Add to Cart About Angry Black White Boy From the acclaimed author of Shackling Water comes the first great race novel of the twenty-first century, an incendiary and ruthlessly funny satire about violence, pop culture, and American identity. Macon Detornay is a suburban white boy possessed and politicized by black culture, and filled with rage toward white America. After moving to New York City for college, Macon begins robbing white passengers in his taxicab, setting off a manhunt for the black man presumed to be committing the crimes. When his true identity is revealed, Macon finds himself to be a celebrity and makes use of the spotlight to hold forth on the evils and invisibility of whiteness. Soon he launches the Race Traitor Project, a stress-addled collective that attracts guilty liberals, wannabe gangstas, and bandwagon riders from all over the country to participate in a Day of Apology—a day set aside for white people to make amends for four hundred years of oppression. The Day of Apology pushes New York City over the edge into an epic riot, forcing Macon to confront the depth of his own commitment to the struggle.
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Jan 05, Jacob rated it it was ok A horrible mess of a book. Maybe worth reading for the sheer breadth of sputtering chunks of pop culture and social criticism, but probably not.
May 14, Navneet rated it it was ok You know that "hey i have a ph. This is one of them. Meet Macon, racial discourse has become one of his biggest problems. He solves his anger by committing crimes against white people, even though he is white himself, and getting away with it. This book begins in Boston but then transitions to New York where Macon goes to college.
I rate this book three out of five stars because the book is hard to follow. It jumps to different settings quickly with little to no transitions. The novel, at times, is very blunt, and very, no-holds-barred, if you will, in a way that has potential to offend some people. However, the issue the novel covered offends me more than any words that were used ever could. It is, save a few scenes, not a novel that will "have you on the edge of your seat.
Imagine living an alternate lifestyle, living the presumed, steotypical lifestyle of a different race, in a time period fueled by racist riots and hate crimes. Imagine becoming a hero and starting a revolution, fighting for the people that the entire world expects you to hate.
Walking from place to place, being beaten and ridiculed by those society views as your own. Spending your life, promoting hatred towards the person you are expected to be It has passages that are both thought-provoking and wonderfully poetic, making it a worthwhile read.
In the end, I liked the play version better.
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