting white,” being “oreos,” “selling out.”
Naturally, anthropologically and racially there are differences. A person can have black skin or biracial genes and be as white culturally as any white person in London. There are numerous examples that the only thing black about them is their skin. People mistake south Indians for black people all the time, but that’s just an optic error. I was mistaken for an Indian when in India at every turn. If that were the case then that would make me white! When I was on the train with my white male companion people thought I was either British or when in Paris thought I was Parisian or Italian. So, in other words I was constantly mistaken for a non black and occasionally an American black. If Toure was right people like me and my family would be white people with brown skin and “good” hair. By other countries standards in fact my family is “white” or colored.
Even Toure is probably some kind of mutt mixed with Anglo and Caribbean blood and whatever else. He even looks half Jewish and black. But no matter. I might be called an oreo and I am okay with that. Because in a lot of ways the only thing black about me is the extra melanin I’ve acquired since living in Texas.
- Is Herman Cain the Most Unctuous Black Man in America? (ideas.time.com)
- Book Review Podcast: Tour??’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?’ (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? – By Touré – Book Review (nytimes.com)
- The Fallacy of Touré’s Post-Blackness Theory (theroot.com)
Posted on October 21, 2011, in Book Trough, Racial Rundown and tagged African American, black people, London, Negro, paris, Touré, White people, Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.